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Evening Tony…
Glad to announce that I was able to take the Probe to a season Time Trial championship.  All your early season advise and AWR performance proved invaluable and led to three event victories in route to the championship.

Best of Vista – Three Years Running

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Best of Vista 2011 Award

Press Release


AWR Receives 2011 Best of Vista Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, September 9, 2011 — AWR has been selected for the 2011 Best of Vista Award in the Automotive Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

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All-New Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUV World Premiere at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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The first of Mazda’s new-generation vehicles to fully adopt breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and new ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme –

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the world premiere of the all-new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 13 through 25, 2011). The CX-5 is the first of a new generation of Mazda products that will adopt the full range of Mazda’s breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’.

The Mazda CX-5 evolves Mazda’s hallmark fun-to-drive character and will be progressively introduced to global markets from early 2012. Developed around the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY – including all-new Mazda gasoline and diesel engines, manual and automatic transmissions, body and chassis – the CX-5 delivers precise response and a high-quality ride matched with outstanding environmental and safety performance.


The engine lineup for the European specification CX-5 will include Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine available in Standard Power and High Power versions. Mazda focused on achieving exceptional environmental performance for a compact SUV and targeted CO2 emissions of less than 120g/km* for the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine model.


The CX-5 is also the first production model to showcase Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’, which was previewed with the Mazda SHINARI and Mazda MINAGI concept cars. Unique themes of KODO design include a prominent new front view with a bolder family face and dynamic styling that conveys a strong sense of vitality and agility.


Joining the CX-5 on Mazda’s stand at the Frankfurt show will be the facelifted Mazda3. It delivers lower CO2 emissions, more sporty and stable driving dynamics, updated interior and exterior design, and higher quality levels.


Officially titled the 64th Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA), the Frankfurt Motor Show will open to the press on September 13 and 14, and to the public from September 15 through 25, 2011. Mazda will hold a press conference on Tuesday, September 13 from 14:15 to 14:30 local time.


* Standard Power SKYACTIV-D 2.2 model with front-wheel-drive, SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission and i-stop


Main Exhibits at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

Reference exhibits Mazda CX-5 (World premiere)
Mazda3 facelift (European premiere)
Technology exhibits New Mazda SKYACTIV-G direct injection gasoline engine
New Mazda SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine
New Mazda SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission
New Mazda SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission
Vehicles currently on sale Mazda2, Mazda5, Mazda6, Mazda MX-5, Mazda CX-7


For more information on SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, please visit:


For more information on KODO – The Soul of Motion design, please visit:

Open Letter From Nasa Director Jerry Kuntzman

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Dear Racing Fans,

This isn’t about NASA. It’s about a brand new, state of the art, racing facility here in the USA; Austin Texas to be exact. They are trying to lock in a Formula One race, and without all of the state and local authorities fully onboard, it might not happen. If it doesn’t happen, the track project might fail. Please spare just a few seconds to sign the petition referenced below. I am including the original letter from the track below.

Thank you for your help,

Jerry Kunzman
Executive Director
PS: The meeting is June 23. Please spread this through all social media.


Thanks for taking the time to speak with me a bit this afternoon. Just to recap: on June 23rd, Austin’s City Council will vote on tax issues that will mean the difference between hosting the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix or not. It is very possible Circuit of The Americas will not be built if there does not appear to be enough support for it.

We are hoping to make an online petition go viral: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supportusgpracing/ Any support you could lend us in terms of posting it on the NASA homepage or forwarding the link via newsletter would be of huge service! Also, Any clout you may have with various VIPs – and by that I’m talking about big names in Indy, NASCAR, and other series – would be of great help if it meant we could get drivers and teams tweeting regularly between now and the 23rd, or even posting it on their respective sites. It’s one thing to gain support from within, and another entirely if we can get U.S. racing the fans involved!

The petition was made in conjunction with Circuit of the Americas’ media relations firm, Hahn, Texas (http://hahntexas.com/). And believe me when I tell you that it will make a positive impact on the City Council’s decision-making process if we are able to collect enough signatures.

Thanks again. Please let me know if you have any questions,
-Austin Miller

E-Production RX-7 For Sale

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Must Sell, Best offer

Reliable. Race ready front runner.
13B Rotary Engine. Spare newly rebuilt engine and trans, 5.33 Torsen rear end.
Too many other spares to list.
please call 760-598-9782 or e-mail tony@awrracing.com for more for more pics.
Asking $30,000 obo.

First Gen 1990-97 Miata – Stock Bumpers

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First Gen Miata Widebody Kit with Stock Bumpers – Gallery Below

This page shows our first gen Miata, 1990-97 Wide Body Kit. It consists of four flares that are designed to be bonded into the stock fenders and 4 flare extensions that bond to the original or aftermarket bumpers. This is the only way to install flares on the rear as the rear fenders cannot be removed. This also keeps the kit legal for use in SM2. Small extensions are included for the bumper at each corner. A bolt-on front fender set may be coming along later although it will still require bonding for the rear and the bumpers.

The bumper extensions are intended for use on stock bumpers, but aftermarket bumpers that are similar to the stock ones will also work. The extensions start from approximately halfway through the side marker lights.

The best part is that this kit is thick enough for daily use. Run big rubber or simply give your car the stance to back up an FM II or Ubercharger powerplant.

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New Website Look

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You’ll start to notice that our website is changing it’s look. It will be a few weeks before all pages are completely updated to the new look. We hope you like it.



Mazda Announces New Compact SUV Will be Mazda CX-5

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Mazda MINAGI, the concept from which the Mazda CX-5 is derived

– The first of Mazda’s next-generation products to blend SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY with KODO design –

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its new compact crossover SUV will be called the Mazda CX-5. It is the production model derived from the Mazda MINAGI concept car, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show* in March this year and will be shown at the New York International Auto Show that opens on April 20, 2011. The CX-5 will be the first production vehicle to incorporate Mazda’s new design theme, ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ as debuted on the Mazda SHINARI concept car, as well as the full range of breakthrough SKYACTIV technologies, including engines, transmissions, body and chassis. The CX-5 will join Mazda’s global line-up in 2012. Continue reading “Mazda Announces New Compact SUV Will be Mazda CX-5”

Testing the 2011 Mazda 2 and 2010 Honda Fit B-Spec Racecars

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By Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing (Insideline.com)

Flirting with the rev limiter at the top of 4th gear, a faint brush of brakes is required as we hurtle into the left-hand kink at the end of the long front straightaway. The optimum turn-in point isn’t entirely clear because our view of the exit curbing is blocked by the pavement itself as it rises and falls slightly between here and there.

And that’s just Turn One. Four or five other corners here at Thunderhill Raceway are similarly obscured by the track designer’s strategic exploitation of the gently rolling terrain found here in the foothills west of Willows, California.

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