The latest news and updates from one of the largest and most popular MX-5 clubs in the world
By MX-5 Owners Club National Events Manager, Iain Fleming
THE CLUB’S 2018 SEASON got underway with the Spring Rally on Sunday 29 April. It was held at the Goodwood Motor Circuit with 930 MX-5S making the trip to the historic circuit. Despite the bitter cold, the circuit was crammed with cars, specialists, traders and competition cars, as well as Mazda giving us a sneak peek on the new Eternal Blue MX-5 RF Sport Black.
Other attractions included the Slip and Spin Skidpan, helicopter tours, and Goodwood House had a stream of visitors. To finish off the day we took on a few parade laps of the circuit and over 630 MX-5S participated on track.
In other track news, our Motorsport team held the first of our Curborough Sprint Fun Days, followed closely by the Club’s annual track weekender at the end of May. This year the event was held at the huge Rockingham Circuit in Northamptonshire with well over 200 MX-5S taking to the circuit over the weekend. Members of all abilities were on track, from novice driver sessions for those learning the capability of the MX-5, to seasoned racers taking willing victims out for screaming passenger laps!
LOOKING AHEAD to the rest of the year, through our Area network the Club will be attending and represented at hundreds of events across the country, plus we will have 150 cars on stand at the Silverstone Classic in July. We return to Curborough for another Sprint day on 1 September, and then all attention turns to the National Rally on 30 September.
This year the event heads to the magnificent Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Last year’s Rally attracted a record 5000 visitors and 2500 MX-5S, so this year we are pulling out the stops to stage another big day! The event is truly the world’s largest MX-5 meet and you can expect a day and programme dedicated to all things MX-5. Details on the day will update on www.nationalrally.co.uk and via the Club website. The event is open to all fans and enthusiasts of the MX-5 from around the world. Ticket charges for nonmembers do apply on the day, but Club members get in free.
You can enjoy these fantastic events as part of a Club Membership, with an annual membership fee of just £35*. It brings loads of great MX-5 discounts and benefits, including insurance offers, access to Club events, and parts and servicing deals from a wide range of suppliers.
You’ll also get a bi-monthly Club magazine, access to an online knowledge base, Club Calendar, discounted tickets for Club-attended shows, free tickets for MX-5 racing, discounts on holiday packages and travel, competitions, local events and discounts on trackdays: this list continues to grow every year.
If you drive an MX-5, Club membership is an outstanding enhancement to ownership.
To find out more about the Club and how to get involved and to join, please visit the Club’s website www.mx5oc.co.uk or come along to a local area meeting or any of our national events.
*First year membership is £39.50, as it includes a one-off joining admin fee of £4.50.
Over 630 MX-5S took part in parade laps of Goodwood Motor Circuit at the 2018 Spring Rally
Sneak peek: RF Sport Black