Mazda MX-5 record
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.