My own G20 followed the shell to the shop not long after.
The shop and I had agreed on a timeline of about a year to complete the project. Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen. Over a year later, they closed the shop and left me high and dry, without really ever having started on it at all.
Oh, and for those who are wondering about the Miata’s replacement…
I had a really hard time choosing something to replace the Miata given what a sentimental car it was. I knew I wanted rear-wheel drive and manual, liked the idea of still having a convertible, wanted heated seats, and definitely needed more power. I considered several options but nothing really seemed quite right. I had driven a standard Z4 (non-M) at the Nürburgring on our honeymoon in ’12 (yes, we went to Germany and drove the Nürburgring as a part of our honeymoon) and also test drove one during my reluctant car-shopping. I liked the regular E85-chassis Z4, but it just didn’t have enough oomph for me.
Ultimately, I decided on a BMW Z4 M – basically a fancy Miata with more power. I found an absolutely pristine, 40K-mile, 6-speed manual, Imola red ’06 Roadster with a black-on-black carbon interior at a Jaguar dealership in Sacramento. I had a friend go check it out for me, and, with his blessing, I made the purchase without ever having driven an M. My new baby arrived in April of 2018, almost 1.5 years after her predecessor had been killed.
I fell completely in love the moment my new Bimmer rolled off the trailer and haven’t stopped smiling since. Within 24 hours of owning it, I had signed up for a track day at Road Atlanta and had begun the modding process. While I still miss my Miata a ton, the Z4 M has been an absolute blast to drive, a beast on the track, and it exceeded all my expectations. Ah, a happy ending.
I’ll let Erik take it from here as he has all of the fun facts and details from day one whereas I really only have the invoices. Remember that thing about me just wanting to write checks? Yeah.[Erik note: but you’ll have to wait for the next installment to learn where the project is at!]