5 ALIVE!

'PROJECT DROP TOP' MAY BE DEAD AND BURIED, BUT THE URGE FOR A LIGHT­WEIGHT TRACK ORI­EN­TATED MX-5 WAS STILL STRONG. EN­TER PROJECT 5, THE LAT­EST MIGHTY MAZDA TO BE RES­UR­RECTED FROM THE ASHES

Japanese Performance - - THEGARAGE -

Cast your mind back a few years to the other side of the Lon­don Olympics and the cider filled sum­mers of the 2014

World Cup, and you may just re­mem­ber my pre­vi­ous MX-5 based project, the aptly name 'Project Drop Top' or 'The Bo­gey' as it be­came af­fec­tion­ately known after it was cov­ered in a lurid Kawasaki green wrap. Its shock­ing green vinyl over­coat and throaty sound­track laid down by a set of Jen­vey in­di­vid­ual throt­tle bod­ies meant it def­i­nitely wasn't shy of at­ten­tion. Sadly though, as with an in­creas­ing amount of late ’80s and early ’90s ver­sions of the MX-5, the dreaded tin worm had taken hold of the in­ner sills and the fol­low­ing post mortem re­vealed that the dam­age was fa­tal (or at least far too ex­pen­sive for my thread­bare pock­ets at the time). In be­tween that time and now, I've been ca­vort­ing with my dream car, an awe­some 400bhp MKIV Toy­ota Supra Twin Turbo and a wife that spent far too much time spend­ing my hard earned on cheap shoes and Pri­mark py­jama bot­toms. The re­sul­tant fall­out from these two love af­fairs left me pen­ni­less from the Supra, and an­noyed at the fact that Sponge­bob Squarepants had seem­ingly taken over all of the spare stor­age space in our home. Thank­fully both of them have now left my life, but to be hon­est, I'm re­ally go­ing to miss that Supra, the wife...not so much!

Fast for­ward to the present day and it's clear that the MX-5 ad­dic­tion has had more of an ef­fect on my au­to­mo­tive pas­sions than I first thought, and the fact that you can pick up a pretty tidy ex­am­ple of the

PROJECT 5 WAS DUE FOR THE SCRAPYARD, HOW­EVER IT RE­CEIVED A LAST MINUTE PAR­DON AND IS NOW BE­ING RES­UR­RECTED BACK TO A TOP TRACK CAR

IN­TE­RIOR AFTER SELL­ING MY FLOCKED PARTS, THE IN­TE­RIOR WAS LOOK­ING PRETTY SORRY FOR IT­SELF, SO IT WAS DE­CIDED THAT, JUST AS IN 'THE BO­GEY', THE DASH WOULD NOW BE CEN­TRED AROUND THE MAIN DASH BAR (THAT SITS BE­HIND THE DASH). THE DASH IT­SELF WAS RE­MOVED...

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