My Christmas Wish!

This innocent looking 1994 Mazda Miata is not quite what it seems. Under the bonnet lies a Chevrolet Corvette 5.7 litre V8, producing 350 hp through a 6 speed manual transmission. My little boy would like one of those for Christmas!

To read more about the Corvette, click on the logo.

Inside Cheyenne Mountain

The 25 ton front door!

My last tour of duty in the RAF was at the early warning radar station at Fylingdales, on the North Yorkshire Moors. As part of my job I visited the North American Air Defence Command headquarters at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force base in Colorado.

In those days it was  the primary Underground command centre for monitoring the skies and space for hostile incoming weapons and it was built with the knowledge that it would be a primary target for a nuclear attack; as a result it is perhaps the most fortified large underground installation in the world. Even so, the military acknowledges that it could not withstand a direct hit from one of its own nuclear missiles.

The installation consists of 15 steel buildings, laid out in a 4.5 acre grid inside the mountain, and accessed through a tunnel and 30-ton blast doors. The buildings are suspended on 1,300 47″ steel springs to absorb the shock of a nuclear detonation. 30 days of supplies and six million gallons of water are stored inside the installation.

Take a tour of this remarkable structure and find out what happens there today:

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Buy With Care!

For a free MX5 MK1 buyer’s guide, click on the cartoon.

Cap This!

Chrome Cap

I have no connection with MX5 Parts other than having used them frequently and found their service first class, but when I saw that the last few of these beautiful filler caps had been obtained by the company  I just had to pass it on. These Genuine Mazda chrome fuel filler lids are made to the highest quality and are by far one of the easiest accessories to fit, even utilising the original opening mechanism. Totally transforming the exterior of your car, these really are the “must have” exterior accessory for any Mk2 or Mk2.5 owner.

I think this is the most desirable bit of bling for your five, I only wish the offer extended to the later models. Go on, get yourself one for Christmas by clicking on  the photo above.

Hard or Soft?

One of those rather odd people from the Fifth Gear programme takes a look at the pros and cons of the soft top and the coupe versions of our favourite sports car. What ever happened to Tiff Needell?

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