Cult MX5 sports cars cruise ru­ral roads

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Lau­rel Stow­ell

A group of ex-rally driv­ers and their nav­i­ga­tors pi­loted “the world’s best han­dling sports cars” around ru­ral Whanganui roads on Sun­day.

There were 13 Mazda MX5 sports cars parked up at Bushy Park Homestead while their own­ers — some of the 48 mem­bers of the Manawatu¯ MX5 Club — had lunch.

Club co-or­di­na­tor Peter Grif­fiths had sent them off from Feild­ing at 10.30am for a run along ru­ral Ran­git¯ıkei and Whanganui roads.

Fol­low­ing his in­struc­tions they trav­elled “lovely coun­try roads” around Mar­ton and reached the homestead via Brunswick Rd.

After lunch they planned to mo­tor off to Ba­son Botanic Gar­dens.

The Mazda MX5 is a cult car, Grif­fiths said. It doesn’t suf­fer from rust or need re­pair, and is su­perbly re­li­able and easy to han­dle. It has the fea­tures of a more ex­pen­sive car but a new one costs just $50,000 and a sec­ond hand one could be priced as low as $5000.

The first MX5 se­ries was made in 1989, and the cars are still be­ing made and are still pop­u­lar.

“Quite a few of the own­ers are ex-rally driv­ers, or hoons when young,” Grif­fiths said.

The club meets twice a month for runs and din­ners, and mem­bers have made good friend­ships.

Peter and Denise Grif­fiths co-or­di­nate the Manawatu¯ MX5 Club.

MX5 sports cars of all eras park up at the Bushy Park Homestead.

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