Illawarra Chapter News

Tour de Tassie - ND 1 vs ND2 - photo by Joe Kovacic

Tour de Tassie - ND1 vs ND2 Comparison

24 November 2018 / Words & Photos by Joe Kovacic

What an opportunity to compare the ND1 against the ND2 in no better place than the roads and tracks of Tasmania. Where else in the country can you drive around with your track numbers on?

Mayfield Garden 2018

Mayfield Garden Weekend

24 November 2018 / Story by Fiona Shedden, Photos by Bryan Shedden, Rob Wilkins, Greg Unger, Keith Monaghan

It was a weekend of Weirdness, Wonderous Gardens and a mix of coming and going people.

Saddleback Mtn Nov 2018 - photo by Bryan Shedden

Southern Sights

22 November 2018 / Story by John MacIntosh and Photos by John Zaremba & Bryan Shedden

A beautiful day to travel the south coast scenery!

Mazdas in the Mist Nov 2018

Mazdas in the Mist @ Robertson

12 November 2018 / Writing & Photos Jeff and Pam Rowe

It was a clear Sunny Saturday morning when 16 cars set off from Hayward's Bay for the run up Macquarie Pass to 'Moonacres' at Robertson.

MX-5 Helps Kanahooka High Charity Fundraiser

09 November 2018 / Brendan Barr story / Tony Heathwood story and photos

Which charity did we raise funds for?

Christmas is coming

28 October 2018

Have you booked to attend your Chapter's Christmas party? Read on for more details.

President's Picnic 2018 - photo by Rob Wilkins

Presidents Picnic 2018

25 September 2018 / Words by Michael Soulos, Photos by Rob Wilkins, Peter Hilkmann, Greg Unger, Keith Monaghan, David Bourne

The results and some stats on the President's Picnic 2018 are now available. For all members and visitors attending, the Club wishes to express its appreciation for their participation and support for the biggest annual event on our Club's calendar.

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.

Club Logo

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.

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.

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.

Picton Karting

26 June 2018 / Recount by Brendan Barr, Photos by Brenda Sheppard

It looks like an inter club challenge! What will be the outcome?

Vice Presidents' Resignation

28 March 2018 / Words by Keith Monaghan

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

Pink Ladies

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.

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.

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.

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?

Braidwood Weekend 2017 - Sunday lunch at Nerriga Pub

In search of Australia's next model

24 October 2017 / Words by Julie Sando, Photos by Keith Monaghan & Bryan Shedden

Great country roads, sleepy heritage towns, diecast model cars, Feut's famous trivia contest, mountains of food, and superb company. Illawarra Chapter's weekend trip to Braidwood had it all.

Illawarra Karting 2017 at Kembla Grange - photo by Sue Stone

Illawarra Go Kart Challenge

05 October 2017 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Sue Stone

Selection of the team to represent the Illawarra Chapter at the annual Jinba Ittai Karting Challenge was serious business for our intrepid Convenors, Jan & Garry. Afterall, we had a title to defend and this time we'd be travelling to RPM territory for the finals. The Illawarra qualifiers would be held over two dates at two venues.

Mazda Australia RF

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.

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.

Whale Watching Illawarra Style

16 August 2017 / Story: Brendan Barr Photos: Brendan Barr, Julie Farquhar & Bryan Shedden

Will the wild wanderers from Wollongong way watch any whales?

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.

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?

Illawarra Charity Weekend 2017 - photo by Jan Gibson

Illawarra Charity Weekend in the Hunter

08 June 2017 / Words by Gary Williams, Photos by Jan Gibson & Gary Williams

For many people, Sunday is a day of quiet contemplation - particularly Sunday morning. A time of gently rebuilding the intensity of energy that will be called for in the coming week. Not so for club members on this very social weekend in the Hunter region by the Illawarra Chapter.

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.

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!

Illawarra Treasure Hunt 2017

04 May 2017 / Words & Photos: Julie Farquhar. Photos; Brendan Barr

Where is the treasure? Will it sparkle or will it be buried? Find out by reading our postcards sent during our hunt.

Robertson Coffee

One thing leads to another

09 April 2017 / Words and photos by Gary Williams

It's always great to be able to count the number of cars and people on a run. Sometimes - that can become a tough thing to do. Especially when the crowd keeps rolling on in ... and then the event rolls on into the afternoon. Who cares when it's all good fun and wonderful company!

