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2014 Memorial Day Weekend Meet At Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi

By  June 9, 2014
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Despite a coating of dust and only having one mirror, which was held on by rubber bands, Roadster made it out to the first show of the year this past Memorial Day weekend at Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi in Tampa, Florida. I finally got to meet some of the local Miata owners in the local club known as Tampa Bay Miatas. Out front we had eight Miatas lined up of all three generations, and surprisingly without planning it, each one was a different color.

mirror held in with rubber bands Oh the horror, oh the shame!

I’m not usually the type to commit slapdash vehicle repairs but after having just recovered from a nasty cold and being cooped up in the house for a week, I needed to get out of the house and walk around to fight off the cabin fever. Determined to make it to the show, I did what I had to do and got the driver’s side mirror bolted back together so that I could at least not have to worry about getting a ticket. But then once that was assembled and properly tightened, there was only 2 hours left until the show was about to start, not nearly enough time to dry the silicone that held the mirror in the frame. So I improvised by wrapping two rubber bands around it to hold it in, in a rare #thereIfixedit moment and arrived to the show just as it was starting. This was a fairly diverse show focusing mostly on imports. There was a little bit of everything, from drift to drag and form to function.

Scion FR-S on CCWThis FR-S was lowered on CCW wheels with FT86 badge and lens swaps. Looking sharp!

S13 Nissan 240SXA straight body example of an S13 240SX with an RB25DET engine swap next to a DC2 Integra.

Mitsubishi Evolution IXA blast from dreams past, the Lancer Evolution IX sitting next to a Subaru WRX.

Honda S2000 and Nissan GTRHonda S2000 and Nissan GTR

Vintage Toyotas

Vintage ToyotasThere was also a nice showing of vintage JDM with some older Corolla wagons, Corona, and this AE86.

Toyota Corona

Mazda RX-2

Mazda RX-2This Mazda RX-2 really stood out with it’s more period-correct mesh wheels and beautiful gold paint. The owner said it had been fully restored ten years ago but he was planning on a refresh in the near future.

Mazda RX-2 headlights

Mazda RX-2 rotary engine

E30 BMW 3-series

E30 BMW 3-seriesAnother standout, with a less traditional approach was this blue E30 BMW with boost by Active Autowerke.

E30 BMW interior

E30 BMW

Miatas

NA Mazda Miata

Baby ViperThis NB’s stripes gave it the appearance of a baby Viper.

NC Miata on RPF1Clean NC MX-5 on Enkei RPF1

My Mazda MiataDay 15: They still think I’m a show car… I’m kidding, I love my little Roadster.

Veteran receiving a free carThe event wrapped up with Precision Mazda and Mitsubishi giving this mint condition Tracer away to a lucky veteran. It only had 50,000 miles on it and was in like-new condition. The man had served 7 or 8 years (I can’t recall the exact number) in the Middle East and had recently retired to spend more time with his family. 

Photos copyright 2014 Bryce Womeldurf Full Flickr set available here for viewing. Flickr slideshow available here.