One of my favorite things about being a car enthusiast is the community. Yes, there are a few bad apples but for the most part the car community, as divided as they can be at times, can come together for something really great. This is an example of one of those instances. A while back the team at Grassroots Motorsports Magazine (GRM) set out on a long term build of a 1996 Mazda Miata with the goal of transplanting a 1.3L Turbocharged rotary engine from a 2nd Gen RX-7. Great care was taken to make sure the swap was done right. The Miata’s subframe was even modified to properly accommodate the drivetrain. There was a lot more done and the great thing about this particular build is that everything you would want to know about it has already been documented by Grassroots Motorsports Magazine.
Unfortunately, the owner of the car who was also a member of the GRM forums, passed away before the car was completed.
His friends and the team at GRM got together and finished the project in his honor and now the car is up for a “no reserve” auction with the proceeds going to an educational fund for the previous owner’s daughter. This is a great opportunity to land yourself an awesome car and help out a good guy.
As of the writing of this post the bidding sits at $3,500 and the auction will continue until Monday November 28th, 2016. The winner will get the Miata with a clean Florida title. The winner will also get all the back issues of Grassroots Motorsports that feature the build as well as a subscription to the magazine for the next 10 years! You can head over to the official auction page right now to bid. The page is also a good place to see more images of the car and even a video of it taking on a local autocross course.