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This is a well sorted, well put together turn key Miata! It is ready to go on the track today! All it needs to be in the front in a built bottom end. Everything needed to put together a stong engine is available seperately. $9,999 OBO. Car is located at my house in Jackson, MS. Call me with any questions. Delivery is available anywhere.
1990 SCCA Escort World Challenge Series Mazda Miata
This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of Mazda racing history. This 01 car and its sister 02 car were campaigned in the 1990 SCCA Escort World Challenge Series as a way of introducing the then new model to the United States. Both cars are pictured below at the Luguna Seca round in 1990. The cars were constructed and campaigned 24-years ago by Rod Millen Motorsports under commission of the Mazda Motorsports Division of Mazda Motor of America Inc. My research indicates these two cars were the first Miata’s raced in the U.S. and very likely the world. The cars are also the only two Miata’s to ever have been commissioned by the factory. Both cars have construction dates of December1989. I am the 5th owner of the 01 car and have all of the bills of sale to support that claim.
I acquired both cars and a trailer full of spares in the early summer of 2011 and set about restoring both for vintage racing. The 02 car was completed in early March 2012, raced at the 2012 Sebring 12-hour SVRA support race and subsequently sold to a racer in Cleveland, Ohio. I finished restoring the 01 car (car for sale) in the fall of 2012 and have raced it once in SVRA and four times in HSR, at Road Atlanta and Sebring. Fast time at Sebring was 2:38 and 1:46 at Road Atlanta by a 64 year old amateur racer. The 01 car has both an SVRA and an HSR log book, and is annually teched thru HSR until April of 2015. This car is one of two Miata’s accepted by SVRA because of their professional racing history.
I spent over $24,000 restoring the 01 car and that does not include hundreds of hours of my labor. I stripped the car to its wiring harness and thoroughly cleaned the inside, outside and underside. I repainted the cockpit, trunk area and wheel wells with 2-part automotive paint. I replaced the front fenders with new ones from Mazda and purchased a one piece fiberglass hood from ISC. I modified the hood with NACA duct cold air ducts in the fauve headlight doors and added Flyin Miata louvers on each side for hot air extraction. I had the outside refinished in two–stage paint at a local body shop and then had the 1990 World Challenge livery replicated at a local graphics shop. As a part of that effort, I replace the windshield with safety glass and replaced the door vent windows with polycarbonate. The driver’s vent window includes a clear NACA duct. Appropriate sections of the roll cage are protected by high density SFI padding. The dash was completely rewired and a new digital tach with shift light was installed. I also installed warning lights for oil pressure, water pressure, fuel pressure and alternator. Additionally, I installed a Rumble Strip Racing GPS for lap times and a remote switch to turn a Go Pro on and off. The car has a gauge for practically everything including diff and trans temps. Staying in the cockpit, I also installed a 3-gallon Accusump with a remote actuator on the dash; a new Safecraft fire suppression system; a Ultrashield aluminum halo seat (15”) and Safecraft endurance 6-point harness. The car is also wired for a Motorola base radio system including the radio mount. I installed a quick release steering wheel hub and a Sparco flat bottom suede steering wheel. I also installed a Longacre Convex rearview mirror with the long aluminum roll bar mounts. There is also a convex driver’s side round mirror to compliment the stock door mirror. The driver’s foot and leg area sheet metal is covered with aluminum skin and has zero-clearance heat resistant material sandwiched between the aluminum and factory sheet metal. The seat fits me (5’-9” and 175lbs.) like a glove; however, if you are much larger than me you probably will not fit in the car without modifications to the seat/location). The guys at SVRA tech told me they had never seen a seat bolted to the car any better than mine.
All factory suspension components including sub-frames were cleaned, sanded/bead blasted and repainted. I had ISC Racing install their spherical and Delrin race bushing package on the “A” arms and knuckles. I installed ISC top hates and new Bilstein SM shocks with 800 and 350 lb. springs. The front sway bar is ISC’s big unit and the rear is an SM unit. Both sway bars have adjustable drop links. I replaced the tie rod ends, ball joints, front hubs, front upper a-arms and rear hub bearings/seals with new parts from Mazda Motorsports Development. I also installed the long quick-on wheel studs on all four corners and steel lug nuts. I purchased two sets of 949 Racing 8”x15” double valve rims and valve stems in order to use a 225-50-15 tire. The car handles like a go-kart.
