Drive in looks awesome
Don’t suppose anybody recorded the presentation by Matano Sensei? I failed to find the “auditorium” in time to catch it. (Should have been looking for Conference Room 1. Doh!)
Thanks for the pics, have not been able to find much more online. Missed the rally as still abroad with other mx5ers on a trip planned before the rally date was announced. Only the second rally i have missed since 1996.
When i remembered that the Mazda MX5 & i were both born in the same year (1989), i decided that when the MX5 Owners Club hold their national rally for 2019 to celebrate not just the 30th anniversary of the worlds best selling two seat sports car, but also the clubs 25th, i’d be coming down to celebrate!
IMG_3545 by RDenton, on Flickr
When i found out that the national rally was to be held at the British Motor Museum, i had a little think & decided i wanted to go & that i wanted to drive there, so i set out a plan to get there & where to stop for rests on the journey. I also at that moment, i decided to join the MX5 Owners Club.
Unfortunately, my plans to drive to the national rally were curtailed by outside forces. Who wanted to go to Warwick Castle…
So i was chauffeured by my family to the British Motor Museum & because we couldn’t as early as i wanted to, i entered at the same time as a lot of the MX5’s!!
Once inside, i went straight to the anniversary displays & headed straight to the red Mk1’s whilst at the same time, Lisa Stansfield’s All Around The World playing on the speakers.
That was when i knew i was going to have a great day, thousands of MX5’s (plenty of examples of all 4 gens of MX5) & songs from 1989 playing on the speakers, as well as a really nice band that sung classics throughout the ages, and one couldn’t stop taking photos! I also got my rally gift too!
I did have to take time out from admiring the glorious sight of MX5’s to head into the auditorium to see & hear from one of the men who designed first MX5, Tom Matano. His presentation on how he came to work for Mazda, his love affair of sports cars, his earlier & later projects & the fact that he, Bob Hall & everyone else involved in the MX5’s birth were allowed to have the car they wanted to design built despite the top brass of Mazda wanting a front wheel drive car (like Lotus’s 90’s Elan) was enjoyable & fantastic. I even got to ask a very good question & got to say hello & later had a selfie with Mr Matano as he was signing example’s of his finest work.
IMG_1489 by RDenton, on Flickr
Afterwards i went back outside, saw more cars, chatted to various owners, including one guy who used to work for Mazda & discussed things like secret cars that never made production, the competition that tried & failed to ultimately dethrone the MX5 & even the subject of living with a 1st gen MX5 in 2019. All while a stunt driving team showed us their driving talents,Tom Matano was signing cars & me sitting in a 30th Anniversary edition!
IMG_1521 by RDenton, on Flickr
I went back into the Auditorium to hear from Car Throttle’s Alex Kirsten (who i met earlier in the day & had a selfie with him & his beloved MX5, better known as Phil) who discussed to Tim Watson about Project MX5, Car Throttle’s recent takeover by Dennis, recent videos, the joys of owning cheaper cars & talked about auctioning things off…
20 mins later, after i met & got a selfie with Jon Bentley, Tim & Alex auctioned off the original seats off Phil & threw in a pair of T-Shirts too. Bidding went mad & chaotic as you’d expect, to the point of delaying the prize giving to auction off two commemorative mugs & a car care kit while Madonna & Samantha Fox’s hits from 1989 were playing on the speakers! Madness!!
IMG_4261 by RDenton, on Flickr
Then we had the prize giving of winning cars from each class & then just as the show ended & cars leaving, i spent a last few mins with Tim & Alex before they left & then all of a sudden, Gene Pitney & Marc Almond’s classic Something Got A Hold Of My Heart came on as the final song of the day & i realised just how much i love this little gem of a car & how much i enjoyed & loved the event.
IMG_4497 by RDenton, on Flickr
If only i had one in the first place. Something i must fix soon, as well as taking one out for a nice drive on beautiful country roads.
In short, i’m now one very happy member of the MX5 Owners Club!
Every single pic i took is on Flickr
And on Facebook.
Hope to attend more meets, get to know more people & of course, get a car for myself!
great post Rob…
Rob, thanks for the photos. Hope you get your MX5 soon!