Before I started autocrossing, I didn't necessarily think of the Miata as a girlie car, but I wasn't really dead-set on getting one until I saw how well they work for dodging cones in a parking lot. Sure, it doesn't have a lot of power even in its current form (and my '91 has even less), but driving a Miata is still… » 10/16/14 12:46pm 10/16/14 12:46pm

As a San Francisco Region corner worker, I had many opportunities to see one of the penalized competitors in SM race. He usually won his races in SM by a very comfortable margin (at our last regional race at Laguna, he had SEVENTEEN SECONDS on second place). I'd wondered just how legal his car was. » 10/14/14 12:27pm 10/14/14 12:27pm

Most of the stations near where I live, and for that matter most of the ones I know of in California, charge an additional twenty cents for premium over regular. OTOH, the highest octane rating you can find here in the State Once Known as Golden is 91 (excepting a handful of stations that carry 93 or better), and… » 10/02/14 11:13am 10/02/14 11:13am

I've never bought a new car myself, but my parents bought them occasionally (they typically bought used). The first thing I learned, which is sort of a corollary to what you learned with your parents' Prius purchase, is that car salesmen are more inclined to deal near the end of a model year. » 9/30/14 11:50am 9/30/14 11:50am