This is a video of a 1992 Mazda Miata MX 5 Racing the streets of Gander during the 2010 Targa Newfoundland.
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5 Club Racing MX5 Cup - Round 1 Donington Park Race 1
Action from Race 1 at Donington Park via On Board Cameras. This is just a
demonstration of what could be done when we have a lot more cameras.
Unfortunately not all the data copied across so apologies for those who
weren't shown! However, I think you'll agree there was some fantastic
Mazda Miata - Greatest Ever Sports Cars Nº2
" Next on our list, the sports car that literally saved the sports car
business. Some of the sexiest names on the streets, like Mercedes and BMW
are a huge debt to the modest little Mazda Miata, the biggest selling
2-seat convertible of all time."
" I think the Miata is the most influential sports car of its time. It
actually brought back the idea of having a personal sports car when we were
lost. We had nothing."
" Say cars today like, BMW Z4, Mercedes' okay, all owe their existence to
the success of the Mazda Miata. "
" There is an example of a sports car that's not a high performance car out
of the box, but it's absolutely perfect. You are down to the ground, it's
still under 2500 pounds. The power-weight ratio is perfect. The balance is
perfect. It's an absolute joy to drive."
" Because it was so light and evenly balanced front to back. The Miata
" It wasn't expensive. It handled brilliantly. It was cheap to run and it
performed well, and lastly and most irritatingly, Japanese again. It was
" When they test the prototypes, they went out over to Santa Barbra and
they were literally being pursued by joggers waving checkbooks and things
like this, you know, what is this car? We wanna buy it, you know, this is--
this is great."
" Not exactly the most macho of sports car. The Miata is known more for its
social clubs than setting speed records. It takes a sluggish 7 plus seconds
to get from knot to 60."
" I normally use it for going to the grocery store and back. So I don't
usually go over 40 miles an hour."
" I know every woman has a dream of being able to get on the race track and
go fast and beat the guys."
" Hi Judy."
" Nice to meet you. You alright [unk]?"
" [unk] set up a day at the track with a former race car driver to see if
Judy could learn to transform her mild mono-roadster into a genuine racer."
" Here we go."
" Okay, we're starting now."
" First, Judy's instructor puts her Miata through its paces."
" More at least, he gets it going over 40."
" It's fun when you're driving."
" Though it gives people a watered-down version of owning a sports car, you
know, for a limited budget."
" And it drives better than many much bigger, much more powerful, much more
showy sports cars, but it doesn't have [unk]."
" It's a chick car. It's a girl car, you know, I see a guy driving that
down the way and I just feel bad for him."
" Would I be seen in 1? Good lord, no. My friends would never speak to me
" Okay, so it's not a high-performance Ferrari, but these cars can touch
130 miles an hour. Of course, the driver has to be willing. Alas! A total
transformation was not to be. On this day, the Miata stereotype of being
essentially a girl's car, held true."
" Oh, that was fun."
" Still in a typical Miata fashion, they had fun."
" I can't believe I did that."
" A number of people think that the Miata is a girl's car 'cause it only
has a little 4-cyclinder engine, but I think that's missing the point. A
great sports car is not just about the numbers. It's about, how it makes
you feel when you're driving it along."
" And it is a man's sports car not just a woman's car."
" No, I wouldn't call it a girly car, no and I think it's also-- I would
say it's a unisex car."
" It's a different feeling no less than a sports car, but just a
different-- it is a lightness of being."
" Unbelievable. It was so much fun. I just think the Miata has everything
in a car. It can do everything you ask it to do."
" Look, you're kiddin' right?"