• Sep 3rd 2009 at 7:01PM
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The Smoking Tire's Matt Farah inspects a first generation Miata - Click above to view the video after the jump

Remember Garage 419? Good show, right? Buncha car guys talking about cars with occasional outbursts of hoonage -- quite the winning formula (full disclosure, they had us on as a guest). Sadly, Garage 419 went off the "air" a while ago. But despair not gearhead video fans. Host Matt Farah is back with a brand new show called The Smoking Tire and after watching the first episode, it looks to be everything you liked about Garage 419 minus all the Brandon and the Frog ads.

In the debut episode, Farah and crew head to the Newburgh, New York home of Orange County Choppers to a Mazda parking lot gathering and hassle interview Miata and 'Speed3 owners about their respective zoom-zoomy rides. Then Farah squeezes all 6'3", 245 pounds of himself into a 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata and takes it for a spin up Bear Mountain, explaining why he recommends the nimble roadster to every 16-year-old that asks what car to buy. Obviously, comparisons to Garage 419 are inevitable, but if anything, Farah seems more relaxed and personable than before. We even smiled during the commercial. Check out the first episode after the jump.

[Source: The Smoking Tire]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice video. Farah summed up in a couple of minutes what I've been telling friends and acquaintances about the MX-5/Miata for years: if you're a car *image* enthusiast, don't buy one--get a G35 or Mustang, don your shades, and pose away. If you're a *driving* enthusiast, buy one and experience the cheapest car-control masterclass money can buy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Farah always has a way of making me smile during his reviews. I like his new calmer style of reviewing a lot more too, just easier to watch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im from the hudson valley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i live lik 20 mins from here ! OCC
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh thanks for the info.

      i subscribed to garage419 on youtube and thought they were just taking a break, not ending the show.

      i'll be subscribing to this new show...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Went to take a smoke break.

        wait... that's Garage 420
      • 6 Years Ago
      that monologue at six minutes almost made me cry :')
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me too, especially at 7:40. That's exactly what the car's about!
      • 6 Years Ago
      sorry, ghetto* rigged red miata made me want to cry
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was surprised as all get out I could fit my 6'3 250lb frame inside my friends late model Miata. The top strap of the soft top does hit my head but shugging down in the seat a bit did the trick. I have had a hankering to get a MGB GT and do a V8 conversion but recently saw a show with Stacy ( use to be TRUCKS but has his own show now). He did a Miata V8 Ford 5.0L I believe, practically in half an hour. All the components are bolt in with only a few custom mods. Believe me, the car was wickedly quick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Stacy's show is called Gearz. I saw those episodes on the Banshee Miata. Link to the project.

        It had me thinking about doing one. There are several companies out there that offer kits to convert it over to a Ford or Chevy V8.

        Check out MosterMiata.com (Ford only) or http://www.bossfrog.biz/Miata_V8_Swap.html (Chevy LS engines!!!) for more information.

        Get a 95 or 96 or so model for about $3K and have some fun once the conversion is complete.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do the Chevy swap. The iron blocks of the Ford motors throws the handling balance way off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That just made me smile. He said exactly what I tell everybody about a Miata and he just reinforced my resolve to never get rid of my 94 Miata. It is the perfect sports car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As an owner, this guy absolutely nailed it. There is no other car I've ever owned or driven that makes you feel as connected to the road as a Miata does. I always thought that "Jinba ittai" was just great marketing. It couldn't be closer to the truth. Drive one, you'll be hooked. My only regret is that I waited so long to get one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I loved the review because it was spot on! I'm happy to see this because I am tired of hearing people say they think Miatas are gay when in fact, they actually kick @$$ on the track!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know exactly where the road that he drove on is? I'm thinking of going for a drive for Labor Day weekend and a nice road with those beautiful views would be the ticket.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He's probably driving around Bear Mountain. The scenes where he's driving next to the river is Route 9W. That's the Bear Mountain Bridge at the end. It's about 20 miles south of Newburgh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you Superbogey! I really appreciate it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, it's almost like he's channeling Clarkson from 10 years ago. Still though, entertaining if not original. Looking forward to seeing more from Matt.
      Clarkson explains why the MX-5 is the best British sports car 10 years ago-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bARAs3nrTxQ
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