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.

50 Kays of Grey

06 March 2017 / Written: Alex Breitsameter. Photos: Bryan Shedden

The thunder rumbled overhead, the irresolvable existentialist question. To be, or not to be?

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.

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!

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.

Saddleback Mountain on the Shoalhaven Explorer Run - photo by Andrew Gray

Shoalhaven Explorer Run

02 December 2016 / Words by Andrew Gray, Photos by Julie Farquhar, Adele Weatherall & Andrew Gray

The Illawarra crew enjoyed a picnic at the new landscaped BBQ area at Greenwell Point, via some well-known but twisty fast roads with superb views over Kiama and a visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum along the way.

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.

Club Logo

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.

High Tea Mystery

09 November 2016 / Words: Julie Farquhar. Pictures: Julie Farquhar & Brendan Barr

Top secrecy surrounded the planned adventure to a high tea. Our meeting point at the end of a royal driveway had some participants dreaming of James Bond leaping from an E-Type Jag to serve some shaken but not stirred English Breakfast Tea. Would our dreams come true?

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!

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!

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!

Illawarra Chapter Karting Practice

18 September 2016 / Story and photos: Brendan Barr. Video: Geoff Pollard

a final race to decide the representatives destined to sweep all contenders aside in the upcoming annual Interchapter Jinba Ittai Karting 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!

Twice In One Day

21 August 2016 / Words Ken Tuckey; Photos Tony Heathwood

If you are too old to imagine a 'Twice In One Day,' scenario, here is how to accomplish it ....

Illawarra Christmas in July Run 2016 - photo by Bryan Shedden

Illawarra's Christmas in July Run

03 August 2016 / Words & Photos by Bryan Shedden

The plan for Illawarra Chapter's Christmas in July was that we'd drive to Grazing at Gundaroo for lunch with the Canberra Chapter and help them celebrate their 20th Anniversary. So just a simple 2.5hr run down the Hume Highway, right? Not a chance! We're in MX-5s and only the best driving roads will do us.

Superloop to Nerriga Pub

02 July 2016 / Words by Brendan Barr, Photos by Bryan Shedden & Brendan Barr

Here is proof that you can miss the start but enjoy the finish!

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.

Nowra Trees Adventure

Swinging in the Tree Tops

29 May 2016 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Paul Farquhar & Bryan Shedden

Illawarra Chapter members released their inner Tarzan with a fun afternoon of flying foxes, rope challenges and cliff scrambling. Followed afterwards by homemade woodfired pizza at Don & Jackie's place.

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.

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.

Stadium Seat

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.

Illawarra Go Kart Challenge 2016

07 April 2016 / Report & Photos Julie Farquhar

Will the 2016 Illawarra Go - Kart Challenge revive simmering rivalries or would it be a good humoured family event?

Jindabyne Anti Freeze Weekend

26 March 2016 / Words: Brian Clayton Photos: Brian Clayton & Bryan Shedden

Are we too close to winter? Will the MX-5 explorers face icy roads, sleet and radiators requiring a top up of anti freeze? Read on to discover the actual true story as recounted by one of the survivors ...

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!

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.

Daylight Saving Run 2016

03 March 2016 / Report: Kim Williams; Photos: Kim Williams & Bryan Shedden

Can Kieren repeat the success of his annual pilgrimage to the mountain tops? Sure he can! Although a few passengers wished they'd taken their Kwells.

Wear A Silly Hat to Brunch Run

16 February 2016 / BreakFast Club

Change of lunch venue to Nerriga Pub on Sunday 28 February for the "Wear A Silly Hat to Brunch Run".

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Shoalhaven River Cruise

09 November 2015 / Words: Di & John Pullen. Photos: Brendan Barr. Organisers & Run Leaders: Hella & Mark Underwood

Great cruise on the Shoalhaven River, delicious food, friendly company and a good time getting to know everybody.

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

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.

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?

Peat & Jill's Breakout for a Dirty, Dusty Weekend

21 October 2015 / Brian Clayton (Day 1) Ken Tuckey (Day 2) Photos Brendan Barr & Bryan Shedden

Someone has earnt themselves a new nickname "Dusty". Or was that "Captain Sense of Direction". Guess who?

