Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Over at a new blog post - Check it! My track car stories continue

I start my track career with a - wait for it - a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera. Probably not the ideal first track car, but what the hell. As in what a hell of a track car. Read the blog and share my fear of Turbo induced oversteer.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Selling my highly tuned track car - 1999 Miata MX-5 for $15,000 obo

1999 Mazda Miata MX-5 Track Car: $15,000

Highly developed purpose build track car. Note, this car still retains its road legal safety equipment and has current inspection and registration in Texas (thru 1/19). This Miata is the infamous “Beast” and was the long-term Miata NB development platform for Track Dog Racing (TDR). It has a brand new (installed Jan/2018) race tuned motor and is capable of developing more than 350HP at the crank, currently tuned at 325HP / 270RWHP for long term track duty. Clear Texas title.

Motor Rebuild:
·      Custom TDR Miata race setup with long block engine consisting of decking block and head, bearings, polished crank, block bored and honed.
·      Forged rods
·      Forged oversize Supertech pistons 9 to 1 compression ratio, new rings, bearings, seals
·      Manley forged rods,
·      Rebuilt oil pump with increased pressure, new seal and gaskets.
·      Head includes 3 angle cut, new valve seals, decked head, Cometic head gasket, seals and new valve cover gasket., timing belt and components
·      New valve seals. New oil seals, spark plugs, oil and filter, water seals,
·      Gates Blue timing belt.
·      M-Tuned Coolant Reroute Kit (94-05) 1.8.
·      F1 Chromoly Flywheel 11.7 lbs, 1.8 Miata.
·      MegaSquirt PNP Gen 2 for 99-00 Miata MSPNP2-MM9900.
·      TDR Custom injectors for Miata only, 700 cc, plug and play.
·      Track Dog Racing Aluminum 6-Rib Crank Pulley - 140 mm.
·      Genuine Mazda 90-05 Miata Belly Pan Undertray (Except MAZDASPEED).
·      Genuine MAZDASPEED 90-05 Miata Motor Mounts.

Forced Induction/Cooling/Exhaust:
·      TDR BRP Super Charger with independent 6 rib auto tensioner,
·      TDR Intercooler with SS pipes,
·      Running 13psi, set for 7500 RPM redline,
·      TDR custom aluminum radiator w/ dual cooling fans,
·      Additional oil cooler w/ oil filter relocation kit (inside left front fender well),
·      Custom TDR oil catch can.
·      JR SS header, RoaderSport SS Mid pipe, Racing Beat dual exhaust.

Suspension / Chassis:
·      TIEN Flex Z adjustable coil over kit,
·      Racing Beat Front / Rear adjustable sway bars,
·      AWR adjustable sway bar mounts
·      Flying Miata Butterfly brace,
·      TDR adjustable front strut brace,
·      Super Pro adjustable bushings

·      Willwood Big Brake Kit front,
·      New DBA rotors,
·      Hawk DTC-60 brake pads,
·      Stainless Steel Brake Lines,
·      Custom front brake air ducts,
·      Adjustable brake bias valve,
·      Motul RBS-600 brake fluid.

·      Ultra Shield TDR Rally Sport Seats,
·      5-pt Ultra Shield Cam lock harnesses,
·      Hard Dog Hard Core M-2 Roll bar with bolt in Harness bar,
·      I/O Port seat back braces (trimmed so that convertible top can be lowered).
·      TDR custom gauge cluster (with switchable read out),
·      Pioneer Head unit (original radio included).
·      Hidden battery cut off switch in trunk.
·      TDR Radical front splitter,
·      TDR rear spoiler lip,
·      949 Racing 6UL 15” x 8” wide wheels,
·      Hankook Ventus RS3.2 tires,
·      Spraco hood pins,
·      TDR hood struts,
·      Dual front tow hooks,

Extras / notes:
·      2 x extra 949 Racing 6UL 15” x 8” wheels,
·      set of stock fuel injectors  
·      instructions to revert this car to a base line tune for additional tuning options.
·      AC and cruise control are currently not installed, but come with parts to reinstall.

This is a highly capable track car. On short tracks like MSR, ECR and Cresson, you can hang with big boys like Porsche GT3’s and GT4’s. I have personally seen this car pass a Lamborghini Gallardo twice in the same session. OK, the owner of TDR was driving and maybe the Lambo driver was not the fastest driver, but I remember he was very upset he got passed – twice – by a Miata within just a handful of laps. It was greatness!

Priced at $15,000 obo.

Contact Rob Turner @

Car is located in North DFW, TX. Brand new 20’ enclosed trailer with only 1100 miles on it is also available separately for $5,200. If you are interested, I can send pix and details.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Over on a new blog post appears

I wanted to create a number of posts that recaps my all the track cars I have driven. Although I am starting out of order (starting with my current ride), I will get back on track (pun intended) soon enough. Enjoy the read.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Website for The Driver - Series

It was time for an upgrade. I really liked the old website, but it was getting a little long in the tooth. Published in 2014, it's like what...100 years old in Internet age? So got a new set of cloths. And using a new web platform / service, I think that there will be a lot of additions and improvements to the site over time. So check it out, visit my new website:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

USGP at COTA Oct. 20-22, 2017

Hey, any F1 fans out there? Hopefully you already have your travel plans and tickets for F1. This race looks to be incredible. Lewis Hamilton may win WC#4 but could be thwarted by Seb Vettel. Yep, it looks to be a great race.

So me and the two tall men (aka my two sons) will be there in Turn 12. Just look for two of the taller human beings in the stands and you will be sure to find us. We love to talk racing, cars, music and Austin.

Oh and on another note, be sure to check out my oldest sons band - Forever Starts Today. Playing in and around Texas.

Hope to see you all there.