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  • September 03, 2016 4:11 PM | Anonymous member

    I went to the 2016 MX-5 Drive Event at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philly, yesterday.  I was primarily interested in getting up close and personal with the ND, plus a little seat time; but I enjoyed it so much, I went back again today.  Not many Miatas showed up either day.  Yesterday there was my NB and one or two NDs, but no MAs or NCs.  Same thing today.  It was fun, but short.  The cars were the 2016 GT model with either a manual or automatic, driver's choice.  Two courses were set up.  The first was for braking.  Accelerate as hard as you want for 150 to 180 feet, my rough guess.  Then slam on the brakes at a yellow cone and come to a complete stopped within a box marked by orange cones.  Each car did this twice.  It was fun to nail the throttle, dump the clutch, hit second, then mash the brakes.  The second course was a short, but challenging (for me) autocross course.  There was one long 90 degree sweeper, a shorter about 130 degree turn, a real tight 190 degree turn (it seemed like more than 180 degrees to me) that ran into a short two-cone slalom.  The corners were connected by 200 to 250 feet straights, another rough guess.  Each car did three laps here.  The neat thing was that they had a video cam in the car that was taking a shot of the road ahead, the driver, with views of a g-meter, tachometer, and speedometer in a box in the corner.  This was recorded on a little thumb drive for the driver.  It's neat.  Plus you get the obligatory key ring with a big Mazda steering wheel hanging on it.  Nice and shiny, but too big for the pocket.  The steering wheel is 1-3/4 inches in diameter.  I was surprised that not that many people showed up.  I got there at the start of each session, 12:00 PM, Friday, and 9:00 AM, Saturday, and stayed maybe 2 to 2-1/2 hours each day.  There were no lines waiting for cars.  Maybe it got crowded Saturday afternoon.  It was a fun time and I did get a chance to give the ND a real close look, play with the top, etc.

  • July 23, 2015 5:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Don't know how accurate this is, but NJ is pretty good at #40. PA is great at #47.  DE is in bad shape at #2.

    https://www.yahoo.com/autos/whats-the-worst-state-for-speeding-tickets-124704947792.html


  • July 23, 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous member

    Barely a mile from the dealer, after picking up a new ND, the car is rear-ended and pushed into the vehicle in front.  Both ends smashed in.  Here's the full story.

    http://jalopnik.com/mazda-gives-new-miata-to-unlucky-owner-of-the-first-wre-1719795974


  • July 13, 2015 9:25 AM | Deleted user

    FYI - Motorweek Season 34; Episode 45 (S34, E45) aired yesterday (July 12th) on PBS with a road test segment of the new MX5....

  • June 23, 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Del Austin for this link. A very nice review of the car with lots of details shared.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-tAbwbtVP4

  • May 31, 2015 4:35 PM | Deleted user

    I just happended to catch a TV Ad this morning on a Sunday Morning News Program - sometime between 8:30am and 9am (Channel 3 Philadelphia I think) for the new MX5.  The news show was sponsored by Mazda.  I wasn't even aware at first that the Ad was for the MX5 so i wasn't paying close attention until halfway through.  It's theme shows random photos of cars we all had years ago then evolves the car photos through raising children, college, etc to finally a guy driving a new MX5 (red).....nice - first TV Ad for the MX5 I've seen.....come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen a TV Ad for a Miata!

  • April 01, 2015 7:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can get in the queue to potentially buy one of the 1,000 special editions of the new 2016 Miata MX-5 starting May 5.

    http://www.longlivetheroadster.com/#preorder-countdown


  • March 31, 2015 8:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pricing for base Sport model indicates cost is just under $1K higher than 2015 models but there is more standard equipment. NY Auto Show will be reveal for Club model. One release already on on ABC morning show this week but up close and personal starting on 4/3.

    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2015/03/mazda-teases-aggressive-mx-5-miata-club-edition.html

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