Mazda Miata like music to my ears

Written by on July 28, 2014 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 36 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski Mazda MX-5 MiataWhen I heard that the limited edition 25th anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata sold out in 10 minutes, I wasn’t surprised. That’s all it took for 250 Miataphiles to sign up for the 100 available special edition models. And when gearhead car sites refer to this vehicle as a “darling” – yes, their words, not mine – I knew I had to borrow one.

Of course, I didn’t kid myself for a minute. When I asked Mazda Canada to borrow one for a week, I knew I wouldn’t be getting the special edition. But I was tickled to learn I’d be getting a GS in “True Red” and “Brilliant Black” – pretty darn close.

So it was disappointing when Mazda Canada called to let me know that a consumer had requested that very model, the only one available in the area. What? Someone wanted to buy a press car? Did they know what punishment is heaped upon those hapless vehicles by ruthless auto writers? Naturally, I graciously accepted a gray and black substitute, and realized what had REALLY happened. Mazda had simply realized that if they gave me a red Miata, well, they might NOT get it back.Mazda MX-5 in

And so it was that I picked up a dapper grey 2014 Miata GS, poured myself into the low-slung driver’s seat, and spun away on my adventure. Now, unlike most cars out there today, the Miata GS doesn’t come with any fancy technology. There’s no Bluetooth hook-up, rear camera, navi system or LCD screen popping up.  For starters, where would it go? And then – who the heck needs it?

This car is all about driving, pure and simple. You turn the engine over and a sonorous, daring trill of an exhaust note fills the air. As you rev the engine, it fills out with a ferocity, pulsating with intensity. It’s a honeyed, quivering melody that hovers on the edge, as the RPMs rise and fall. Is it any wonder I was reminded of Maria Callas in Lucia Di Lammermoor, her voice rising to an impossible high note as madness descends?

This video offers a little sound bite of exhaust note, just before two old buddies embark on a “gem” of an afternoon. (Many thanks to @MsArleneD for her invaluable videographic assistance)

Gripped by Miata delirium, my passion for driving knew no end. One steamy night, I drove 25 kilometres for an ice cream sundae. The next day, I drove to the corner to get cat food. I offered my chauffeur services to everyone I knew. One friend had never been in a convertible before, and she blissfully raised her arms to the cool night air.

Mazda MX-5 wheelEven trapped in the grimy clutch of downtown gridlock, I was ecstatic. Perhaps this, then, is the solution to the 24-7 congestion that plagues Toronto. Put everyone in a Miata. You don’t care where you are. You’re just delighted to be in the embrace of a car that responds to every whisper of a touch, sure-footed and precise, eager and ready to please, with a little bel canto echoing behind you.

All week long, I breezily shot in and out of traffic, parking spots, on and off the highway, spinning U-turns, bouncing around the city. My joy was evident, as complete strangers nodded and smiled at me, whistled and waved at street corners and stoplights.

Good fortune followed me wherever I went, as the sun shone down brightly all week. Perhaps the only flaw to having this car were some of the back-handed comments it drew. “Gorgeous car, but you know, that’s only for selfish people,” said one neighbour.  “Where do you put the groceries?” asked another. “You’ll never make it through a Canadian winter in that car,” noted another friend, who shall remain nameless.

But a Miata is not about practicality, it’s about valuing the rapture in every moment of being. There are those who would want it to be faster, lighter, bigger, lower, flashier. And they do – God love ‘em, the kids that alter the camber, stance it, turbo charge it, drop in a rotary, stick a wing on the back, whatever.MX-5 mirror

A Miata will make you feel things you’ve never felt before in a car. It’s like discovering a paramour, a soul-mate, who knows your deepest, darkest secrets. And encourages you to get a little kinky around the corners.

For those who want to lead a safe, predictable little life, it may seem like an indulgence.

But for those who want to hit that high octane E-note, a Miata isn’t just a selfish whim.

It’s a necessity.

And may the next 25 years of Miatatude be even more exquisite.

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata GS

 

36 Comments on "Mazda Miata like music to my ears"

  1. Luigi July 28, 2014 at 1:05 am · Reply

    Gee, that review was quickly up! Couldn’t bring the hockey bag out, but is there even a hope of shoehorning it into the trunk? For that matter, is there a chance I might shoehorn myself into the driver’s seat?

