By now, you may have seen of a Miata almost fully submerged underwater, with its occupants still inside. The driver decided it was a good idea to drive the poor roadster through one of Louisiana's , and was immediately swept up in a huge body of water. While the ones inside (a woman and her dog) were rescued, the car, sadly, was not. Thanks to a concerned local, though, it seems this Miata will live to see the roads once again.
Louisiana Resident Ethan Castille is an avid Miata enthusiast. According to , who spoke to Castille, he's built and rebuilt his own Miata "six or seven times," and turned it into a rotary-powered drift car. So, after he was turned away by relief workers thanks to an overwhelming supply of volunteers, he decided to help in his own way.
Since he has so much experience with Miatas, Castille decided to pull the flood-damaged convertible from the water, do a full restoration, and return it to the owner, free of charge. Talk about helping your community, right?
Jalopnik also got in with the son of the owner of the car, Lee Dronet. The family, who lost their home in the flooding, thought the car was a total loss, beyond recovery. They were shocked to hear someone was willing to bring the car back to working condition, and even more shocked that he'd do it for free.
It's clear from the pictures that doing this won't be an easy task. It was completely submerged in sewage-laden water for days before it was recovered, so everything was soaked. At minimum, the car will need a new wiring harness, ECU, battery, soft top, and countless other items to get running again. It's no small feat to restore a flood-damaged car, but Castille is confident he'll get it done in less than a month.
You can follow the Miata's progress to recovery on the Miata forums, where Castille is also accepting part donations to move along the rebuild and get the car back to the owner as soon as possible.
We're happy to see there's still enthusiasts in the world that are willing to lend so much of their time and effort with nothing in return. The world needs more people like Ethan Castille, and we're hoping his story will inspire us all.