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Hi folks. I had tried awhile back to register, had some problems and kinda walked away. I guess I'm all set now. Anyhow, I'm a 51 year old enthusiast that will have been riding for 35 years this June.
I am an original owner of a 86 GSXR750 that at least a few of you here may have seen out on the track at the occasional track day. I'll pop in here every so often and try not to be too much of a "PITA".
Looking forward to meeting some of you as circumstances allow. I'm trying to figure just how soon I'll be doing a track day this spring, but you know how that can go. If you see me there, I ought to be pretty easy to spot. Not too many of those old girls doing track days.
Don't be shy, and introduce yourself. I might be working on being a cantankerous old fart, but I promise I won't bite.
 

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Hi Tab, I am already an old fart. That is a pretty new bike to me. What miata do you have? Mine is a '91, the brg and tan special- it is a great car, only thing I miss from the old brit cars is that smell of wool carpet and old oil.
 

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I still remember the very first time I ever saw a GSXR. That's the kind of impact it had on me at the time. Is this my JFK?

North Territorial Rd. eastbound, late 1986, driving the Carter Lumber truck, heading back to the yard right after fueling up, 19yrs old... months before I joined the Army...
Guy blew past me on a red/black/white one, wearing full leathers.
It was the most awesome machine I had ever seen, ever. I was straining my eyes to read the jumble of letters/numbers on it, trying to figure out what the hell it was, but he was disappearing pretty quickly.
I think my next clear memory of a GSXR was the next summer, walking back to the barracks at Ft. Hood, TX, in a light rain, watching some dumb-ass goosing the throttle until he kicked out the back end too far & slid into a curb underneath the bike (my pal & I laughed - hey, he had it coming). I also had an Army friend who bought one & used to turn 10s at the post dragstrip. This would have all been 1986-1989.
 

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Nice to hear from some folks so soon. As I said I've had my 86 since new. As the years went by, various thoughts of a new bike came and went.
The old girl just fits and still makes me smile. Of course, as we both grow older, her capabilities aren't diminishing with age, but my naughty bits are, so a newer bike's abilities would be largely wasted with me in the saddle.
I have a 93 Miata, white. Sweet little car. I've done some suspension upgrades and a lighter flywheel, that's about it. I haven't auto crossed it yet, but hopefully I will this season,,,, so I can finally learn how to drive it. Can't say how much I'll learn, but I know I'll be one giggling idiot.
When I mention track days, I'm referring to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It's pretty much in my back yard, so to speak. Really nice to have a short drive, when you really want to scratch that itch.
 

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Welcome
+1 on Miatas.
Went from german inline 6 to an 2010 MX 5 (we call them like that).
Less car more fun. Made a lil trip yesterday, 400km. All tiny mountain roads, just so much fun- even my gf enjoyed it.
Should we all show our Miatas/ MX 5 now?

Chris
 

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OMG, you have one of those???? Holy shiite!! I know Vegas have a less than stellar reputation. I watched many here in NE dissappear into piles of rust. But the Cosworth, whew! Yours looks sweet and well loved. I hope you can keep it,,,, and keep it that way.
 

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I get a lot of invitations to run the red lights from import tuners in town. Got interest in the car being a prop in the new "Fast and Furious" movie shoot - ( I live in Hollywood and my neighbors are all movie people)- I tell the turners "She's retired" As quick as this car is, it's not really a match for turbo Mitsubishi's and Accords. Still fun though. (except for the cheap interior parts rattling around)
 

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trep....very nice cosworth...i really wanted one...i bought a brand new vega in 1977. good cheap disposable car. totaled it when i got t boned.
 

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There was a guy in New Orleans who had one around the corner from where I used to live. Surprisingly quick car, and better balanced than I could ever imagine. I think it was destroyed in Katrina, not sure though.
 

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There's a guy here in Anaheim, CA who does home show displays and new product roll outs. I needed some bolts/studs, found him on the interweb, he said, "yeah I got a bunch of head bolts over here, come on over!"

I get to his shop and he says ." Lets go out back and look around" Guy had a 30,000 sq ft ware house filled with engines, wheels, brakes, bodies, hoses, window cranks, Cosworth T shirts you name it, the guy had it and it was ALL Cosworth Vega. This is where all the usable stuff is for these cars. If he doesn't have it, you'll need to make it yourself.
 

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Boy, with all of this Cosworth talk, makes me glad that I have Cosworth pistons in my GSXR {883 kit}! [:p]
You know, a tiny tiny bit of ego fluff so I can say I have part of the Cosworth "legacy" sitting in my barn.
{Hey, I can BS on occasion!}
 

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Growing up we had cars to race around the farm.

My summer between fifth and sixth grade I had a shit brown Vega. Early August got out of shape in the pasture, clocked a tree almost dead center head on. In my child mind I was going 45, probably not really. Shoved the engine into the cowl, buckled the trans tunnel ahead of the shifter, buckled the roof. That was the end of my Vega.

Too bad, otherwise I'd still be driving it.
 

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quote:Originally posted by trepanned23



Little cars are so much fun . . . .

This little gem has been with me since 1987

Still a gas to drive
Cosworth can make any car awesome...

A Vega - yuck
A Cosworth Vega - yeah !

A Ford Fiesta - ha

A Cosworth Fiesta - MMMMMmmmm

Cosworth Capri - Oh Baby !

I do like my lightweight around N.H.Speedway and Lime Rock though.


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Is the NH speedway located in Lee, NH?
 

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Looks like T12{without the tight chicane} for the cars too.
 
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