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Ye Olde Trading Post

15 September 2018 / Poem - Dianne Henderson

Follow the saga of Kung Fu Daves journey to Ye Olde Trading Post

Supersprint SMP GP 15 May 2016

Volunteers needed for September NSW Supersprint

01 August 2018 / David Lawler

Volunteers for NSW Supersprint in September receive a 50% discount on the following track day.

A Mudgee Xmas in July

25 July 2018 / Written by : Dianne Henderson, Pictures: David Gazzard

Another epic saga from Di about the Hunter Chapter July Xmas in Mudgee

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Member Portal Update

17 July 2018 / Bryan Shedden

Due to recent changes by the provider of our membership system, passwords in our membership database are now encrypted and therefore not visible to administrators. Read on for the latest advice on how to reset your password.

Chris' Coffee & Cake Denman

08 July 2018 / Story by: John Morgan, Photos by: Ian Nunn

The first of Chris' Coffee & Cake runs, a midweek cruise through the Hunter to Denman.

Chasing the Brass Monkey

04 July 2018 / Michael Soulos

Join the 123 who have registered to chase the Brass Monkey for charity on Sunday. If you have nothing to do that is better than a run into the dawn in an open MX-5 surrounded by other roadsters for breakfast with likeminded enthusiasts on Sunday then register now.

David Ho enjoying a big brekkie

Hunter Breakfast Blast

28 June 2018 / Poem by Dianne Henderson

Read Dianne's epic poem about Davids first ever run as run leader.

Brass Monkey Run

Register now for the Brass Monkey

27 June 2018 / Words by Michael Soulos

It is two weeks out from the start of the Brass Monkey Run and we have 55 registrations and anticipate to more than doubling that number by the time the chase starts at 6.00am on Sunday 8th July.

Biplanes, Beatty and Back

11 June 2018 / Words: John Morgan, Photos: Peter Hilkmann

Take the journey with us from the Vineyards, back in time to the era of Biplanes.

Hunter Run to Rylstone via Denman

03 June 2018 / Poem by Dianne Henderson

An MX5 ode to Rylstone

Block N Tackle Blast

16 April 2018 / Words: Felicity Harnden Photos: Ian Nunn, John Purcell

With the promise of a beautiful morning, 19 cars met at Warners Bay McDonalds for a quick coffee and pre-run talk before heading off around the Lake to Teralba and up to Freeman’s Waterhole and Cooranbong. Finally ending up at Kincumber.

Hunter Midweek to Pie in the Sky

14 April 2018

You couldn't have asked for a better Autumn day to be driving in the Hunter valley.

Sea to Sky Adventure

03 April 2018 / Written: John Purcell, Edited: Chris Cameron, Photos: John Purcell, Lyn Davis, Ian Nunn, David Gazzard

In March 2018, 23 intrepid adventurers mounted their mighty steeds (MX-5s) to drive down the NSW coast and up to the Victorian Alps for a week of endless roads and views.

Vice Presidents' Resignation

28 March 2018 / Words by Keith Monaghan

Would you like to be a part of the committee of this great club?

MX-5s to Motorfest

24 March 2018 / Words by Jen Boyko; Photos by John Purcell & Dianne Henderson

A country cruise with BYO morning tea and comfort stop at Jubilee Park Dungog with the run continuing along the scenic Bucketts Way with our destination being Benchmark on Booner, Hawkes Nest for lunch and afterwards a visit to Motorfest.

Hunter Chapter MOTY Winners Announced

12 March 2018 / Article: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Josh Fitzgerald, Peter Hilkmann

Each year at the Hunter Convenors BBQ (this year Picnic) the Hunter Chapter celebrates the winner of its MOTY (Member Of The Year). Find out who the winners are here!

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The Pink Ladies are Doing it for Cancer

15 February 2018 / Words by Tammie Hotz

The Pink Ladies of MX-5 are a team of five MX-5 Club ladies who will compete in the 6 Hour Regularity Relay at Eastern Creek on the Easter weekend. We are putting our driving and strategy skills to the test to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Let's KISS CANCER GOODBYE! Please donate.

Australia Day 2018 - photo by Rob Wilkins

Australia Day Picnic 2018

28 January 2018 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Rob Wilkins

If there is a better way to celebrate Australia Day than fun & games with your MX-5 mates, then we don't know what it is. The inaugural MX-5 Packing Challenge would prove that it is possible for a couple to to take everything needed for a camping weekend. And when it inevitably rains, you can pack it all away in as little as 38 seconds.

Twilight at the Bay

21 January 2018 / Story: Dianne Henderson, Photos: Rob Wilko

The run was called Twilight at the Bay, The first-ever Hendo run everyone would say. After doing a trial run, (nicknamed the reccy) Everything was organised so it was time to sit back and have some fun...

Hunter Chapter know how to Xmas Party!

02 January 2018 / Story by Lindsay Green & Photos by David Gazzard

Organising a Xmas Party is never a small task, however, Elaine Gazzard makes this event look easy. Backing it up for a second year Elaine organised a wonderful end of year Twilight Xmas Party for the Hunter Chapter and a whopping 60 attendees came out in support of it.

Hunter Xmas Lights Run

02 January 2018 / Story: Elaine Gazzard & Photos: Ian Nunn

Heading off on the Hunter's Xmas Lights Run gave an ample opportunity to get into the Xmas Spirit and enjoy some fantastic lights and fantastic company!

Number Plate Covers

28 December 2017

Do you want the best looking number plates!

NatMeet 2018

NatMeet 2018 Update

14 December 2017 / Hans Oldenhove

NatMeet XIII is now less than four months away and there have been some minor revisions. Please read on for the latest news release. There are still opportunities to attend NatMeet XIII in the Barossa Valley SA in April 2018.

Motorsport 20th Anniversary - photo by Rob Wilkins

Motorsport 20th Anniversary

03 December 2017 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Rob Wilkins, Mel Keller, Josh Fitzgerald & Julie Farquhar

Motorsport has always been an important key to the success of the MX-5 Club of NSW, with our club members competing since the beginning in 1990. Our first club track day that we organised entirely on our own was at Wakefield Park on 20th January 1997. It is now 20 years since that major step for our club and on the weekend of 25/26 November 2017, we celebrated in some considerable style.

Harry's Schnitty Twilight Run

23 November 2017 / Article: Yasmin Allen, Photos:: Josh Fitzgerald

Early Saturday evening on the 11th a whole bunch of us from the Hunter Chapter met up at Harry's Schnitzel in Thornton.

Wakefield Park Track Day Parade Lap - photo by Tiit Saul

20th Anniversary of Motorsport Event Schedule

22 November 2017

View our jam-packed schedule of track events for the 20th Anniversary of Motorsport Sunday November 26

Motorsport 20th Anniversary Spectator Events

10 November 2017 / Mel Keller

Hot Laps, Trackday Tours, Race Car displays - for spectators, there'll be so much to see and do at our MX-5 Club 20th Anniversary of Motorsport event.

Hunter Picnic Run

07 November 2017 / Story: Barry & Jenny Luttrell Photos: Ian Nunn

After days of rain, wind and generally poor weather the sun was shining and sky was blue for our Sunday run.

Jinba Ittai Challenge 2017

24 October 2017 / Story by Graham Fletcher Photos by Gillian Fletcher

The Jinba Ittai challenge was upon us once again. Who took it out this time?

John’s Hunter Midweek Run

04 October 2017 / Article: John Purcell - Photo: David Ho

On a sunny and pleasant Wednesday morning, 6 cars with 8 club members met at MacDonald’s Thornton for an easy-going cruise up the Hunter Valley to Gloucester and from there to Bulahdelah on John’s Midweek run. Or should I say on “JOHN’S ROAD WORKS” run.

Hillclimb Round 3 Results and Final Standings

29 September 2017 / Josh Allen

The final round of the 2017 MX-5 Club of NSW Hillclimb Championship is done and dusted. The results are now available.

