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

Mazda CX-3 moves you like never before

by Adolf Kaure at NewEra.com

Mazda CX-3 moves you like never beforeThere’s never been an SUV that can move you like this. For the first time, new generation Mazda thinking combines with enhanced capability and a city-friendly size. This SUV comes in front with or all-wheel drive and is available at Novel Mazda in Windhoek.The Mazda CX-3 comes in 3 models namely the Neo, Maxx as well as the sTouring. The Mazda CX-3 Neo comes with 16-inch rims, Halogen headlamps, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Mazda CX-3 Maxx has a reverse camera, satellite navigation as well as leather wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel.

The Mazda CX-3 sTouring comes in 18-inch alloy wheels with front fog lamps as well as front 2-speed wipers with a rain-sensing function. The Mazda CX-3 is available in a variety of colours. These colours include red soul, crystal pearl white, ceramic metallic, meteor grey, titanium flash, jet black, deep crystal blue and dynamic blue.

Under the hood of this SUV comes two types of engines, which are powered by lightweight SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. Responsive power is enjoyed with exceptional fuel consumption, no matter which form you choose; be it the punchy 2.0 litre petrol or the keenly muscular 1.5 litre turbo diesel.

The 2.0 litre petrol 4 cylinder engine delivers a sporty 109 kW of power and 192 Nm of torque; using as little as 6.1 litres of every of fuel for every 100 kilometres.

As for the 1.5 litre turbo diesel 4 cylinder engine, it produces 77 kW and a muscular 270 Nm of torque, using as little as 4.8 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres.

The SUV’s interior is easy on the eye with plenty of tech features. By putting key information such as current speed and navigation into your line of sight, Active Driving Display helps you focus on what’s ahead by minimising road distraction.

There are no complaints in terms of space as Mazda describes this vehicle as “comfortable, clever and capable with a roomy, well-crafted cabin that works with whatever you are doing”.

The rear seats split 60/40 to allow for a large oddly shaped items. Folding down both creates a large, virtually flat floored space. A handy two-way flor lets you customise carrying capacity even more. It can hide a handy extra compartment, or be lowered to expand the cargo bay. Of course your personal stuff is well looked after, with plenty of useful storage.

The Mazda CX-3’s has a style with an exterior which is stylish and stands above.
Mazda describes its interior as “something out of the ordinary”. The vehicle is a creation of KODO Soul of Motion’ design. It is has balancing athletic presence, streamlined simplicity and elegant detail and brings a rare imagination to the small SUV.

Other exterior features which this SUV comes with include; body coloured power mirrors, rear spoiler’ front LED fog lamps and LED tail-lamps. The Mazda CX-3 comes at a cost of N$ 285 000 with a 3-year unlimited warranty.

Tohoku Car Festival in Sendai April 16 ~ 17, 2016

To all Mazda fans, it’s the end of March and I am looking forward to spring in Tohoku Japan to start the racing season. By the way there is a very big event in Japan, Sendai, Ken Auto will be participating in the Tohoku Car Festival in Sendai.
The last time that the event was held was 2010, Ken Auto did not participate in the past event. This time around Ken Auto will participate in the Tohoku Car Festival, this year also make the five years that we had the earthquake disaster, so at the event we will pay our respect to those who lost their lives and those that were affected by the great disaster. The world famous Liberty Walk custom made Car Company form Nagoya, Japan will be volunteering with Ken Auto Japan.
Ken Auto and Liberty Walk will be showcasing their custom made racing cars, at this year Tohoku Car Festival. Liberty Walk will take their Lamborghini Aventador and GT-R force Ken Auto will take the NA6 blue. Here is the classical at its simplest and yet so beautiful, I would like to express coolness of the Roadster that will be on display. Not only Ken Auto and Liberty Walk cars will be on display, but there will be Manufacture cars from Japan, there will be cars from all over the world. Please come and have a good time with your friends and family at the Tohoku Car Festival in Sendai.

 

Meet the New Members

Meet the New Members

New members that have joined since the last issue.  More recent members may appear in the next issue.

Leon L Reister
Ionia, Michigan
Leon has an ‘81 RX-7.

Barbara Ballard

Venice, Florida
Barbara has a ‘95 black MX-6.

Kenichi Obara
Sendai-City, Miyagi, Japan
Kenichi has a ‘94 PT NA8.

