Why is it so difficult to get Mustang parts lately? In this interview with Mike Maier, we take a behind the scenes look at how MMI has been working and growing through the uncertainties of the past year. Mike walks us through the challenges the company has faced, and the success found along the way. We also talk about a few new products in development and how the coming years might look for MMI and its customers.
Preparing a car for Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car is not an easy task. As the series has grown and more people build awesome cars, the times keep dropping and sweat equity never stops. When it comes to regular racing you have one thing you need to do well: with Optima there are multiple disciplines in one weekend. Getting into the top pack is breaking into a lifestyle. It requires constantly improving your weak points and a dedication to evolving the car. Not to mention actually having to drive the thing well!
As part of our continued development and testing, Mike Maier and the MMI crew are planning to attend several events this year with the Stagnaro Mustang, the New Blue 2015 Mustang, and the Ansell Corvette. We hope to see you at the starting line!
2021 Haul Ass Tour Schedule
Race or Event Name
|3/20-3/21||USCA – Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV|
|3/27 -3/28||Goodguys-Pleasanton||Pleasanton, CA|
|4/9-4/11||Goodguys – DelMar||DelMar, CA|
|5/1-5/2||SCCA National Tour||Crows Landing, CA|
|5/21-5/23||Goodguys-Salt Lake City||Salt Lake City, UT|
|05/28-5/29||USCA – Willow Springs||Rosamond, CA|
|6/5-6/6||Goodguys – Summer Get Together||Pleasanton, CA|
|7/17-7/18||USCA- UMC Toole||Toole, UT|
|9/7-9/10||SCCA – National Championship||Lincoln, NE|
|11/6-11/7||OUSCI – **If Qualified||Las Vegas, NV|
|11/13-11/14||Goodguys – Autumn Get-Together||Pleasanton, CA|
|11/19-11/21||Goodguys – Southwest Nationals ** If Qualified||Scottsdale, AZ|
2021 American Auto-X Series
Mike and Brianne have been a part of American Autocross for years, this is where they like to test and play locally. Keep in mind due to other schedules they may not attend all events. Also take time to check out SCCA Sacramento Chapter they have amazing autocross events they put on at Thunderhill Raceway.
|4/10/21||Round 1||Crows Landing|
|4/11/21||Round 2||Crows Landing|
|5/15/21||Round 3||Crows Landing|
|5/16/21||Round 4||Crows Landing|
|6/5/21||Round 5||Crows Landing|
|6/6/21||Round 6||Crows Landing|
|7/3/21||Round 7||Crows Landing|
|7/4/21||Round 8||Crows Landing|
|8/7/21||Round 9||Crows Landing|
|8/8/21||Round 10||Crows Landing|
|9/25/21||Round 11||Crows Landing|
|9/26/21||Round 12||Crows Landing|
|10/23/21||Round 13||Crows Landing|
|10/24/21||Round 14||Crows Landing|
This project was a unique one. The customer bought all his pats from Bill Maier (Mike’s dad) in 1980. Bill built the small block 289 with all the good old bits in it and hasn’t been touched since. A classic 9” rear with Torino brakes and a top loader transmission.
Years later the customer updated everything on his car and pulled off all the old Maier parts for new MMI components. In good car guy fashion he kept the old parts instead of sending them off to the scrapyard. When his son bought a Mustang they had us put all the old parts from 1980 on this new member of the family.
So many times we have this big plan for our cars, we ourselves do it and so do a lot of our customers. We are going to strip down the car and redo the whole thing or we aren’t going to do anything until I get this huge part.Well, years ago I remember a good friend of mine telling me not to tear apart my car for my big plan, for fear of it never going back together again. He was pretty close to right on that one, it took me four years until it drove again.
When we designed our MOD1 coilover kit, increased caster was part of our design criteria. To start with we need to understand what the customer goes through to understand how caster comes into play in their car, what happens, and how to remedy the situation. This normally starts with who did the alignment and what settings they aligned the car to. The response is generally answered by Uhh.. the local shop?
Mike Maier helps you chose a Mustang brake kit. When planning for upgrades on your first gen Mustang and you are a working man that has to budget out your steps finances usually tend to dictate our direction more than we want. This subject comes up a lot with our customers and brakes. We often get people asking about off brand systems that check the box of disc brakes. Customers feel the need to buy rear disc brake kits when buying their front brakes all the while stretching their pocketbooks a little thin in the excitement of the moment.