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Update by David S. Wallens to the Mazda Miata project car
Dec 23, 2022 | Mazda, Miata, Trailer Hitch, Mazda Miata, Garage Rescue Miata

What’s bound to happen if you let something go? That’s right, you’ll eventually need it.

That just happened to us, in fact, with our Garage Rescue Miata.

Let's back up a few decades.

A long, long time ago–specifically in 1994 and 1995–we ran a then-new Mazda Miata R as a magazine project car. We even took it to the SCCA Solo Nats, where our own J.G. Pasterjak trophied in it. Our car even had the factory stripes.

At the back of that Miata, we fit a trailer hitch receiver so we could haul tires to the event. This was long before today’s 200tw tires, so if you wanted to run anywhere near the pointy end of the field, you swapped to R-comps once on site.

With a car as small as the Miata, that meant using a tire trailer. You still see some tire trailers at events, but back in the day, all the cool kids arrived with one in tow.

Before that Miata went back to Mazda, we decommissioned it–which, as we remember, largely involved removing the trailer hitch.

It then sat behind J.G.’s garage.

A few years later–we’re talking very late ’90s–we wanted to carry some bikes with our Garage Rescue Miata. (This was long before the car was sent to the corner of the garage.) So we rescued that hitch and paired it with the appropriate bike rack.

We might have repainted the hitch, too, before fitting it, but don’t quote us. It was a few years ago.

That hitch sat attached to the back of this Miata for years–decades, even–until we pulled the car from the garage two years ago.

Shedding a few pounds from the tail end of the Miata would make us faster through the cones, right? So we unbolted the hitch during the summer of 2021.

Recently, we had an idea: Why not return the Miata to its 1990s trim for a Radwood showing? We still have both the rack and the BMX bike that it once transported. Plus, we now have our original white Kosei K1 wheels.

[How we’re prepping our Miata for Radwood]

The plan was coming together, right?

But where was that trailer hitch?

Well, we separated the two in J.G.’s shop. There was talk about it going to a forum member and then something, something, something.

Did J.G. still have the hitch?

Maybe? Or is this one for a Mustang?

Okay, let’s see if the holes line up.

Found hiding in plain sight in his shop: that same old Miata hitch. Soon it will celebrate 30 years of service in the GRM crew–along with the honor of being abandoned twice.

Thrown something away and regretted it?

Found something in the corner of the garage that totally saved the day?

Let’s hear it.

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z31maniac MegaDork
12/23/22 11:09 a.m.

Don't tell me this! I love throwing stuff I haven't used in a long time.

rslifkin UberDork
12/23/22 11:20 a.m.

I always ask myself a couple of questions before throwing something out, giving it away or selling it. 

"How likely am I to need this again?"

"If I do need it again, how hard or expensive will it be to get another one?"

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
12/23/22 11:29 a.m.

We used to have a really killer surplus store not far away that I used to go to and just buy tons and tons of crap I didn't need then but might need someday. I recently made a keyboard shelf with a set of really high end slides that I got there for $5 each at least 6 years ago and have been tempted to throw out several times since then. It was highly, highly validating.


Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
12/23/22 11:34 a.m.

For me, it's less about actual stuff and more about the boxes stuff comes in.

Do I need to keep the box for the smart thermometer? I might if we get a new house.

Appleseed MegaDork
12/23/22 11:38 a.m.

Saving stuff has saved my ass more times than I can count.

docwyte PowerDork
12/23/22 11:48 a.m.

I just dislike clutter.  So unless it's a really hard to source part, I sell it/give it away.  On the corrado I probably should've kept the Schrick VGI manifold, as they're really hard to find now.  However I just don't think I'll own another car with the 12v VR6 again, so there wasn't a point hanging onto it...

VolvoHeretic GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
12/23/22 12:06 p.m.

And pretty soon you fall down that slippery slope and turn into this old guy...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/23/22 12:08 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

For me, it's less about actual stuff and more about the boxes stuff comes in.

Do I need to keep the box for the smart thermometer? I might if we get a new house.

Saving boxes is a whole 'nother story.

I mean, it's a really good box. 

bludroptop UltraDork
12/23/22 12:27 p.m.

I spent the last 50 years saving stuff.  I hope to spend the next 20 getting rid of it all and not leave a mess when I croak.



Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/23/22 12:35 p.m.

My sister texted a few days ago. She had used some scrapbook decorations she bought back in 2004, and was very happy that she found a use for them and that she still had them when she needed them. 

Then the dagger - "I'm almost like you Rob!"

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