Mark Knox
Cincinnati, Ohio

Sparkle Jones
Kentwood, Michigan

 

RX Vision Concept

from InsiderCarNews.com by Justin Cupler

When Mazda revealed its RX Vision concept, jaws across the automotive world dropped. This stunning concept embodied everything enthusiasts wanted in a new RX, sans the “concept” suffix. Recently, Mazda rightfully brought home the “Most Beautiful Concept of the Year” at the 31st Festival Automobile International for its work on this sleek, Wankel-powered rig. Though the RX was an undeniable beauty, this award was by no means automatic. It had to stand up to the likes of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6, the Peugeot Fractal, and Porsche Mission E—none of which were deficient in terms of sexiness. In the end, however, the RX Vision designers’ tweaks to the KODO language were enough to bag the prize.

RX Vision ConceptThe big question now is whether Mazda will actually use this design in producing a road-going RX. In recent years, Mazda has been pretty good about avoiding useless concept cars, but this one seems more of a stretch for several reasons.

The first issue is that the RX will have to come with some form of rotary engine, or fans will revolt. This requirement leads me to the next issue; the rotary, while capable of big horsepower numbers from a small displacement, has always had three flaws: fuel economy, oil consumption, and lack of low-rev torque.

Since their inception, the Rotary engines were little more than a novelty, as they allowed for a nearly limitless rev band that gave engineers more freedom to extract serious horsepower from them. Horsepower is great for bragging rights, but torque has always been one of the Wankel’s shortcomings—the RX-8’s embarrassing 152 pound-feet at 5,500 is a key example of this—and the only way Mazda saw to fix it was turbo, which compounded the oil- and fuel-consumption issues (sigh). And don’t even get me started on the apex seal issues…

According to Mazda, it is continuing to tweak the Skyactiv-R rotary in the concept to make it friendly for production. Rumors have swirled about this engine, ranging from it being a generator for an electric powertrain to it being a diesel engine. Recently, the rumormill has rested on a report that Mazda engineers want the rotary to stand alone—no electrification—and run on diesel. Instead, the last reports claim that Mazda is looking to go back to turbocharging for the new engine.

Stay tuned for details.

RX Vision Concept

 

KENAUTOJAPAN.com

Hi, to all the members of Mazda club USA, my name is Kenichi Obara from Japan. I am a new member to your club thank for accepting me, I am the owner of the Ken auto Mazda Miata high performance parts company.  I specialize in high performance parts for Mazda Miata. I am excited to be a part of the Mazda Miata club and looking forward to meeting other members, if there is any question you would like to ask about your Mazda Miata please feel free to ask. You can contact me at my Facebook or through my website.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010036200483

http://www.kenautojapan.com

The Future is the Past

I encourage all Mazda owners to read the article, “The Future is the Past”, an interview with President & CEO of Mazda, Masimichi Kogai, in the January, 2016 issue of Forbes magazine. President Kogai reinforces Mazda’s commitment to building cars that are fun to drive and not to get swept up in pursuing driverless cars. I just hope that includes maintaining Mazda owners, like myself, access to manual transmissions in Mazda cars, which are rapidly disappearing in other auto makes’ model offerings.

William Sirull

Questions and Answers

Q: I just purchased an ‘88 Mazda 323 and installed the engine and transmission, I cannot get a spark to the plugs.. I have checked all the fuses, I have every thing hooked up. What are some things to check?

Rob

A: It could be no current to the ECU, the crank position sensor not working, or a bad coil pack. Each can be checked individual if you bring them in to auto shop.

Bob

Q: How much will it cost me to replace the suspension on Mazda CX-9? My car stopped on the road last night, had to tow it with a flat bed truck as the wheel was kind of coming out of the car, no chance to push it to the curb even, car wouldn’t move back or forth. Wondering how much the damage will be.

Maria

A: You didn’t list what broke. Let us guess. A lower ball joint broke and the CV-joint pulled out of the side of the transmission. If the lower A-frame didn’t tear loose from the flimsy sub-frame it will still cost a small fortune to fix. Hopefully the car is sitting at a Mazda door step so they can check the suspension pieces.

Roy

Q: The latest water trick from my 2006 MX-5 Miata is whenever it rains the trunk fills with water. I have identified the leak. It’s coming from where the rear of the soft top where it seals to the rear of the car. There seems to be a wiper seal that will divert the water to the interior drains behind the seats. Is there a adjustment I can make?

Morris

A: If you are talking about the black plastic trim that’s visible from outside the car, that’s not a seal. It’s there to keep the edge of the sheet metal and soft top from chafing against each other. There’s a rain rail / gutter system that collects whatever gets around the back edge of the soft top. The rain rail then carries any water to the drains you have already discovered. It’s a pain to get to the rain rail, as it requires removing the “parcel shelf” where the top sits when it is lowered. My guess is the rain rail is cracked.

Davis

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