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ou know when you hear a noise that is expensive. The rich tones of a vintage Gibson guitar, the gentle glug of an aged Bordeaux in a crystal glass, or the sound of a Mini being ingested by an enormous pothole. It’s been an expensive one this quarter, with said pothole triggering a chain reaction of mechanical carnage.


I’m usually hawk-eyed when it comes to potholes, but this one was different. Just over the crest of a hill on a road I’ve driven a thousand times before, it’s never been an issue before so why would it now? How wrong I was. The car took the hit pretty well and I imagined that my wheel would have taken the full force and resembled a 50p piece, but all seemed to be ok.


A few days later I hopped in the car and as I began to reverse down the driveway I heard an almighty snap followed by some grinding. A closer look revealed a broken spring that had shattered with such force it destroyed the headlight level sensor and nicked the brake pipe, oh and did I mention the lower suspension arm had cracked where the ball joint sits? So much for getting away unscathed.


So as a result I’ve spent more time under the car than behind the wheel. I’ve been dealing with part shortages, rusted bolts and all the general niggles associated with performing major frontal surgery on your driveway. I am however pleased to report that it’s now back on 4 wheels and driving great. In total my little excursion into a pothole has cost me around £400 and most of my sanity, but it’s a lesson learned. Just like a fart, never trust a pothole.





SUPERCHARGED MX-5 TRACK CAR

A new toy has joined the stable, and yes I’ve broken my own rule, but this time it’s different!


As the Rush team and my fiancé can attest, I’ve not shut up about buying something cheap and cheerful to get me back on track and to enjoy the local Peak District roads I now have access to. I came close to an R53 Cooper S and a couple of Clio’s but then I found the perfect MX5 only 15 minutes from my house.


Now I’ve done the MX5 thing before and as a rule, I never go back, instead searching for a new experience. But the pull of an MX5 was too strong, they are cheap to run, excellent fun and are perfect for chucking around country lanes. They are however slow, lacking torque and always felt like they needed an extra 60bhp. You can see where this is going, can’t you?


Yes, in a moment of weakness I have purchased a supercharged, track day refugee spec NB MX5. It’s the same colour as my last one, but being a JDM RS model it's got the stronger 6-speed box and a shorter final drive which combined with an M45 supercharger means this is one quick MX5.


As with any modified car It’s got a laundry list of niggles I’m working through. So far I’ve had it properly mapped to solve a running issue and have purchased some new wheels and tires.


My plans are to continue fixing the little issues, enjoy my local roads and attend as many track days as I can afford. I’ve already been to Donington and apart from a brake hose failure in the pits, it showed that an MX5 with more power is the perfect cheap track car.


ou know when you hear a noise that is expensive. The rich tones of a vintage Gibson guitar, the gentle glug of an aged Bordeaux in a crystal glass, or the sound of a Mini being ingested by an enormous pothole. It’s been an expensive one this quarter, with said pothole triggering a chain reaction of mechanical carnage.


I’m usually hawk-eyed when it comes to potholes, but this one was different. Just over the crest of a hill on a road I’ve driven a thousand times before, it’s never been an issue before so why would it now? How wrong I was. The car took the hit pretty well and I imagined that my wheel would have taken the full force and resembled a 50p piece, but all seemed to be ok.


A few days later I hopped in the car and as I began to reverse down the driveway I heard an almighty snap followed by some grinding. A closer look revealed a broken spring that had shattered with such force it destroyed the headlight level sensor and nicked the brake pipe, oh and did I mention the lower suspension arm had cracked where the ball joint sits? So much for getting away unscathed.


So as a result I’ve spent more time under the car than behind the wheel. I’ve been dealing with part shortages, rusted bolts and all the general niggles associated with performing major frontal surgery on your driveway. I am however pleased to report that it’s now back on 4 wheels and driving great. In total my little excursion into a pothole has cost me around £400 and most of my sanity, but it’s a lesson learned. Just like a fart, never trust a pothole.





SUPERCHARGED MX-5 TRACK CAR

A new toy has joined the stable, and yes I’ve broken my own rule, but this time it’s different!


As the Rush team and my fiancé can attest, I’ve not shut up about buying something cheap and cheerful to get me back on track and to enjoy the local Peak District roads I now have access to. I came close to an R53 Cooper S and a couple of Clio’s but then I found the perfect MX5 only 15 minutes from my house.


Now I’ve done the MX5 thing before and as a rule, I never go back, instead searching for a new experience. But the pull of an MX5 was too strong, they are cheap to run, excellent fun and are perfect for chucking around country lanes. They are however slow, lacking torque and always felt like they needed an extra 60bhp. You can see where this is going, can’t you?


Yes, in a moment of weakness I have purchased a supercharged, track day refugee spec NB MX5. It’s the same colour as my last one, but being a JDM RS model it's got the stronger 6-speed box and a shorter final drive which combined with an M45 supercharger means this is one quick MX5.


As with any modified car It’s got a laundry list of niggles I’m working through. So far I’ve had it properly mapped to solve a running issue and have purchased some new wheels and tires.


My plans are to continue fixing the little issues, enjoy my local roads and attend as many track days as I can afford. I’ve already been to Donington and apart from a brake hose failure in the pits, it showed that an MX5 with more power is the perfect cheap track car.


Mini Cooper S Clubman - Report 003

By Alex Dunlop

Some major pothole damage had led to some major bills on the Clubman, so Alex decided some retail therapy was in order - buying a supercharged MX-5 track car...

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Date acquired - April 2021
Total mileage - 58,523
Recent mileage - 2514
MPG - 36.4
Expenditure - £650

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