Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Miatasaurus back in action: Part 2

Continued from Part 1.

When I arrived at the skid pan, things felt more familiar and I knew what to expect this time. I pushed my nerves to the back of my mind, put my helmet and seatbelt on and went out and gave it a go!

I felt way more confident on the skid pan as there was a lot more space to practice on, and was really surprised at how slippery the surface was. It was a lot easier to break traction but because of this I also found it a bit harder to control my steering. The best part about it was that we had a glitch-free day with the MX-5; the new cooler seemed to do its job and we didn’t have any problems with anything overheating – which was awesome! Although I’m still a mega newbie, I feel like I’ve still learnt some great basic skills and have a better understanding of my car now which is a really cool feeling. I know I’ve definitely got nothing to lose!

Here is Adrian's S14 on some of my favourite wheels - Work VS-XX with polished lips and painted grey centres.


Hampton Downs also had an open track day going on that day too, and I was so excited when this awesome 260z showed up! We had a chat to the owner who gave us some handy tips (he had a L2.8 triple carb set-up!) and let us take a few photos of the half-cage as we plan on installing something similar to what he had.

Beautiful... just watching it drive around the track made me realise that I definitely made the right choice in buying one of these!

Another very cool car to watch on the track - the front and rear looks like a Lotus but I've never seen it in kit car form like this? Whatever is was, it was awesome!

I had to do a double take when this drove past us. I've heard of this car before but seeing it in person was truly something else! The Hulme CanAm concept car is New Zealand's very own supercar - a 600 hp, LS-7 V8-powered carbon fibre beauty! Personally I think this is super sick - what do you guys think?

At the end of the day I was allowed to go out on the track for a few laps too, and I have to admit that this was my favourite part of the day. I didn’t realise until now but I drove out there without hesitation and without over thinking anything – I was excited and not nervous at all! I love the feeling of improving and feeling more confident with each lap, and I love the feeling of exiting the corners at speed and practicing the right lines. I’ve decided I probably won’t do another skid day unless the right opportunity does present itself, but instead plan on getting more track time for both me and the MX-5. By the time the Z is ready I’d love to go out there and drive it out the track with full confidence, and without experiencing that 'I don't think I can eat breakfast' feeling!

Speaking of Project Z, some exciting progress has been made over the past couple of weeks and I can't wait to update more on here soon. I love my cars so much!


  1. Ha Taryn that car that looks like a lotus is a lotus! Take a look

    Was also really good to see you out there!

  2. Thats a Lotus 2-eleven, one for the serious track junkies!

  3. Hey Taryn that black & yellow track car is a Lotus 2-Eleven

  4. The Lotus is a Lotus 2-eleven

  5. Great read and pernormal great photos too. Makes me want to get my A into G and head out onto the track too :p In due time... Looking foward to the Project G updates too (Y)

  6. I'm glad to see you enjoying the track! I know you went for the skid day but Miatas are little grip monsters. :) Seriously you're the only one who makes me miss mine.... But autocrossing the S2000 was a blast, so I think I'm set with my new autocross & track monster. :)

    Can't wait to see how your Z turns out either!


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