Five-Point Inspection: 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5

Five-Point Inspection: 2005 Mazdaspeed MX-5
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In 2004 Mazda did something truly special. It took the already highly praised MX-5 Miata roadster and improved upon it in nearly every possible way. Continue Reading...

Going to School with Skip Barber Racing

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Going to School with Skip Barber Racing
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When Skip Barber decided it was time to retire from professional racing in the 1970s, he had a radical idea. What if aspiring racers were coached just like any other athlete? Although this is a no-brainer today, in the 1970s it was not a popular belief as many still thought racing talent was born, not… Continue Reading...

Five Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5

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Five Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5
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In what must have been a logistical nightmare, Mazda simultaneously debut the next generation MX-5 in three different countries around the world at the same time. Continue Reading...

MX-5 to Monterey: Grand Junction, CO to Monterey, CA

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MX-5 to Monterey: Grand Junction, CO to Monterey, CA
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Day three looks the longest, with a total of 1,121 miles to drive over an estimated 16 hour and 21 minute period. Luckily, there will be an overnight pit stop in Sacramento to drop Tony off at the airport before I begin the final three hour drive to Monterey. Continue Reading...

MX-5 to Monterey: Ames, IA to Grand Junction, CO

MX-5 to Monterey: Ames, IA to Grand Junction, CO
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Day two begins with a cars and coffee event hosted by Steve Myers at his fantastic Skunk River Restoration shop in Ames. To say he has a little bit of everything is an understatement. With 945 miles and over 13 hours to drive today, Tony and I are going to have to pull ourselves away… Continue Reading...

MX-5 to Monterey: Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA

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MX-5 to Monterey: Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA
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Day one is going to be our longest single day, spanning 998 miles from Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA. According to Google maps the drive should take 14 hours and 37 minutes, but I’m hoping to cut that down by a few hours. Accompanying me on the trip is Tony Intrieri, President? of Rally North… Continue Reading...

MX-5 to Monterey: A 3,000 Mile Journey Begins

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MX-5 to Monterey: A 3,000 Mile Journey Begins
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At AutoGuide we love road trips. Any chance there is to drive somewhere instead of walk/fly/boat, we take it. I may be the guiltiest party here. Aside from my yearly adventures with the charity organization Rally North America, I’ll take any opportunity to get behind the wheel and drive. Continue Reading...

AutoGuide Under $30,000 Performance Car Shootout – Part Two: Track Test Elimination Round

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AutoGuide Under $30,000 Performance Car Shootout – Part Two: Track Test Elimination Round
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Yesterday we took eight fun-to-drive performance vehicles under $30,000 and put them through their paces on the street. After much deliberation, we chose the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST as the king of the street. Despite a somewhat harsh ride, nothing else matches the raw, hilariously fun driving experience behind the wheel. Continue Reading...

Life With a 25 Year Old Miata

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Life With a 25 Year Old Miata
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The Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 25 this year. So does the car Road Test Editor Mike Schlee calls his daily driver. A few years back he purchased a first year Miata. Far from leading a pampered life, it’s lived a hard 25 years and seen more miles than any sports car should. In honor of… Continue Reading...