Millen ran early RX7 turbo brakes on the two cars. I assume this was more for endurance racing/pad longevity than actually need for larger brakes. The rotors are mounted on custom hats for which I have two sets. I also have a spare set of front turbo calipers. All six calipers were rebuilt using Mazda parts. The flexible brake lines were replaced with stainless steel braided lines. Hawk pads were used with the fronts being nearly full and the rears brand new. Pads seemingly last forever. I purchased/installed both a new master cylinder and master cylinder servo with Mazda parts. The car brakes great and kills the competition going into 10A at Road Atlanta.
Since the vintage groups allow boring the motors .040 over and rather than modify the original matching number 1.6, I pickled that motor and installed a 2001 1.8L rebuilt motor from East Street Racing. To that motor I added a 1999 ITS head from ISC Racing. The intake system is fed thru a custom aluminum tube sized to match the port on the 64mm Skunk2 throttle body that feeds into a flat top JDM intake manifold. The intake is using a HP K&N filter that is segregated from the engine heat by a custom aluminum fence with gold head shield. Fuel is delivered from a 13-gallon fuel cell with collector box and HP pump through -6 Aeroquip SS braided hose to a dual feed Flyin Miata fuel rail. The engine is cooled via an ISC large aluminum radiator and an oil cooler plumbed with -12 Aeroquip SS braided hose with remote oil filter mount that accepts a very large Fram HP1 filter. The engine is controlled with a MegaSquirt 2 ECU that was been dyno tuned before the car’s last race (2014 HSR Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta). Exhaust is expelled thru a complete ISC exhaust system which includes a modified Racing Beat header. Power is sent to the transmission, which was rebuilt by ISC, thru an ACT SM clutch with sprung disk mounted to an F1 Racing lightweight chromoly flywheel. Both the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder were replaced with new at the time of restoration. The slave cylinder is fitted with a braided SS line. The transmission is controlled by a short shift kit and an aluminum shift knob. The differential was purchased from East Street Racing. It is a torsion with a new 4.44 gear. The differential came with low mileage driveshaft and drive axles. Engine, transmission and differential fluids are changed after every race weekend. I have been using Valvoline Racing Oil in the engine and Redline fluids in the tranny and diff.
The car has some blemishes from racing (normal rock chips) but is still very presentable as a vintage/historic race car. I have well over $40k in hard money in the car and, as already noted, hundreds of manhours in the restoration effort. The car comes with the matching number 1.6L motor that is complete and ran fine before removal. The matching number transmission is currently in the car and I have another spare transmission. I also have the original Mazda Comp differential, housing, driveshaft and drive axles that came out of the car during restoration. Additionally, I have the several sets of the original Millen wheels that Panasport built for them (7”x15”). I have the original Sparco seat and sliders plus the Sparco blue fabric to recover the original seat. I have the original competition steering wheel and hub, the original analog dash and a trailer full of spare parts from the original Millen effort. If seriously interested, please email me for spares list as it is way too long to include in the ad.
Essentially, everything is there to put the car back to its 1990 state if you wanted to use it as a show piece. For vintage racing, the car is more competitive in its current state. I have all the bills of sale starting with Rod Millen Motorsports sale of the car. I have the original SCCA logbook and numerous other documents from the 1990 Millen effort, including setup sheets. Again, this car is a blast to drive, it is very easy and economical to maintain, and consumables (i.e. tires and brake pads) have a relatively long lifespan. If you are just getting into vintage racing or want to downsize as I did to an easy car to maintain at a relatively cheap cost, this is the car for you. Just like most of us vintage enthusiasts who had MG’s, Triumphs and the like growing up, I believe the Millennium Generation will have a great interest in vintage racing these types of cars in the future because it’s what they grew up with.
After modifying, preparing and building assorted Mazdas for other people for nearly 30 years, and Miatas basically since they first came out, I decided to finally build one for myself, and incorporate all that I’d learned to make a fun and reliable car that would be enjoyable to drive on the street, but that could also be fast on the track….and tailored exactly to what I personally feel the Miata driving experience is all about. So while it’s not a turbo or supercharged rocket ship, it’s definitely fun, fast, and extremely sweet in all aspects. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m borderline obsessive with finding that perfect balance, and with this 1991 model named Rakuza (all my cars get names – feel free to ask the origin of this one) I feel that I’ve truly found it. Besides figuring prominently (right in front) of the Miatas At MRLS group photos, Rakuza is also mentioned (also with photos) in one of Keith Tanner’s books. Needless to say I’m looking for a good home, someone who will truly appreciate this car.
The car will be available for pickup after the conclusion of this Miatas at Mazda Raceway event (April 27-28). I will include doing a full post-track inspection of the car, plus service with fresh engine oil (Mobil 1), trans and diff oils (Redline).
Asking $15,000 for the whole package.