Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Finding Festivas.

I was checking out another car blog today and came across this... click here

1988 Festiva found on
I'm going to add their blog to may favorites along with


Monday, May 28, 2012

Watch this space for another Festiva adventure!

In a few days we'll be leaving Calgary on another road trip in the Festiva.

Our route will take us west to Vancouver BC. From there we'll be heading south to Mount St Helen's then to Silverton OR to visit a Frank Lloyd Wright designed home. It's then on to the San Francisco area, east to Yosemite then on to the Grand Canyon. The next leg will take us to Zion and Bryce Canyon, Craters of the Moon and Yellowstone. We'll be visiting friends in north central Wyoming before heading home through Cody WY and Helena MT.

All told we'll be traveling about 7500km (4700 miles) in 15 days. That's about 2500km less than our trip last fall. Follow this link to the first blog post for that trip.

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We'll do our best to keep the blog up to date as we head out on this next adventure.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One of my favorite Festivas

When we were in Raleigh NC for Festiva Madness V I was introduced to what has become one of my all time favorite Festivas. Charlie had driven about 2200 miles from Arizona to get to the meet which is only about 500 less than we did. I don't recall how many miles were on it but, being from Arizona, the car is rust free and in immaculate shape.

At Festiva Madness V, Raleigh NC, October 1, 2011

What makes this car so interesting is that it's a bit of a sleeper. It's equipped with a DOHC Mazda 1.6 liter turbocharged engine with no intercooler! It does, however, have a water/methanol injection system.

At the track...

Charlie's car is very streetable and performs very well on the race track as well. With his suspension mods and well tuned engine he's been able to surprise a few supposedly much faster cars as can be seen in these videos taken at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler AZ...

Charlie's Festiva vs. Dodge Charger

For the following video Charlie lowered the suspension a little, added different springs on the rear and installed some Toyo Proxes R888 track tires...

Charlie's Festiva vs. Ferrari F430

I hope you enjoyed a look at an excellent example of the EconoBox breed!