This post was originally published on October 5, 2015 on Grand Prix Road Trip blog at MyRoadTrip.net // under the title:
SKIPPY MX-5 CUP MIATA GRAVEYARD AT SKIP BARBER ROAD ATLANTA
The saddest thing I saw all weekend while volunteering at the 2015 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA this weekend was an MX-5 Cup Miata graveyard near the Skip Barber Racing School facility on the grounds of the Road Atlanta circuit.
No words can describe the sight, so here’s some pictures:
I do remember the #95 car in particular from the previous seasons of Skip Barber Racing during the Playboy MX-5 Cup events, including those during previous Petit Le Mans… but I always assumed those cars were sort of fixed and/or sold off to club racers as Miata fields are huge in SCCA Club Racing, NASA racing, even events like American Endurance Racing (AER). But apparently they die a slow death rusting away in rural Georgia with vegetation growing through the panels.
Looks like a lot of salvageable parts…
UPDATE: In August of 2017 assets of the Skip Barber organization went on auction and eventually cars wound up not that far from Braselton at ATLSpeedwerks converted to race in a new Spec MX-5 Racing Series which advertises itself to be an all NC-spec series below the Global MX-5 Cup that races ND-spec cars. The name Skip Barber racing has also been recycled by DeMonte Motorsports on Long Island, NY. They re-branded their Mustangs under the famous Skip Barber name and continue to spam my inbox with offers of racing school lessons around the country. Happy ending!