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’80s Mazda “MX-er” with the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

by Joel Arellano

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Mazda unveiled the all-new MX-5 Miata in early September. Since then, the automaker has been showing off the roadster in various venues throughout the world. Members of the Motor Press Guild and their guests had a close-up look at the iconic sports car just before All-Hallow’s Eve.

The first generation Miata hit the roads in the late 1980s. Thus the ’80s-themed Mazda event perfectly framed the 2016 MX-5 at the Mazda ’80s MX-er. Several guests dressed to impress in their heavy metal shirts and hairstyles while Kim Carnes’ “Betty Davis Eyes”, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar and other 80s greats rocked overhead from the speakers. Guest speaker Derek Jenkins, design chief of R&D at Mazda, said he had just been accepted to design school when the Miata hit U.S. roads in 1989. The impact reverberated throughout the decades, continued Jenkins, as automakers saw the viability of vehicles aimed at enthusiasts. Popular sports cars like the Viper, TT, Z3, Z4 and the Boxster followed in the wake of the Miata’s debut.

First, second and third generation models of the Mazda MX-5 Miata were on display at the mixer. Jenkins showed how each influenced the shape of the latest fourth-gen model. The Japanese-spec MX-5 on display, for example, continues to maintain the clean sides of its predecessors. Elsewhere, Jenkins and his design team went in new directions. These include the new headlamps, grille and more modern front fascia. The rear fenders are more pronounced in the 2015 MX-5 and the trunklid juts out instead of flowing back into the rear bumpers. The biggest change, though, is the Miata’s interior. It looks more upscale with richer materials and a more up-to-date design.

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MPG Members get, like, totally ’80s. On L: Edmund Jenks, John Dinkel and Tom Stahler.
Center:
Don Fuller and Gary Reed (photo by Albert Wong) On R: Cinnamon Hughes and Mark Perleberg

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UPCOMING MPG EVENTS

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November: MPG Motoring Invitational Breakfast
Wednesday, 11/19/14 at the 2014 LA Auto Show
7:00 – 8:45 am at Gilbert Lindsay Plaza

Celebrating Southern California car culture, the event brings together some of the most stunning vehicles from influential automotive icons, collectors and celebrities. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite serving complimentary breakfast for all credentialed attendees and MPG presents the “Innovation Vehicle of the Year” (IVY) Award at 7:45am.

 

db-squareDecember: MPG Dean Batchelor Awards Banquet
Tuesday, 12/9/14 at the future home of the Shelby Automotive Museum

Our annual awards gala honoring excellence in automotive journalism will feature Best of Year awards (including three new categories: Best Radio/Podcast Episode, Best Audio/Visual Work under 30 min. and Best Audio/Visual Work over 30 min.), the Dean Batchelor Award, the all new Bob D’Olivo Award for Excellence in Photography and the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ken Gross.

19021 S. Figueroa St. • Gardena, CA 90248  Get directions >>
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Track Days 2014 Recap

Members enjoyed our all-new, “re-imagined” 2014 Track Days, held October 14/15 at both the Hilton Pasadena and Willow Springs International Raceway. The event’s new two-day format featured informative panel discussions, extensive street drives and vehicle comparisons at the Rose Bowl, a dinner and afterglow party all in addition to a full day of driving at Willow Springs.

Right Track Motoring was on the scene both days and produced this video recap.
Watch the highlights here:


(Click here to watch the video if it does not appear in your browser)

Over 200 photos from the event can be viewed here, courtesy of Myles Regan, Regan Digital images.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Greetings MPG Members!

Welcome to November, which is the official opening of auto show season and MPG takes the lead at the LA Auto Show with the second annual MPG Motoring Invitational. This is an MPG event that everyone with a credential at the show can attend and we are providing a free breakfast and some pretty exciting classic cars that reflect the California Car Culture.

I want to thank the LA Auto Show for the creation and execution of this seminal event and for giving us a stage for our IVY Award presentation. John Dinkel and his team have done great work putting together the awards and the recipients will be announced at the event.

Gearing-up to December, the Dean Batchelor Awards are just around the corner. Jason Fogelson and his team are putting together a wonderful event and we look forward to lifting a glass with you on December 9th at the Shelby Museum in Gardena.

