To celebrate the model's 25th anniversary,
Mazda devoted an entire stand to the Mazda MX-5 at UK motorsports festival,
the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Starting in 1993, this annual event is held in the town of Goodwood, on the outskirts of London. It was founded by Lord March, himself an ardent motorsports fan, who restored the circuit his grandfather had built on the family estate with the desire to create an event which would enable motorsports fans to enjoy the spectacle of a wide variety of racing machines.
At Goodwood, you can not only see a huge variety of automobiles at close range-everything from classic cars through to the latest Formula One vehicles, racing motorcycles, famous and rare cars-you also have the chance to watch them actually racing on the track.
England has no major motor shows and automakers pull no punches in making the best possible displays to appeal to the approximately 200,000 enthusiasts who visit the festival.
This year Mazda had three different displays-the Mazda MX-5 25th anniversary commemorative stand, a pavilion showcasing the current range of Mazda vehicles, and a circuit course test drive event at the Moving Motor Show.
Mazda asked MX-5 owners to lend their cars for inclusion in the Mazda MX-5 commemorative exhibition. As a result, not only were a variety of heritage models on display, but so were the sentiments and affections of the people who own them. Reading the messages that accompanied each model, we were reminded of just how much people love the Mazda MX-5. It was a hit when it first came out, and it continues to win the affections of fans 25 years later. Through events such as these, we hope to strengthen our ties with Mazda fans.
In the center of the stand were the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition and the bare chassis of the upcoming all-new Mazda MX-5. About to go on sale in the UK, the 25th Anniversary Edition model received a great deal of attention from visitors. The chassis also drew a lot of interest-we often spotted fathers explaining the layout of the structure to their wives and children.
The Mazda RX500 could also be found at the festival, alongside other famous and historic models at the concours d’elegance.
The race track was the scene of non-stop action, with rare cars and bikes from every era-from historic cars more than 100 years old through to the very latest racing cars-screaming around the circuit all day long. Watching the best of the best, some of the most famous cars in the world, take on the famous hill-climb course at full throttle was a sight to behold. It was like a living, moving museum of racing history. As one renowned car after another raced past our eyes, each accompanied by a powerful and distinctly individual engine note, we felt as if we had wondered into a time warp and been transported into the past. Mazda planned to race the Mazda 767B, but unfortunately the model suffered from engine trouble and was not able to drive. Nonetheless, the RX-7 (SA) had such fantastic run that you would not think the car was retired from racing, and the RX-7 (FD)’s sideways drift run up the hill course was one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of the day.
MX-5 Program Manager Yamamoto-san, who took part in the event, said that Goodwood has given him a new determination. “For me, it was like a nostalgic trip down memory lane-with cars from every era racing past, including some which I have been infatuated with since childhood. Goodwood is truly a bastion of the world’s automotive culture, and I want to make sure that Mazda is making cars that are up there with the best of them.”
Which famous Mazda model do you think will be taking on the hill-climb course next?
You’ll have to wait until next year to find out.
|Date held||June 26-29, 2014|
|Location held||England Goodwood|