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What a Ride! – 1990 Mazda Miata MX5

The MX-5 was conceived as a small roadster, manufactured by Mazda in Hiroshima, Japan and the model was debuted in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show. The MX-5, released as the MX-5 Miata in North America and the Roadster in Japan, is a light weight two-seater roadster with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout with light weight and minimal mechanical complexity limited only by legal and safety requirements; technologically modern, but philosophically descending from small British and Italian roadsters of the 1960s such as the Triumph Spitfire, MG MGB, Fiat 124 Sport Spider, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Lotus Elan.

TThe second generation MX-5 (NB) was launched in 1998 and the current (NC) model has been in production since 2005. It continues to be the best-selling two-seat convertible sports car in history and by February 2011 over 900,000 MX-5s had been built and sold around the world.

Since the launch of the third generation, Mazda consolidated worldwide marketing using the MX-5 name with the exception of North America where it is marketed as the MX-5 Miata.  The name Miata derives from Old High German for reward. The Miata com­bines a chic and lightweight body, a cozy and sportive cabin, a dashing soft-top layout, and—perhaps most important—a front-engine—rear-drive powertrain.

The Miata has clearly been created by and for enthusiasts. Examine the car’s smart lines for a moment. The shape is nostalgic but not imitative; Mazda has captured the essence and flavor of the sports cars of yore without copying any one design. The Miata is equally aware inside. The cabin recalls the immediacy of an honest-sports-car cockpit without forcing the oc­cupants to endure cramped quarters. Anyone short of a Detroit Piston will be able to get comfortable in the Miata. The instrument panel sits up close and personal, but there’s plenty of legroom in the wells underneath.

Let us check with Mr. Hesham Al Shehabi  who owns fund drive- Miata and know further about this love of driving and the pleasure he is feeling.

The car is 1990 model Mazda Miata mx5, which I have modified, installed lots of parts to make it look good and run smooth. Some of the additions I have done is Jackson Racing supercharger bolted to the original B6 engine ignited by MSD ignition with pro card control for the supercharger,  changed the original exhaust and headers which were ordered from JASMA headers, Jackson Racing plastic piping, Plugs and wires from NGK, DDM Works cold air intake from the States as well to go with the headers and exhaust to manage my air flow.

Some suspension parts were changed on the car and on the same time, Eibach springs were installed to get this stance.  The rims were also changed to BBS  RS 16×9 front and rear covered in 195/45/16’s from the original.

There has been no changes ever made to the interior and it is to its original state, but a HARD DOG roll cage with the cover and a bazooka  were changed from its original, while the audio system were fitted with GMs  to get into the mood of a daily driver mood.

An auto meter boost gauge from Jackson racing was fitted so as to get the final finishing touch for the car.  As I have done not much changed to the interior, I have taken care of doing not much to the exterior also but a Touger run spoiler and a DTM Motors roof spoiler were added to the existing as to get matched with the modifications.  All parts have been ordered by either myself or by friends from the United States and it took over one and a half years, from owning the car by me.  I bought this car from an expatriate in Bahrain.

I love to move with my car, as I love it and emotionally attached by, I keep in mind to be careful on the roads.  For my weekend car, i have a datsun pick up that is in the process.

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