Our look at some of the news and cul­ture from the world of the MX-5

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Ca­role Nash

In­sur­ance has a mk1 MX-5 to give away, a new Bri­tish tun­ing com­pany emerges, and Mazda launches a global mk4 race car

The sun made a very welcome ap­pear­ance at this year’s Spring Rally or­gan­ised by the MX-5 Own­ers Club

WHAT­EVER THEY DO over there at the MX-5 Own­ers Club to en­sure sun­shine at their ral­lies, long may it con­tinue! The MX5OC Spring Rally was bathed in golden rays, adding even more beauty and charm to the al­ready lovely sur­round­ings of Bris­tol’s his­toric Ash­ton Court es­tate.

Club mem­bers ar­rived in their droves, fill­ing the nat­u­ral bowl of the es­tate’s parkland with a colour­ful dis­play of MX-5S old and new, tatty and pris­tine, stan­dard and ram­pantly mod­i­fied. For an early sea­son gath­er­ing this one was very well attended, with re­gional groups mak­ing the trip down to Bris­tol from as far away as the North West.

Live mu­sic en­ter­tained the crowds through­out most of the day, and if you preferred a more gen­teel dis­trac­tion, you could al­ways watch a teth­ered hot air bal­loon float gen­tly sky­wards sev­eral times dur­ing the course of the day. And a laid-back concours com­pe­ti­tion pro­vided a few re­wards for those folk who are zeal­ous with a pol­ish­ing cloth.

While the Spring Rally is al­ways qui­eter than the MX5OC Na­tional event later in the year, there was a rea­son­able num­ber of trade stands ply­ing their wares, from pur­vey­ors of the afore­men­tioned pol­ish­ing cloths through to re­tail gi­ants such as Mx5­parts and Moss. There were plenty of min­nows, too, in­clud­ing a cer­tain quar­terly mag­a­zine de­voted ex­clu­sively to the Mazda

MX-5… A big thank you to all those read­ers who took the time to drop by and see us – it was a plea­sure to meet you.

Concours en­trants top up their tans…

No short­age of at­ten­dees at the Spring Rally

We were there too

Ash­ton Court: an ex­cel­lent venue

Teth­ered bal­loon made a great view­ing plat­form

The mod squad…

Happy ral­ly­ists!

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