Annual Medical

When I was an air traffic controller I had to have a medical check every year, to make sure I didn’t drop dead when it got busy. I always hated it; even though I felt fine I worried that the stern faced medics would find something terrible. They didn’t of course, but I got that feeling again yesterday when the MX5 had its annual service; would everything really be ok?

Well of course it was, its a Mazda!

How garages have changed; attractive and efficient lady receptionists, well appointed waiting area with coffee, magazines and TV. The much loved motor is whisked away and returns two hours later, cleaned and purring, with a fully detailed report of the work carried out. All this is done at a very reasonable fixed rate and they even tell you how much it will cost next time!  Whilst I waited I wandered over to the show room for a cup of tea and a chat with Adam, my personal salesman and we took a look at the new Kendo, very nice indeed.

Main dealers often get a rough ride when it comes to servicing but the work is generally beyond most home mechanics these days and  putting your pride and joy in the hands of the experts seems the right thing to do for me! So well done Jennings of Middlesbrough, see you next year.

Click on the photo to visit Jennings Mazda

MX5 Voted ‘Best Convertible’ in CarBuyer Awards

Dan Strong (left) from Auto Express presents the prize to Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda Motors UK Ltd

Using judging criteria set by website visitors and the experts from Auto Express, Evo and Octane magazines (founders of the website) the Mazda MX5 was voted ‘Best Convertible’ to win its category in the first CarBuyer Awards with a star rating of 4.6 (out of 5). This 92 percent score ensured that the MX5 beat the short-listed models from Porsche, Audi, Peugeot and Volvo to claim the convertible crown.

Commenting on the Mazda’s success, the CarBuyer judges stated, “The Mazda MX5 reigns supreme as the ultimate drop-top choice. With a soft-top model, the clever folding hard-top Roadster Coupe and even an automatic option, there is something for everyone – and the tiny two-seater is great fun to drive.”

“Cars that are this much fun rarely make so much sense. The latest MX-5 has a racy new look to match the rest of the Mazda 2011 line-up and comes with attractive prices. Build quality is brilliant and reliability first rate, while the 1.8 and 2.0 engines provide just the right amount of performance. Best of all, this sporty roadster is no bone-shaker, so it’s as comfortable as it is good to drive.”

You can read the full review by clicking on the Carbuyer logo:

Inflationary Pressure

Jinba Ittai

Jinba Ittai is Japanese for, “Why can’t we have a yellow one?”!

Back the Bloodhound !

Construction work has begun on what is expected to be the world’s fastest car.  Bloodhound is the latest design by Richard Noble and the aim is to reach 1,000mph (1,600km/h). The all-British super vehicle will attempt to break the land speed record on a dry lake bed in South Africa’s Northern Cape next year, powered by a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine bolted above a hybrid rocket. Bloodhound has been in design for the past three years and will be driven by my old Royal Air Force friend Wing Commander Andy Green.

If you would like to support the record bid you can get your name (albeit in small print) on the vehicle for £10. Schools and youth groups can join for £50,whilst for £500, companies can get their name on the car in larger print, a mention on the Bloodhound Web site with “your name, your message of up to 25 words, your logo and a hyperlink to your site” plus a thank-you certificate with a print to hang on your boardroom or clubroom wall. Phew! You can read all about the project and even get the T shirt by clicking on the photo below:

So go on, back this tremendously exciting adventure and be a part of  something special. To join the 1K Club and keep up to date with the project, just click on the logo:

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