The first car I ever owned was a 1969 MGB, which I dearly loved, and which gave me a deep fondness for little topless sportscars.
Since the demise of the British sports car industry near the end of the '70s I had predicted that the first company who combined the character of a small British sports car with the reliability of a little Japanese cars would make a killing. Most people who heard me say that laughed.
Then came the Mazda Miata in 1989. Maita mania struck, and dealerships were demanding $5,000, even $10,000 dollars over sticker price on the nimble little roadsters, and getting it. The people who had laughed at me were calling me up saying I had been right, and when was I buying one, and would I give them a ride when I did.
Sadly, at the time, I needed a car but couldn't afford the inflated prices. Instead I got a Honda CRX (a great car as well) which, frankly, was perfect for me at the time. But I always looked at Miatas and thought "what if..."
Ten years later a friend gave me a ride in HIS '99 Miata. It brought back strong memories. He gave me the ride because it was a ride in my '69 MGB that made him decide to one day get something similar for himself. I was hooked, and I started researching for exactly what sort of Miata I should get.
Below are a few pictures of the end result, plus some pictures of a lunchtime meeting with other people who are similarly afflicted with a devotion to these little cars.
I intend to rebuild this page, as I'm collecting enough Miata material that it needs better organization. Until then, please pardon the haphazard structure.
Here's 12 pictures of the Miatas at Deals Gap 2002 trip. (305KB)
I and Kendra picking up the Miata at the dealership. It's a 2002 Base in sunlight silver, with no options other than the suspension package. (SP1) This combination is often refered to as a "silver sport."
Front View at the dealership.
Front quarter view.
Side view, top down. (As it SHOULD be!)
On 12/29/01 an informal group of Maryland Miata owners met for lunch at The Rams Head in Savage Maryland. Here are some pictures I took in the parking lot as we gathered. I don't recall everyones Miata.net "name", so feel free to send me corrections or remind me of names I can't remember.
The lineup at the Miata lunch.
(Taco_Salad's?) 10AE blue and Tomasgreen's emerald mica
EvoRoadster's evolution orange and my (yeah!) sunlight silver.
Nice red LS (maybe REDFUN's?) and a 2000SE (merlot?) What were the owners names?
Tiger's emerald mica with his powder coated HDHCDD, and a nice red M1 from the MD Outlaws (whose name escapes me.)
My fav shot of the day, close up of Tigers Emerald Mica.
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