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Lina Rodriguez Takes Her High Performance Mazda RX-8 to Car Shows and Gets Noticed

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The candy pink exterior paint of Lina Rodriguez's 2004 Mazda RX-8 demands your attention no matter where it's at.
The candy pink exterior paint of Lina Rodriguez's 2004 Mazda RX-8 demands your attention no matter where it's at.
Going to car shows you will soon notice that it's primarily a boy's game. Very few ladies have been able to break the ice and be serious contenders. What does it take to be a female, get into the car game, really make a mark and make all the boys look? Lina Rodriguez obviously knows what it takes to break the necks of the competition at a car show.
This custom Mazda RX-8, owned by Lina Rodriguez, has won several "Best Paint" Awards.
This custom Mazda RX-8, owned by Lina Rodriguez, has won several "Best Paint" Awards.


Lina Rodriguez started out with a 2004 Mazda RX-8. She added a Veilside lip kit, lowered the car 4.5" and added 18" XXR wheels to set the perfect stance. Lina likes to get her hands dirty and does a lot of the work herself. When it comes to routine maintenance on her 2004 Mazda RX-8, she chooses to do it all herself. When it came time to choose the perfect air intake for her rotary motor, she chose K&N's Mazda RX-8 air intake 69-6030-1TFK, because as she puts it, "it looks sick, and makes good horsepower."
Lina Rodriguez equipped her 2004 Mazda RX-8 with a quick release NRG Steering wheel.
Lina Rodriguez equipped her 2004 Mazda RX-8 with a quick release NRG Steering wheel.


When I asked Lina what proved to be the most challenging part about customizing her Mazda RX-8, she said, "The Paint." Even though her family owns a Autobody shop, this was a difficult task because she wanted the perfect color to make a statement in the car show scene. The color of choice for Lina Rodriguez was Candy Pink. And from what we saw, this paint job was flawless. Even to a trained car show judge it could take hours to find a single flaw on this paint job and it has earned her several "Best Paint" Awards.
Lina Rodriguez's Mazda RX-8 sports Sparco Racing Seats and Harness, Kicker 10" subwoofers and much more.
Lina Rodriguez's Mazda RX-8 sports Sparco Racing Seats and Harness, and a nice stereo system consisting of a couple Kicker 10" subwoofers and much more.


While most people would be stuck on the paint job, I took a little extra time to really check this car out. Lets face it, it's a girls show car, and as most men know that women think differently than men, but from the looks of this car, Lina Rodriguez pays close attention to detail. She had a quick release NRG Steering wheel, Sparco Racing Seats & Harness and a nice stereo system consisting of a couple Kicker 10" subwoofers.
Lina Rodriguez chose K&N's Mazda RX-8 air intake because, as she says, "it looks sick, and makes good horsepower".
Lina Rodriguez chose K&N's Mazda RX-8 air intake because, as she says, "it looks sick, and makes good horsepower".


Well... from what I saw, Lina Rodriguez and her modified 2004 Mazda RX-8 definitely gives the boys a run for their money. When it comes to taking home trophies at the car show we were at, Lina took home several including Best Paint, Best Mazda and 2nd Place import.

I later asked Lina Rodriguez why she chose a K&N Mazda RX-8 air intake system. "Besides the main goal, which is to obtain better performance and wanting quicker acceleration from the starting point, I truly like the amount of heads it turns once I floor it," she explained. "I feel that rotaries should be loud and the newer the car the quieter they seem to become. Adding the K&N intake to my car has been one of the best modifications I've done to my RX-8. You get a great amount of horsepower and it makes my driving more fun".
Lina Rodriguez mentioned her K&N Mazda RX-8 air intake gained her a great amount of horsepower and it makes her driving more fun.
Lina Rodriguez mentioned her K&N Mazda RX-8 air intake gained her a great amount of horsepower and it makes her driving more fun.
Even to a trained car show judge, it could take hours to find a single flaw on this Candy Pink paint job and it has earned Lina Rodriguez many trophies.
Even to a trained car show judge, it could take hours to find a single flaw on this Candy Pink paint job and it has earned Lina Rodriguez many trophies.
Most people would be stuck on the paint job, but Lina Rodriguez took extra time with her Mazda RX-8 to really get it right because lets face it... It's a girls show car.
Most people would be stuck on the paint job, but Lina Rodriguez took extra time with her Mazda RX-8 to really get it right because lets face it... It's a girls show car.
 
From the looks of this custom Mazda RX-8, it can be said that Lina Rodriguez pays attention to detail.
From the looks of this custom Mazda RX-8, it can be said that Lina Rodriguez pays attention to detail.
Lina Rodriguez's 2004 Mazda RX-8  gives the boys a run for their money when it comes to taking home trophies at the car show.
Lina Rodriguez's 2004 Mazda RX-8 gives the boys a run for their money when it comes to taking home trophies at the car show.
High performance Mazda RX-8 owner Lina Rodriguez says she truly likes the amount of heads that turn when she floors it.
High performance Mazda RX-8 owner Lina Rodriguez says she truly likes the amount of heads that turn when she floors it.
 
Lina was awarded trophies including Best Paint, Best Mazda and 2nd Place import at this car show.
Lina was awarded trophies including Best Paint, Best Mazda and 2nd Place import at this car show.
Very few ladies have been able to break the ice and be serious contenders at car shows, but Lina Rodriguez's modified 2004 Mazda RX-8 passed the bar.
Very few ladies have been able to break the ice and be serious contenders at car shows, but Lina Rodriguez's modified 2004 Mazda RX-8 passed the bar.
Lina Rodriguez says installing K&N's Mazda RX-8 air intake was "one of the best modifications" she has done to her car.
Lina Rodriguez says installing K&N's Mazda RX-8 air intake was "one of the best modifications" she has done to her car.

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