New From SVRA: A Place to Race Old Miatas

Date Mar 23, 2017

Written by David S. Wallens

What was once new inevitably ages over time, and the revolutionary Mazda Miata is no different. Those first cars have now been with us for more than 25 years, and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is welcoming them with open arms.

The SVRA’s new Mazda Miata Heritage Cup is supported by Mazda and open to the 1.6-liter Miatas built from 1990 through 1993. Five Mazda Miata Heritage Cup races have been added to the 2017 schedule: Auto Club Speedway, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway.

“We now have an affordable, more recent vintage race car that a younger generation driver can relate to,” Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO, said in a release. “Younger drivers remember them, and once they enter our sport they can build from there.”

How tough are those first Miatas? A few years ago we found a 1992 Miata that had been sitting outside for half a dozen years. After cleaning away the piles of pine needles, rodent droppings and other debris, we prepared the car for the 24 Hours of LeMons endurance series. During our time with that car we never removed the cylinder head, rebuilt the transmission, or even spent much cash.

Tom Fowler, founder of Miata prep shop OPM Autosports, echoes our findings, noting that these cars are fun, tough and easy to campaign. “Good cars can be found for $8000 to $11,000 and should be close to race-ready,” he observes.

After our Miata saw three seasons of racing–all with minimal upkeep–a wreck at Barber Motorsports Park finally sidelined it for good. A replacement is in the works.

Get all the latest Classic Motorsports news in your mailbox six times a year. Subscribe now.


Join Free
Join our community to easily find more Mazda news.

Reader comments:

You'll need to log in to post.

The Latest

Little Car Show: Celebrating All Things Quirky and Small

9 hours ago in Articles

As the name suggests, the Little Car Show is all about little cars.

McCall Jet Party: Transforming the Face of Monterey

14 hours ago in Articles

Wednesday of Monterey Car Week meant we were on our way to the McCall Jet Party.

Classic Motorsports Monterey Welcome Party Welcomes 2000-Plus Gearheads

1 day ago in Articles

Last night we threw a party, and more than 2000 people came to celebrate.

Concours on the Avenue Draws Big Crowds

1 day ago in Articles

This year’s show again didn’t disappoint.

We're Back In Monterey for Car Week

2 days ago in News

And so it begins, another trip to Monterey Car Week.

Tomorrow, August 15: Join our Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In

3 days ago in News

Our Monterey welcome party is taking over all of downtown Pacific Grove.

Deal of the Month: Free Glovebox Companion!

6 days ago in News

Ever wished you had a handy guide on how to care for and troubleshoot your classic?

Mlassic Motorsports Magazine

Subscribe Today

Also get your instant access to the digital edition of Classic Motorsports Magazine!

Learn More
KKfcKbp2ulMA5a7DjU0O4vZfyXDhtNfR