MX-5 OWN­ERS CLUB

Total MX-5 - - CONTENTS - By the MX-5 Own­ers Club’s Iain Flem­ing

The lat­est news and up­dates from one of the largest and most pop­u­lar MX-5 clubs in the world

Next year is a big one for the UK’S MX-5 Own­ers Club as it cel­e­brates its 25th An­niver­sary Sil­ver Ju­bilee. The an­niver­sary also marks 30 years since the in­tro­duc­tion of the MX-5, so you can be as­sured of some fan­tas­tic events and ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing planned in the year ahead by way of cel­e­bra­tion,

Help­ing the Club kick off this spe­cial year is when it takes cen­tre stage in Hall 1 at the Lan­cas­ter In­sur­ance Clas­sic Mo­tor Show at Birm­ing­ham’s NEC, 9–11 No­vem­ber. The show is the UK’S big­gest clas­sic car show with over 3000 cars on dis­play and most of the vast NEC’S ex­hi­bi­tion halls are ded­i­cated to it.

The MX5OC has been in­vited to ex­hibit in the show’s main hall, ac­knowl­edg­ing the great work, size and en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber­ship that it brings to the UK’S au­to­mo­tive com­mu­nity. The MX-5 is also gath­er­ing a real fol­low­ing in the clas­sic car com­mu­nity, and quite right too as it ap­proaches its 30th an­niver­sary. Many of the thou­sands of vis­i­tors who stop in at the Club stand tell us they have an MX-5 on the drive in reg­u­lar use, or per­haps have one while they work on some other in-progress or pre­vi­ously aban­doned clas­sic car project. The en­dear­ing char­ac­ter, re­li­a­bil­ity and sim­ply main­tained me­chan­i­cals of the MX-5, make it stand out as a prac­ti­cal ev­ery­day clas­sic car. The Club is de­lighted to wel­come and sign up many hun­dreds of ad­di­tional mem­bers at this show!

The Club stand is also pretty unique at this show as it fea­tures cars that peo­ple can in­ter­act with as they visit. There will also be some su­perb early ex­am­ples of the mar­que, and for 2019 the stand is planned to fea­ture each gen­er­a­tion of the MX-5, from early mk1 through to the lat­est 2019 up­dates to the range.

While ad­mir­ing all the cars at the show you can fre­quently bump into var­i­ous mo­tor­ing celebri­ties wan­der­ing the halls: the Club has in­vited a few over to the stand to help launch the an­niver­sary year: take a few pic­tures on the stand and meet a few of our mem­bers. Ant An­stead, Fuzz Town­shend, Jon Bent­ley and Chris Bar­rie are all pas­sion­ate en­thu­si­asts of the MX-5, and it’s hoped they and a few oth­ers will stop by through­out the show.

‘The NEC Clas­sic is a fan­tas­tic day out,’ says Club chair­man, Ted Mckay. ‘You are guar­an­teed there will be some­thing to cap­ture your imag­i­na­tion at the show and it cer­tainly helps to high­light the Bri­tish mo­tor­ing her­itage which in­spired and shaped the de­vel­op­ment of the orig­i­nal MX-5.’

MX-5 Own­ers Club mem­bers are able to get some great dis­counts on sin­gle and fam­ily tick­ets for the show which is one of the most pop­u­lar on the au­to­mo­tive na­tional cal­en­dar, and an­other great rea­son to be a mem­ber of the Club.

An­nual mem­ber­ship of just £35* brings many sig­nif­i­cant deals, dis­counts and ben­e­fits with in­sur­ance part­ners, at Club events, and through dis­counts on parts and ser­vic­ing through sup­pli­ers. Our bi-monthly Club mag­a­zine, on­line re­sources, cal­en­dar, dis­counted tick­ets for shows, hol­i­days and travel, free tick­ets for mo­tor­sport, com­pe­ti­tions and lo­cal events, are amongst the rea­sons why, if you drive an MX-5, Club mem­ber­ship is es­sen­tial.

To find out more about the Club, how to get in­volved or join, please visit our web­site www.mx5oc.co.uk. Or come along to a lo­cal area meet­ing or any of our na­tional events.

*First Year is £39.50: a one-off join­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion fee of £4.50 is charged on ini­tial mem­ber­ship sign up.

Telly bloke Ant An­stead – MX-5 fan

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