Huge Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary Commemorative Event Held in Japan.
First launched in 1989,Mazda's two-seat lightweight open-top sports car is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. To commemorate the milestone, over 1,600 Roadsters and their owners made their way to the car's birthplace at the Miyoshi Proving Ground.
When the proving ground gates opened at 6:30 a.m., the arriving Roadsters were welcomed home by attending staff. Approximately 2,600 owners and fans had journeyed from all over Japan and overseas to join in the celebration. The event was officially launched with atoast from a 20-year old Roadster owner, who had been born the same year as the iconic vehicle 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, stood up toaddress the crowd. His cry of, "The Roadster is forever!" was greeted by thunderous applause from the spectators.
To end with a Zoom-Zoom flourish, all 1,600 Roadsters formed up to parade around the track before leaving the Miyoshi Proving Groundwith a fond farewell from the Mazda staff.
Main events at the Roadster 20th Anniversary Meet--
Date held: Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 10:00 a.m.
Venue: Mazda Miyoshi Proving Ground in Miyoshi, Hiroshima prefecture. (Mazda's main provingground in Japan.)
Organizer: 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
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 units
Information about the official MazdaMX-5 community is available in English at:
Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE: 7261) started manufacturing tools in 1929 and soon branched out into production of trucks for commercial use. In the early 1960s, Mazda launched its first passenger car models and began developing rotary engines. Still headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, Mazda today ranks as one of Japan's leading automakers, and exports cars to the United States and Europe for over 30 years. For more information, please visit www.mazda.com
Mazda Motor Corporation Corporate Communications Division Phone: +81-3-3508-5056 [Tokyo] Phone: +81-82-282-5253 [Hiroshima]
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