Riders on the Storm? - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: Riders on the Storm?

April 25, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: Riders on the Storm?

It was Easter Sunday, I had no concrete plans but did have the Miata and the promise of some open roads. So my friend Fled (yes that's her name -- short for Elfleda) and I decided to head up Pacific Coast Highway towards Santa Barbara to go to Easter mass and get some lunch. Despite the gloomy (but cool looking) sky we saw later in the afternoon here on Las Posas in Camarillo, all we got was a little sprinkling earlier in the day. So nope, no storm.

When I was shooting this pic, I was reminded just how timeless the style of the Miata is. These first-generation cars were produced from 1990 through 1997 and still look fetching to me. Yes, they were inspired by (and cribbed some of the styling cues from) the '60s Lotus Elan. But to my eyes, the Miata has an even greater purity of line and sense of proportion.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 130,772 miles

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