Towing My Own Personal Miata Project - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Ram 1500: Towing My Own Personal Miata Project

March 29, 2010


I spent the weekend using the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 and a borrowed heavy-duty trailerto shuttle my own personal project Miata to and from the body shop to get the trunk pulled straight.But thisMiata is not the long-term 1994 long-term Miata that Jay will tinker with and maybe let us driveif we ask real nice over the next year or so.

No, my 1990 Mazda Miata redefines the term "long-term" as I've had it in my care for over 20 years. It's a race car, you see, and I'm restoring it. Only driven on weekends, less than 7,000 actual miles. Sharp-eyed readers saw it in the background of the GMC Terrain suspension walkaround(photo #2) in the middle of a complete teardown.

Why would I use the word "restore" when referring to a 1990 Mazda Miata? Well, this is the first Miata to ever win a race in North America. That factoid didn't seem to be a big deal back in the day when it happened, but a ton of Miata racecars have been built and Miata wins have beennotched in the years since thatmaiden victory, scored in this very car by yours truly.

But enough about that.The Dodge Ram barely even blinked with this load. It towed nice and smooth. OK, the towed weight was probably no more than 4,000 lbs and my buddy Craig lent me an outstanding trailer, but this truckhas never once disappointed me. The bigger test will comeover the April 10-11 weekend, when I tow the carover hill and dale on the way northto Laguna Seca/Mazda Raceway for the Miatas at Mazda Raceway 20-year anniversary Miata-only track day event and party. I'll have stuff in the bed and crew in the Crew Cab. Should be fun. Stop by and say hello if you're nearby.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 24,834 miles

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