Garage Vary NB

These are the only pictures I’ve found of it, I don’t know what its set up for, Or what half the parts are on the car! Can anyone shed some light on this beast?

Roadster Of The Week – Kelly’s MX-5


Article written by: Adam Zitka & Kelly
Photography by: Boony – Deadstock Photography

This NA8 is one stunning Roadster, The owner has gone for the “Less is more” approach in terms of modifying, And as you can clearly see it’s working! This Roadster isn’t an American car, Nor European, It’s from the land down under, It’s based in New South Wales to be precise.

“Why I bought an MX-5:

Well after having my DC2R written off, I needed a new car. At first I was tossing up between an SW20 MR2 and the MX-5, but after seeing all the pics of the slammed Miatas from the states, I knew I had to have one.

  I spent a couple of months looking for the perfect mx5, I wanted something in immaculate condition and surprisingly that was quite hard to find. Black was my colour of preference, but the condition of this one was too good to pass on. I bought it within 24 hours of it coming up for sale.”


Kelly has done well with his Roadster, Only performing stubble touches all round. The exterior is blessed with a Garage Vary front lip, OEM hardtop and most recent addition, A KG works rear spoiler.

Your probably wondering what wheels are on Kelly’s MX-5 right? Well they are from a company called “Simmons” which was based in Australia, Unfortunately they have closed up shop and Simmons wheels are no longer in production. These particular Simmons wheels are a model called V4 which were designed and created a very long time ago.

Kelly scored these set of wheels off a fellow Roadster owner, And I imagine they would be pretty hard to find now without paying an arm and a leg. These V4’s are sized in at 14×6.5 with positive 7 offset. However these don’t clear the NA8’s brakes, So Kelly has slipped on some 5mm spacers all round, Effectively making the offset positive 2.

 The tyres wrapped around the Simmons are a set of Falkens with 195/45 sizing. This allowed Kelly to get super dooper low without the worry of scrubbing on the guards.

Although it might not seem like it, Kelly’s Roadster is set up for track work, The previous owner used to get out there quite often. Kelly is hoping to do the same very shortly.

You’ll notice the Australian made BD roll bar making itself visible. It is a very popular Rollbar down under as they are CAMS approved which means it’s usable for competitive racing. A pair of Whiteline (Which are also Australian made) swaybars are hiding under the bodywork too. A set of BC Racing coilovers happen to installed into this MX-5 too, Giving Kelly a vast range of adjustability, Damping and height wise.

I’ve always admired how clean Kelly has managed to keep his Clubman. I mean look at this interior, It still has the OEM head unit installed! Only minor touches have been carried out in the cockpit like the brushed aluminium vent rings and polished Voodoo gear knob, Though Kelly does still have a Mazdaspeed steering wheel to install. It doesn’t get much cleaner then Kellys!

“Future Plans:

Nothing outrageous planned for this car yet, I’m going to follow a ‘less is more’ theme with the modifying. Exterior wise I think it’s pretty much complete, just need to add a rear lip of some type. Interior, there’s not too much planned for it. Just restoring everything to near new condition.

Then, I want to lightly tuck the engine bay so everything looks neat and tidy. In terms of performance, don’t have too much planned. Maybe a turbo kit when I’m on my fulls, and money permits. Hopefully I’ll get to take the car out sliding sometime soon.”

Remember guys, We are always looking for new Roadsters to feature, so if you have a killer Roadster you would like to see on RoadsterGarage.net, then shoot us an email at roadstergarage@live.com.au

Congrats Kelly, You are the Roadster Of The Week!

modifications:

Exterior:

– Garage Vary Front Lip
– Simmons V4 Wheels
– Matching Hardtop
– KG Works Lip Spoiler

Performance/Handling:

– Mania Cold Air Intake
– Exedy HD Clutch
– Fidanza Lightweight Flywheel
– Auto-Exe Exhaust
– BC Coilovers
– Whiteline Adjustable Swaybars Front/Rear

 Interior:

– Factory Nardi Steering Wheel
– Voodoo Polished Gear Knob
– Brushed Aluminium Vent Rings
– Brown Davis Roll Bar
– Mazdaspeed Steering Wheel (still to go in)

Roadster Of The week – Charlie’s NA6


Article by: Adam Zitka
Photography by: Rory – DownShift  

This weeks ROTW is a home-grown NA6 from Australia’s northern state … Queensland. Charlie, The owner bought this car early this year in stock form, Fast forward a few months and this is what Charlie has turned his Roadster into, It doesn’t seem like he is planning on slowing down either!      

“The reason I wanted to buy a mx5 in the first place was when I was just browsing the JDMST forum looking at the pic thread and falling in love with the low and wide look most of the dope MX5’s have today. From then on I knew I had to have one and started researching about them, even planning out what I was going to do if/when I got one”.

“I saw one for sale and instantly put my car for sale as well. I finally sold my car and took the 5 for a test drive and straight away everything that I read was true, So I bought it”.


It’s amazing how stubble touches can really change how a car looks, particularly an NA Roadster. Charlie’s NA6 is wearing a Garage Vary front lip, Autokonexion rear spoiler and A set of M2 runabout mirrors. The mirrors were out of coincidence really, You see someone kicked a soccer ball into Charlie’s drivers side mirror, And he thought instead of replacing it, He’ll go for the set of mirrors he always wanted.  