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Playing it safe

20 September 2017 / Words by Mel Keller

Talk to anyone about driving an MX-5 and it won’t be long before you hear the words "wind in my hair". Yet, long, tussled tresses can be a distraction on the road. Here’s how a little bit of careful can give you a whole lot of carefree when driving your convertible.

Drone photo of President's Picnic 2017 - photo by Breno Mac

President's Picnic 2017 & Car Show Trophies

18 September 2017 / Words by Michael Soulos, Photos by Rob Wilkins and Breno Mac

The 2017 President's Picnic was a huge success judging from the 183 people attending, the 131 MX-5s on show, and the complimentary comments on the free catering provided by the Club. Read on for all the results.

THRARVO - The 3 Part Arvo

10 September 2017 / Story by Dianne Henderson & Photos by Helen Green

Thrarvo - The 3 Part Arvo - Go Kart Challenge, Scenic Run & Chinese Dinner! Dianne gets her legendary rhyme on again!

A Bridge Too Far

27 August 2017 / Story/Rhyme by Dianne Henderson & Photos by David Gazzard

A Bridge Too Far was the name of the run, So Hendo and I headed to Maccas at Thornton to start the fun! 20 MX-5s with 34 Maz-thusiasts lined up ready to start With some coffee and brekkie and a whole lot of heart. Continue the awesome rhyme by reading on......

A Tale of Two Extremes

27 August 2017 / Story and Photos by Owen Sinden

A tale of two different events; from the point of view of a newbie.

Club hillclimb July 2017 - photo by Grant Webber

Hillclimb Round 2

22 August 2017 / Article: Keiran Taylor, Photos: Grant Webber

Keiran is a stay-at-home mum of two toddlers and treated herself to some "mummy me time" at the Ringwood Park hillclimb. Read on for her story. Entries for the final hillclimb round of 2017 are now open!

New rules for Concours d'Elegance

17 August 2017 / Michael Soulos

The rules for judging entrants in Concours d’Elegance have been changed for 2017 as a trial of the Open Concours Rules to allow those members with MX-5s that were previously judged down on originality able to compete on a more even playing field for Concours honours.

2015 CareFlight donation - presentation by Glenn Thomas (Vice President) to John Legge (CareFlight Air Crewman) on 11 December 2015

Charity Lunch for CareFlight

30 July 2017 / Story by Lindsay Green & Josh Fitzgerald & Photos by Peter Hilkmann & Rob Wilko

Each year the MX-5 Club of NSW organises a charity lunch event to help raise funds for the club’s chosen charity – CareFlight. This year the Hunter chapter was chosen to host this prestigious event.

Hunter Weekend in Walcha

25 July 2017 / Article: Christine Cameron, Photos: Grant Webber, David Gazzard, Ian Nunn

The Hunter Chapter loves Christmas so much we celebrate it TWICE a year and this July 16 cars reveled in driving some great NSW country roads to enjoy the wintry but welcoming hospitality of Walcha.

Zooming 2017

05 July 2017 / Painted and donated by Kerry Shepherdson

Renowned Canberra-based artist, Kerry Shepherdson, has specially painted and generously donated an MX-5 themed painting for auction at Sunday, 23 July, Canberra Chapter Charity Lunch - why not make a bid on the painting pre-auction?

Hunter Rylstone Run

20 June 2017 / Jenny and Barry Luttrell

Twenty seven participants and sixteen cars including a Porsche and VW GTI had an early morning met at Cessnock Tourist Centre for our 450km inland run through historic towns and villages.

Charity Lunch for CareFlight, 28 May 2017 at Mulla Villa, Wollombi

MX-5 Club Charity Run and Lunch

30 May 2017 / Words by Keith Monaghan, Photo by Peter Hilkmann

Our annual charity fundraiser event for CareFlight was a huge success on Sunday. How much did we raise? Read on to find out.

Kaos 300Plus Putty run

22 May 2017 / Article: John Evans, Photos Karl Mittman

Another KAOS 300, eagerly anticipated, immensely enjoyed and now relegated to history! What makes a perfect MX5 day? The road, the weather, the company, all our ducks were in a row!!

Hunter Breakfast Blast

17 May 2017 / Article: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Grnat Webber

The air was fresh for the 7:00am meet at Cessnock McDonalds, but to our surprise not fresh enough to keep 22 cars and 37 attendees away from an early morning blast to breakfast down the Putty Road.

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2017 MX-5 Club Hillclimb Championship Round 1

10 May 2017 / Words by Andrew Digney, Photos by Grant Webber & Jacob Motum

Read all about it! The first Round of the MX-5 Club Championship for 2017 was a smash hit!

Help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of MX-5 Club motorsport

07 May 2017 / Ian Combes

Come and help celebrate 20 years of MX-5 Club motorsport on the 26th November at Wakefield Park!

Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival Run

24 April 2017 / Article Phil Mayo Photos Phil Mayo & Ian Nunn

The Hunter Chapter's March Run was planned as a low kilometre run with the emphasis on kicking back and socialising, and what not a better opportunity to kick back than at the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival.

Hunter's Endless Summer Soiree

11 April 2017 / Story: Elaine Gazzard, Photos: David Gazzard

Well after a week of downpours which decided to continue into the weekend... so to set the scene we had a sand and water backdrop moving with the breeze and sound of water flowing down the driveway as well as a welcome gift for each attendee, a “lei” …. lol. A fantastic social night was, thanks Elaine & David Gazzard for hosting!

Hunter's Twilight April Fool's Run

06 April 2017 / Story: Grant Webber Photos: David Gazzard & Grant Webber

Approximately 15 cars and 25 members gathered at Thornton to catch the last of daylight savings with a twilight run to Port Stephens. All aboard, our run leaders for the evening Elaine and Lyn, decided to pull a late April Fool’s prank on us all by taking a wrong turn straight out of the carpark. A quick loop around the block had us back on the correct path soon enough!

2015 CareFlight donation - presentation by Glenn Thomas (Vice President) to John Legge (CareFlight Air Crewman) on 11 December 2015

Annual Charity Lunch webpage has opened

04 April 2017

The webpage for the Annual Charity Lunch for CareFlight has opened! This year's event is being held in Wollombi and hosted by the Hunter Chapter. Come and join us for a fun filled day and raise funds for a worthy cause!

Wanted: PHP/SQL programmer to update Event Entry system

03 April 2017 / Ian Combes

The MX-5 Club is looking for a PHP/MySQL programmer to help with the club website.

Ultimate Sydney to Melbourne - photo by Philip Yee

Ultimate Sydney to Melbourne Road Trip

27 March 2017 / Words & Photos by Philip Yee

Can you imagine declining Mazda-paid return flights to Melbourne from Sydney to attend MX-5 Fan Fest? It was an easy decision for Philip when the alternative was the ultimate road trip from Sydney to Melbourne 1,600km and 23 hour drive time. This is a bucket list item ticked.

Hunters of the High Country

23 March 2017 / Article: John Purcell

The Hunter Chapter took to the roads heading south into the Southern High Country for a week of stunning views, great driving roads and what better company to have than fellow club members.

Mazda MX-5 RF Launch day

28 February 2017 / Article: Josh & Lindsay Green - Photos: Josh Fitzgerald, Peter Hilkmann & Rob Wilkins

There is always an air of excitement when a new model or variant of an MX-5 is launched. The MX-5 ND RF was one of the most exciting to date.

Scenic Saints Sunday

27 February 2017 / Article: Jen Boyko Photos: Phil Mayo

Twenty MX-5 cars, 35 members, 2 visitors and an SUV headed off with overcast skies and optimistic tops down. Read all about the Hunter run to Saint Albans here

Stadium Seat sale - Feb 2017

MX-5 Club picnic seats - run out sale!

13 February 2017 / Alan Townsley

Get your MX-5 Club folding picnic seat. New year sale ... reduced to only $45!

