It's that time of year once again when Miata lovers unite in Grand Junction for a weekend of fun, racing and comradery.
Flyin' Miata is a Western Slope auto shop that specializes in performance enhancements for Miatas specifically.
For 15 years, owner Bill Cardell and his wife have invited their devoted customers out for a weekend of racing at the Grand Junction Motor Speedway.
Cardell says he's been modifying Miatas for 22 years.
They say the event draws people from all over the world, including Germany, Sweden, Canada and Scotland.
According to Cardell, this year's event is so big, they've added an additional day to the summer camp.
Miata lovers will be racing their cars for three days at the speedway.
Cardell discussed the appeal for Miata owners and why racing is such a big deal for them.
"On any given weekend, there are more Miatas on the racetrack than any other car, Porsche...anybody. And part of the reason is they're super-reliable, they handle great, they're easy to modify, said Cardell.
According to Cardell, "Flyin' Miata will look at them as a blank canvas to make [the Miatas] faster and handle better, but [when] they start they have a pretty good handle off the bat, so there are people who come to this event with fully stocked cars and still have a great time."
If you haven't signed up to drive at the Flyin' Miata summer camp, you won't be able to partake in the weekend races this year. But everyone's invited to view the races.
Cardell says everyone will be gathering Thursday night at the Sonic Drive-In on North Avenue for dinner.
On Friday at 7:00 p.m., they'll be heading to the Avalon Theater to view a 70 minute documentary that was shot at a similar Miata event in Newfoundland.
For more information about Flyin' Miata or the Open House weekend they hold every year, visit: