Willis Wong’s NA8C has long exuded a classy, Japanese feel to the local meets. His story began when he was living in San Diego, and had an EF Civic Hatch, whose clutch was about to call it quits any second. The search began for another car, he contemplated of 240’s and MR2’s; then came a day when a friend of his told him that he should look into Miatas. The preferences suddenly took a back seat due to the need of a car to get to work. I bought my first Miata, a 1997 in Montego Blue. He would eventually make most of his mistakes on this particular car, over the course of two years an MP45 supercharger and hardtop were installed; but the car really turned out to be a lemon.
Then in 2008, he found this clean, particular example while browsing Craigslist, and made arrangements to meet with the seller up in LA the next day. Upon driving the car, he noticed that it drove much better than his 97, so he ended up leaving the car there and drove this one back down to San Diego. The Montego would be sold two months later.
The Garage Vary rear finish panel and tail lamps was like a breath of fresh air for Willis, who was not aware of any forums other than Miata.net during that time. He went to a couple meets, but just did not get along with the demographic. It wasn’t until the discovery KINOD would immerse himself into Roadster culture.
This special Roadster is heavily accessorized with what many Roadster nuts dream of! Lots of internet searching on Yahoo JP auctions, and handshakes with JDMpalace’s Sean Shokouh have resulted in this stylized, yet cohesive NA.
However, if there were one part that Willis dreams of, it would definitely have to be the R.S. Aizawa IRTB setup that was installed in the Blue Potato (RIP).
Willis loves to continually change up his car, whether it’s a Mazdaspeed steering wheel, or even rare Mazdaspeed seats! Ever since he installed the R.S. Aizawa nose, he has been looking into making the car evoke a more race-inspired vibe. The interior as it currently sits is definitely a vintage style, and he says that would like to incorporate a more racecar feel into the cabin. A more Japanese rollbar is also in the cards, along with a set of SSR MK-II’s!
He has had many ups and downs with the car, and most recently, vandals turned on the poor car by smashing the windshield in. Luckily, it was replaced right before Blox! The absolute lowest point however, was when his girlfriend’s mom told him that the neighbor had backed into the car. “I was devastated when I got the news, and she thought that I would explode once I heard it! But there I stood, calm and collected, I had no anger, but I was in deep sadness man,”
I would like to give a big shoutout to my loving girlfriend Lisa, who has been putting up with my neglect due to the trouble I’ve been through with my car, Kenjo Raif of GarageStar, Justin Principe, TJ Dela Cruz, Elliot Meme, Sean Shokouh of JDMpalace, Randy From Mazda Roadster, Alfredo of CarNBike Moto, and Dilla my cat and last but not least Rad Roadsters! I had an awesome experience doing the shoot and interview!
CF Monsterflow CAI
Corn*s Make Corns Heat Shield.
GV radiator cooling panel
M2 1028 Shock tower brace
Jackson Racing Header
Jetstream Carbon fiber Sparkplug cover
Jet’s N1 Integral Kobe cat back exhaust