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?

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.

Not the Hoover Dam!

12 September 2015 / Written by Brendan Barr. Photos by same.

Another fine day for a run through the beautiful Illawarra roads. We were shadowed the whole way by a mystery Ford. Find out why....

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.

Illawarra Go Kart Challenge 2015

Illawarra Go Kart Challenge

04 July 2015 / Words by Kim Ranger, Photos by Bryan Shedden

It was Illawarra's turn for the Go Kart Challenge to see who will represent our chapter at the Jinba Ittai Challenge final later this year. Our venue this year was Fox Karting at Kembla Grange.

The Rocks Ghost Tour

03 July 2015 / Organiser: Janet Wheeldon; Story: Julie Farquhar; Photos: Brian Clayton, Brendan Barr

Want to get your rocks off in Sydney? Joseph Silver found a very literal method for doing this. Find out how by reading about the Illawarra's Ghost Tour!

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.

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?

Birthday Bash at Chats

26 May 2015 / Sandra Reid

Whose birthday is it in the Illawarra Chapter?

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.

Shannon's Wheels Enlightenment

13 March 2015 / Written by Jan Gibson, Photos: Brendan Barr & Tony Heathwood

We were off to the nation's capital to celebrate our 25 anniversary year...

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.

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.

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!

Illawarra Daylight Saving Run

12 February 2015 / Review - Julie Farquhar. Photos - Brendan Barr & Bryan Shedden

A fine sunny afternoon greeted the assembled MX-5 enthusiasts. But where was our leader?

Adam Hughes' NA decorated for Australia Day 2015

Australia Day at Avon Dam

27 January 2015 / Words by Bryan Shedden, Photos by Alex & Bryan Shedden & Tammie Hotz

Celebrating Australia Day with your MX-5 Club friends has become a bit of a tradition. Our venue for 2015 was the picnic grounds at Avon Dam, with a combined assembly of 54 revellers and 30 MX-5s.

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 ...

10 Pin Bowling at Illawarra AMF for the Illawarra Chapter's 2014 Christmas Party

Illawarra Christmas Party

20 December 2014 / Words by Barry Pope, Photos by Fiona & Bryan Shedden

Santa's elves toured the backroads of Jamberoo before descending on Illawarra AMF for a festive game of ten pin bowling. Much merriment was had!

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!

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.

Illawarra Chapter run to Mt Annan Botanical Garden on 9 Nov 2014

Fiona's Floral Frolic

19 November 2014 / Words: Bryan Shedden, Photos: Fiona Shedden

Fiona has green thumbs and a passion for garden design. With this in mind, she ordered a slot in the Illawarra Chapter calendar for a visit to the Australian Botanic Gardens at Mt Annan, where she could share her passion with other MX-5ers.

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.

Pedro's Run to the Border

26 October 2014 / Written by Brendan Barr, Photos by Bryan Shedden & Brendan Barr

A number of desperado drivers & cars furtively gathered together for a run "down south to the border." Packages of "booty" were carefully secreted in hidey holes of trunks to escape unwanted detection. Large sombreros ensured that faces were hidden and ponchos disguised the rest.

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.

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.

Surf & Turf Bundeena Run

25 August 2014 / Writing by Brendan Barr. Photos by Brendan Barr & Anna Nietner

Read how a marauding MX5 crew boarded HMS Curranulla and sailed the high seas!

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.

Damn Fine Dams Run

23 July 2014 / Words & photos by Bob Quinlan

Water, water every where, The MX-5s did motor. Water, water every where, Nor any car was a floater!

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

C1 Speed indoor electric karting at Albion Park Rail

Illawarra Karting Challenge

06 June 2014 / Words & photos by Bryan Shedden

The Illawarra Chapter held its Chapter Karting Challenge at the brand new indoor karting centre at Albion Park Rail. C1 Speed opened for business at Easter this year and is one of the first venues in Australia to offer electric karts. They're awesome fun!

Charity Brunch at Peppercorn Cafe Mulgoa - photo by Keith Monaghan

Charity Brunch at Mulgoa

05 June 2014 / Words by Jonnie Badger & Jan Gibson, Photos by Keith Monaghan & Bryan Shedden

What a beautiful day for the Illawarra Chapter run to the MX-5 Club Charity Brunch at the Peppercorn Café, Mulgoa. A total of over $2000 was raised for the RFS. A very good effort!

