DEALER OF THE WEEK

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

uses alu­minum more ex­ten­sively than be­fore in the chas­sis. The pre­vi­ous MX-5 had an alu­minum hood, trunk lid, cen­tre frame brace and sus­pen­sion arms. The new MX-5 also has alu­minum front fend­ers, con­vert­ible­top sup­ports, rear bulk­head and roll hoops, and front and rear bumper sup­ports. Re­con­fig­ur­ing the in­te­rior by rais­ing the doors and low­er­ing the seats has cre­ated a sense of more room.

The 2016 MX-5 is pow­ered by a twolitre DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-ca­pa­ble in­line-4 direct fuel in­jec­tion — us­ing Mazda’s patented SKYACTIV tech­nol­ogy — that pro­duces 155 horse­power and 148 pound-feet of torque.

The new model has been a hit with Mazda fans. “We only have two MX-5 mod­els on the lot,” said Hal­lock.

“We have had a lot of peo­ple come in for a look and a test drive.”

Sales rep ropes cat­tle Mid-Town Ford sales rep Brad Mid­dle­ton has two pas­sions in life: sell­ing ve­hi­cles and rop­ing cat­tle. He has been rop­ing cat­tle on the Man­i­toba rodeo cir­cuit for 30 years and sell­ing cars al­most as long.

“I was born and raised on the farm near Carman,” he said. “I have been around cat­tle and horses my whole life.”

Mid­dle­ton par­tic­i­pates in about 15 rodeos each year with the Heart­land Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion and is pres­i­dent of the Carman Rodeo Com­mit­tee. His spe­cialty is rop­ing — as a heeler. “My part­ner — ei­ther Mitch Rouier or Mur­ray Martens — ropes the horns while I rope the back legs,” said Mid­dle­ton. “There are as many as 100 teams com­pet­ing; we fin­ished fifth last sea­son.”

Mid­dle­ton’s most re­cent event was in mid-Oc­to­ber, when he com­peted in the Grandpa Dean Me­mo­rial — named in hon­our of his late fa­ther — at Carman.

He also hosts an an­nual fundrais­ing steak and lob­ster din­ner with his wife, Trish, and other fam­ily mem­bers at their ranch ev­ery sum­mer.

“We had about 350 peo­ple for sup­per last year,” he said. “We raise money for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion.

“We have raised over $100,000 for the cause.”

MY­RON LOVE / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Gerry Gor­don Mazda sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dave Hal­lock says the new MX-5 is all about the thrill of the ride.

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