In a sea of clapped out missiles and bangers flooding the drift scene it is really hard to find a unique car on a drift day. That being said there is potential in every car and Robert has proved he is the master of rising the phoenix from the ashes.
This story started back in 2017, as a regular at Teesside I tend to recognise the cars but I saw Roberts mx5 for the first time in all its glory……… or lack of it.
The mx5 is a fantastic first/budget drift car so they tend too look a bit rough but Roberts really did set the bar pretty low, having said that with an initial price tag of £400 you get what you pay for. The plan was clear get as much seat time as possible and it was going well.
Roberts regular appearance at Teesside and googly eyes were boosting popularity of the happy looking MX. Every drift day Robert progressed making upgrades and tidying up the little car. Most just drive their cars into the ground but Robert seemed to have developed a love for this car and that’s when the money started to flow into it.
Robert was kind enough to share the spec of his car
Engine: 1.8 standard motor.
Engine mods: air filter, big radiator, 2.5″ exhaust, stage 3 clutch and erm 1 silicone hose ……….
Suspension: HSD mono, rack spacers and Destroy or Die hubs.
Diff : standard ratio welded.
Wheels: Rota Grid V’s front and Japan Racing rear.
Body kit: Duce aero, BGW, custom hardtop and neons.
Interior: 1 x bucket seat + harness, hydro, Kode steering wheel and 6 point cage with door bars.
As you can see the make over paid off the once jolly MX is now an angry little monster!
I have a lot of respect for Robert and his car as he has built this car himself don’t get me wrong it has little flaws but I think it suits them and when Robert talks about the car he uses the little things to bring back fond memories like the shortened bash bar from the reverse Teesside day and the paint job he did the day before an event.
Part of drifting is the enjoyment you have building your car and enjoying it with friends, Robert has this down to a tee and you very rarely see him without a smile.
As Robert has shown you can have a total blast of a time in one of these plucky little cars without totally destroying your bank.
What does the future hold for the angry mx5? As the car stands it would benefit from a little boost well Robert has that covered he has a turbo conversion and is just awaiting time to start the change over from n/a to turbo this is fun car to keep an eye on.
Robert would like to thank:
Brad and Chantelle at Driftnuts
Teesside Autodrome (for many toes out of the gravel)
and the whole drift fam Owen, Pete, Martin and Chris and of course my fiancé Katie that helps out and keep the dream alive.
This is my first feature car I hope to do more in the future so keep an eye on the blog.
Craig Johnston (project thirteen)
C Whites photography (image supplied by Robert hall)