Australia Day 2017

12 February 2017 / Story by Brendan Barr, Photos by Brendan Barr & Bryan Shedden

Who not only dressed up themselves, but also their car for our Australia Day get together?

A gaggle of MX-5 supersprinters at Sydney Motorsport Park - photo by Scott Walker

20th Anniversary of Club Motorsport

09 February 2017

On 20 January 1997, the MX-5 Club of NSW held it's first track day at Wakefield Park. We will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our Club Motorsport on the weekend of the 19-20 August in Goulburn and at the Wakefield Park race track. Save the date!

Hunter Convenors BBQ 2017

02 February 2017 / Article: Josh Fitzgerald, Photos: Peter Hilkmann & Grant Webber

2017 kicks off in the Hunter Chapter with the Annual Convenors BBQ. Read on to find out who was the Hunter's MOTY and New MOTY.

NotMeet 2015 - group photo by Peter Hilkmann

NotMeet X is Open

28 January 2017

NotMeet 2017 is OPEN!!!! Join us for the biennial meet-up of NSW and QLD club members.

Rate the Plate

Rate the Plate

13 December 2016 / Story by Mel Keller; Photos by Rob Wilkins, Helen Green, Grant Webber, Paige Wilson, Alexandra Breitsameter

When our young drivers appear in the media, it is too often the result of tragedy. The headlines are full of hooning, drink driving, texting P-platers who are a danger to themselves and others. With no good news stories to provide some balance, it is a far too easy to form a negative impression of all young drivers. Club Torque caught up with two of our young MX-5 drivers to discuss the issues and challenges they face. In doing so, we found the good news story. They are capable, thoughtful and dedicated to developing their skills. Like the majority of young drivers, they are just trying to get from A to B. They are successfully undertaking a complex task in an ever changing environment. They are exactly like you and me. Only younger.

Hunter Chapter Xmas Party

08 December 2016 / Story by Jonathon Davies, Photos by Grant Webber

What a great way to kick off the festive season than with an MX-5 Hunter Chapter Christmas party.

NatMeet 2018

NatMeet XIII SA 2018

01 December 2016 / Words by Hans Oldenhove, Chairman NATMEET XIII

Read on for a letter from Hans Oldenhove outlining the current position of registrations and numbers available for NatMeet in 2018.

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Membership Portal Issue Resolved

23 November 2016 / Bryan Shedden

Have you been having trouble renewing your membership this month? You're not alone! All links have now been fixed and the security certificate issue is resolved.

Sun, Pies & the Nurbushring

21 November 2016 / Article: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Lindsay Green

27 members met for lunch at Heatherbrae Pie’s on a rather warm November Sunday to begin the “Nurbushring Run” taking in two of the best drivers road in the Hunter Valley.

Life Members - Pam and Ray Estreich. Awarded at the 2016 AGM on 21 October 2016.

New Life Members - Pam & Ray Estreich

28 October 2016 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photo by Mel Keller

Congratulations to our newest Life Members - Pam and Ray Estreich.

Life Members - Pam and Ray Estreich. Awarded at the 2016 AGM on 21 October 2016.

Annual General Meeting & Awards Presentation

28 October 2016 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Mel Keller

The AGM of the MX-5 Club of NSW was held on Friday 21 October 2016 at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club. Read on for all the reports, new Committee members, and awards recipients. There was a BIG SURPRISE in store with the awarding a two Life Memberships!

Hunter Chapter's 10th Anniversary

26 October 2016 / Article: Lindsay Green & Josh Fitzgerald - Photos: Peter Hilkmann, Helen Green, David Gazzard

The Hunter Chapter’s 10th year has been a big year and the celebration of this milestone was likely to be just as big.

KK Outback Circuit Run

20 October 2016 / Article: John Evans Photos: Karl Mittmann

Another Kaos 300 midweek run, done and dusted, and as usual it was a great fun day.

Oktoberfest Hunter Style

06 October 2016 / Article Helen Green Photo: Helen Green

18 enthusiastic Hunter Chapter Members crammed into Oma’s Kitchen in Newcastle to celebrate Oktoberfest “Hunter Style”. We all certainly got to know each other better!

Signing the One Millionth MX-5 in Philadelphia USA

MX-5 Fan Fest

04 October 2016 / Mazda Australia

Mazda Australia are hosting an MX-5 Fan Fest on 21 January 2017 at Sandown Raceway in Victoria. The one-millionth MX-5 is doing a tour of the world and it will be in Melbourne in January for this event. You will have the chance to sign the car and be part of history! Register your Expression of Interest now!

Central Coast Mazda

Central Coast Mazda becomes new Major Sponsor

04 October 2016 / Glenn Thomas

We are pleased to announce that Central Coast Mazda has joined us as a new Major Sponsor of the MX-5 Club of NSW. The sponsorship funds received from Central Coast Mazda will be put towards the production for our Club Torque magazine.

President's Picnic 2016 - photo by Rob Wilkins

President's Picnic 2016

28 September 2016 / Words by Michael Soulos, Photos by Mel Keller, Rob Wilkins, Grant Webber, Helen Green

Another successful President's Picnic was held at Ebenezer Church on Saturday 24th September 2016. About 120 MX-5s lined up on the grass and they all looked stunning on a warm spring day with clear blue skies overhead. We fed lunch to over 200 people and the opportunity was taken to present CareFlight with over $4000 in donations. What a day!

Central Coast Views Run

22 September 2016 / Story: Phil Mayo Photos: David Gazzard

Wet weather was not enough to scare away 16 MX-5s on the Hunter Chapter run to the Central Coast for a bit of whale watching. Sadly the whales were nowhere to be seen despite Josh's best efforts with the world's largest binoculars.

Signing the One Millionth MX-5 in Philadelphia USA

MX-5 Fan Fest in Melbourne

20 September 2016 / Mazda Australia

Mazda Australia are hosting an MX-5 Fan Fest on 21 January 2017 at Sandown Raceway in Victoria. The one-millionth MX-5 is doing a tour of the world and it will be in Melbourne in January for this event. You will have the chance to sign the car and be part of history!

Lingering Longa at Gundy

02 September 2016 / Story: Yasmin Allen Photos:

We had a great Sunday this week out on Phil's Horsepower run, lead by George and Jen to the Linga Longa Inn in Gundy. Phil was the organiser but was unavailable on the day, so Jen and George took the run on and did a fantastic job on their first time leading.

Hunter's Go Kart Challenge

29 August 2016 / Story: Rachel Crawford Photos: Grant Webber

Having been billed as the Josh & Josh re-match, a dark horse stole the pole position! A must read for those wondering who the Hunter's dream team will be at this year's inter-chapter challenge...

WA NotMeet brochure

Go West - NotMeet

28 August 2016 / MX-5 Club of Western Australia

NatMeet in WA is not a viable option, but why not join a less formal "NotMeet"? The MX-5 Club of WA has developed a brochure that outlines five modules that take you through most of the south west of the WA. The West is waiting for you!

Hunter Xmas in July

03 August 2016 / Story: Grant Webber & Elaine Gazzard. Photos: Tom Wilde & Josh Fitzgerald

It is that time of the year again; sleigh bells, mistletoe, carol singers, snow on the ground …. Oh wait, it’s July – must be Christmas in July!!

Gosford Classic Car Museum Visit

19 July 2016 / Article: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Rob Wilko, Grant Webber, Helen Green

From the moment gossip and news articles started flowing through about plans for a huge car museum in Gosford, the planning started for an MX-5 Club visit.

Midweek Overnighter Wrap Up

06 July 2016 / Story: Karl Mittmann Photos: Gaye Morgan

5 MX-5s and 8 Members from Hunter Chapter enjoyed the overnight run down to South Coast seaside village of Shoalhaven Heads.

