Now introducing Project Apple! This is my newly acquired 96' Miata. It was my fathers track car which he named Yoshi. This car is pretty much how I got started liking road course stuff.
There aren't many photos of my father and I but there are many times that we were seen at Windy City Miata Club Autocross events. In the photo above you can see my dad, Ron, and myself at the last Tire Rack event I've attended. That event was the first time I actually went off track, go figure right?
Did I mention we used to race the Miata in the Great Lakes Dragway Import wars? Let's just say I modeled my old 240sx to be able to compete with the Miata down the 1320. Drag racing is in my blood I must admit and it's all his fault.
My dad has stopped tracking all together so instead of selling it or parting it out he decided to give it to me! I'm ecstatic to get to work on Yoshi. Mainly because she helped me get started with out knowing it. A bonus is that Yoshi doesn't need much to be track worthy again.
I won't be campaigning this Miata as a full fledge race car. It'll be used as a fun summer car, back up time attack car, and a fun track toy. Who am I kidding it'll most likely get thrown into my Time Attack campaign next year when the S2000 acts up.
Look at the photo above, I haven't seen my S2000 look that clean in years! This project is called Apple because applehead is something my dad used to call me when I was smaller. Like rappers always stating that they never forget where they came from, well I haven't either....
Welcome back to the Sheri limited class build. I'm starting to try and break this stuff up now in different steps. So step one was to take out as much weight as possible with an end goal of 2700lbs competition weight. So I commence to start inside Sheri.
At first I started to tackle all the extra wires. Once I got rid of all the SRS system wires (safety components that I can't be used anyway) I quickly figured out that I don't want to cause myself electrical problems. So I turned my focus to my malfunctioning heating system. I haven't had heat in over a year. To fix this problem, it's most likely something simple like a loose ground because the heat works on and off. Instead, I use this as a reason to take heater core and heating system out.
With the all those components out the way there is so much room for activities now! I tried my best combining all the left over wires together and tying them to the cross bar. There is also another reason I took everything from underneath the dash out.
Sheri is heading up to Rawspeed for fabrication of a few things. In a few weeks I'll be going up to Rawspeed and showing you exactly what we have under our sleeves. Next week I'll be introducing project Apple.....
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"Just your ordinary track guy from the south suburbs of chicago. Thank you to all my supporters,friends and followers. With out you i would be nothing :)"-Devin Giles