  
Those gold wheels really work well against the car hey? They are a set of Axis OG OldSkools, With 15×8 +25 sizing. Charlie wasn’t completely happy with the offset though, So he recently bolted a set of 15mm spacers on all four hubs, Effectively making the wheels +10 in offset. A set of Kumho KU31 tyres with 195/50 sizing, Are wrapped around the OG’s.  

The overall stance of the car wouldn’t have been achievable if it weren’t for the BC racing coilovers that Charlie installed. These coils are proving to be the best bang for your buck out there, Offering a great monotube design that offers vast adjustments of damping and height, At a rather small price. 


Interior modifications on Charlie’s NA6 have been kept minimal so far. Only the necessities have been changed. A Sparco Sprint currently replaces the driver’s seat, A Skunk2 gear knob helps improve shifting feel, And 330mm Nardi Classic replaces the tired, Worn OEM Momo steering wheel.  

Charlie hasn’t left a stone unturned with his Roadster. With the plan of his MX-5 seeing the track occasionally, Charlie has started stiffening up the chassis.  A front strut brace, Whiteline sway bar and pair of  Boss Frog “Frog Arms” stiffen the front end. A MX5 Plus torque box roll bar help stiffen the cabin, And another Whiteline sway bar along with a Flyin’ Miata subframe brace tighten up the rear end.


Looking at the above picture, Your probably wondering what or rather, Why that big P is hanging on Charlie’s roll bar. Well, Down under it’s a compulsory item for new drivers and it needs to shown on the car at all times if you are a “Provisional” driver (That’s what the P stands for). Lucky for Charlie, He only has one more year left until he is no longer a “P Plater”. 

With Roadsters dropping in price over here, It’s only a matter of time until the world will see more dope MX-5’s coming from down under. 

“For future plans I was starting to get a turbo kit, And started piecing the parts together (Ie. Diff etc). But due to a loss of license I’m thinking aobut doing a full exhaust, A little more suspension work then just track it more. I would like to be able to get to the limits of the car, Before adding more power”.

Remember guys, We are always looking for new Roadsters to feature, so if you have a killer Roadster you would like to see on RoadsterGarage.net, then shoot us an email at roadstergarage@live.com.au

Congratulations Charlie, You are the Roadster Of The Week!

modifications:

Engine &Drivetrain:

Late model 1.6 engine
Advanced Timing (14 deg)
MX-5 mania cold air intake
Arc Enlarged intake
Modified factory exhaust
White and red rocker cover       

 Wheels and Suspension:  

15 x 8 +25 OG Oldskools
15mm spacers all round
Kuhmo KU31 tyres
BC Coilovers
Front Strut Brace
Mx5 plus torque box roll bar
Boss Frog ‘Frog Arms’
Secret element tie rods
Flyin Miata rear subframe brace
Whiteline Adjustable sway bars
1.8 brakes    

Exterior:    

GV front lip
M2 runabout mirrors
Tow hooks
Autokonexion CF bootlid spoiler     

Interior:   

 Bride Zeta II
Sparco Sprint Bucket
Skunk2 gearknob
330mm Nardi Classic

Random Snap – 021

Here’s an old picture of Urban’s NB way before he installed the bomex bumper and Demon Camber wheels. It’s still one of the best NB’s around IMO.

The Dodgy Day!

Saturday morning, I found myself in Peakhurst, I was on my way to an MX5cartalk members house, as he was hosting a dodgy day, And let me tell you … shit got dodgy!

I had a great day, many laughs were had and we actually got a few things done (well … kinda).

Highlights from the day would have to be the line marker/wrinkle painted Garage Vary front lip, and Adam attempting to glue his dip stick back together!

Thanks again Adam for your hospitality, and taking the time to have some fellow Roadster nutters over!

Here’s my pictures from the day, I hope everyone enjoys them.

Garage Vary – Winding Dancer Eyelids

Today my eyelids arrived! it started off like this

Then I did a bit of unwrapping and looked like this


Yep, I bought these through Rod at Tetsuya Garage. Great service, and will deal with again!

Anyway, heres some comparison photos …


And a picture with them both dummy fitted …


I think they look bomb! I’ve been wanting a set for quite some time, they really do eliminate the “happy” look to the front of the NB Roadster. Very aggressive … Very cool.

And finally, i removed the RaceBorn stickers above and replaced them with the Tetsuya Garage decal. Again, thank you Rod for the great service, and quick turnover time to get the parts to my door!

Next up, Rego! i should (That is, if the RTA don’t f*ck me around as per usual) have it registered tomorrow!

Stick Around!

Blast From The Past, Manic Miata!

I was looking through the stacks of Roadster pictures i have collected over the years, and one of the standouts was Robs NB Miata. This is one of my few inspirations. The aggressive styling of his Miata really puts the “girls car” joke to rest.

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It wore polished SSR SP1’s. They measured 16×8 0 offset at the front and 16×9 +13 at the rear, these filled the guards nicely.

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This NB was turbocharged, and set up to do only one thing … Drift.

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Most of the body was from factory, OEM front lip, Side skirts, mud guards, hardtop and boot spoiler. The little things that make all the difference were the Garage Vary eyelids and canards.

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Unfortunately Rob stored it and he now resides in Japan. Rob owns and  runs www.roadsterdrift.com, a forum that unite the American Miata drifting scene.

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This Miata will remain to be one of my favourites for a very long time.