How Do I Convince My Wife To Let Me Buy A Fun Car?

Good news, everyone! Today is FRIDAY! Actually, it's now Tuesday, and I'm writing this like 11 days in the past. That's because I am currently on vacation in a country where Internet is reserved for a lucky few, such as cafes where they make you order a baba ghanoush to get the WiFi password. » 3/27/15 2:05pm Friday 2:05pm

How Not To Ice Race

On a crisp Sunday morning at the end of February I was fortunate enough to have finally amassed the right set of items/abilities to be able to participate in one of the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club's fabled ice races. If you know me personally you would know that I have been trying to attend one of these ice races… » 3/07/15 7:25pm 3/07/15 7:25pm

First Drive: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

BARCELONA, SPAIN — Five lugs good, four lugs better! The first two generations of Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) made do with four wheel lugs in classic small-car fashion, but the bulkier third-generation car and its seventeen-inch rolling stock required the addition of a fifth. When early photos of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata… » 1/30/15 11:40am 1/30/15 11:40am

This GM Powered BMW Z3 Is Actually A Miata

We know the answer is always Miata...but what was the question? What do I do with the GM V6 and Z3 front clip sitting around in my garage? » 12/15/14 2:00pm 12/15/14 2:00pm

Some cars are headaches, others are the cure

I'm proud to announce that after a year or more of dithering, equivocating, making excuses, procrastinating, and generally messing myself and others around, I've finally taken matters in hand and made what is quite possibly a gargantuan mistake. » 10/18/14 4:19pm 10/18/14 4:19pm

Jack Baruth to Miata haters: your argument is invalid because ND

It's the tiny elephant in the room: the legitimacy of the Maza Miata's man card. Is it forged, or authentic? Are roadsters still manly? Does anybody really care after driving one? Moot points, says Jack. The new Miata is fit for a man, and you're wrong if you disagree. » 10/08/14 10:35am 10/08/14 10:35am

Coast-to-Coast in 5.5 Days. In a Miata.

There's been a lot of Miata talk lately, so I, as a veteran of two coast to coast runs in an NA, figured I would share the experience of my latest 5 day trip from Connecticut to the Seattle in my NA Miata. » 10/02/14 7:28pm 10/02/14 7:28pm

I drove 2800 miles in a half-dead Miata to see the 2016 ND

The desert north of Las Vegas was sweltering, broiling, intolerable. In front of me, brake lights and stopped cars for miles—construction. Above, the night sky taunted me. It was after dark but the air was a parching 104F, and I was trapped in a cockroach-sized lozenge of a sportscar whose A/C had given up the ghost,… » 10/03/14 9:54am 10/03/14 9:54am

Would You Pay Ten Grand For A '97 Miata?

One could argue that the Mazda Miata is the "official car of Jalopnik." Miata love runs strong around here, and while I personally would never buy one, I can understand the appeal. But I'm not quite sure a '97 NA is worth $10,000, feel free to convince me otherwise. » 9/17/14 2:00pm 9/17/14 2:00pm

Why You Shouldn’t Buy An NA Miata

Over the last half-decade or so, Mazda’s Miata has been enjoying something of a reboot of its reputation. Long derided as a car unfit for those packing chest hair, the new line is that it’s a hot, affordable little roadster that offers all of the joys of sports-car motoring without the headaches induced by owning… » 9/16/14 10:41pm 9/16/14 10:41pm

The Ultimate Two Car Garage For $10k

While I was reading Patrick George's excellent writeup on driving two classic V8 luxury barges, I had a bit of a revelation: a Mercedes W126 and a Miata would make the perfect two car garage for under $10k. » 9/15/14 6:46pm 9/15/14 6:46pm

​The 2016 Mazda Miata Is Packing A Lotta Gizmos

The Mazda Miata hasn't really been a stripped-down, bare-bones roadster for years, but for 2016 it's packing a raft of safety and convenience features, most of which should be optional. (We hope.) » 9/04/14 2:20pm 9/04/14 2:20pm

​Driving the World's Most Iconic Roadster on America's Greatest Road

We Need a Strategic Miata Reserve

Despite Mazda Motor Corporation's gallant efforts, we will one day reach Peak Miata; the moment when we reach the maximum availability of the brilliant small Japanese roadster. From that moment to eternity, the number of Miatas will become smaller, and smaller, and smaller, descending a bell curve until only Mafia… » 7/28/14 2:43pm 7/28/14 2:43pm

Daytona or Bust. Don't bet against bust.

I left Los Angeles with a change of clothes, my cellphone and a trunk full of kitty litter. 328,000 miles on the clock for the Million-Mile Miata and one goal for me: Get it to the next idiot, he's going to drive it at Daytona. » 7/22/14 1:58pm 7/22/14 1:58pm

The 2016 Mazda Miata Is Almost Definitely Turbocharged

Late last night it was revealed that the 2016 Mazda Miata will first be seen on September 3rd. Mazda also posted this little driving video, and there is the distinct sound of forced induction. That's right folks, the 2016 Miata will be going turbo. » 7/03/14 9:35am 7/03/14 9:35am

OMG! 2016 Mazda Miata To Debut September 3rd!

Hey everyone! Mazda just tweeted out that the next generation of the greatest car ever made, the MX-5 Miata will debut on September 3rd! I can't even contain my excitement! » 7/03/14 12:27am 7/03/14 12:27am

Unholy Union Of A 1934 Ford Pickup Truck & Mazda Miata Came Out Awesome

The Mazda Miata has been modified every which way, but I bet you've never seen one turned into a truck. I'm not talking about sawing the sports car's truck and reckoning it's a hauler— this is a complete 1934 Ford steel-body conversion. Why? How? ...Why? » 6/23/14 10:50am 6/23/14 10:50am

The 8-Bit Miata Drift Car Returns: Chuckwalla Stage

The 8-Bit Miata is back at Chuckwalla for some surprisingly hairy drifting for a stock-engine car with a welded diff. Did I say car? I mean video game fantasy that's burst into the real world. » 3/06/14 3:05pm 3/06/14 3:05pm