SKYACTIV with Brewer

Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers test drives the SKYACTIV Mazda 6 and learns about the advanced technology which will be an integral part of the next generation MX5.

The Enchanted Circle

Mazda USA is inviting people to send in details of their favourite American drives, with a prize for the best one. A similar competition ran in Top Gear magazine last year and they tested the drives in an MX5.

Donn R Wright, the MX5 driver in the film, travelled 1,300 miles from his home in Green Bay Wisconsin to the Enchanted Circle, one of the most beautiful drives in the world, amongst the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico.

Paul Simon loved the vast wilderness of these mountains which border Colorado and he sang about their dramatic beauty in “Hearts & Bones”, one of his most romantic songs:

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Its in the Bag

The Boot-bag in Action In France

Mazda make a beautiful boot lid carrier and case for your extra holiday luggage but even on special offer it costs an eye-watering £464.18! To spend this sum on an item you use once or twice a year seems somewhat extravagant to say the least, but fortunately a small company has come up with a clever, practical alternative at an affordable price. have designed a  luggage bag that attaches to your MX5’s boot lid using a unique strapping system. The bag is waterproof and sits on a non slip mat to protect your paintwork. The straps won’t damage the edge of the boot-lid like a luggage rack and the whole thing is fitted and removed in minutes:

Slideshow – Fitting the Boot-bag

The Boot-bag is available in different sizes and will fit most convertibles. At only £79.95 including delivery I think it represents outstanding value for money. To visit their website just click on the Logo:

Roadster of the Year!

Auto Express magazine have voted the MX5, “Roadster of the Year” for the sixth year running. They say that it’s rear-wheel-drive thrills keep the two-seater at the top of the pile! A short blast behind the wheel is all you’ll need to understand why the latest version is such a smash hit. For smiles per mile at an affordable price, nothing comes close to matching the little Mazda. If you want to go topless this summer, the MX5 is the ultimate way to do it.

Lively performance and beautifully balanced, confidence-inspiring handling combine with ageless looks and a simple, well built cabin – these are all the things buyers demand in a roadster; on this evidence, it will take something genuinely special to steal the Mazda MX5’s hard-won crown.

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The Most Expensive MX5 Ever.

There are only 82 examples of this lovely MX5 Jasper Conran LE in Platinum remaining. The car was based on a standard model 1.8iS MX5 and only 500 units were built,100 in Platinum Silver and 400 in Classic Black. The silver model, the most expensive MX5 ever made, would cost you an astonishing £24,000.00 to buy new in 2000,while the slightly cheaper black version was priced at £21,000.00.
The exterior boasted specially made 15″ BBS alloy wheels with a colour coded exhaust trim and exterior badges,whilst the interior was trimmed with soft Connolly hide leather as used in the Rolls Royce and Ferrari. The silver models had red upholstery with a matching leather hood cover and red Wilton carpets. The black model had black upholstery with matching leather hood cover and black Wilton carpets.

Further enhancements included an aluminium effect centre console, dial fascia and inner door handles complimented with a two-tone aluminium and leather steering wheel and aluminium effect gear knob and hand-brake lever. In-car entertainment was provided by a Sony single CD player with a Mini Disc Changer. To download the Jasper Conran LE brochure free, click on the badge:

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