First stop on my three week MX-5 Miata / Motorsport Euro Trip was in the Netherlands at MX-5 Specialist shop near Zandvoort.
Will write more about the visit soon, but for now here’s some photos from the trip.
HUGE thanks to Vincent the local MX-5 owner who drove all the way up from The Hague to give me this awesome tour from Amsterdam down to the beach. Much appreciated Vincent!
Inerestingly enough this is a one man operation, which is very impressive! Also interesting is the little fact that I’m shopping around for new suspension for my car, and on this visit both Bilsteins and Eibach’s were highly recommended.
With just a few days left before my epic Euro Trip, the frustration is setting in. I had high hopes of organizing an MX-5 Mini-Meet-Up in every country I plan to visit on this trip and so far it’s shaping up to be a complete failure. I’ve posted all the invites, I’ve joined the local club forums and so far nothing has been concretely organized. Why?
Mazda has a “Friends of MX-5” marketing campaign for Europe that can be nicely summed up in this promo video:
So the fans are there… plenty of enthusiasts throughout Europe eager to meet up in a group and talk about their favorite roadster. But why am I having such a hard time organizing a small get together especially when things went exceptionally well in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. I really don’t know what’s going on in Europe.
Second year attempt, and hopefully not a wasted opportunity.
So for anyone reading this and sensing the frustration in my tone, come out and join me on the trip if you can. My plans are as follows:
July 13 & 14: staying in Amsterdam
July 15 to 17: marshaling at Zandvoort for DTM
July 18 to 19:staying in Amsterdam
July 20 to 21: staying in Cologne
July 21 to 24: marshaling at Nurburgring for WEC
July 25 to 27: staying in Brussels
July 27 to 31: marshaling at Spa-Francorchamps for Spa 24h
August 1: staying in Brussels
August 2: staying in Paris, meet-up at Auto Passion Cafe
While in the Netherlands I’d like to visit an MX-5 tuner located very close to the Zandvoort circuit. And while in Cologne I wish to check out IL Motorsport another famous MX-5 tuner and aftermarket parts manufacturer. If anyone could help me out with these two quests I’d be forever grateful.
My other goal is to get a ride in a NC Miata with suspension work done to it. Suspension upgrades are next on my list of things to do for my personal MX-5 (2007 GT PRHT) and it would be very hepful to experience first hand what different options feel like on a similar car. So for anyone that can help me with a ride along I’d be more than willing to buy lunch or dinner.
Please reach out to me via facebook to organize a meet!
Motorsport Marshal, Miata Driver, Hot Wheels Collector