So, we’ll see you at the LA Auto Show this week, and after that, please have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

All the Best,

— Joni Gray
President, Motor Press Guild

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NEW MEMBERS

Journalist

  • Miles Branman, Fast Lane Daily — mdbranman@gmail.com
  • Bobby Kimbrough, Power Automedia — bj.jjcconsultgroup@yahoo.com
  • Johan Lee, Driven Media — johan@driven-media.com
  • James Riswick, Edmunds.com — jriswick@edmunds.com
  • Cameron Rogers, Edmunds.com — crogers@edmunds.com

Analyst

  • Douglas Glad, TEN — douglasrglad@gmail.com
  • David Bennett, AAA — dbennett@national.aaa.com
  • Joel Cooper, Precision Driving Research — Joel@DrivingResearch.com

Affiliate

  • David Hakim, Hp2 Communications — david@hp2communications.com
  • Scott Webb, New Car Dealers Association San Diego County — scott@ncda.com


Public Relations

  • Rich Otto, Ketchum — rich.otto@ketchum.com

ALL MEMBERS: Note that you alone are responsible for managing your profile and contact info in MPG’s database. Log-in to your account at www.motorpressguild.org: Find the “Profile” tab and then click on “Edit.” Make sure to click the “Save” button (bottom left) when you’re done. This is the data published in MPG’s annual Media Guide/Membership Roster and you are the only one that checks its accuracy.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][vc_column_text]

MEMBER CHRONICLES

dscf4036Driving Racing Legends… on the opposite side of the power scale
Philippe de Lespinay

Long-time MPG member, journalist, author and former racer, Phillippe de Lespinay, spent the last week of August and first week of September pursuing a unique opportunity. First, he drove his 1972, 1000 HP Eagle-Offenhauser Indy car at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and a few days later, he rode a 1972, 15HP Derbi Grand Prix motorcycle in Sanremo, Italy.

Serious speeds were achieved with the recently sorted Eagle, a sister car to the one that sat on the pole at the 1972 “Indy 500” at record speed, driven by Bobby Unser.

Thanks to the help of the Riverside International Automobile Museum and of its owner Douglas Magnon and crew, especially expert mechanic Bill Losee, the car performed very well over five sessions, one of which was driven by Kenton Koch, the young factory-supported Mazda ace who has already made quite a name for himself. As the car was being sorted out after each outing, Philippe brought it to speeds exceeding 200 mph on the back straight, revving the Offy to 9000 rpm.

dsc08679_1Only a week later at the Ospedaletti Vintage Racing Festival near Sanremo, Italy, Philippe drove one of the most exotic miniature racers one will ever find, an 8-speed, air-cooled, dry-clutch, disc-valve inducted 15000 rpm 50 cc Spanish-built Derbi Grand Prix rocket capable of 120 mph. Spaniard Angel Nieto won the 1972 50 cc world championship aboard the Spanish Derbi GP machine. Quite a contrast and likely Philippe must have set some kind of a world record!

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CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR MilePost

Any member is welcome to submit items to this monthly newsletter that are of specific interest to fellow members:

  • Member Chronicle stories
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Job Openings

Acceptance and revision are at the discretion of the Editor. MilePost does not publish general industry PR or paid ads. Member Chronicle stories can be adventures you’ve had, special talents you possess, what you drive, your first car, a car you crashed, one you lived in, epic (or not so epic) drives, etc. In other words, think freely and keep things in good taste. Shoot for 400-800 words and include some images if you have them.

Deadline is seven days before the end of the month. Send both words and pictures (small JPEGs, please) to: milepost@motorpressguild.org

NOTE: Members who wish to publicize non-MPG events or announcements may do so themselves on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/motorpressguild. And be sure to “like” our page while you’re there.

Motor Press Guild, P.O. Box 4215, Redondo Beach CA 90277 • 323-374-3674[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center” thickness=”2″ width_in_percentages=”” up=”40″ down=”40″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1431038828070{padding-left: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”milepost-sidebar” css=”.vc_custom_1437764261770{padding-top: 10px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]MilePost is the monthly online newsletter of the Motor Press Guild

CONTENTS

’80s Mazda MXer
   by Joel Arellano
Coming Events
Track Days Recap
President’s Message
New Members
Member Chronicles
by Philippe de Lespinay
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joni Gray, President
Jason Fogelson, Vice President
Darryll Harrison, Treasurer
Jeff Glucker, Secretary
Mike Antich
Shad Balch
Brendan Flynn
Michael Harley
Deb Pollack
Doug Stokes
Chris Woodyard

MPG STAFF

MPG Web/Communications Manager
Carrie Kim

Media Guide Manager
Pete Evanow

ABOUT MPG

The Motor Press Guild is the largest automotive media association in North America. This exclusive, non-profit organization is dedicated to upholding the highest ideals in automotive journalism and promoting education and information exchange within the motoring press. Members include print journalists, photographers, broadcasters and new media professionals, as well as public-relations representatives, consumer groups, and governmental bodies tied to the automotive industry. Student memberships are available as well.For more information, please visit www.motorpressguild.org.

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