WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE
THE ENGAGEMENT OF
daughter of a LIBRARIAN and a NAVY CRYPTOLOGIST
THE 2014 MAZDA MX-5
scion of SEVERAL TERRIFYING RALLY CARS and the SMALL BRITISH CABRIOLET
The CLOSING CEREMONY will take place as soon as the DEALER calls her back with a proper QUOTE on how much it will cost to swap out the bits of the TRIM PACKAGE she doesn't like.
I'm trying to convince her to hold the reception at one of the Roval track days. You know, so the car's family can all come.
The MX-5 is pretty much the only car I have personally taken any notice of. A friend of mine out here bought an early '90s Miata -- in fairly decent condition, for a car nearly old enough to buy its own beer, but requiring a couple of preventative repairs and a lot of cosmetic work before it was perfect. He gave me a lift once, all of ten minutes down the road to the nearest Tedeschi, and and I abruptly understood why gearheads cared. It is quite a lot of fun to be in, even as a passenger, and I can only imagine how fun it is when you're the one calling the shots.
Vanquish Volante. The grille is less foofy than the Jag, obviously, and it lacks the flick upwards at the back of the Volante, but overall it's very much a remix of the traditional little English roadster. Emphasis on English -- the recent Audis have tried to do the same thing with the headlights, but missed the point of the hood shaping and consequently still look like Audis, and BMW is apparently off in its own bounded little world and hasn't changed its styling in forever.
The point is, this thing was plainly designed by an obsessive Anglophile who enjoys going around corners at high speeds. Clearly the only appropriate thing to do is to have it repainted from the rather limited color selection of the 2014 model year (two reds, two greys, a black, and a white that for some reason costs extra) to "British racing green", which they've used on previous MX-5s. It's Mazda paint code HU, if anyone cares. That's the solid BRG used on the 1991 special edition, to be specific; there was a metallic version used on the 2001 SEs, which I cannot find a code for, because apparently if you're the kind of anorak who cares passionately about automotive paint colors you think metallics were invented personally by Satan.