So more winter work is going on for the RX8. I’m continuing on with my plans from last week’s updates. As of now, all the radiator parts are out, lines are out, some lines are installed and I’m working on replacing the oil lines. While doing this, the lovely northern US salt ridden roads shortened the life of many MANY bolts. Needless to say, I’ll be drilling and tapping new stainless hardware into many locations on the chassis. New crash …

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Ok, we’re through Christmas with New Year’s Eve upon us and it’s time for the RX8 to get some upgrades and much needed maintenance. This car was daily driven for the first 4 years of its life and then weekend warrior and then track junky / garage queen. Needless to say, there are some items that need attention after nearly 9 years of duty and 94K on the clock. It was all starting with this: My plan was to go …

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I dont think I can really call this bodywork any more. I’m not touching the body, just the parts that go back on it. It is really amazing how long this stage of building a car can take. I’ve lost track of total hours invested at the moment, but I’ll go back and check my logs to see. There is something about these old cars though that I’m really having a fun time with. It was all so much simpler …

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Oct 28 2012 Bill Videos No Comments

A video of the send off event of the 2012 season. An OG Racing Hyperdrive at VIR! We hope to begin HPDEs next year and keep our Autox titles as well. If all goes to plan, we may have two more drivers and three new cars at the events too! Stay tuned!

Oct 19 2012 Bill Events No Comments

The 2012 NASA Mid Atlantic Autocross championship season is over! How did we end up? Well lets just say we left the last event a little heavier then we arrived. It was a great season with some good people and good courses! Where else can you autocross in January after all! The standings for Twitchy Racing went as follows: 1st Place NXC – Bill Edwards #78 RX8 1st Place NXD – Mikko Von Kutzleben (or as our shirts now say …

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With further modifications to the MX-5 for the track, it is becoming less streetable in my opinion. The car certainly has no issues, but my body can’t withstand the abuse on longer trips any longer. We have one more race in the NASA-X season and a Hyperdrive the weekend after, so I definitely wanted something by then. I luckily came across a year old trailer in decent shape for a relatively decent price. All I had to do was weld/paint …

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New Trailer

Well as we’re wrapping up the 2012 season and my daughter is becoming old enough to understand that daddy is gone on Sundays, it was time to take the dive into trailering the RX8 to events. I’ve had an older utility style trailer to move the cars around and haul things, but never really used it to tow to events. That trailer is out and I managed to pick up a better one that I feel will get me, the …

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So time was moving pretty slow. The paint had enough time to cure so some finishing up had to take place. The paint got a cut/buff from a simple orbital. Nothing special, but it got a good polish and wax onto the paint to bring out SOME luster. Overall, the paint job isn’t bad considering the conditions and equipment used. Cheap paint job, why? BECAUSE RACE CAR! Tailights in, paint buffed, and the fuel cell undercoated again. Will probably undercoat …

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So after countless hours of fixing what had to be fixed and getting the car taped up and sealed, it was finally time for color! The bitter truth of this phase though is that at this point we know we’re not making it to the challenge for 2012 and I left a lot of the “badges of honor” on the car. If this was a no holds bar type build, I would have spent several more weeks in body work …

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With all the years of paint work on this Mazda, I splurged a bit and got a high quality 2k primer sealer from eastwood. Hey, it’s splurging for a $2012 build. I wanted to make sure I got good adhesion on everything from old paint, rust, old primer and old paint. The new location I’m working in has no power to the section I’m using, so I had to run extension cords for the air compressor which meant I had …

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