Video: Can a Lifted Miata Survive the Gambler 500?

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kc7b1Jk_0QY

Sure, the Mazda Miata may be "the answer," but does that logic still apply when the tarmac disappears? We used that question as a good enough reason to enter a Miata with a Paco Motorsports lift kit in the 2020 Gambler 500 Florida.

Did our safari-style Miata survive the wilds of Florida? You'll have to watch the video to find out. Presented by CRC Industries.

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noddaz
noddaz UltraDork
8/31/20 4:37 p.m.

Miata is still the answer.  lol

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/31/20 4:49 p.m.
noddaz said:

Miata is still the answer.  lol

What can't a Miata do? Carry a couch? I'm sure it's been done by someone here. 

outasite
outasite HalfDork
8/31/20 5:33 p.m.

Reminds me of the fun I had in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Had good times driving my Saab 96 V4 down the fire trails and clay pits.

boxedfox (Forum Supporter)
boxedfox (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/31/20 6:23 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

RustBeltSherpa
RustBeltSherpa New Reader
8/31/20 7:21 p.m.
noddaz said:

Miata is still the answer.  lol

Miata may be the answer; but an '85 lifted Riviera with a winch you can drive like a boss.

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
9/1/20 8:09 a.m.

In reply to RustBeltSherpa :

The Riviera was way better off-road than it should have been. 

Sonic
Sonic UltraDork
9/1/20 8:45 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:
noddaz said:

Miata is still the answer.  lol

What can't a Miata do? Carry a couch? I'm sure it's been done by someone here. 

I totally did that.  With the roll bar and windshield frame it just sits right on the top nice and level, and you can easily strap it down to the roll bar.  

Placemotorsports
Placemotorsports Reader
9/1/20 8:47 a.m.

Brave man with that winch and no blanket

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/1/20 9:14 a.m.

In reply to Placemotorsports :

Normally I'd have winched from inside the car, but with a 12000 lb. winch cable dragging a barely-stuck 2200 lb. car I knew I had plenty of excess capacity. 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/1/20 10:45 a.m.
ChrisTropea said:

In reply to RustBeltSherpa :

The Riviera was way better off-road than it should have been. 

I was infatuated by Tom's build thread for it, but I'm totally in lust after watching that vid. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/1/20 11:17 a.m.

I'm sad the footage from inside the Buick didn't make it into the video. Truly the most luxurious off-roading I've ever experienced, and I've taken new Grand Cherokees, Range Rovers, Landcruisers, etc. off pavement. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/1/20 11:17 a.m.
Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
9/1/20 1:53 p.m.

Looks like a lot of fun laugh

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/1/20 5:12 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Especially if you like bad GM smell magified tenfold.

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/1/20 5:14 p.m.

I truly enjoyed the Miata build and getting to use it at this event. I have also improved the fender clearance and it will now go anywhere.

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