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I find it interesting that the only people i ever hear go on about 'heritage' are some backwards ass americans. Literally no one gives a shit except them. I applaud the changes, motor displacement and all.
Oh, FFS, almost every car maker (and fanboy) talks about Heritage. Porsche, Ferarri, even Honda had the CVCC in a fairly recent ad. This is not uniquely American.
That's awesome! I love that kinda stuff even though I'm not in the industry. My father-in-law is an engineer at a small machine shop in Kansas that does die machines and roll form machines (think metal building panels and such). I'll have to ask him if they subscribe to the magazine.
For the last 15 or so years there has been a Miata meetup in Monterey, CA with two days at Laguna Seca. This year we decided to head out there and make a vacation of it! ~5000miles in a 2016 Miata? Hell yea!
Day 1: We left Austin mid-afternoon on Tuesday and headed to Roswell, NM. That's a haul, especially with a large portion at night. They put alien eyes on the street lanterns which cracks me up.
Day 2: Left pretty early in the morning and headed to Flagstaff, AZ to meet up with my wife's parents (they rented their own car, heh). Stopped at Petrified Forest National Park and checked that out. Stayed at Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins that has a full bar and restaurant which was nice.
Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park
Day 3: Off to the Grand Canyon! It's quite grand. Saw the major south rim sights, then headed to Tulare, CA. On the way we stopped in Oatman, AZ where donkeys roam the streets from the old mining days.
Grand Canyon South Rim
Day 4: Out from Tulare to Sequoia National Park. This was a new park to me, and it's absolutely stunning. Checked out the General Sherman tree (largest tree in the world by volume) and it's... huge. Nice hiking in there and great facilities. We ended in Monterey and got checked in and all that. We got a condo across the street from Monterey Bay, it was awesome.
Miata and Sequoias
Day 5-6: 7am at the track was kinda hard, but the excitement of running Laguna Seca made it easier ;) Crisp California coast morning was great, then turning fairly warm by the afternoon. Laguna Seca's facilities are very nice and the paddock area is nice and large with plenty of space for over 700 Miatas! (Not all were tracking, groups were limited to like 30-35 cars) The track is great, it flows incredibly well, has plenty of runoff, and gives you a workout. After a couple of sessions without an instructor, I asked for one and the two that rode with me made a huge difference in my confidence and my times. I still needed to drive back to Texas, so there was quite a bit left on the table, hah!
Day 6-8: Yosemite tourist stuff. Rented a fantastic little house just outside of Yosemite (Called Little Red House on AirBNB) where we BBQ'd a bit and enjoyed the view. Yosemite always leaves me in awe every time I visit.
View from porch of cabin
Famous Tunnel View
Day 8: Yosemite to San Francisco. Quick (~3hours) jaunt back to the coast. Hit up the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, and had a nice dinner in Sausalito.
Day 9: Long run to San Diego. We got in, almost got comfortable, then my dad had a medical emergency so we cut the trip a little short and had to leave early the next morning.
Day 9: San Diego to El Paso.Still had time to stop in Tucson, AZ for a Sonora Dog (hot dog wrapped in bacon, with pico, grilled onions, chili sauce, all on a soft roll)
Day 11: El Paso to Austin. Brutal.
All in all a great trip. We hope to do it next year! (My dad is good btw!)