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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Exiting the Roll Cage

October 25, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

See that fat metal bar just waiting for someone to stumble over it and break his neck? That's our 1997 project Miata's roll cage bar and while it's a useful addition on track days, it can make getting out of the car during everyday use a hassle.

After a few experiences that involved me lurching and staggering out of the vehicle like a drunken sailor, I finally came up with a technique that allows me to make a more controlled exit. Here's how it goes:

1) I open the driver-side door as wide as it will go.

2) I put my left hand on the roll cage bar and my right hand on the emergency brake.

3) I then swing my left leg over the roll cage bar and place it on the ground outside the vehicle.

4) Finally, while gripping the bar and emergency brake, I use my arms to vault myself out of the vehicle, much like I imagine someone would use his upper-body strength to lift himself out of a wheelchair.

ot a perfectly graceful exit strategy by any means, but much better than the approach I was taking before.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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