Started on April 22 by Keith Tanner

Mazda Miata rally special

Built from a bare shell for the Targa Newfoundland rally. The engine is bored and stroked and runs 11.5:1 compression. The suspension was built for as much travel as possible and the car was stripped for light weight. It’s now 2100 lbs wet with a full cage and hardtop. The paint is a Martini design. The whole car was built in my garage. You can see the whole build on the car’s website. The Miata has a long and successful competition history. It’s responsible for the rebirth of the sports car. It’s been around for 19 years now. Is it a classic?

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April 22, 2008, 9:36 p.m.

Classic or not... That in deed is a fascinating question. 19 years already is even more frightening to me. I'm leaning towards not a classic. YET... But that is only because the line is still in production today. Still wonderful job, I've been following the project closely. Jealous as I don't think I'll even afford a Targa experience. A.

April 23, 2008, 11:09 p.m.

Absolutely a classic! Hope they keep building them for another 20 years. Great car, Keith!

July 25, 2008, 1:15 p.m.

Maybe it classifies since there were no 98 models produced? Nice job. Now let's see it race! :D

Sept. 12, 2008, 5:26 a.m.

Great looking car! I followed the build on your website and enjoyed it immensely. Definitely a classic.

May 18, 2010, 9:02 a.m.

Many think the Miata caused a rebirth of open cars, especially in the US. Most agree it has done more to raise the awareness of sports cars than any other since the original Datsun Z car. If that doesn't make Miatas classics, what does?

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