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 28, 2014 at 2:10 am · Reply

      Indeedy! Need to take computer in again : (( and wanted to get it up. Have you googled “tall guys and Miatas?” And talk to our friend at Mazda, he may have some ideas. There may be hope …

  2. Kate Eaton July 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Reply

    What a delicious post! Such fun to find another woman who appreciates the music of exhaust notes.Your beloved Miata sounds a lot like the ’59 MGA I drove at age 18, a sweet, road-hugging, fanny on the pavement adventure every time. Will definitely watch for more tales of automobiles and the passions they invoke. (And who cares whether the car does well in winter? That’s hardly the point!)

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 3:19 am · Reply

      Ooh, the 59 MGA was a gorgeous car. I almost prefer those to the MGs that came later, so much more voluptuous and curvy. You were lucky to drive around in such a sweet ride! Yes, I do love me some melodic exhaust notes. Who needs a radio? It’s so thrilling to listen to the engine rise and fall. Damn, I miss that car!

  3. Patricia Weber July 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm · Reply

    Vroom, vroom, vroom. That is just something we car lovers must do. It’s all about the sounds, the feel, and the looks – as you always so eloquently cover in all your car reviews Krystyna. Thanks.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 3:10 am · Reply

      Vroom vroom indeed! Especially appropriate for Mazda, it’s their branding. And it all really does come together in a fabulous vehicle like the Miata. You know what I’m talking about, Patricia! : ))

  4. William Rusho July 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm · Reply

    Having a car sold out in such a little time is impressive. Cars can mean so much to use. Once attached to it, you never get over your favorite car; they become a part of us. I still miss driving my jeep and having the top down.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 3:04 am · Reply

      Funny how you can develop an emotional attachment to a hunk of steel and glass, isn’t it? I guess it’s the way we interact with vehicles that does it, the response, the surge of energy moving forward. It’s always fascinated me. Driving with the top down, in the open air, really intensifies the experience!

  5. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) July 28, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Reply

    I love reading these fun blogs of yours… I find them so enlightening in a funny way. Loved the sound of that car! WOW! You’re right to compare it to Maria Callas! That’s an inspired comparison:)

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 2:57 am · Reply

      Oh, the sound of that car always gets me high. I must admit to having a weakness for exhaust notes, and this one definitely made me think of Callas, with her distinct sound. I’ve been listening to La Divina all week now!

  6. Tim July 29, 2014 at 1:41 am · Reply

    That’s a gorgeous piece of machinery for real. Like you I love to drive and have never thought twice about offering someone a ride even if it’s out of my way. I once drove 400 miles on a friday night just because I had nothing else happening. There is something appealing about the open road. My car at the time was a Ford Cortina GTE with rich wood dashboard and black leather everywhere. Getting in the miata would be a great treat.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 2:48 am · Reply

      I remember the Cortina! I think it was a German Ford, or maybe an English one. Yes, it’s great to get out on the open road and go where the spirit takes you. Although of course I prefer a ride like the Miata, any old beater will do. Maybe it’s that feeling of freedom, excitement and adventure – you don’t know where you’ll end up. Need to do that more often!

  7. Beth Niebuhr July 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm · Reply

    I still love my 1999 Miata. My husband seldom drives it but when he does, he says that he doesn’t get into it; he puts it on. I love to take it on curly mountain roads.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 2:40 am · Reply

      You are SO lucky to have the 99 Miata. That body style is a classic, some say more so than the current one, which is a little larger and more aggressive. And you’re smart to have it as a second car, and just drive the bejezus out of it. I’ll bet you tear it up on those mountain roads!

  8. Michele LoBosco July 29, 2014 at 6:09 pm · Reply

    You speed devil, you! This has to be the most fun car review I’ve ever read. Almost makes me want to run out and purchase this little Miata gem (or at least take it for a fun, speedy test drive)!
    Michele

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 2:33 am · Reply

      So glad you liked it, Michele! That’s the whole idea, to infect the world with Miata fever. I’m sure people take these out all the time for test drives. Just remember to give it back : ))

  9. Susan Cooper July 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm · Reply

    I’ve heard of this model as being a great car and a really fun ride. We are just starting to look for new car. So I may just take a look at this one when we do. Thanks for the review.

