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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Its Life Flashing Before My Eyes

April 12, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Its Life Flashing Before My Eyes

The other night, L.A. was hit with a little bout of April showers. Normally, I don't sweat that stuff but since I was faced with a long-ish drive in our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata, I have to say I was a little concerned. See, our Miata saw track time recently. (If you haven't seen the videos of Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr racing the Miata on Buttonwillow Raceway, do it now.) So its tires, which many before have remarked on for being grippy, have worn down a bit so don't evacuate water as well as they used to.

As I drove down the curvy, wet and pockmarked 110 Pasadena freeway, thoughts of Mr. White (Project Miata #1) flashed before my eyes. That would really suck if something happened to THIS Project Miata. 

The rain either brings cautious-to-the-point-of-dangerous drivers or those who drive wayy too fast for the conditions. So I just kept it to 5 mph slower than the speed limit and stayed out of everyone's way. The car danced a little when it hit wet bumps but nothing bad. And thank goodness for those effective windshield wipers.

We made it home without incident, but after considering how much time and effort has gone into this Miata, I realized that, for me, driving it is like driving an ultra-expensive car. "Please don't hit me!"

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 136,569 miles

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