Hunter Charity Barefoot Bowls

29 June 2016 / Article: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Phil Mayo

The shoes came off and the donations rolled in for the Hunter Chapter's Barefoot Bowls Charity Day

Matchbox MX-5 ND - photo by Lamley Group

Good things come in (very) small packages

24 June 2016 / Bryan Shedden

Do you like your cars small? Like, really small? Then here's something for you. Matchbox and Hot Wheels have released stunning models of the MX-5 ND.

Repco VIP Club

Welcome to the Repco VIP Club

17 June 2016 / Glenn Thomas

We are pleased to announce that members of the MX-5 Club of NSW are now eligible to join the Repco VIP Club Card and benefit from discounts of up to 30% off full retail.

Hunter 2016 Putty Run

14 June 2016 / Story: Andrew Digney Photos: Grant Webber

Hunter heads south on our annual Putty Road run to meet up with the Sydney Chapter in Windsor for the return trip. The early start was hard, but the lack of traffic heading south made it one of the best Putty runs to date!

Barry & Jenny's Midweek Putty Run

08 June 2016 / Article & Photos: Barry & Jenny Luttrell

Another of our mid-week runs for members who may have other commitments on weekends.

MX-5s assembled at Southern Highland Wines for the annual charity lunch on 17 May 2016

Charity Lunch for CareFlight

24 May 2016 / Words: Jan Gibson Photos: Bryan Shedden

Our annual charity event was a huge success! Set in the beautiful Southern Highlands, our luncheon attracted a huge crowd of MX-5ers and successful fundraising for CareFlight.

Helen & Lindsay's Wyong Milk Factory Run

23 May 2016 / Article: Andrew Digny Photos: Peter Hilkmann & Grant Webber

Cheese, Wine, Twisting Roads and Sunshine, a perfect combination for a run in the Hunter Valley!

Bryan Shedden and Helen Green demonstrating the Club 25th Anniversary regalia - photo by Mel Keller

Last chance to get some Club 25th Anniversary regalia

13 May 2016 / Alan & Claudine Townsley

We have a handful of regalia stock left from our Club 25th Anniversary Celebration - only 10 polos (various sizes) and 8 caps. Now is your chance to pick up some Club 25th Anniversary regalia with immediate delivery.

Hunter Run to Charity Lunch

12 May 2016 / Story: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Josh Fitzgerald

It was an early morning start for the Hunter Chapter heading to Southern Highlands Winery for the MX-5 Club of NSW Charity Lunch. We could have taking the direct route, but that’s not why we drive these cars.

Hunter Dam Buster Run

27 April 2016 / Story: Elaine Gazzard Photos: Elaine Gazzard & Josh Fitzgerald

The Hunter Chapter hit the road again with a country run to Glennies Creek Dam and Lake St Clair.

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Check our hot new item: the Stadium Seat

15 April 2016 / Alan & Claudine Townsley

Our brand new regalia item is hot off the press! Meet the MX-5 Club of NSW Stadium Seat / Carry Bag. Get it quick while stocks last!

Ladies motorsport development Program

NSWRRC Ladies Development Program

12 April 2016 / Words by Steph Katz

Steph Katz jumped at the chance to have a go at the Lady’s Motorsport Development Program run by NSWRRC and sponsored by CAMS. Read on for her story of how it went.

Aerial photograph of Southern Highland Wines

Is there a woman in your life who deserves pampering?

08 April 2016 / Words by Julie Farquhar

Do you need to assure your "Better Half" that she is just that ... The Better Half? Then why not surprise her with a semi-romantic assignation at a bijou winery in the Southern Highlands. AND support a great cause at the same time - CareFlight. Not only will you be creating harmony and scoring bonus points but also making a feel-good-moment.

April Fools Run

06 April 2016 / Story: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Ian Nunn, Josh Fitzgerald

What better way to wave goodbye to the last late afternoon sunset than a top down drive to Birubi Beach for some food by the beach side.

Easter in Orange

05 April 2016 / Story: Josh Fitzgerald, Stephen Carter, Grant Webber Photos: David Gazzard, Grant Webber, Josh Fitzgerald

Any given long weekend is a perfect opportunity to pack the MX-5 boot and head for the countryside. This time the Hunter Chapter set its sights on Orange and its surrounds.

Rachels Hawks Nest Hustle

31 March 2016 / Article: Rachel Crawford Photos: Josh Fitzgerald

A run with Rachel has traditionally been a magnet for storms & tempest. Would 2016 finally be the year for a topless drive in sunshine?

ND MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback unveiled

23 March 2016 / Mazda

Mazda MX-5 RF is coming. This Retractable Fastback brings a stunning new level of design and excitement with an innovative hardtop.

NatMeet Theme Night - photo by Tom Wilde

Team NSW does NatMeet

13 March 2016 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Peter Hilkmann, Tom Wilde, Josh Fitzgerald & Grant Webber

NatMeet XII at Launceston, Tasmania on 13-18 February 2016 attracted a record participation of 184 people and 106 MX-5s. Read on for the story of how 63 of our Club members ticked a few boxes on their bucket list.

NatMeet bus ride to Team NSW dinner - photo by Bryan Shedden

NatMeet - Team NSW Dinner

13 March 2016 / Words by Maree & Steve Ecclestone, Photos by Bryan Shedden & Helen Green

After two days of wonderful MX-5 drives around the Launceston countryside, NatMeet lunches and dinners, it was time for the NSW members to have their own function and see the city lights of Launceston.

NatMeet - Gowrie Park run - photo by Grant Webber

NatMeet - Targa Roads Touring

13 March 2016 / Words by Peter Hilkmann, Photos by Peter Hilkmann, Josh Fitzgerald, Grant Webber & Tom Wilde

The theme for NatMeet XII was "It’s all about the Car", and for us MX-5ers ... Tasmania is all about the "Targa Tasmania Roads". And let me tell you right from the word GO ... we were not disappointed with plenty of Targa Roads to explore, before, during and after NatMeet.

NatMeet Concours at Josef Chromy Winery - photo by Peter Hilkmann

NatMeet - Concours at Josef Chromy Winery

13 March 2016 / Words by Craig Morrison, Photos by Peter Hilkmann, Grant Webber, Josh Fitzgerald & Tom Wilde.

Under threatening skies, the first day of NatMeet XII kicked off with a brisk top-down drive from Launceston Country Club through lively, twisting roads to the picturesque grounds of the Josef Chromy Winery - our venue for Concours d'Elegance, Show & Shine and a superb lunch.

On the marshalling grid at Baskerville - photo by Josh Fitzgerald

NatMeet - Baskerville track day

13 March 2016 / Words by Phil Donnelley, Photos by Grant Webber & Josh Fitzgerald

The 2016 NatMeet in Launceston was a very special week of activities for everyone. However, at the top of my list was the track day at Baskerville, just north of Hobart. It is pure MX-5 heaven! Valentines Day was a perfect date to fall in love with this place after the straight-line blast at Symmons Plains the day before.

NatMeet Track Day at Symmons Plains

NatMeet - Symmons Plains track day

13 March 2016 / Words by Peter Barnwell, Photos by Grant Webber & Josh Fitzgerald

Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania was the venue for the NatMeet track day on Saturday 13 February. Our club was strongly represented on the day, making up half of the entire field of drivers!

Singleton Coffee and Lies

12 March 2016 / Story: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Josh Fitzgerald

The sun was slowly making its way to the horizon leaving a warmth in the air suggesting summer isn’t quite ready to let go yet.

Date change for Tech Day at Spinning Wheel

08 March 2016 / Michael Soulos

The wheel alignment day has been moved to Saturday 2 April 2016. Places are still available for a discounted wheel alignment.

