A chat with the fathers of the Mazda Miata.
When the first cars came to the States, I wrote the story for Automobile Magazine. It was so fantastic that it inspired us to name it our first Automobile of the Year.When the first cars came to the States, I wrote the story for Automobile Magazine. It was such a fantastic car, it inspired us to name it our first Automobile of the Year, despite the fact that Motor Trend's Car of the Year was such a strong franchise that we had resisted doing this for the first four years of the magazine. In 2004, my husband gave me a very special Mazdaspeed Miata for my birthday. If it hadn't been this turbocharged Miata, I would have called him a crazy man for buying the editor of a car magazine a car, but the Miata is so magic, of all the hundreds upon hundreds of cars I have driven, that's one car I wanted to own. So here it is the twenty-fifth anniversary of that very special car, and we are on the verge of seeing the first brand-new Miata from the ground up since that car came into existence in 1989. Mazda threw a little champagne celebration at the New York Auto Show, gathering there the three original 1989 Chicago Auto Show cars: the red, white, and blue cars you see here and in this video, and every special one-off Miata model they could get their hands on. It was a perfect chance to talk to the "fathers" of the Miata: the brilliant Bob Hall, who had the original idea and convinced Mazda to build it, and its first designer, Tom Matano, who came from BMW to the Miata project at Mazda and sketched the first car. Mazda's current head of design, Derek Jenkins, was also there and had a few things to say about what it was like to be the guy in charge of redesigning the icon. To see the full interviews, click here: