Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/1/16 2:43 p.m.
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This morning Mazda sent out a press release detailing their involvement in the season-end championships, and it includes our Grassroots Motorsports $2016 Challenge Driven by General Tire and sponsored by CRC Industries and Miller Electric. Scroll down for the full release.

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Ovid_and_Flem
Ovid_and_Flem Reader
9/1/16 4:25 p.m.

Wow...factory support for Mazda challenge builds. How about a challenge rules modification requirING Miata based challenge builds to carry mandatory 750 pounds of ballast?

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
9/1/16 7:57 p.m.

I think its time to get Infiniti on the phone!

Rick Goolsby
Rick Goolsby Events Manager
9/2/16 7:09 a.m.

Mazda has always been such a great supporter of the magazine and a great partner as well. We are actually having THE Mazda PR representative coming to the Challenge on Saturday. Please make him feel welcomed!

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
9/2/16 9:25 a.m.

Mazda rocks----- they are the only car company that has continuously supported our scene over the years, and continue to do so. The execs at the top are enthusiasts, and it shows in their product line.

My Dad actually just sold his 04 Mini Cooper S and bought a Mazda 6 (manual). He's in his 70's now and wanted something with a more compliant ride than the Cooper. Even though it's an inexpensive sedan, it's still fun to drive----- something all Mazdas have in common. From the brilliant ND Miata (and it is brilliant if you haven't driven one yet) to the CX-9, all Mazdas are engaging to drive.

Kudos to them---- they understand why we love cars, and they continue to make cars aimed at us.

92dxman
92dxman SuperDork
9/2/16 1:26 p.m.

Joe hit the nail right on the head why I just bought a CX-5 instead of something else. Mazda gets it and they make vehicles that are fun to drive

failboat
failboat UberDork
9/2/16 1:43 p.m.

<3 my mazda5. I wish/hope they make a larger minivan. What am I going to do when I outgrow this one? (I refuse to get an SUV)

92dxman
92dxman SuperDork
9/2/16 1:46 p.m.

Buy a newer Mazda 5 than the one you have

ultraclyde
ultraclyde GRM+ Memberand UberDork
9/2/16 1:48 p.m.
Joe Gearin wrote: My Dad actually just sold his 04 Mini Cooper S and bought a Mazda 6 (manual). He's in his 70's now and wanted something with a more compliant ride than the Cooper. Even though it's an inexpensive sedan, it's still fun to drive----- something all Mazdas have in common.

My wife made almost the same transition - 05 R53 to '14 Maz6, but she opted for the auto. It was the only car in the segment that didn't make us feel like we we asleep at the wheel after driving a Cooper S every day. She still says it's fun enough that she doesn't miss the Cooper. At least not often.

92dxman
92dxman SuperDork
9/2/16 1:57 p.m.

Mrs. DX was pretty close to buying a newer MZ6 before getting her Jetta. She was really impressed by the car even just with riding in the back seat.

dherr
dherr New Reader
9/2/16 2:39 p.m.

We seriously compared the Mazda6 to the competition and was going to purchase one based on the "fun to drive" factor. But it was end of the model year and we could get over $8k knocked off of a VW CC with the excellent 2.0 turbo motor and DSG, so the cars were the same price with all the toys. Bought the CC, no regrets, but I still love the 6 when I see them on the road.

I redeemed myself with my NC MX5 purchase last year, absolutely love it!

Great to see Mazda supporting the Challenge. I can't be there this year, but the car is 99% ready and once I recover from knee surgery, I will be bringing it again, hopefully next year.

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