Mazda MX-5: The Cult Roadster | Part Two

The Mazda MX-5 also has a global fan following and there are over 200 MX-5/Miata fan clubs worldwide. In the USA alone there are 132 such clubs, according to the website www.miata.net , and there are 15 more in Canada. The UK MX-5 Owners Club says that it has a membership of 4,500 members. The German website www.MX-5.de lists 28 clubs, and numerous smaller groups of fans with only a few members can surely be added to this total.

Using these figures as a base, Mazda estimates that across Europe there are at least 10,000 friends of the Japanese roadster who are members of a Mazda MX-5 organisation. And all of them can gather for a chat any time on the www.MX-5.com website.

More Than 1,000 Mazda Miatas Are Involved In Competitive Racing in the USA

The Mazda MX-5 also has a large motor sports following. In Switzerland, England, Portugal and Belgium there are manufacturer’s ‘one-make’ racing series using the Japanese handling phenomenon. In the car’s home country of Japan, MX-5’s race competitively against each other as well. But Mazda MX-5 racing series are most popular, and always have been, in North America.

The "Mazdaspeed Miata Cup" is one of the fastest growing racing series in all of American motor sports. According to estimates by the Sports Car Club of America, there are more than 1,000 identically tuned first and second-generation Mazda Miatas actively involved in motor sports.

And there is good reason for this. Using for the most part standard technology, these racing series offer drivers an extremely affordable way to enter professional sports car racing. Thanks to identical racing standards throughout North America, it also gives drivers the chance to demonstrate their talents nationwide in front of a large audience.

Over 110 International Awards

Since the launch of the very first Mazda MX-5, the roadster has been literally showered with awards. The awards notch up to over 110 to date globally, including many UK accolades such as, most recently, the Warranty Direct Best Used Sports Car 2005 and Best Used Roadster in the Auto Express Used Car Honours 2005, proving its strong residual values and continued success in the used market. Most of the global awards honour the car’s outstanding levels of driving fun, but also its design, its excellent value-for-money, its reliability and high resale value.

Mazda plans to sell 40,000 of the new Mazda MX-5 per year worldwide. Europe will once again receive the largest number of these, at 18,000 units, with 8,500 planned for the UK in 2006. European sales are followed by North America, with 14,000 units. Japan - where Mazda holds approximately 50 per cent of the sports car segment with the Mazda MX-5 and Mazda RX-8 - will receive 4,300 units.

The concept of a front midship engine, rear-wheel drive roadster with perfect 50:50 weight distribution, classic two-seat design, long bonnet, short rear end and manual soft top has lost none of its fascination since the first Mazda MX-5’s "Big Bang" of 1989. Whether amateur race car drivers or simply drivers with ambitions to enjoy their daily motoring, Mazda MX-5 technology has always translated into pure driving enjoyment.

Published 7 October 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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