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Spec Miata racing

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by IslandHopper, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. Rather than hijacking the other thread where we started talking about this, I thought I'd start it's own.

    I mentioned I'm getting into "Spec Miata" racing, and other folks showed interest...

    I bought a well-worn car for $1200 and will end up putting another $5000 or so for the roll-cage and spec suspension. Getting started is pricey, because getting a competition license requires several driving classes/schools which ain't cheap. After that though, the race entry fees are generally <$500 (sometimes half that.) And the car is still street legal.

    A relatively cheap way to get into the sport.
  2. Ron3


    Sep 6, 2001
    What about tires? Brakes? Fuel? Hotel rooms?

    If it's $500 to get in, a set of tires is another $600 easy!


  3. Tires ... good for 2-3 races. (probably only 2 as my driving improves and i push them harder.) And they are LESS than $100/corner.

    Brakes ... one race (pads only .... rotors will last forever.)

    Hotel ... there are 6 diferrent "active" tracks within 3 hours of me ... no hotel required.

    Fuel ... 87 octane ... it's 2.79/gal ... the car holds 10 gal.

    It's NOT free... but as auto-racing goes, it's cheap.

    And since this IS "Glock Talk"... A day at the range with retail cartridges going through a .45 could easily run into the hundreds of dollars ;)
  4. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Skeet Surfer

    Jan 24, 2005
    Charlotte NC
    The only series that is close to as cheap is SpecE30, which uses late 80s BMW 3-series.

    In either case, you can do it cheap if you budget and dont get brand new everything, or you can spend huge amounts of money if you're so inclined.

    Both series are highly entertaining to watch IMHO

    oh, BTW Islandhopper: Pics of your spec car please!
  5. Ron3


    Sep 6, 2001
    Rotors last forever? You mean a season?

    6 tracks within 3 hours?! You lucky skunk!

    When I talked about fuel it would mean fuel for the vehicle towing the trailer with the car on it for hundreds of miles each way, plus fuel to be used on track.

    Plus hotel stays, plus food.

    Aren't many of the events two days?


  6. OK, OK, ... if an occasional hotel bill and triple-digit fuel receipts aren't your thing, then racing ain't for you! :)

    I drive mine to the tracks so far... but I haven't done any wheel-to-wheel racing yet, so my odds of wrecking the car are pretty slim.
  7. Ron3


    Sep 6, 2001
    Well heck I've done open tracking in my daily driver!

    But I'm not driving a race car to the track. It won't have heat or ac, but will have race pads and a full cage. Also, I need to be able to drive it on track like it isn't my ride home!

    So, I need to two it, and that will eat up some fuel. Florida has seven events for Focus spec racing, and all but one will require a hotel stay and most two!

    Maybe I should look into those 100-mph go carts for my wheel to wheel fun.

    :cool: Ron3
  8. spober


    Feb 22, 2005
    wendel n.c.
    as long as you arent wreaking and blowing up stuff its not expensive.i raced a 1988 250R Honda four trax 4 wheeler .mostly practice racing .a few motos bu at any rate i spent 300 for the 2 stroke racer.invested another 3-4 thousand on upgrading swingarms,sprockect,engine rebuilds,nurff bars,grab bars,bumpers,hossiers racing ruber/on aluminum wheels,ect,ect, extended axel.ever part.twis throtle,answer handlebars,super bills exaust pipe.trick at any leval is alot of money.

    btw bud races gas radio 800 bucks start.
  9. Scooter70


    Sep 8, 2006
    SE Michigan
    Spec Miata is definitly where it's at. For wheel to wheel action without spending a fortune, there's nothing better.

    Here's my dad's '99 M2 which is currently for sale. The car is in MA, if anyone's interested.