Mazda MX-5 Club of South Aus­tralia

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Warm greet­ings. The Mazda MX-5 Club of South Aus­tralia has 180 mem­bers and is the only such club in our state – a state that’s al­most five times the size Bri­tain! Our west­erly neigh­bour, Western Aus­tralia, also has the sin­gle MX-5 club, but the more heav­ily pop­u­lated eastern states of New South Wales and Queens­land have sev­eral each. The Vic­to­ria club com­bines its ac­tiv­i­ties with the is­land state of Tas­ma­nia.

Ev­ery two years one of these states hosts a na­tional event called Nat­meet, where keen MX-5 driv­ers get to­gether for a few days of so­cial and mo­tor­sport ac­tiv­i­ties: in 2018 it’s South Aus­tralia’s turn and we’ll be host­ing the 13th Nat­meet in the Barossa Val­ley just north of Ade­laide.

To give you some idea of the sheer scale of Aus­tralia, some guests will be driv­ing here from as far away as Bris­bane – a 1370mile, 23-hour drive – and Perth – 28 hours and 1685 miles.

Our club in South Aus­tralia is very ac­tive and on av­er­age hosts two so­cial events per month and has a very keen mo­tor­sport mem­ber­ship. We have quite a few ‘ac­tive se­niors’; many of us are now driv­ing cars we love but couldn’t af­ford when we were younger, or had fam­i­lies who re­quired a back seat. This has made our mid­week runs very pop­u­lar.

We are also blessed with some mag­nif­i­cent coun­try roads through hills and vine­yards that are ac­ces­si­ble al­lyear round and are per­fect for a spir­ited drive in an MX-5.

Hans Olden­hove

Chair­man Nat­meet XIII 2018

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