Not Nat Meet - All Seasons

24 February 2016 / Story: Barry & Jenny Luttrell Photos: Elaine Gazzard

The Hunter members who couldn't make it to Natmeet had a run of their own through the Hunter Valley. With the mix of weather on the day, it was suitably dubbed "Not Nat Meet - All Seasons"

Hunter Putty Power Run

21 February 2016 / Story: Josh Allen Photos: David Gazzard

Another Hunter mid week run, this time down the Putty Road on the Putty Power Run

Hunter Dodgy Day Car Wash

04 February 2016 / Story: Liam Price Photos: Phil Mayo

Hunter teams up to prepare for Natmeet Show & Shine and Concours.

Australia Day At Cordeaux Dam, 2016

27 January 2016 / Brendan Barr photos: Brendan Barr

Wet weather threatened to dampen our enthusiasm, would teams, in training for months, actually turn up for the Wacky Races?

2015 CareFlight donation - presentation by Glenn Thomas (Vice President) to John Legge (CareFlight Air Crewman) on 11 December 2015

CareFlight Donation Presentation

27 January 2016 / Words by Glenn Thomas, Photos by Bryan Shedden

A donation cheque of $2715 was presented recently to CareFlight by Glenn Thomas (Vice President) and Bryan Shedden (President), on behalf of the MX-5 Club of NSW. Thank you to all members and sponsors who contributed to the various charity fundraising activities held throughout 2015, and made this generous donation possible.

Mazda MX-5 ND is 2016 Wheels COTY

Mazda MX-5 is the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year

22 January 2016 / Wheels magazine

On Wednesday night at a gala ceremony in Melbourne, and followed enthusiastically via social media, the Mazda MX-5 ND was declared as the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year. It is the third win for the popular sports car, with previous generations having won the prestigious award in 1989 and 2005.

Got our backsides Trackside!

21 January 2016 / Story: Grant Webber Photos: Grant Webber

The Hunter Chapter’s first social night of the year found us heading toward Trackside restaurant in Gosford.

Hunter Midweek in the Mountains

15 January 2016 / Story: Liam Price Photos: Greg Unger

Like the weather on the day, the run was a wild ride that provoked every sensation of driving an open top roadster The first Midweek run in the Hunter takes in the MX-5 Haven of the Wooton Way

Logo 25th Anniversary

2015 - A Year of Membership Records

15 January 2016 / Bryan Shedden

Our 25th Anniversary year broke all records for Club membership. A couple of graphs tell the story.

2016 Hunter Convenors BBQ

12 January 2016 / Story: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Peter Hilkmann

The results are in, Hunter MOTY & NMOTY announced at the Hunter Chapter Convenors BBQ to kick off 2016

Bryan Shedden being presented with Honorary Life Membership by Vice President Glenn Thomas on 27 September 2015 at the Club 25th Anniversary celebration

New Life Member - Bryan Shedden

12 January 2016 / Words by Glenn Thomas & Mel Keller, Photo by Mel Keller

To spring a surprise on our famously well-organised President is no mean feat and so the presentation of Bryan’s Honorary Life Membership at the Club’s 25th Anniversary celebration was planned in the deepest secrecy.

Hunter Chapter logo

Hunter Xmas Lights Run

11 January 2016 / Grant Webber

The annual Hunter Chapter Christmas Lights run was held on Thursday 10th December, after our final monthly meeting for the year

ND Day 2.0 at Sutherland Mazda - photo by Mel Keller

ND Day 2.0

29 December 2015 / Story by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Mel Keller

The latest arrival of the 2.0L version provided another opportunity for a launch event for MX-5 Club members and visitors. Sutherland Mazda hosted the event in their brand new showroom at Kirrawee. And I hear that at least a couple NDs were sold on the day!

Hunter Chapter Xmas Run

17 December 2015 / Story: Josh Fitzgerald Photos: Phil Mayo & Josh Fitzgerald

Hunter Chapter cap off a big MX-5 year with a run and lunch in the Hunter Valley Vineyards

2015 Member of the Year - Phil Reid from Illawarra Chapter

2015 Member Of The Year

11 December 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Bryan Shedden

The winners of our annual Member of the Year awards were presented last weekend, and the runners-up will be presented this weekend. And the winners are ...

NatMeet XII ladies polo

Get your Team NSW NatMeet regalia

04 December 2015 / Bryan Shedden

In the fine tradition of our Club’s strong attendance at NatMeet, our Regalia team has designed a special range of "Team NSW" clothing for NatMeet XII in Tasmania.

Soft Tops Online NA cloth top

Soft Tops Online Christmas Special

03 December 2015 / Soft Tops Online

Our Major Sponsor, Soft Tops Online, have wished us all a happy and safe Christmas. They have a small Christmas special on offer that members might be interested in.

Hunter Show & Shine 2015

03 December 2015 / Story: Phil Mayo Photos: Phil Mayo, Peter Hilkmann

The winners & grinners from the Hunter Show & Shine 2015. Overcast skies couldn't dull the shine from these gleaming MX-5's. Lots of effort was put in creating stiff competition with some very worthy winners.

**Breaking News** New Sponsor for Hunter Chapter

30 November 2015

Breaking News: Hunter Chapter have a new sponsor for 2015/16

Midweek Kaos 300 Run

20 November 2015 / Story: Karl Mittmann Photos: Karl Mittmann

The Midweek Kaos 300 hots up as summer hits early in the Hunter Valley.

Help required at next MX-5 Club track day

08 November 2015 / David Lawler

Please help your fellow club members by assisting at the next track day or motorkhana

Like a Seagull Midweek Run

03 November 2015 / Story: Rachel Crawford Photos: Josh Fitzgerald

Dry skies and the smell of Fish & Chips leads the Hunter Chapter to Nelson Bay Marina. Hurray for Daylight Saving and MX-5's

2015 President's Award - Keith Monaghan (photo by Mel Keller)

Annual General Meeting & Awards Presentation

30 October 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Mel Keller

The AGM of the MX-5 Club of NSW was held on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club. Read on for all the reports, new Committee members, and awards recipients.

Luttrell's Historic Valley Experience

23 October 2015 / Story: Barry & Jenny Luttrell Photos: Grant Webber, Josh Fitzgerald

Barry & Jenny lead the Hunter Chapter on an informative journey through the historic towns and picturesque areas of the Hunter Valley.

Club Presidents, past and present, cut the cake for our Club's 25th Anniversary

MX-5 Club 25th Anniversary Celebration

21 October 2015 / Words & Photos by Mel Keller, Photos by Grant Webber & Jay Flak

In these days of disposable everything, it is rare that something can last for 25 years. Not only has the MX-5 Club of NSW survived for quarter of a century, it has thrived. So how best to mark this unique achievement?

EuroNCAP crash test of the ND MX-5

ND gets crash tested

08 October 2015 / EuroNCAP

The new ND MX-5 has achieved a four star rating in the latest round of EuroNCAP testing published on 7 October. Watch the crash test video if you have a strong stomach!

Gary Nobrega's NA6 at 2015 MX-5 Show - photo by Jacob Flak

25th Anniversary MX-5 Show Results

28 September 2015 / Words by Michael Soulos, Photos by Jacob Flak

A mammoth total of 147 MX-5s parked in the grounds of Ottimo House on Sunday 27 September 2015 for our 25th Anniversary Celebration. Not all of them entered the competition for the MX-5 Show but many did. Twelve trophies and eighteen Certificates of Merit were awarded to our members. A list of the results is now available.

Jinba Ittai Go Kart Challenge

25 September 2015 / Words by Kerri Langworthy-Ward, Photos by Mel Keller & Bryan Shedden

Another epic day for the inter-chapter go kart challenge. Five chapters were represented on the day. Which chapter would challenge Sydney for the title?

Hunter takes back up the M1 Third Place in Jinba Ittai Challenge 2015

20 September 2015 / Roving Spy

Spoiler Alert !!!!

Hunter Midweek Putty Run - Photo by Karl Mittman

Midweek Mystery Run heads down the Putty

18 September 2015 / Words & Photos by Karl "Kaos Kurri" Mittman

Wow summer is here! And beautiful day to be driving our passions.

