Ryan Rendezvous, Million Mile Miata, & Jason’s Journey

Odometer (ILX):  79,776

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Odometer (Legend):  529,586

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Happy Friday!

As I prepare for a road trip departure on this upcoming 3-day weekend, I’ve got a 3-part feature for your Friday serving of Drive to Five.

I’ve met some pretty dang cool people through this crazy car community over the years.  Ryan and I ‘met’ (online, anyway) via a website called Prelude Power.  Around 2007-08, I had a project car 1991 Prelude Si 4WS.  Ryan owned the same car and we liked keeping each other updated.  His car looked like this:

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Ryan is from South Dakota but he and his dad visited the Phoenix area about 5 1/2 years ago and I met up with them.  Here’s the picture we took on November 12, 2008.  We stood in front of the Legend, of course, which had around 349,000 miles on it at the time.

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This week, Ryan’s back in town so he stopped by for a visit last night.

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Ryan still has his Prelude, but it’s come a long way in the last few years.  Such a long way, in fact, that Honda Tuning Magazine did a feature story on it a couple of months ago.  Here’s a link to some tech specs on Ryan’s build from the Honda Tuning website.

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Ryan took the wheel of the NSX for a spin around the block.  We both commented on how much the NSX feels a lot like a Prelude with its nimble handling, great visibility, and precise shifting.

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We also took the ILX for a spin to grab a bite to eat.

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Thanks for the visit, Ryan and Emily!

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Million Mile Miata – here’s something you all might enjoy.  Sometime last fall, Road & Track editor Zach Bowman picked up a < $2k craigslist ‘beater’ that he’s determined to drive to 1,000,000 miles.  It had 325,000 on it and needed its fair share of maintenance.  A few days ago he rolled 330,000 in the middle of the night, somewhere in Texas.

I’m not totally sure what Zach’s objective of this exercise will be, other than to push his little 1990 Mazda Miata until its odometer rolls over, but that’s a good enough reason for me to (and hopefully some of you!) tune in.  You can follow Zach’s travels via the Million Mile Miata Facebook page.

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Here’s a little more background on how the MMM idea got its start.  Good luck, Zach!  I’d love to meet you the next time you’re rolling through Arizona!

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On a related subject of long-distance road-tripping:  I’m insanely jealous right now.  My friend Jason (who you’ll remember from the recent Canyon de Chelly road trip) is currently on a 17-state, 5,000-mile road trip across the country in his black 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-speed.  Check out this picture taken yesterday, just outside Amarillo, Texas.  It looks like a pretty barren landscape, except for those specks along the horizon.

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Those specks are actually 10 Cadillacs buried in the ground, at an angle, that have been spray-painted over and over again by tourists.  This is the Cadillac Ranch.

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I don’t know how much access Jason will have to a computer during his trip, but keep an eye on his website, Driven for Drives.  I’ll do my best to share bits & pieces of his story as he sends them to me, too.

Safe travels, Jason!  And to any others of you who are out on the roadways this weekend.

2 Responses to “Ryan Rendezvous, Million Mile Miata, & Jason’s Journey”

  1. Thanks for the exposure, Tyson! Trip has been a blast so far. Haven’t had the best luck with wi-fi access or strong enough speeds to upload pix, but I am keeping folks up to date as best I can. Looks like a good time with Ryan you had there. Always great to see Honda fans staying in touch.

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