Miriam Macmillan's 1990 CRX SiR
Sharing is caring. That's what most parents are expected to teach their children. But what happens when someone doesn't share? Are there benefits to being selfish? Arm chair philosophers might disagree, but for Miriam Macmillan of Torrance, CA, the answer is a definitive "yes." Her husband Doug Macmillan wouldn't share his land speed Hondata Acura RSX, and Miriam, having developed an incurable racing appetite, quickly found a remedy for the dilemma. She decided to build her own 200 MPH-bound land speed Hondata CRX. The whole "his and hers" concept is pleasantly extreme in the Hondata household.
Miriam's land speed journey began in 1997, as her husband had just set his first land speed record in New Zealand. On what is known as the "Seven Mile Road" south of Timaru, his '90 CRX SiR was armed with a stock B16A engine, custom intake, and exhaust. "The car was his daily driver and company car," she says. He set the record at 148 MPH and still holds the record for that particular engine class today.
The Macmillan family, now with two children, immigrated to the U.S. in 2000. The family mainly focused on Hondata for the next seven years. In 2007, Doug, along with his family and friends, began working on his RSX land speed racecar. At one particular event, spectators protested the RSX's front nose as illegal. Hondata flew in an alternate nose and he continued racing. The Macmillans presented the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) with two records; one with the questionable front fascia, and one with a more traditional version. The two times were only one MPH apart. "It was this experience that made me want to get involved in the racing community. Reasoning that you couldn't change anything if you weren't actually involved," Miriam explains. This simple ordeal fueled Miriam's drive to not only build her own land speed racer, but also to pilot the car herself.
Miriam MacMillan pilots the Hondata CRX as she continues her hunt for 200mph. Already ecl
Miriam attended the Danny Thompson High Performance Racing Course to prepare herself for the extreme motor sport. Doug decided to revive his old record-setting (and holding) CRX SiR from New Zealand. "The poor old car had a tough life and was pretty well beat up," Miriam says. The old Rex's chassis was bent. Brian Kono of Afterhours Automotive asked the Macmillans to leave the problem with him, and Brian quickly found another CRX SiR which allowed the project to move forward.
The Hondata crew descended upon the newly acquired Rex and began preparing the soon-to-be land speed racecar. Miriam stripped the CRX herself. "I even learned how to remove the sound-proofing tar on the inside using dry ice and a gasket scraper," she says. Various companies and people contributed to the build: Afterhours Automotive, Church Automotive Testing, David Kirsch, Hasport, and Kinsler. On the power side, Superior Automotive performed the machine work, and Prototype Racing assembled the engine, while Portflow Design ported the cylinder head. Exodus Graphics designed the vinyl wrap and Sport Graphics applied the design to individualize the CRX. Miriam took the initiative and painted the inside of the vehicle and the roll cage.