In celebrating the 20th year anniversary of one of its most successful vehicles, the MX-5 Miata, Mazda staged what can only be described as a full-on MX-5 car-fest at the Miyoshi Proving Ground in Japan.

Over 2,500 owners of the best-selling roadster of all time showed up for the event, in addition to over 1,600 of the said Miatas.

1,600 MX-5s; Porsche and Ferrari can’t hold a candle to that.

While the car’s were the unquestioned stars of the show that day, the day was also filled with a number of exciting programs, quizzes, and the introduction and getting-to-know-you of all of the Miata auto clubs scattered all across Japan.

The participants also penned their John Hancock’s on a special edition 20th anniversary Miata, which, from what we’ve heard, will be auctioned off sometime in the future.

The true highlight of the event was the closing parade where all the Miatas lined up for an enormous parade that had to have at least over 1,600 Miatas.

Press release after the jump.

PRESS RELEASE:

HIROSHIMA, Japan-To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mazda Roadster (known overseas as the Mazda MX-5), Mazda Motor Corporation hosted a special commemorative event on September 20, 2009, at its Miyoshi Proving Ground in western Japan.

First launched in 1989, Mazda’s two-seat lightweight open-top sports car is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. To commemorate the milestone, over 1,600 Roadsters and their owners made their way to the car’s birthplace at the Miyoshi Proving Ground.

When the proving ground gates opened at 6:30 a.m., the arriving Roadsters were welcomed home by attending staff. Approximately 2,600 owners and fans had journeyed from all over Japan and overseas to join in the celebration. The event was officially launched with a toast from a 20-year old Roadster owner, who had been born the same year as the iconic vehicle was launched.

During the event, members of the development team and MX-5 owners from abroad delivered congratulatory speeches; Roadster owners’ clubs from every region of Japan were introduced; and guests were invited to take part in a Roadster quiz. To bring the celebration to a close, Mazda’s director and senior managing executive officer in charge of vehicle development, Seita Kanai, stood up to address the crowd. His cry of, "The Roadster is forever!" was greeted by thunderous applause from the spectators.

To end with a Zoom-Zoom flourish, all 1,600 Roadsters formed up to parade around the track before leaving the Miyoshi Proving Ground with a fond farewell from the Mazda staff.

Source: Mazda

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6 comments:

badestofthebad  (608) posted on 10.3.2009

very first car i drove, wished they had a limited edition version with more power tho.

badestofthebad  (182) posted on 10.2.2009

Congratulations to Mazda Miata! You’ve done a great job for almost two decades. you deserve this kind of attention. And by the way, the photos for this article are giving me goosebumps. They’re like family.

badestofthebad  (183) posted on 10.2.2009

Well, if there’s anyone who is not in favor of the simplicity of the roadster, you should be looking for Bob Hall. He’s a motorist journalist for Motor Trend magazine. In 1976, he suggested that motor companies should produce an affordable roadster and here it is. I think that Miata is a really good roadster. More future models to come!

badestofthebad  (180) posted on 10.2.2009

Well, its actually the simplicity that goes with this car that gave it a bit of a boo for car enthusiasts. It’s too simple, they say, for a car that looks like a supercar. But on my end, I think that its the best thing that could happen.

badestofthebad  (182) posted on 10.2.2009

The first generation is really known for its pop-up headlights. Good thing that they went for the fixed headlights on the second generation because pop-up thing is disturbing to look at. This is one of my dream cars. Really.

badestofthebad  (177) posted on 10.2.2009

One of the many reasons why many people fell in love with Miata is because despite having a really cool and supercar look, they remain eco-friendly with their small engines. Well, this is also one of the reasons some car enthusiasts are not so fond of Miata. Double edged I should say.

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