It was a perfect situation. After hearing about the special event taking place on September 8th at Mazda of South Charlotte, I knew I couldn't miss this opportunity.
The line was surprisingly short for what I thought would be a huge event. I ended up getting there just a bit after 4:30 in the afternoon. Don't get me wrong, the event had Miata fans of all ages. Being as excited as I was, I forgot to take pictures of rides at the event. But rest assured, Miata's were represented in full.
Waiting wasn't too much of an issue when you have some eye candy. The 15th Miata ever produced? Yes, please!
Eventually, I made my way to the front of the line. What was fantastic about event this was the camaraderie. Next to me in line was an older gentleman speaking nothing-but-Miata with a service technician at a dealership close by that has heard about the event. I spoke with a nice guy who just got his own ND and loves every bit of ownership.
Finally, I made my way to my portion of the car that I would be signing. The Mazda representative was very polite and asked if I owned a Miata (I don't, more on that later) and genuinely listened. That guy deserves a lot of credit because I am sure after a few hours of asking the same questions, it can get old really quick.
After it was all said and done, I forgot to take a picture of my actual signature on the car itself! I was a little ticked off that I did that, but I still got a lot of good pictures and met some great Mazda fans. One day, I will own a Miata. I currently have a 2008 Mazdaspeed3 and hope to obtain ownership of a specific NA Miata (1990) when the time is right.
It was a great experience, just signing a name on a car, but I think it amounts to more than that. It is astonishing how a specific car model can bring so many people of different backgrounds together. It took around 25 years for Mazda to reach this milestone, but I think that we can all learn something if we take a step back and observe how cars can bring us all closer in some way.