Tag: Photos


Ode to a Bikini Top

My God, it's full of stars.

I love my hardtop. I mean seriously. It’s my hardtop. I don’t call it “Sharka’s hardtop” but rather “mine”. It transforms the Miata from a floppy noodle into a real car. It offers a barrier against skin cancer and the weather. It looks gorgeous.

And then I got the bikini top.

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Vegas Night Polaroids

Paris and the Bellagio fountain show as seen from my window.

I lugged my huge tripod and two cameras all over the Las Vegas Strip at night. My reward was six beautiful squares of chemicals, plastic, and memories.

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What Top?

No roofs for miles.

After a year and a very long winter, I finally took Sharka’s hardtop off.

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Happiness is a New Helmet

Shoei RF-1100 in silver.

This is the 2nd helmet I’ve ever owned. I’ve suffered along with the same uncomfortable bargain rack KBC helmet for all of my racing life. It finally expired, so I treated myself to something a bit nicer.

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A Very Trekkie Christmas

Set phasers to 'jolly', Mr Worf.

I have a confession to make. I’m a bit of a nerd.

I’ll let that one sink in for a minute or two. I’m sure it comes as a surprise to many of my friends and readers.

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Sharka’s New Ass

Before the plastic surgery...

It hasn’t quite been two months since painting (I was supposed to wait at least that long before applying vinyl), but I could not wait to install these tail lights any longer. Plus, the nice weather is due to go away soon in favor of winter. So. Without further delay, I present Sharka’s New Ass!

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Rear Air Dam Restoration

On top of the world.

The Mazda factory rear air dam for the Miata is a bit of a rare part. It was discontinued around 2002. I was fortunate enough to acquire one a few years back. A factory one, not a copy. I remember the day well. I held it in my hands. I admired it. And then I cut it in half so it would fit my trailer hitch.

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Ode to a Hardtop

Topdown motoring has lost its appeal...

Every winter for as long as I’ve been a hardtop owner, I’ve dreaded it. The hardtop. Being closed in. The squeaks, the rattles, the confinement.

The fiberglass prison….

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CR.net Calendar Contest Winner

And the winner is....

The winner of the CR.net calendar contest is announced!

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Mazda3 2.3l Oil Change

Jack up car - install jack stand

Oil change time! Yup. Very exciting. But I’m always surprised when I encounter a “car guy” who doesn’t change his own oil. It’s such an enjoyable little ritual. Hit the jump for a full Mazda3 oil change guide. Cartridge filter and everything!

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