Mazda MX5 v Mercedes SLK – Round One

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Mine’s A Guinness!

Mazda has broken a world record with its cult roadster, the MX5, and entered the Guinness Book of Records. On 18 September 2010, 459 officially recognised vehicles formed the longest continuous MX5 parade of all time in the grounds of the UNESCO Zollverein World Heritage site in Essen – easily breaking the former world record of 249 vehicles set in New Zealand. “The excitement leading up to this event was amazing,” said Jeff Guyton, President and CEO of Mazda Motors Europe. “Over 600 MX5 owners applied to take part; so many that we didn’t have room for them all because of technical reasons. The event, the parade, the many visitors – the Mazda MX5 showed today why it’s still the world’s best selling roadster.”

The last seats in the MX5 world record parade were auctioned off on eBay for charity and raised about € 1,300, which Mazda Germany increased to €3,000 and donated to SOS Children’s Villages. Cars from 17 countries took part in the world record attempt, with the lion’s share of parade participants coming from Germany. The furthest distance driven to the parade of 2,800 km was by an MX5 from Moscow which attended with a group of nine other Russian MX5 models.

Several awards were handed out during the day’s entertaining programme, and at the party that followed the setting of the world record. The oldest MX5 prize went to a car that was 21 years and two months old from Prague, and the MX5 with the highest mileage of 344,624 km came from Switzerland. Visitors to the event voted for the most beautiful MX5 at the Beauty Parking location and a brand new 20th Anniversary Edition MX5 was handed over to the lucky winner of Mazda’s online draw which took place prior to the event.

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The Great Moors Drive

Whitby – Danby – Castleton – Hutton le Hole – Pickering – Whitby. 49 miles

There is no more beautiful drive in all of Yorkshire than this loop across the Moors. From Whitby you climb up on the main road to Guisborough before turning off to make the steep descent into the lovely unspoilt villages of Danby and Castleton. There are so many reasons to stop, and you should do so, this is not a time trial but a gentle drive in wild country. The road then climbs again up towards Blakey ridge and the famous Lion Inn at 1325ft, which the Guardian recently described as “The best pub in the North Yorkshire Moors”.

Suitably refreshed, you head south again, taking great care to keep your speed down as the sheep wander happily into your path. This is the best part of the drive, yesterday you could see across completely unspoilt moorland to the city of York and as far as Drax power station, an astonishing 50 miles away! A long descent takes you to the hidden gem of Hutton le Hole with its wide village green and tumbling streams. Then it is back to civilisation on the fast sweeping road to the historic market town of Pickering and up over the remote moor again for the last leg, past the Fylingdales pyramid, to Whitby. We arrived home refreshed, exhilarated and determined to do it again very soon!

Click on the main photograph if you would like a map of the route, and on the Lion Inn logo to visit the pub.

MX5 Undressed

2008 MX5 Miata

During my so far fruitless search for a workshop manual for the latest MX5 I came across these cutaway photographs of the Mk3 which give you an idea of what is under that flowing bodywork! Just click on the pictures to view them full size.


Chassis of the 2010 MX5


2006 Press preview engine cutaway of the Mk3 MX5


Front suspension of the car at the press launch

You can see more of these excellent photos on the “Driving Enthusiast” blog by clicking on the logo:


100,000 British MX5s

Twenty years since it first arrived in the UK, the Mazda MX5 has achieved another significant milestone with sales hitting 100,000 units. Attributes that include wind in the hair motoring, the joy of driving, outstanding handling, affordability and unadulterated fun, have encouraged 100,000 British motorists to buy a Mazda MX5 over the last two decades.

Despite the climate the Mazda MX5 has proved to be the UK’s most popular sports car, with British motorists accounting for over 10 percent of global sales and 40 percent of European sales since the MX5’s introduction in 1990. For over 20 years the Mazda MX5 has embraced the true British sports car heritage following on from the classic roadsters produced by domestic brands from the 50’s and 60’s.

While the Mazda MX5 enjoyed success in the UK it was also well received across the globe. It entered  the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000 as the best-selling two-seater sports car in history and it has racked up over 178 awards with more than 880,000 sales across two decades. Fifty eight of those awards were won by the current third generation Mazda MX5 including Japan Car of the Year 2005-2006 and Top Gear Magazine’s Roadster of the Year 2006.

In the UK, the Mazda MX5 earned the title of ‘Best Sports Car’ in its class in the 2010 JD Power vehicle ownership satisfaction survey and has won the ‘Best Roadster’ title for the fifth time-in-a-row at the 2010 Auto Express New Car Awards. Annual UK sales hit an all time high in 2007 with 9,234 sold, going on to culminate in the 100,000th sale to Dr Helen Jones from Cheshire last month, what a lucky lady!


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