June 15, 1994 |
The streets of Irvine are likely to be thronged with two-seat roadsters this Father's Day as Mazda hosts a gathering of Miata owners at Mazda Research and Development, North America. The Irvine design facility--housed in a bland concrete industrial building at Red Hill and Reynolds avenues--is the birthplace of the Miata, which reintroduced the open roadster to the United States in July, 1989.
April 9, 1992 |
Organizers of the Orange County Performing Arts Center Triathlon announced Wednesday that they have increased the prize money to $25,000 for the May 31 race at Lake Mission Viejo. Better news for Brad Kearns, the two-time champion from Auburn, Calif., is that the men's and women's winners will each receive a Mazda Miata. He picked up a photo of the car and attached it to his name tag and said, "I'd like something in blue or red."
January 14, 1990 |
Masami Ishihara, the man in charge of building what is arguably the hottest car in the Western world, is about to beat a headache that has been bugging him for months. The kind of headache that his counterparts in Detroit would dearly love to have. For here in Hiroshima, Ishihara is the boss of Assembly Line No.
December 31, 1989 |
When shooting recently ended on the movie "Always," director Steven Spielberg presented identical Mazda Miata sports cars to his four stars. There are those who believe the cars came with higher celebrity status than their recipients--Richard ("Jaws") Dreyfuss, John ("Roseanne") Goodman, Holly ("Broadcast News") Hunter and Brad Johnson. They certainly will still be selling furiously when "Always" is relegated to videotape and a $19.95 manager's special.
December 6, 1989
Miata Auto of the Year: Mazda Motor Corp.'s Miata--the popular roadster that was designed at Mazda's design facility in Irvine--has been named Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine. The 400,000-circulation monthly magazine also named Bob Hall, manager of product planning and research at the Mazda design center, its first-ever Man of the Year.' Hall, a former automotive journalist, conceived of the Miata and pushed for its acceptance at Mazda.
October 2, 1989 |
It was the start of another beautiful day in Southern California. With the sun up and the top down, Mark Jordan headed north for Monterey one morning last August in a snub-nosed, cherry-red Miata. Jordan knew the car intimately. For six years, he had worked as a key member of a team of Mazda workers who designed the two-seater convertible, a sports car that only two months into production was already being heralded as a design classic.