FIRST WORDS

Total MX-5 - - FIRST WORDS - Brett Fraser, edi­tor brett@bret­tfraser.co.uk

As we reached the fi­nal pro­duc­tion stage of this is­sue of To­tal MX-5, it dawned on me that we didn’t have enough con­tri­bu­tions to our new ‘Your Cars’ page, where we in­vite read­ers to show off their pride and joy. Eye off the ball, no ex­cuses.

So I sent out an SOS via our Face­book page (To­talmx5, if you hap­pen to be pass­ing that way), ask­ing if any of you could help out in a hurry. The re­sponse was over­whelm­ing, with a wealth of pho­to­graphs and in­for­ma­tion flood­ing into my in­box. There were MX-5S of ev­ery gen­er­a­tion and colour; spe­cial edi­tions and stan­dard cars; mod­ded mon­sters and fo­cused race cars. Thank you to each and ev­ery one of you who sent some­thing across, and if you don’t see your car in this is­sue, rest as­sured it’ll ap­pear in the next one – I’ve al­ready cre­ated the file.

As fas­ci­nat­ing as it was to see the huge va­ri­ety of cars you all drive, it was just as in­ter­est­ing to get a brief in­sight into who our read­ers are – what in­spired you into MX-5 own­er­ship in the first place, what you use your car for, and how in many in­stances your MX-5 is a de facto fam­ily mem­ber: read the story on page 40 about Jonathan Mccor­mack and his 20-year re­la­tion­ship with his mk1, for fur­ther ev­i­dence of that.

Peo­ple who don’t ‘get’ cars and sim­ply need a means of trav­el­ling from A to B with­out re­course to the va­garies of the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem – and I’m not knock­ing them – will for­ever be be­wil­dered by the pas­sion that cars such as the MX-5 can en­gen­der in folk like us.whether we get a buzz from driv­ing our cars, span­ner­ing them, mod­i­fy­ing them, sim­ply look­ing at them, or en­joy­ing the feel­ing of free­dom and ad­ven­ture they can give, be­hind it all is a con­nec­tion be­tween hu­man flesh and blood and our four-wheeled metal play­mate. Per­haps the non-be­liev­ers

are right to think we’re a bit strange… Re­cently Mazda sent out a press re­lease high­light­ing the fact that in a sur­vey of own­ers, the ma­jor­ity be­lieved that the petrol en­gine and hu­man rather than robotic driv­ers were de­sir­able fea­tures of the car of the fu­ture. I bet that own­ers of other car brands feel the same way. Hope so, be­cause I don’t think any of us will have great sto­ries to tell of our re­la­tion­ship with our elec­tric trans­port mod­ule.

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