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Mazda Miata MX-5 - The Kayak of Cars

Bring Back The Fun!

1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 NA M-EditionDid you know that the Mazda Miata MX-5 is the World's Best Selling Convertible? It is also the most commonly modified and track-driven car in the world. The MX-5 is a Roadster, a form of car that must have been created by kayakers. A Roadster is a two-seat, convertible compact sports car designed for quick cornering and making travel more fun. (like kayaks do)

This tiny, inexpensive, four cylinder, drop-top coupe captured the hearts of driving enthusiasts everywhere with its simple, lightweight design and classic roadster looks. The car handles like a dagger with precision and ease. It moves like an extension of the driver's body and it darts between obstacles and dashes around corners. (like kayaks do)

Is it practical? Well, it is very fuel efficient and it makes my wife enjoy the minor errands that used to plague her. The lack of a back seat is an important feature. It makes sure you don't bring the kids along. Surely, the Mazda Miata is the kayak of cars!

A kayak is not specialized to carry huge amounts of cargo, it is specialized to increase the mobility of the operator. A kayak focuses on returning the joy of exploration to your life. Surely, the Mazda Miata is the kayak of cars!

Mazda Miata History & Evolution

1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 M-EditionThe Miata is also a melting pot car. Built by the Japanese, the MX-5 is a homage to the small British roadsters of the 1960's and carries a name that means 'reward' in Old High German. The first generation of the MX-5 ran from 1989 through 1997 and they are recognizable by their nifty pop-up headlights. Later generations of the Miata added some small comforts and a bit more horsepower, but they kept the changes to a minimum. Like kayaks, the Miata offers a clear demonstration of have 'less is more'.

When the Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted in 1989, this little convertible marked the revival of the affordable roadster. Now, those roadsters are more affordable than ever.  You can easily buy yourself a first generation Miata for a few thousand dollars and the newest models are pretty reasonable too. Although, these cars are starting to show their age, they are still young enough to offer important features like air conditioning, fuel-injection and electronic ignition. This makes them much more fun to own than the actual British sports cars of the 60's!


The 1st generation of Miata MX-5 (called the NA) included a special edition in 1991 which was produced in British Racing Green with the first use of tan interior. A total of 12,470 M Editions were manufactured throughout the 4 year run ending in 1997. Visit The Miata M-Edition Field Guide for more information on the elusive and wonderful Miata M-Edition.

1997 Miata MX-5 With Eyes Wide OpenMiata Quotes:

"There is no other sports car that offers the same combination of engaging personality, practicality, affordability, and sheer driving pleasure." - Automobile Magazine

"We still can't get enough of this always fun-to-drive Japanese roadster" -

"The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason Iím giving it five stars is because I canít give it 14." - Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear)

Oklahoma Area Miata Car Clubs

The Central Oklahoma Miata Club -

The Northeastern Oklahoma Miata Club -

The Northwest Arkansas Miata Club -

The Southwest Missouri Miata Club-

The Lone Star Miata Club -

Simple, Formula for a Bugs-in-the-teeth, Wind-in-the-Hair, Classically-British Sports Car

The MX-5 was developed with Five Core Design Requirements:

  • Compact and light as possible.

  • The cockpit would comfortably accommodate two with no wasted space.

  • Front-midship rear-drive configuration with the engine positioned ahead of the driver but behind the front axle for 50:50 weight distribution.

  • All four wheels attached by wishbone or multi-link suspension systems.

  • A solid connection between the engine and rear-mounted differential to sharpen throttle response..


Best Oklahoma Roadster Road Trips

I think the Sooner state is a great place to enjoy tooling around with the top down! Here are a few of my favorite destinations:

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - College Town with great food, fun nightlife and great scenery along scenic Highway 10.

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Enjoy great restaurants, clubs, arts and architecture as you cruise Brookside, Cherry Street, Riverside and more!

Route 66 - Oklahoma hosts miles & miles of the famous Mother Road.  Visit Stableridge Winery in Stroud, Oklahoma on the way.

Oklahoma City - Make your way to the largest city in the state and visit Bricktown for great food & fun.

Wilburton, Oklahoma - Take lonesome highways south to Robbers Cave State Park for breathtakingly beautiful hiking.

Smithville, Oklahoma - Head to Southeastern Oklahoma, though the Ouachita Mountains and see The Mountain Fork River.




Favorite Miata MX-5 Upgrades

  • Style Bar or Roll bar
  • Wind Blocker, Windscreen, WindBlox
  • Grill Cover (teeth)
  • New Miata Headlights (cat eyes, halos, LED)
  • Classic Speedster Tonneau - Expensive & does not work with many style bars.
  • Streamline Rear Deck Cover
  • New shifter knob
  • Steering wheel



Float Trips are the Best Way to Experience the Ozarks

Details about fun float trips on great Ozark Rivers & lakes can be found here on our site.  The thrilling & scenic Lower Mt. Fork River in Broken Bow, OK is the 2nd most popular kayaking destination in Oklahoma.  Our neighbor states offer great paddling too: like the fast and easy fun of The Elk River and the scenic beauty of The Kings River both in Missouri. The White River and The Buffalo River in Arkansas are both popular destinations with Oklahoma kayakers. The Spring River offers easy Class I paddling from Kansas to Oklahoma.  My wife and I also paddle some great flatwater paddling spots in the region.  We enjoy paddling backwater ditches like Salt Creek, Grave Creek and Okmulgee Lake or kayak fishing hot spots such as the muddy Deep Fork River, breathtakingly beautiful Caddo Lake or the massive Lake Eufaula.

...Complete Oklahoma Area Float Trip Outfitters List



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