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Owning your own Miata(s) and joined the local club not enough for you? Do you find yourself wanting to make everything Miata related, Miata shirt, Miata watch, Hot Wheel Miata? Do you dig deep to find facts about how the Miata was created, who created it, and what the future will hold? Or maybe, you can't buy a Miata yet? Or you are looking for something for a Miatafreak? Well this section is for you! Welcome to the hobby world of Miata.

Miata History

(Dates and some details vary from internet stories and articles)

We honor 3 founding fathers of the Miata, Mr. Bob Hall, Mr. Tom Matano, and Mr. Toshihiko Hirai .

In Spring of 1979, Bob Hall was an automotive journalist for Automotive News and Autoweek (Motor Trend?) who spoke Japanese. Was asked by the Mazda head of R&D what they should build next. Bob answered, "A small open two-seater." Bob drew a rude and crude sketch in 1979 which looked like a Chrysler LeBaron convertible.


Hired by Bob Hall, Mark Jordan was part of the design team from LWS (Light Weight Sportscar), to OGG (Offline 55), all the way to P729(Production 729). He also designed a Yellow version of the NA to show what the aftermarket could do with a base Miata. It was called the Club Racer.



Tom Matano penned the shape and design of the NA body from the MANA California design team. In 1986 the project was coded P729 and had three designs. An FF, MR, and FR design. Guess which won?


If that doesn't impress you he also designed the FD and the NB. Just take a look at the doors on both cars




We give Mr. Toshihiko Hirai credit because he was the official project lead for the NA in 1986 and the FD later on. You would have had the chance to meet him in 2005. He had a fish bone diagram of the 5 essential things the Miata had to do

1. Connection with ones surrounding
2. Proper exhaust sound
3. Engaging shifter
4. Connection between drivetrain and chassis and
5. Conversation between chassis and road.


Cafepress
(Actually some kinda cool stuff in there)
(Hawaiian Themed)
(Bunch here, not the biggest fan of them though)
(Bunch of Cartoony Miata ones if you scroll down)
(Go Miata Shirts)
(Denim Miata Shirt, Ha)
(Cool Over Head NA Design)
(Eunos Shirt)
(Sweet Japan Looking German Made Shirt in Euros)
(Miata ZOOM Evolution)



Choro Q


Neko Works NA

Tomica Garage filled with Miatas

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage with Miatas


Hot Wheels NA


Tomica NA Red and Limited


Johnny Lightning NB


Tomica NC
 


Tomica ND red and black


Hot Wheels ND


Matchbox and Hotwheels ND comparison


Disney MIA and TIA in all three paint schemes


Tamiya RC NA


Tamiya RC ND


Toshima Red NA Pedal Car


1999 10th Anniversary Edition Gift Set


What are wrong with these pictures?

1) They hooked up the Miata backwards for a dyno run. 2) This is not a peace sign. 3) Painted the plastic part yellow near A pillar.