Nulon Tech Night 2015

Nulon Tech Night

17 September 2015 / Words & Photos by Keith Monaghan

50 of our members attended another great Nulon Tech Night on 16 July 2015. This being our second tech night with Nulon, this time they took us through gearbox and diff oils and their effect on the various MX-5 models.

Cheese n Horses Run - photo by Josh Fitzgerald

Phil's Cheese n Horses Run

25 August 2015 / Story : Rachel Crawford Pictures: Josh Fitzgerald

Rachel takes the reins from Phil for a wet & wild run in the Hunter. Life jackets are located either under your seat or under the centre armrest.

Causing Kaos in the Hunter Midweek Meet Up around the Bends

31 July 2015 / Story: Barry Luttrell, Pictures Jenny Luttrell

Kaos leads midweek again on a shift worker and retiree's run

Christmas in July Hunter Chapter style

28 July 2015 / Story: John Morgan, Pictures: Josh Fitzgerald

The two northern hapters join up to celebrate Christmas in July 2015

Hunter Midweek into the Mountains

26 July 2015 / Story by Josh Allen. Pictures by Jenny Luttrell

First of the many midweek runs for Hunter in 2015-2016

Red, White & Blue Run 2015

Red, White & Blue Run

06 July 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Keith Monaghan and Bryan Shedden

The Red, White & Blue Run recreated the first ever club run from Waterfall to Kiama and back, on the 25th anniversary of that event.

Bob's Brunch Run

Bob's Brunch & Putty Road Run

24 June 2015 / Story by Bob Pimm, Photos by Josh Fitzgerald & Lindsay Green

Brunch Big Feast and the Putty Road a great mix

Club Regalia Logo - 25th Anniversary

Announcing our new Business Directory

12 June 2015 / Glenn Thomas

Our Business Directory gives club members the opportunity to promote their business, and you will benefit from the deals & discounts they offer. Ads will also be accepted from non-members on the condition that a discount or other benefit is offered to club members. Some offers on Automotive Products are already available to club members.

Photo by Grant Webber

Hunter Goes to Joadja

09 June 2015 / Josh Fitzgerald

Hunter joins in the MX-5 Club charity fundraiser in the Southern Highlands.

Photo by Peter Hilkmann

Peter's Myall Muster Meal Run

09 June 2015 / Story and Photos by Peter Hilkmann

Just a quick ferry ride to the otherside x 3

Charity Run to Joadja

05 June 2015 / Brian and Anda Clayton - Illawarra; Norm and Roz Barker - Canberra; Photos Brian Clayton

CareFlight is the charity supported by the MX-5 Club of NSW in 2015. How much was raised by the 90 plus souls who braved the chilly climates of the Southern Highlands to visit Joadja Winery?

Motorkhana Practice Day - Entries Now Open

23 May 2015 / Words by Scotty Gibbs, photos by Bryan Shedden

Entries are now open for the first Motorkhana Practice Day of 2015 on 28th June 2015 at the Sydney Motorsport Park skidpan.

Mazda MX-5 ND media photo

Tell 'em the price, son

19 May 2015 / Mazda Australia

Mazda Australia have today released the pricing for the entry level ND MX-5 Roadster with 1.5L manual. Are you sitting down?

Ladies Day at the track - Sunday 31st May

18 April 2015 / Written by Gaynor Lawler, photos by Mel Keller

Gaynor is organising some ladies-only groups at the next club track day. So ladies, here is your chance to debut on the race track.

Top Gear Festival Sydney 2015

Top Gear Festival Cancelled

02 April 2015 / Bryan Shedden

As a consequence of Jeremy Clarkson being sacked by the BBC, this event has been cancelled and replaced with an alternate indoor event. As a result, the car club display has been cancelled.

Bruce's Country to Coast Charity Run

29 March 2015 / Bruce Bettinson

Country to coast with sunshine and storms, and a spot of fundraising for CareFlight.

Wanted - People to brainstorm ideas for our motorkhana events this year

10 March 2015 / David Lawler

I am after a few people to help brainstorm some ideas to make our 2 motorkhanas this year even better than last year

Mazda MX-5 ND media photo

Meet the new generation Mazda MX-5

06 March 2015 / Mazda

At last, it's here! The fourth generation Mazda MX-5 has been revealed for all to see. Updated 6 March 2015 with specification details from the Geneva Motor Show. Australian sales commence in late 2015.

Bar Beach for Twilight Run

Lake and Beaches Twilight Run

03 March 2015 / Words & Photos by Peter Hilkmann

Hunter Chapter members enjoyed our first twilight drive of the summer with a cruise to Swansea for tea at the RSL, followed by a drive up the coast under ominous rain clouds.

Marulan Driver Training Day 17th May 2015 - Entry form available

25 February 2015 / David Lawler

Entries have opened for the next Driver Training Day at the Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday 17th May 2015.

Peter Battisson - our new Technical Coordinator - at the 2013 President's Picnic

Announcing our Technical Coordinator

20 February 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden

I'm very pleased to announce that our Club now has a Technical Coordinator who will be responsible for a regular series of technical articles to feature in the Club Zone of our website and in Club Torque magazine.

Max and Bob work the BBQ at the Wine Barrel Inn

Hunter Convenors BBQ 2015

20 February 2015 / Words by Mark Gray, Photos by Peter Hilkmann

Hunter Chapter celebrated a huge year of awards at Chapter, State and National events, with a BBQ at the Convenor's home.

NatMeet 2016

NatMeet 2016 - Registration is now open

15 February 2015 / Don Nicoll

It’s happening – a once-in-a-lifetime national MX-5 gathering in Tasmania! It’s what you have been waiting for! It’ll be a big trip, but worth every cent and every second invested!

2014 MOTY

2014 Member Of The Year

23 January 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Mel Keller, Peter Hilkmann

The last of the recipients of our annual Member of the Year awards were presented last Sunday, so now is a good time to spread the news ...

Max Kelly's NC at 2014 Hunter Christmas BBQ

Hunter Christmas in the Park

22 December 2014 / Story: Bob Pimm, Photos: Peter Hilkmann

The Hunter Chapter celebrated Christmas with a BBQ and picnic tea on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

Driver Training Day at Marulan on 13 March 2011
Photo by Tony King

Marulan Driver Training Day 1-Feb-2015 entry form available

11 December 2014

Entries have opened for the next Driver Training Day at the Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday 1st February 2015.

Joadja Christmas 2014

Joadja Christmas Run

09 December 2014 / Words by Hella Underwood, Photos by Mel Keller

All six chapters of the MX-5 Club of NSW gathered at Joadja Winery for a Christmas get together over a lunch of woodfired pizza and local wine. What a fabulous day!

Judging for the 2014 Hunter Chapter Show n Shine in the drizzle at Beresfield

Show n Shine in the Vines with a Little Rain

23 November 2014 / Words by Mark Gray, Photos by Peter Hilkmann

A little rain failed to spoil the day for Hunter Chapter's annual Show n Shine in the Vines.

RPM Cheer Squad

Jinba Ittai Go Kart Challenge 2014

21 November 2014 / Story by Graham Fletcher Photos by Mel Keller & Guy Coles

Founded by the Illawarra Chapter’s Peter Feutrill in 2013, the Jinba Ittai Go Kart Challenge is now a hotly contested annual event.

Medowrie RFS cheque presentation

Hunter RFS Fundraising Presentation

12 November 2014 / Words by Mark Gray, Photos by Josh Fitzgerald

In October last year, the firefighters of the Hunter region were battling away to save many properties in the Hunter region from the ravages of bushfires. Twelve months later, on Saturday 8th November 2014, the Hunter Chapter showed their gratitude by donating $1000 to the Medowrie Rural Fire Service, from funds raised by our members.

The new tenure badges for 5 year, 10 year, 15 year and 20 year members were unveiled at our 2013 AGM. Sponsored by ACDC.

