football and the Winter Olympics on the TV, not to mention the
first of the new series of The Apprentice. And it was a very
very cold February evening, with snow forecast, but that still
didnít stop plenty of keen MX-5 fans turning up at Donalds Mazda
main dealers showroom in Ipswich on the evening of 22 February.
The evening was billed by Donalds as a chance to celebrate the
MX-5 and they had invited not only the members of the clubs
Eastern Area but also a large number of their own customers.
The end result was a fun packed evening both informative,
entertaining and with another chance for those present to get
their hands on the new 3rd Generation MX-5. Food was also
provided and a prize draw held with the money paid being donated
to the NSPCC.
still a fairly new name in the area for Mazda and this was an
opportunity for them to get to know some of their own MX-5
customers a bit better and one thing they did learn is that most
of us are cleverer than we look. The opportunity to play a
version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ? with the promise of
various vouchers as prizes saw the grey matter of several people
being tested. Had anyone been able to reach a million Donalds
had a satnav system on offer. Well we didnít quite make it but
there was one £250,000.00 and more than 1 winner getting
£125,000.00 which resulted in several hundred pounds worth of
service vouchers being dispensed.
A very good
technical talk was given on the new 3rd Generation MX-5 and
rather sneakily the pub type quiz that followed a little while
later in the evening had the questions based on the tech talk.
I wish I had being paying proper attention !
attendance were given the chance to swat up on the Owners Club
as the clubs history display banners had been brought out of
storage for the evening. Non members were offered the
opportunity to take away the club flyers and a couple of special
edition Eastern Newsletters so they could get an idea of what
the club are all about.
One of the high
lights of the evening was a very tasty red 3rd Gen MX-5 which
the dealer had modified somewhat with a new front and rear, side
skirts, 18 inch alloys and lowered suspension. A car much
admired and we think the subject of some haggling over on the
night. Not surprising really, as it looked everything that a
shiny red sports car should.
Overall a great
evening out and much thanks must go to Donalds Mazda for putting
& Official Flyers
1 & 2.
Many thanks to the contributors
of the above photographs.