The National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York really is a wonderful day out and entry is free to everyone! Now is the ideal time to go whilst the weather is so cold as most of the exhibits are housed in the magnificent engine hall so you can browse in comfort. There are film shows, interactive displays and lectures to interest all ages. Visit the excellent museum website for opening times and details of the special events that are taking place at the moment, then jump in your MX5!

Do you Suffer from Wind?

The MX5 comes with a small wind deflector grill as standard which is quite effective in California, but a bit draughty in Castleton! Our car came fitted with the optional Mazda perspex wind blocker which sits neatly between the style bars.

The improvement is dramatic and allows driving with the roof down in most conditions, we have travelled in comfort in temperatures of 1c! An added bonus is unobstructed rear vision. You can get the blocker from your Mazda dealer or from and it is very simple to fit, just click on the logo for details and reviews:

Sunday Lunch on the Yorkshire Moors

As the weekend approaches our thoughts turn to the important subject of sunday lunch, which only tastes really good when someone else cooks it AND washes up. However a fine solution is at hand, the Observer travel correspondent recently said that the Wheatsheaf  Inn at Egton serves the best Sunday lunch in England, we have been, and we heartily agree! The meals are beautifully cooked with a wide choice of interesting vegetables, but you must book early. The beer is good too, Yorkshire Life voted the Wheatsheaf runner up in their Yorkshire Traditional pub of the year competition. All this and only 15 minutes from Whitby in the MX5, including roof down and up time!

Sunshine at Last!

We thought the appalling weather would never end but today has been dry and quite sunny at times. So down came the roof and we enjoyed a great drive 20 miles to the beautiful village of Thornton le Dale, just east of Pickering. It is one of the prettiest villages in the country and has several good pubs. It also has a vintage car dealer, with some concours models for sale,  including a blue E type Jaguar which was a snip at £35,000! Still, its free to look. Stopped off at the Hole of Horcum on the way home to Whitby to admire the view, and then raced the steam train as it made its way up to Grosmont.

Hood Cleaning

One of the most terrifying tasks to face MX5 owners is cleaning the hood. It looks so easy to ruin and probably is! The best bit of advice is in a Mercedes handbook, don’t wash the hood every time you wash the car – it often doesn’t need it and a gentle brushing may suffice. When required use a lukewarm, diluted, soft fabric detergent like Stergene and apply with a sponge. Leave for a couple of minutes then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Remove the excess water with a dense sponge and allow to dry; do not lower the roof until it is completely dried out. You should not need to re-proof the hood for at least a year but when you do you can get the proper Mazda kit from

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