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Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary Commemorative Event Held in Japan

Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary Commemorative Event Held in Japan (copyright image)

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1st October, 2009

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mazda MX-5, Mazda Motor Corporation hosted a special commemorative event on 20th September, 2009, in western Japan.

First launched in 1989, Mazda’s two-seat light weight open-top sports car is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To commemorate the 'milestone', over 1,600 Roadsters and their owners made their way to the Miyoshi Proving Ground.

When the proving ground gates opened at 6:30 AM, the arriving Roadsters were welcomed by attending staff. Approximately 2,600 owners and enthusiasts had journeyed from all over Japan and overseas to join in the celebration. The event was launched with a toast from a 20 year old Roadster owner, born the same year as the two-seater was launched.

During the event, members of the development team and MX-5 owners from abroad delivered congratulatory speeches; Roadster owners’ clubs from every region of Japan were introduced; and guests were invited to take part in a Roadster quiz. To bring the celebration to a close, Mazda’s Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of vehicle development, Seita Kanai, addressed the crowd. His cry of, “The Roadster is forever!” was greeted with thunderous applause from the spectators.

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To end with a flourish, all 1,600 Roadsters formed up to parade around the track before leaving the Miyoshi Proving Ground with a farewell provided by Mazda staff.

Roadster 20th Anniversary Meeting
Date held: Sunday, 20th September, 2009 from 10 AM
Venue: Mazda Miyoshi Proving Ground in Miyoshi, Hiroshima (Mazda’s main proving ground in Japan)
Organiser: Roadster 20th Anniversary Meet Committee (This committee is mainly comprised of staff from Mazda’s Domestic Business Division and members of Roadster owners’ clubs)
Hosted by: Mazda Motor Corporation
Supported by: Volunteers from the “National Roadster Meeting Official Summit for (the) 20th/World Roadster Friendship Clubs”
Participating Mazda Roadsters: Approximately 1,600.


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