Canberra Chapter News

Convenor’s Run and BBQ

28 May 2014 / Words by Bob Judd; Photos by Tony McDonald

Once a year, you, our honoured Chapter members, surrender to us, your honoured Convenors, an entire hard earned day of leisure.

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.

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

2013 Presentation and Christmas Lunch

22 March 2014 / Words by Bob Judd, photos by Tony McDonald and Fiona Sheddon

43 members and 5 guests attended the Canberra Chapter’s annual Presentation and Christmas Lunch in mid-December at Grazing Restaurant, Gundaroo. On a brilliant Canberra summer’s day, in what is fast becoming a club tradition, long-time member Paul Beerworth (dare I call him ‘Club Stalwart’?) led a convoy of members over the 50 km or so to Gundaroo in time for the festivities.

Out of Africa Run

22 March 2014 / Lia Battisson

en cars met at our favourite gathering place in Russell for an 8am start to our trip which vaguely followed the outline of the map of Africa, hence the name,’ Out of Africa Run’.

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

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.

5 Hills Run 19 January 2014

04 February 2014 / Norm and Roz Barker

The year started with this run around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin going up and down five of the hills.

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.

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.