We buy a Scottish MX-5 and drive it straight to Goodwood
The first train out of Kings Cross took Andrew and myself northwards, and the sunny journey up the East Coast dictated that the return journey must be sans roof and via the coastal roads. We picked up the MX-5 from a hair’s breadth over the border in Coldstream and immediately the roof was off and we were on our way back down south.
The agenda was simple; pick up the car in Scotland and get to Bicester Heritage via Cambridge for Sunday Scramble the next day. If the car was, in fact, as good as we hoped it would take us to Goodwood for the MX-5 Owners Club Spring Rally less than a week later. Only the length of England to cover, then.
Between us we’ve driven every variant of MX-5 from the Mk1 to the new RF, and could happily report that ours drove like a dream. The thin Momo steering wheel and low weight coupled with the gutsy 1.8L four-cylinder provided masses of entertainment for the drive back down south. And aside from missing a crucial motorway exit north of Leeds, the journey to Cambridge was without issue.
We made it to Quest Brothers Classic Cars in St Ives, Cambridge in the evening to transport their 1972 Ford Capri to the Auto-Classics Mart at Sunday Scramble. The plan was for Andrew to drive the Capri to our overnight stop and for myself to follow up in the MX-5. The overnight stop was south of Birmingham, in rural Worcestershire, and a gentle drive would have us there around 9pm, leaving ample time for a burger and a beer after a long day. The evening was pleasant so the usual rules applied – roof off unless you need a snorkel.
Once the downpour had finished and we were clear of the roadworks we pulled over to find a puddle had developed in the folds and rear bulkhead, so erecting the top would have resulted in another drenching. Roof off it was. The rest of the journey was tense as the weather threatened constantly with lightning, but we made it home safely… eventually.
Sunday Scramble was a treat, the sun was shining, the MX-5 was dry and all was right with the world once again. Our roadster performed faultlessly throughout and it was decided that after a short rest Goodwood the next weekend was a reasonable ask.
Cue another early weekend start for work! The MX-5 took pride of place on the track at Goodwood for the MX-5 Owners Club National Rally and looked stunning, although muddy next to the others. Goodwood counted 929 MX-5s through the gates making this one of the largest spring rallies on record. Having an MX-5 for a summer camera car paid dividends on the slow parade lap, as Andrew was able to stand and get the shots for the club he needed, and provided us plenty of social media fodder.
The first outing of our company MX-5 was somewhat of a trial by fire and water. The length of England and more in a week is an undertaking for any 20-year-old car, but ours didn’t miss a beat the whole time. We will be putting lots more miles on the car covering the best events this summer and will see you on the road. Here’s to many more, hopefully dry, miles.