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