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 2:27 am · Reply

      Susan, you’ll fall in love with this car, but be warned, it really is impractical. Any time I had a passenger, I had to put my purse in the trunk! But, oh, it’s so thrilling to drive, that … you just don’t care. Take one out for a test drive, just for the hell of it!

  10. Jeri July 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm · Reply

    Why is that I want to go out and test drive every dang car you feature here? Must be the sign of some awfully good writing 😉

    • Krystyna Lagowski July 31, 2014 at 2:20 am · Reply

      Aw, thanks, Jeri! Wouldn’t we have a blast going for a ride in the Miata?! For you, I’d know to keep the top down. It’s still SO much fun …

  11. Lorraine Reguly July 31, 2014 at 4:54 am · Reply

    Geez. Now I don’t know what car to look for! (I’m shopping around.) I have to admit, I do like going fast!
    The Miata looks nice. Maybe I’ll have to add it to my list of “possibles.” 😉

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 7, 2014 at 1:22 am · Reply

      Go ahead, pull into your local dealer and take a Miata out for a test drive – espesh when the weather’s good. Shopping around is good. When you’re buying a car, it’s essential. So many people buy a car because, I don’t know, their kid likes the stereo?! Sheesh. Work your way down that list of possibles until you find the car that’s right for you!

  12. Carl August 1, 2014 at 7:26 am · Reply

    Wow, that car looks awesome. Just from your writing, it sounds powerful and worth a try. I’m jealous of your luck. Thanks for sharing.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 7, 2014 at 1:24 am · Reply

      Hey Carl, it’s a gorgeous little car that’s actually affordable and an absolute treat to drive. Small wonder they’ve been around for so long!

  13. Pamela Heady August 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm · Reply

    Just like your last post – I loved this! My dad bought his first Miata in ’91 – he let them figure things out for a year before getting one. Fast forward to years later when I learn he’s going to sell it…I said I’ll take it! So the sweet little silver beauty became mine and I relished the way I felt when driving it! I wish I could get it out here to California as it would be a great ride for out here, but it’s back in my dad’s garage waiting for someone to love on it! Great cars!

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 7, 2014 at 1:27 am · Reply

      Let me tell you, if I was in California with a 91 Miata, I’d never ever get out of it. I’d find a way of living in it. Good on your dad for scooping up a 91 Miata, those are practically collector’s items. Smart on you for jumping on the chance to buy it. Hope it finds its way to you soon!

  14. Mina Joshi August 2, 2014 at 7:34 pm · Reply

    This car sounds good, I am sure I would love driving new and different cars everyday!! You make me jealous!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 7, 2014 at 1:28 am · Reply

      Yes, but you can make (and eat) amazing meals every day. I guess we should swap for a week, right?!

  15. Arleen August 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm · Reply

    Isn’t it interesting how everyone likes the sounds of the motor when you put the foot on the gas to rive up the motor. I must say you looked very snazzy in the blue dress next to the gray car. My husband is adding kit for his car to make more noise when you rive up the motor.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 7, 2014 at 1:31 am · Reply

      Thanks for the lovely compliment, Arleen! Yes, I’ve always loved the sound of a well tuned engine. And the Miata has the loveliest exhaust note. It’s such a science. You can get systems that will enhance, even completely change it. I’ll bet you’ll be revving up a storm when your hubbie tricks out his car : ))

  16. LOMODAX August 13, 2014 at 4:13 pm · Reply

    Chère Krystyna,
    Si vous voulez découvrir la ND, rendez-vous à Paris au Mondial de l’Automobile en Octobre prochain.
    Je suis sur que vous l’aimerez autant que votre MIMIX actuelle.
    LOMODAX
    MX-Passion France

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm · Reply

      Merci pour l’invitation, M.Lomodax! Je ne sait pas que la Miata est connu comme le MIMIX en France, mais c’est trop mignon. Je sais que le modèle 2016 fera sa début au Paris – et souhaite que je pourrais être là. Vous aurez à me raconter tout ça …

  17. Krystle Cook September 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm · Reply

    My husband love to drive one of those. He’s always pointing out all the fancy cars now that we live in a bigger city. He’s in heaven.

    • Krystyna Lagowski September 5, 2014 at 2:12 am · Reply

      Oh, you never know what’s going to show up in your driveway if your hubbie has a wandering eye, car wise. Sounds like he aspires to be in something fancy …!

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