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New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia - By

Brian Long


aving run through sev­eral edi­tions from 1998 to 2006, the au­thor’s pre­vi­ous book — Maz­dami­ata: The­full­sto­ry­ofthe­world’sfavourite Sportscar — has been out of print for some time. It is re­garded by many as the de­fin­i­tive history of Mazda’s re­vival­ist sports car, and Long’s latest en­try is, ef­fec­tively, a re­vised and up­dated ver­sion of that pre­vi­ous book. How­ever, the fo­cus has been nar­rowed down to in­clude only the orig­i­nal MX­5 — the MKI or NA Se­ries cars pro­duced be­tween 1988 and 1997.

If you al­ready have a copy of the ear­lier book, you prob­a­bly don’t need to add this one to your col­lec­tion, as it is sim­ply a re­freshed ver­sion — although the sin­glevol­ume lay­out has al­lowed more space for the, mostly, fac­tory­supplied im­ages to be bet­ter pre­sented. Oth­er­wise there are very

few ma­jor al­ter­ations. How­ever, as the MX­5 re­mains in pro­duc­tion there are, no doubt, many new own­ers who have never seen Long’s first book — so this latest edi­tion is aimed di­rectly at the late­join­ing en­thu­si­asts of the pop­u­lar two-­seater sports car, or those who may have missed out the first time around. For those, this fresh edi­tion is packed with just about ev­ery­thing they’ll need to know about the MX­5, from the car’s early con­cept and de­vel­op­ment history right up to full de­tails on the myr­iad of spe­cialedi­tion mod­els, and the af­ter­mar­ket kits avail­able.

Plus, of course, com­plete year­by-­year pro­duc­tion num­bers.

Hope­fully, Veloce and Long will also get around to pro­duc­ing sin­gle vol­umes on the later NB and NC mod­els.

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