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Going to School with Skip Barber Racing

Learning and Lapping Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 |  Sep 11 2014, 9:02 AM


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 created.

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Ten Lessons From Driving An MX-5 Across America

A Cross-Continent Learning Experience

 |  Sep 09 2014, 10:15 AM

Driving an MX-5 to see an MX-5


I’m always up for a good road trip. Heck, I’ll even go on a bad one. Put me in a car, point me in a direction and I’ll set off like a carrier pigeon on a mission.

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 |  Sep 06 2014, 8:02 AM

What to expect with the all-new MX-5


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.
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 |  Sep 02 2014, 12:08 PM


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

From Farmland to the Mountains

 |  Sep 01 2014, 3:57 PM

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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 from all of the fantastic machinery on display. If he begins pulling out his race cars, it’ll be game over.

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 |  Aug 31 2014, 12:48 PM


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 America.

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

Cross-Country in a Roadster

 |  Aug 30 2014, 9:01 AM


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.

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 |  Aug 26 2014, 8:55 AM

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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.
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 |  Feb 11 2014, 8:29 PM

1990 Mazda Miata

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 the 25th anniversary of the Miata’s introduction, here is Mike’s story of how we came across his car and what it’s like after all these years.

My dad was coming over one warm spring Saturday morning to help with our latest home improvement project. Having arrived in town a bit early, he decided to indulge in one of his favorite pastimes, perusing yard sales.

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