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.