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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

June 18, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

Not too long ago, Miata enthusiasts fell into two general groups - racers and wine-and-cheesers. But just when you thought the demographics of a well-established car had settled into a groove, an unexpected thing happened -- a few years ago, younger drivers discovered the Miata. 

Among these guys is a microcosm of hardparkers, show cars, beaters, racers and just commuters. They're sociable, too.

A small group in southern California started meeting weekly at a local Krispy Kreme parking lot to then go on a drive. This meet then grew into KINOD (Krispy kreme In-N-Out Drive).

The sixth anniversary of KINOD was last Friday night at the usual spot in City of Industry. Like most car meet-ups, these guys swap lies, parts and just hang out. More than a hundred Miatas showed up at KINOD 6, and the variety was hugely eclectic. There really is something for everyone. That car in the lead shot is Blackbird Fabworx' Miata Challenge car. It's no show car, as it's currently leading the class championship.

I snapped a few crappy pics when cars were just trickling in. Then I got distracted by the aroma of donuts and fell into a food coma. My favorite detail? The guy who street-drives his deliciously patina'd Miata on Goodyear Eagle racing slicks. 

For more (and better) images, head over to clubroadster.net.

--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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Once the sun set, this lot was full of Miatas of every flavor. Also, that FD RX-7 has an LSsomethingorother in it.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

Pretty neat execution of a simple bikini top.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

This '01 is for sale. Supercharged. Lots of bits. Nice. $9995.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

Lotus Elise seats are a popular swap for Miatas. They're great if your back is hammock-shaped.

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: KINOD Gathering

Have a vent or twenty. This guy drove in from Arizona just for the meet.

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