1990 MAZDA EUNOS ROADSTER
The Mazda is enjoying its recuperative stay at the Nick Larkin Rest Home for Poorly Classics in the Cambridgeshire fens, awaiting some long overdue TLC. In the meantime it’s trading tales with the increasingly odd selection of classic housemates that reside there.
Its nearest and dearest is our editorat-large’s 1964 Rover 2000, which looks like it was last washed when Tony Blair was at Number 10 and has picked up a suspicious-looking dent on its offside front wing. There’s also his 1963 Rover P4, which still wears the scuffs and scratches from an eternity of Our Classics adventures, including one office outing years ago when I recall it leaving a trail of leaked fluids over Rutland.
Then there’s the John Deere tractor the site’s farmer owner has parked up nearby, and all the buses Nick has plans to move in with our assorted classics. I can just imagine the conversations they all have once the shutters go down.
But H521 NRX might have to face the winter weather again rather sooner than I expected, because I rather foolishly arranged another CCW adventure without realising that the Mazda, with its errant electrics and freshly expired MoT, was the only candidate for the trip. With both the MGB GT and Range Rover up north being fettled, it’s a race against the clock to get the Mazda running again.
The first job is going to be fitting the fresh battery that’s on order – and this time I’m looking to fit an isolator switch, a common add-on among MX-5 owners who run their cars in dry weather and keep them tucked away the rest of the time. Hopefully this will mean that the sight of it being rescued by a beige Rover 75 ( CCW, 1 February) won’t be happening again any time soon. I’m also looking to treat it to a fresh set of rubber, change the transmission fluid on its three-speed auto and give its underpinnings a good helping of rustproofing.
So it’s going to be an expensive few weeks before H521 NRX checks out of Nick’s automotive rest home – but it’s going to be worth it when spring finally arrives. Looking forward to it!
Nick Larkin looks longingly at the dentfree Mazda. Swap?