Mazda MX-5 record

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

MEL­BOURNE’S Sandown Race­course played host last week­end to the mil­lionth ex­am­ple of the Mazda MX-5, which ar­rived dur­ing a Fan Fest ap­pre­ci­a­tion day that helped cel­e­brate the legacy of the fa­mous sportscar.

More than 1000 reg­is­tered vis­i­tors were in at­ten­dance and were per­mit­ted to per­son­ally sign the mile­stone road­ster, which was joined at the event by an­other 676 cus­tomerowned MX-5s.

Mazda’s MX-5 is of­fi­cially recog­nised as the world’s num­ber one-sell­ing two-seater road­ster and will be shortly joined in the lo­cal line-up by the hard­top RF ver­sion (above), which was also present dur­ing the Fan Fest.

Other ap­pre­ci­a­tion day ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a show and shine, pa­rade lap, hot laps in the Global MX-5 Cup Car, and talks with well-known New Zealand drifter ‘Mad’ Mike Whid­dett and sec­ond- and third­gen­er­a­tion MX-5 pro­gram man­ager Takao Kikima.

Mazda Aus­tralia mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Alas­tair Doak said Satur­day’s Fan Fest was the largest Aus­tralian MX-5 event yet and had re­ceived plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back.

“We had a great turnout and ended up with al­most 500 cars do­ing the pa­rade lap, which was three times big­ger than any pre­vi­ous MX-5 event in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“We were just blown away by the sup­port it got, we had peo­ple bring their cars down from in­ter­state and clubs drive down from Syd­ney, so it was a great event.

“They are some of our most pas­sion­ate and loyal cus­tomers, our MX-5 cus­tomers. Over the years we’ve al­ways given them sup­port for their meets and all sorts of things, but this was some­thing much, much big­ger than we’ve ever done be­fore and, what can we say, we’ve been ab­so­lutely de­lighted with the re­sponse and the num­bers we got there on Satur­day, it was just fan­tas­tic.”

Mr Doak said the mile­stone mil­lionth MX-5 in­spired Mazda Aus­tralia to col­lab­o­rate with Aussie MX-5 clubs to or­gan­ise the Fan Fest ap­pre­ci­a­tion day.

The mil­lionth MX-5 was only in Aus­tralia for the day.

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