The good news is I got invited to test drive the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata ND model. The bad news is, I will be in Austin, TX for WEC during that week. Bummer!
But hopefully by sharing this information others that are interested in the test drive would be able to take advantage of the opportunity. I will also share the calendar of events around the country for those interested in the test drive to see if one is available closer to them.
The original e-mail from MAZDA:
and the list of events around the country which could be found here: http://www.mazdausamedia.com/index.php?s=31626&item=126061 (in case they update information after this blog post is published)
You’re Invited to The MX-5 Experience
Thank you for your interest in Mazda. We’re extending a special invitation to select Mazda enthusiasts like you to experience the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata with SKYACTIV® Technology in person.
Please join us for our exclusive MX-5 Ride & Drive Event and get an up-close look at the latest edition of the world’s most popular roadster. You’ll be able to get behind the wheel, rev it up, and take it out onto the race track to really see what all the excitement is about—for yourself.
Experience the 2016 MX-5’s impressive driving dynamics and test out its newly available advanced safety and infotainment technologies designed to make you feel even more connected to the road and the world around you. You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of an icon, reimagined!
Please note that all drivers must be over 18, have a valid U.S. Driver’s license, sign a waiver, and take a Breathalyzer test.
Please join us at:
Friday, September 4th & Saturday, September 5th
Autobahn Country Club
3795 Centerpoint Way
Joilet, IL 60436
Friday, September 11th & Saturday, September 12th
Atlanta Motorsports Park
20 Duck Thurmond Rd
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Friday, September 18th & Saturday, September 19th
Met Life Stadium
1Metlife Stadium Dr.
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Friday, September 25th & Saturday, September 26th
8400 Delwau Ln
Austin, TX 78725
Friday, October 2nd & Saturday, October 3rd
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
20000 S Maricopa Rd
Chandler, AZ 85226
Hours of Operation:
Friday dates: 12 PM – 7 PM
Saturday dates: 9 AM – 4 PM
Do I have to be over 18 to drive?
Yes. All drivers must be over 18. You are welcome to come watch the event, however.
Can I wear open toed shoes?
All drivers must wear close toed shoes.
Do I need to RSVP or pick a time slot?
No, The MX-5 Experience tour does not have an RSVP list. Our event is first come first served.
What other cities is Mazda coming to?
Please see the above event list. Future ride & drive events will be shared on our Mazda Facebook page, so be sure to like Mazda!
Can I bring my friends/parents/neighbors?
Of course, Mazda would love to see them at the track. If they are looking to drive, be sure to share that they need to be over 18, have a valid U.S. driver’s license, sign a waiver at the event, and take a Breathalyzer test.
The 2016 MX-5 Miata is amazing! I am over 18 and have a valid U.S. license, will I get to drive one? Are there automatic and manual transmissions available?
Yes, you will be able to drive the 2016 MX-5 Miata! Mazda will have a mix of MT and AT MX-5 Miatas available for driving.
What type of driving will I get to do?
There will be three stations: braking, autocross, and a hot lap on a specially designed road course.For further information: For additional questions, please contact: Mazda Customer Experience at 800-222-5500