Annual General Meeting & Awards Presentation

31 October 2014 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Rod Carter

The AGM of the MX-5 Club of NSW was held on Wednesday 22 October 2014 at Garage Cafe, Sydney Motorsport Park. Read on for all the reports, new Committee members, and awards recipients.

Start of Summer Run

14 October 2014 / Story by Mark Gray, Photos by Diann Miller Leer

Hunter Chapter members made an early start to summer with a healthy dose of Vitamin E on a cruise to Clarencetown and Hawks Nest.

President's Picnic 2014

President's Picnic results

19 September 2014 / Michael Soulos

The Club held its annual President’s Picnic at Lane Cove National Park on Sunday 14 September with 147 people registering and more turning up on the day. Results for the Concours d'Elegance and Bits & Bling are posted here.

Hunter Chapter goes to Presidents Picnic 2014

18 September 2014 / Josh Fitzgerald

Hunter Chapter scoops more trophies in 2014

ND MX-5 by Ben Sale

Impressions from the ground

05 September 2014 / Words & Photos by Ben Sale

The new ND MX-5 is a car that you really have to see in person to fully appreciate. Ben Sale shares his first impressions from Monterey.

The next generation Mazda MX-5 will be unveiled on 4th September

Meet our man at the ND MX-5 unveiling

02 September 2014 / Words: Ben Sale

The global reveal of the new generation MX-5 is happening this Thursday from 11am with simultaneous events in Japan, USA and Spain. Ben Sale has been sent by Mazda to cover the event in California on behalf of the MX-5 Clubs of Australia. Read on for his first message from the Melbourne departure lounge.

MX-5 25th Anniversary brunch at Tatlers Wines - photo by Peter Hilkmann

Celebrating the MX-5 25th Anniversary

28 August 2014 / Words: Bryan Shedden, Photos: Peter Hilkmann, Video: Adam Walker

Our Club's celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 was an elaborate affair with a wide variety of options to get involved one way or another. The climax was at Tatlers Wines in Lovedale where 120 people in 70 MX-5s gathered for brunch.

Marulan Driver Training Day #2 entry form available

21 August 2014

Entries have opened for Driver Training Day #2 at the Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday 26th October 2014.

Christmas in July for the Hunter Chapter at Walcha

Christmas in July - Hunter Style

29 July 2014 / Words by Frosty the Mid Year Snowman, Photos by Peter Hilkmann

The Hunter Chapter celebrated Christmas in July with a frosty weekend away to Walcha. A sea of white greeted everyone on Sunday morning; admittedly it wasn't snow but a heavy frost.

Bobs Brunch Run

29 June 2014 / Bob Pimm

Hunter enjoys a brunch run and the Putty Road in a day

Hunter Chapter challenging at Xtreme Go Karts

Hunter Go Kart Challenge

23 June 2014 / Rachel Crawford

Hunter serious about go kart track days

Pump Assembly

How to: Change an NC's Fuel Pump

20 June 2014 / Guy Coles

Quick How to change a Fuel Pump or Fuel Filter in an NC

Upper Hunter Rodeo Charity Run

29 May 2014 / John Morgan

Hunter gets off to a galloping event

Jean Knows Cars video interviews of Bob Hall, Tom Matano and Derek Jenkins in April 2014 for the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5

Meet the Mazda MX-5's Proud Parents

20 May 2014 / Jean Knows Cars

Video interviews with the fathers of the Mazda MX-5, Bob Hall, Tom Matano and Derek Jenkins. Filmed at the New York Auto Show, April 2014.

Most of our NatMeet XI attendees assembled for a group photo

We are the Champions ... of NatMeet!

06 May 2014 / Words & Photos: Bryan Shedden, Photos: Phil Mayo, Trackphotos

For those who came in late, NatMeet is the biannual national meeting of the MX-5 Clubs of Australia. The 2014 event was hosted by the MX-5 Club of Queensland at the Sunshine Coast. It was the 11th NatMeet and marked the 25th Anniversary of the Mazda MX-5. And we came home with the National Championship for our Club!

NatMeet XI Lakeside group photo

NatMeet Track Day at Lakeside Park

06 May 2014 / Words: Phil Ashton, Greg Bunn Photos: Trackphotos

The drivers for the NatMeet Track Day awoke early on Monday morning to be greeted with heavy skies, drizzly rain and a BOM radar image that didn't look good. Not the best conditions for racing around Lakeside Park that's developed a name as one of the most dangerous tracks in Australia.

Trackin Right

06 May 2014 / Story by Peter Barnwell, photos by Tom Barnwell

New club member Peter Barnwell relates his journey from buying an MX-5 through to his first club track day.

MDTC Driver Training Day entry form available

04 May 2014

Entries have opened for the Driver Training Day at the Marulan Driver Training Centre on Sunday 13th July 2014.

Next-generation Mazda MX-5 SKYACTIV-CHASSIS

Next-Generation MX-5

21 April 2014 / Mazda

The New York International Auto Show 2014 is the world premiere of the next-generation Mazda MX-5’s bare chassis.

Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition

21 April 2014 / Mazda

Created without compromise and dedicated to Mazda MX-5 fans worldwide.

Kaos Kurri's Social Run to Dooralong Valley

13 April 2014 / Diann Miller

Bruce's Birthday Bash 23rd March 2014

31 March 2014 / Bruce Bettinson

Club Motorkhana Practice Day - 16th March 2014

26 March 2014 / Story - Peter Rodgers, Photos - Bryan Shedden

A first-timers impressions of the recent motorkhana practice day at the Sydney Motor Sport Park skid pan

CAMS NSW Awards Night

08 March 2014 / Story by Jean Cook, pictures provided by CAMS

The CAMS NSW Award Night and which the MX-5 club received a 20 year award. and Mike Hicks received a service award

Phil's Drought Breaker Frazer Park Run

23 February 2014 / Phil Mayo

A healthy contingent of 15 MX-5s from the Hunter Chapter braved the weather and helped break the drought, although it wasn't enough to stop the surfing contest at Frazer Beach.

Bathurst 12Hr Video

17 February 2014 / Adam Walker

Reggie's been at it again with the drone. Here is some footage from the Bathurst 12 Hour and the club's display

Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary

Mazda Launches Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Website

14 February 2014 / mazda.com

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Mazda MX-5, the website aims to deepen the bond between Mazda and its customers all over the world and express gratitude for the support the model has received over the years.

Jay Leno interviews our Club Patron Bob Hall on the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5

25 Years of Miata - Jay Leno's Garage

12 February 2014 / Jay Leno's Garage at YouTube

Bob Hall (Patron of the MX-5 Club of NSW) and Tom Matano tell Jay about the creation and evolution of Mazda's iconic sports car in celebration of its 25th year in production.

MX-5 on wet skidpan at Sydney Motorsport Park - Photo by Matt Wilmot

Entries Open for Motorkhana Practice Day

31 January 2014 / David Lawler

Club Motorkhana Practice day at Sydney Motor Sport Park on 16 March, for developing skills and having fun.

John Morgan from Hunter Chapter is 2013 Runner-up New Member of the Year - photo by Peter Hilkmann

Hunter Chapter Convenor BBQ Run

29 January 2014 / Words by Mark Gray, Photos by Peter Hilkmann

With the preparation and organisation completed we were ready to open our Wine Barrel Inn to 40 plus friends of the MX-5 Hunter Chapter.

The 2013 Member of the Year is Graham Fletcher and his wife Gillian Fletcher is New Member of the Year. A deserved win for RPM Chapter! Photo by Keith Monaghan.

2013 Member Of The Year

27 January 2014 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Keith Monaghan, Peter Hilkmann, Bricet Kloren & Alison Kennedy

Congratulations to Graham Fletcher and Gillian Fletcher who are the highly deserving winners of Member Of The Year and New Member Of The Year for 2013.

CAMS Service Award presentation for Mike Hicks at Rydges Hotel, Bathurst on 30 November 2013. Photo by David Lawler.

