The Little Miata That Could

Here at StanceWorks, we are in the business of producing the unconventional. “Pushing the envelope” has become nomenclature around these parts, and we are going to do it again today.

This is Zayan Noyes-Aponte’s Mazda MX-5 and it’s running flares to accommodate for the 9.5 -20 RSs that run at all 4 corners. No, that is not a typo… see for yourself.

The Mazda MX-5, or Miata as it’s often referred to, is one of those cars that people are quick to write-off for various reasons often due to compensation tactics. The reality is that this car stems from Motorsport heritage, soaked in the philosophy of the British light-weight roadster. Point in fact, it is the very reason that “small roadsters” exist today, as the only other small roadster being built in the late 90’s was the Alfa Romeo Spider.

You might say, “but Ben, it’s the feminine styling that has me in knots over the MX-5.” Tell that to me with a straight face when you see this in your rearview.

Ok maybe you would be smiling instead, but you can’t deny your neck wouldn’t break seeing it cruise past you. Back to this set of RSs that might look familiar. They are off of Mikey’swhite XB, of phaze2 fame, and I’m sure whoever sold them to Zayan was laughing at the thought of them being shoehorned onto a Miata. Can’t you just hear Morgan Freeman whispering to you, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

It doesn’t stop with the wheels, as this MX-5 is equipped with proper suspension in the form of Tein Flex Coilovers, roll cage, and even a fresh coat of paint. All this coming from a hardworking kid that just turned 17. Maybe there is hope in the new generation of car enthusiasts, that standards mean something and settling for “next best” is for the birds.

Whatever your take on the Miata is, hopefully Zayan has opened your eyes to the possibilities that are out there. Don’t settle for the status quo, and don’t allow your imagination to be limited only to what has been. There is a wide world of possibilities out there awaiting for your creativity to grab hold of them. And the next time you reach a hurdle to accomplishing your vision, just remember this little Miata that did.


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