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by Matt Brogan

It seems like only yesterday that Mazda revealed its sporty little roadster to the crowds of Chicago’s International Motor Show, and 20 years on, the popular two-seater is still drawing an enthusiastic audience.

Over 130 of Australia’s most passionate Mazda MX-5 owners will gather with their cars in McLaren Vale, South Australia this Easter weekend to celebrate the iconic car’s 20th anniversary.

The ninth national meeting of MX-5 enthusiasts sees club members gather from all over Australia for the four-day biennial event, which will this year be held from April 2 – 6.

A range of social activities will include a fund-raising auction and a convoy drive through nearby wine districts and southern beaches. A concours d’elegance will be held on the Saturday morning with members of the public welcome to attend. A hillclimb event on the Sunday morning also attracts a large spectator following.

More than 860,000 examples of the affordable Mazda MX-5 have been sold across the globe since 1989 with its traditional front-engine, rear-drive layout — and near 50:50 weight distribution — a favoured recipe among those with a passion for driving.

The Mazda MX-5 NatMeet is supported by Mazda Australia and the City of Onkaparinga. More information can be found at www.mx5.com.au/natmeet2010

For a full review of the latest Mazda MX-5, click on this link.




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