ItÕs MX-5 play­time

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Our Classics - Mur­ray Scul­lion STAFF WRITER

OWNED SINCE April 2014

MILEAGE SINCE LAST RE­PORT 90 TO­TAL MILEAGE 117,745 LAT­EST COSTS £10 (wind­screen wipers)

Blame my own bone idle­ness. I re­ally ought to have taken the MX-5 out for the oc­ca­sional blast over the win­ter, but it’s been so cold and un­bear­ably wet I’ve left it tucked up in the car­port.

It took three weeks be­fore the weather fi­fi­nally started play­ing ball enough for me to ven­ture out and fi­fish P448 NNM out of its hidey-hole. It might sound a like a cliché but the ul­tra­de­pend­able MX-5 started straight away on the fi­first turn of the key with no is­sues. I know it’s not a huge sur­prise as it was built in Ja­pan in the 1990s, but hear­ing the revvy four-pot burst into life was a re­lief none­the­less.

I jumped in the car and couldn’t get over how low it felt. Driv­ing a hatch­back – even one as fun and fifinely honed as a Re­nault­Sport Clio – as a daily over win­ter made me for­get what a proper, pur­pose built sports car feels like. It felt great – but the im­por­tant thing was to make sure it was in rude health be­fore tak­ing it on any longer ad­ven­tures. The oil was fifine, the brakes were work­ing and none of the calipers – it’s a com­mon stick­ing point on older MX-5s – had seized up, but the tyres had lost quite a lot of pres­sure. I like to run mine at 28PSI all round, but each tyre was sig­nifi­f­i­cantly less than that. The rear driver’s side one was at 22PSI.

Now topped up, they’ve main­tained their air since, but it’s just worth check­ing them, as there are no­table per­for­mance gains to be made. It’s also been treated to a new set of wind­screen wipers af­ter a quick trip to Hal­fords.

Be­ing re­united with it has been won­der­ful. Its fi­first out­ing in­volved one of my favourite roads – but it seems plenty of you had the same idea. I spot­ted a Tri­umph TR4, Jaguar E-type and a C3 Corvette Stingray also en­joy­ing the sun­shine!

I can’t wait to get it the MX-5 out on even more ad­ven­tures once the evenings get longer.

New wipers for the MX-5. It doesn’t have a rear one – an­noy­ing in the rain, less so chang­ing them.

MX-5 emerges from its win­ter hi­ber­na­tion like a cater­pil­lar from its chrysalis to dis­cover it has sprouted wings.

Mur­ray gives his quadri­ceps femoris, il­iop­soas, and sar­to­rius a win­ter work­out while the weather plays ball.

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