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2007 Grand Touring Mazda MX-5 Miata oF Terry Koenig

A Mazda Club featured vehicle is the 2007 Grand Touring Mazda MX-5 Miata of Terry Koenig from Lake Arthur, New Mexico. Here is the story:

Here is my 2007 Grand Touring Miata on a February outing to Bottomless Lakes (Near Roswell, NM). A gorgeous day for February, and the back roads to the Lakes makes for a fun trip in the Miata. The one way 50 mile trip provides you with an ample opportunity to run through the 6 speed gear box, and tapping the throttle now and then just to feel the responsiveness of the eager 160 or so hp under the hood, have a look here at this weblink more info.

My years of with an MGA, and a Morgan +4, are a thing of the distant past, but not the thrill of hitting the road, with the top down, riding low to the ground, and feeling the car hug the road as you zip along a curving stretch of pavement that tosses in a few dips and low hills that brings me back to the excitement of driving a sports car. . . . . . Yeah Mazda can make for a Zoom Zoom kind of day.

When a bit more cargo space is needed it’s nice to rely on a 2018 Mazda 6 Signature. Equipped with a 250 hp turbo-charged 4 cylinder engine, linked to a 6 speed automatic transmission or steering wheel paddle shifters delivering a reliable 30 mpg. It retains the Mazda Zoom Zoom Spirit while delivering a comfortable, relaxing ride, check this out for more info.

2000 MX-5 Miata LS of Laura Byrd

This 2000 MX-5 LS was purchased in 2003, from a BMW dealership in San Diego. She has lived an interesting life, and was shipped to Italy in 2011 to be used as my press vehicle. She lived in Italy for three years, and was driven up and down the Amalfi Coast many times after i got it from the shop, if you want reliable service check out http://shop.berglundcars.com/. I was a contributor at Vintage Motorsport Magazine, and drove her all over Italy to cover vintage races. I repainted her in Italy, and shipped her back to the USA when I returned in 2014. You can visit https://www.autozin.com when you want to rent a car, buy or sell, their cars are carefully selected from their rental fleet, and have undergone complete scheduled maintenance to ensure longevity, for years to come.

Her leather seats and soft top have both been replaced in black, from the original tan. She also has a tow kit installed, and in 2003, the first year I owned her, towed my 100-year Harley Davidson Sportster to Las Vegas for the HD 100-year celebration. I used a T-back trailer outfitted with matching chrome wheels, and she was the star at the HD dealership in Vegas. She now lives on Camp Pendleton Marine Corp base in Southern California, and is driven very little. Total original mileage is 107,000.

Laura Byrd, Oceanside, California

2000 MX-5 Miata LS of Laura Byrd from Oceanside, California

1990 Anitique MX-5 Miata of Paul Heaney

1990 Antique Mazda MX-5 Miata
1990 Antique Mazda MX-5 Miata

1990 Anitique Miata Paul Heaney2In 1991 I wrote to Vince Tidwell, President, Mazda Club of America to tell him about my unbelievable experience with my 1990 Mazda Miata.  My letter was printed on page 71 of the “Summer 1991” issue of MIATA MAGAZINE.  The previous fall I lost control of my Miata and slid into the remains of a stone wall causing the Miata to roll over onto its roof.  (Luckily the convertible top was up.)  My son and I were in the car and, primarily due to the solid design of the vehicle, escaped unhurt.  After the accident and all of the assorted police and emergency actions were over I enlisted the help of a few spectators to roll the car back onto its wheels.  Miraculously it started and I was able to drive it home.

As a practicing Design Engineer and Department Head at Eastman Kodak, I thought that Mazda might be interested so I send a detailed letter to Mr. Tidwell with the request that he forward a copy to the design area at Mazda.  I never heard a word from Mazda but I did receive a complementary copy of the “Summer 1991” issue of MIATA MAGAZINE that is in my hand right now.

My Miata was built in 1989 as an early model and I was told my John Love at Roger Burdick Mazda in East Rochester that this particular car had been shipped around the country to show dealers what the new Miata was like.  (I do not know if this is true but it makes a nice sales story.)

Well, my Miata turned 25 years old and I contacted a person at the New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles to see if I could register it as a historic vehicle using New York State “HISTORIC VEHICLE” license plates that I have in my possession.  He was agreeable but said I could not register until after 1 JAN 2016.  He did say that he would hold my application if I provided all of the required documentation and a picture of the historic plates that I had.  I did this and shortly after the first of January I received my Historic Vehicle Registration.

I NOW AM DRIVING AN ANTIQUE MAZDA MIATA !!!!!  Perhaps this is the first in NYS or perhaps first in the US !!!

This January I did send a letter to Mazda North America but there was no response.

Today I found my copy of the “Summer 1991” issue of MIATA MAGAZINE and reread the printed copy of my old letter on page 71.  That prompted me to send this letter to you just FYI.  My Miata is still a great little car.  It has been remarkably reliable and still is a lot of fun to drive.  I have to say that since the day that I rolled it over I have not had any other incident where I tested the structural safety of the vehicle but I do have lots of other “fun” stories, like the time that my wife and I were driving north, with the top down, from the southern tier of NYS when the skies “Opened up with pouring rain.  Holding 60 MPH on back roads the wind kept the rain from coming in!!!  But … We came to a town with a stop light.  You can guess the rest!!!

I hope that you enjoy your Miata as much as I enjoy mine,

Paul Heaney

PS: My Daughter and Son-In-Law live in Libertyville, IL