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Mazda MX-5 Miata 20th Anniversary Meet - Click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda celebrated the 20th anniversary of its MX-5 Miata this year at the Chicago Auto Show by bringing out various concepts and special edition models to display on the show floor. But that handful of cars was nothing compared to the event put on by Mazda last weekend that brought out 2,600 owners and 1,600 cars to celebrate the best selling roadster of all time at the Miyoshi Proving Ground in western Japan.

The day's festivities included introductions for the various clubs, an MX-5 quiz, and a 20th anniversary car that all of the attendees could sign. Bringing the event to a close was a massive parade around the track that has to have broken some sort of record. You can read the brief press release after the jump or check out the high-res gallery courtesy of Mazda below.



[Source: Mazda]


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.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, their 20th celebration was WAY bigger than ours....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where's Waldo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've driven many roadsters over the years (including almost every flavor MX5 sold in the USA), but it wasn't until recently that I finally got one. After test driving four NBs, an NC, and two S2000s, I settled on a '99 MX5. It's awesome.

      I've owned AWD and RWD cars with almost twice the power and driven many cars with far more than that. None of them were as fun as the MX5... It's an amazing accomplishment: comfortable enough to be a daily driver, cheap enough for the average joe, and an absolute blast to drive.

      The next version is due in 2012 or 2013. Here's hoping that Mazda doesn't lose sight of the LWS (Light Weight Sports) concept that the MX5 was originally based on. The most recent version is still wonderful, but it's a tad large and heavy... I'd like to see it get back down to ~2300 pounds.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ^^ haha

      Those guys fit nicely in their cars, I on the other hand struggle to fit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love my NB Miata. I can't wait to get a newer one. Maybe I'll wait till the ND...
      • 5 Years Ago
      cute
      • 5 Years Ago

      According to Tim Studdard all 218,000 of the Miatas pictured here are collectibles. Maybe Studdard will release his list of North American collectible cars and the Dodge Neon will be on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's crazy if he did that because why would anyone collect a rental car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      all of those hair dressers in one place at the same time, wash and cut please lol !
        • 5 Years Ago
        I own three Miatas and I assure you, I'm not a hairdresser. I'm actually a web designer…

        I'll wave to you when I'm passing you in the twisties! :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought the hairdresser stigma was reserved for Triumph Spitfires. Funny, since I'm bald, not a hairdresser, and have a '79.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That could make a challenging jig-saw puzzle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are saying they all look the same?




        ......the cars that is?


        p.s. light humor, no ill will intended
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean high power to weight ratio humor...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool image of all the Miatas!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And I just thought that was taken on the 405
        • 5 Years Ago
        Best car ever made. Tall talk, yes, but nobody's ever made such a fun, cheap, race-able and efficient car as the Miata.

        And, for anyone who thinks they aren't fast enough, even the Ferrari guys at the Autocross club will tip their hats to the speed it carries through a corner. For those who know how to drive, it's among the most rewarding cars ever made.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plus, I've never seen a large number of Japanese people look quite that big (...in relation to the cars).
      • 5 Years Ago
      is that a gay pride parade?
      • 5 Years Ago
      With all of those Miata owners in one place, how did anyone get their hair done that day?

      OMG! I'm just kidding! I couldn't resist!

      I'm still a die hard CRX kinda guy.
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