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.

Gorgeous Gorges of the Illawarra

14 April 2014 / Report: Brendan Barr. Photos: Barry Pope, Brendan Barr & Joe Cabello

Long, loping lanes, valley vistas and gorgeous gorges ... what else does a run need?

Illawarra Coffee 'n Lies

12 April 2014 / Report Phil Reid; Photos Barry Pope

First meeting for Illawarra 'Coffee ' Lies' ......

Capital Country Cruise

01 April 2014 / Words by Julie Sando, Photos by Brendan Barr, Tony Heathwood & Bryan Shedden

It was the members of Illawarra who struck the Capital Crown, They wandered over hill and dale, they wandered up and down. They loitered here, they loitered there, ‘till they were like to shop, Until at last in sheer despair they sought a comfy drop. "Ere, what’s Banjo’s middle name?" the trivia master did bark. "We protest!" the crowd replied, "this is quite a lark!"

Graeme Lord Workshop

26 March 2014 / Brendan Barr

Getting these classic Mark V, E-type or XJS Jaguars back to pristine condition is Graeme’s passion, or as he puts it, ‘getting paid to do what I enjoy.’

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

Tony's Valley to Vines

28 February 2014 / Tony Heathwood

A great run up and down the mountains ending up in a wonderful winery!

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.

Australia Day Run to Cordeaux Dam

30 January 2014 / Illawarra Chapter

Beautiful run, cricket, BBQ, 30 plus cars, awards ceremony, great company ... what else do you need for Australia Day?

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.

Barefoot Bowls and Illawarra Christmas Party

20 December 2013 / Words by Peter Feutrill, Photos by Peter Feutrill & Bryan Shedden

Figgy Bowlo hosted the Illawarra Chapter's 'Legends In Their Own Lunchtime' for a fine contest and awards day....

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.

The brave explorers..

Mark and Hella's Dark Day Out

08 December 2013 / Words By Mark & Hella Underwood. Pictures by Peter Feutrill.

Beautiful weather, trafficless Jamberoo Pass, excellent Taralga Pub lunch followed by the mystery of Wombeyan Caves ...

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.

Illawarra Chapter weekend away on 19-20 October 2013

Neil's Whaleless Weekend

29 November 2013 / Words by Barry Pope, Photos by Bryan Shedden

The annual weekend away for the Illawarra Chapter was down the coast to Braidwood via a lunch stop at Mogo, and dinner at TorPeas Restaurant. On Sunday, we returned via Old Goulburn Brewery for a tour and lunch, an unplanned detour to Windellama and Bungonia, before taking the Highland Way to Robertson.

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.

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.

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.

Starting point at Bald Hill Headland Reserve

The Royal Wollondilly Wander

25 August 2013 / Bryan Shedden

What a perfect day for a drive in a five! Crystal clear blue skies, with an early morning chill, and sunny warmth for our picnic lunch. Perfect for a drive through the Royal National Park and the Wollondilly Shire to a picnic lunch at Avon Dam.

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.

Illawarra's Restorative Wind & Sock Run

12 August 2013 / Report by Ken Tuckey

Ken Tuckey led an Illawarra run to Crookwell in Winter of all times! The brave runners viewed the wind farm, a sock factory and the Sydney Vintage Car Restoration Centre where they were treated to some rare sights.

Run to Picton and Jinbai Ittai Karting Challenge

12 August 2013 / Peter Feutrill

The Illawarra Chapter hosted the inaugural Jinbai Ittai Karting Challenge at Picton in June 2013 and this could be a regular way for the Chapters to indulge in some healthy competition!

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.

Xmas in July - Illawarra Run

16 July 2013 / Peter Feutrill

Seven 5s and a 3 joined the Illawarra Chapter run to Wallerawang for Xmas in July, for a fabulous drive on the Tablelands Way.

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?

The Illawarra Chapter crew gathered on the steps of the old Nerriga School

Bob's Long Way Round

21 April 2013 / Report by Robert Collins, Photos by Bryan Shedden

Bob led the Illawarra Chapter on a merry 309km circuit via the Shoalhaven, Nerriga and Southern Highlands.