CAMS Service Award for Mike Hicks

22 December 2013 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by David Lawler

Our Club was presented with a 20 Year Milestone Recognition Award at the 2013 CAMS Motorsport Awards at Rydges Hotel, Bathurst. Mike Hicks was in for an even bigger surprise when he was awarded a highly prestigious CAMS Service Award.

Paul Beerworth was presented with Life Membership by President Bryan Shedden at the Canberra Chapter Christmas Party on 15 December 2013

New Life Member - Paul Beerworth

16 December 2013 / Words by Bryan Shedden & Bob Judd, Photo by Fiona Shedden

Meet our new Life Member of the MX-5 Club of NSW. Paul's award was announced by President Bryan Shedden at the Canberra Chapter Christmas Party on 15 December.

JD Power CSI Survey 2013

Mazda tops customer satisfaction survey

06 December 2013 / Terry Martin at goauto.com.au

Latest Aussie Customer Service Index study sees Mazda back on top as most major brands take a hit

Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra, a 4 star hotel and apartment complex, spread across 10 acres of landscaped palm gardens.

NatMeet 2014 Update

06 December 2013 / John Tait

NatMeet 2014 track day entries are now open. Read on for further news about Concours d'Elegance and funkhana.

Race the Rain Mini-Run

05 December 2013 / Phil Mayo

Coastal torrential rain caused the Hunter Chapter's November outing to be turned into a mini-run. Only five cars braved the rain for a short drive to Wollombi for morning tea and then to Greta for lunch.

mightcarmods.com Project MX-5, cover image of issue 6

Mighty Car Mods - Project MX-5

22 November 2013 / mightycarmods.com

Watch the boys from Mighty Car Mods buy a rusty old MX-5 and then modify it with turbo, alarm, rollbar, and bracing.

Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra, a 4 star hotel and apartment complex, spread across 10 acres of landscaped palm gardens.

NatMeet 2014 Update

08 November 2013 / John Tait

Registration for NatMeet 2014 has now closed as the catering limit has been reached. Read on for news about the track day, funkhana and sponsorship opportunities.

The new tenure badges for 5 year, 10 year, 15 year and 20 year members were unveiled at our 2013 AGM. Sponsored by ACDC.

More Tenure Badges Presented

06 November 2013 / Bryan Shedden

Our Club Track Day at Wakefield Park on Sunday gave us another opportunity to present some more tenure badges to our longstanding members. The group photos are here ...

The new tenure badges for 5 year, 10 year, 15 year and 20 year members were unveiled at our 2013 AGM. Sponsored by ACDC.

Annual General Meeting & Awards Presentation

31 October 2013 / Report by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Fiona Shedden

The AGM of the MX-5 Club of NSW was held on Wednesday 23 October 2013 at Garage Cafe, Sydney Motorsport Park. Read on for all the reports, new Committee members, and awards recipients.

Hunter Chapter Goes Central West

28 October 2013 / Peter Hilkmann

The weather was perfect ... the company was perfect...the roads were fantastic ... the food and accommodation was great … A PERFECT Weekend away, and what is all we really need to know. But wait it was even more interesting then that. Read on …

2013 Hunter Annual Meeting

13 October 2013 / Mark Gray

The 2013 Hunter Chapter Annual Meeting was held on 10 October 2013. Click through to see who is on the committee for the next year.

Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra, a 4 star hotel and apartment complex, spread across 10 acres of landscaped palm gardens.

NatMeet 2014 Update

08 October 2013 / John Tait

There are just over 6 months to go now and we’ll soon be counting down in sleeps. The event has almost reached capacity, so book now or you will miss out.

Hunter Chapter Run to President's Picnic and Concours d'Elegance

29 September 2013 / Report by Bob Pimm and Mark Gray

Two groups from the Hunter made their way south to the President's Picnic for Bits 'n' Bling and Concours d'Elegance. Read on for Mark & Bob's story about their trip down.

MX-5 ND test mule caught by autobild.nl in September 2013

Finally! Next gen MX-5 test mule is sighted

20 September 2013 / autoweek.nl

It's been an agonising wait since the NC3 was launched at the Australian International Motor Show in October 2012, but photos have emerged overnight of a test mule for the next generation MX-5 being road tested in the USA.

Keith looking carefully

Concours d'Elegance 2013 Results

17 September 2013 / Words by Guy Coles

The final results of the 2013 Concours d'Elegance are now available.

President's Picnic & Events

16 September 2013 / Words by Michael Soulos

A great day to view some awesome MX-5s, make new aquaintances, renew friendships and hang out with your mates with a free lunch thrown in to boot.

Cars on display for Concours & Bits 'n' Bling at the 2013 President's Picnic

President's Picnic - A Newbie Perspective

16 September 2013 / Words by Trevor To

Trevor To joined the MX-5 Club of NSW only a few months ago and has just enjoyed his first President's Picnic ... as an apprentice Concours judge! Read about his experiences here.

Magical Mystery Tour II

01 September 2013 / Words & photos by David Lawler

The Magical Mystery Tour II from Parklea to Leura, followed by dinner and a very interactive Fawlty Towers show.

Tech Night at Nulon Oils in Moorebank on 28 Aug 2013

Nulon Tech Night

29 August 2013 / Words and photos by Keith Monaghan

66 members of the MX-5 Club of NSW met at Nulon's impressive plant at Moorebank for a night of education on oils. The Sydney, RPM, Illawarra and Hunter Chapters were all represented - thanks to all those who travelled a long way to support this excellent event.

Morning tea at Paterson

Max & Mark's Mystery Muster

29 August 2013 / Words by Max Kelly & Mark Gray, Photos by Peter Hilkmann

The weather on Sunday 18 August was perfect for a drive to a mystery location. With 20 MX-5s and 33 people being given sealed trip notes and M&Ms chocolates to enjoy along the way and a Speedo Trip Meter Challenge, they all thought it would be easy.

New website launched

13 August 2013 / Various

The feedback on the new website is rolling in and it seems that you're loving it. Here is a sample of the comments received, and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write.

Xmas in July

10 August 2013 / Report by Bruce Bettinson, Photos by Peter Hilkmann

A beautiful winters day for a drive from Beresfield to Minmi. It's only a 10min drive by the direct path, but MX-5 owners prefer the 180km scenic route via Dungog, Gresford, Branxton, Kurri Kurri and Mt Sugarloaf. Xmas in July lunch was had at the Minmi Hotel.

Brush for cleaning drains

How to clean soft top drains on an NC

09 August 2013 / Guy Coles

Here's a link to an article I wrote some time ago on how to clean the soft top drains. It's not difficult after the first time you do it and is one of those general maintenance things that you should do on a regular basis.

Wollombi Wander

30 July 2013 / Report and Photos by Peter Hilkmann

Wollombi Wander ... driving with the tops down on a rainy winter's day.

The run regoups and enjoys the views at Marie Byles Lookout

Central Coast Jaunt

30 June 2013 / Words by John Morgan, photos by Peter Hilkman & Gaye Morgan

A run down to Patonga sounded like a good idea as some of the Hunter Chapter members had done it before and had raved about the home made chips at the local fish shop. As this was the first run that I had organised and lead I was a bit apprehensive: would the weather be okay, would we lose too many people on the way, would it be an enjoyable run?

Fitting coilovers to an NB MX-5

How to fit coilovers on your MX-5

17 May 2013 / DriftworksLtd

MX-5 Coilovers are straight forward and easy to fit. Here's a step-by-step DIY video guide from DriftworksLtd, about how to remove, prepare and fit coilovers to an NB MX-5.

Richard Hammond test drives an MX-5

Richard Hammond testing an MX-5

14 May 2013 / Top Gear

Richard Hammond test drives the Mazda MX-5 in Ireland, and puts the car to the test with an unusual race against a greyhound at Shelbourne Park. Who will win? Man or dog?