Keepers: Mazda Miata MX-5—Community

Features I By Christopher Smith I April 09, 2010

There’s good news and bad news for Miata enthusiasts looking for club based camaraderie with which to share their roadster excitement. Despite being one of the most popular two-seat sports cars in the world, there is no single American Miata organization. This wasn’t always the case—the Miata Club of America served as a traditional owners club from 1989 through 2000, and when that organization went out of business, Mazda created the manufacturer-backed Miata Owners Club in 2001. That venture only lasted a year and a half, leaving Miata gearheads to rely on local clubs for their fix of automotive bliss.

Fortunately, local and regional Miata clubs are everywhere, and by that we do mean everywhere.

Most every major U.S. city and quite a few of the minor ones are home to some kind of Miata club, and many of these groups are well organized entities with membership dues and special events. There are also plenty of less formal enthusiast groups to join, so rest assured that, once you purchase your Miata, you’ll be able to find others reasonably close by who share your interest.

There may not be a single national club, but there is With seeds dating back to the early internet days of the mid-1990s, this all-in-one Miata web site does an amazing job of bringing the Miata community and the various clubs together. Aside from offering a very detailed list of local/regional clubs, features a crazy amount of Miata specific information including current news, modifications, how-to repair guides, in-depth chat forums, and much more than we have space to mention here. also serves as a good resource for Miata fans, with its own listing of clubs and events.

Speaking of events, the lack of a national club also means the lack of a national event. That’s not to say there’s nothing for Miata lovers to do—browsing through the various Miata clubs reveals plenty of driving activities no matter where you live. Some of the notable events include the Midwest Miata Gathering, Miatas at Hallett, Backroads to Bavaria, Miatas in Moab, and the largest of the large, Miatas at the Gap.

And lest we forget that the Miata isn’t just a U.S. favorite. The photo above and video below are from Mazda’s 20th Anniversary MX-5 Meet, held at the company’s proving grounds in Hiroshima, Japan last September. Sadly, we don’t have space for the celebration videos in New Zealand, England, or the thousands of other Miata recordings populating YouTube, but that’s life when you’re the most popular little roadster of pretty much all time. As far as we’re concerned, that’s a title the Miata has earned time and again.

The Guide to Road Racing: Winding Road Magazine's ultimate guide to getting your start in racing.

Table of Contents

Related Articles

The 1000 Miglia 2024 Has Started

BRESCIA, Italy, June 11, 2024 – The 2024 edition of the Red Arrow started at 12:30 pm from the Viale Venezia platform. Shortly before the start, a thunderstorm had threatened…

June 11, 2024
LBI Limited Offers Rare Alan Mann Heritage Edition – 2022 Ford GT

1 of only 30 examples Produced PONTIAC, Mich., June 6, 2024 – LBI Limited, specialists in the sales, brokerage, and collection management of collectible vehicles offers…

June 06, 2024
Morgan And Pininfarina Present Midsummer, A Celebration of Coachbuilding And Timeless Style

Midsummer celebrates more than two-centuries of combined coachbuilding experience between Morgan and Pininfarina. Midsummer’s barchetta design celebrates an iconic European body style and demonstrates the…

May 16, 2024
Adamastor Introduces the FURIA, the First Portuguese Supercar

PORTO, Portugal, May 14, 2024 – The history of the Portuguese car industry is filled with good examples of the significance of Portuguese entrepreneurship, the desire to…

May 14, 2024
More Than Equal Launches Driver Development Programme With First Female Cohort

Talented young female drivers from Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom will join the inaugural cohort LONDON, MAY 14, 2024: More…

May 14, 2024


Get the latest driving and racing news straight to your inbox.

no thanks

Begin typing your search above and press return to search.