On Tuesday, February 09, 1999 6:02 AM, Bret Dodson [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
> Let's look at one of the more heavily subscribed classes in Solo shall
> we? B Stock is pretty much considered Miata-land, no one disputes
> this. The conventional wisdom is that if you don't have an R package or
> Sport package Miata you are not going to be competitive. There are
> stories of folks driving non-R Miatas winning trophies, but I think that
> is so rare as to be akin to urban legend.
I just want to set the record straight. An 'R Miata is not required to trophy.
There have been a few who have trophied at Nationals in a non-R Miata.
> Here's the kicker. Total production of R model Miatas from '94 to '97
> (there was no '98 Miata) was: 1841 units.
> Yes, that's it. Last year I purchased one of the 111 R package Miatas
> made in '96. There were 47 R package Miatas made in '97. The '96+ Miatae
> have a slightly improved lsd and a smidge more power than the '94 and '95
> So, if B Stock has survived for so long with just 1841 cars in the whole
> entire world eligible to compete competitively, doesn't it seem just a
> smidge silly to be wringing our hands over the Type R being a "limited
> production" car?
Remember, there are a fair number of Miata's in BS that are not R models.
And a good number are pretty competitive.