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Old 08-12-2008, 12:24 PM   #1
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New Auto-x choice?

I'm thinking about getting back into Auto-X after a 7 year absense. I'm trying to decide between either:

a.) First gen Miata

b.) e30 BMW

Now I know the Miata is basically a little go-kart and a fav for autocrossing. Now could someone correct me - would the 1.8 first gen me E-Stock? And the 318 E30 would land me in G-Stock? How about E30 325? I couldn't find it in the listing of classes.

Now I want to stay in the stock class for at least a year maybe even two - the first mistake I made with my first attempt in auto-x is that I started off in the CSP and had my @ss handed to me. So for stock classes - which would YOU pick? Miata or e30??

I know that for the Miata that I'll either need a hardtop or a rollcage depending on rules - both would be RWD.

Thanks for any input guys.
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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Cost effective I'd take the Miata,

Money to burn I'd do the E30...
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:29 AM   #3
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in what kind of autocross would you need a hard top or a roll bar? Tracks often require that, but not autocross.

Stock class is oddly not usually the cheapest way to autocross these days, due to the expensive tires, unless your region runs a street tire index class.

the cheapest option for a Miata is usually the STS2 class, where you can do some basic bolt ons, but not CSP crazy, but have to use street tires. We have lots of STS2 entrants locally, lots of fun.

I think you have the choice of an older (1.6L) miata with a LSD, or a newer (1.8L) non-LSD car. Something about the kind of LSD that's allowed...

Another super cheap option would be an STS 89-91 civic Si. I think there's a fully prepped one for sale in WI for like $5k, check the Milwaukee subforum of sccaforums. They're front wheel drive, but I'm told they're a blast to drive.
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