Congratulations to Mark on the selection of his 1990 as the April MX5 Miata of the Month!
I have owned my 1990 NA since she was just five years old and I am still proud to drive her around.
I originally bought the car in Wilmslow (south of Manchester), Cheshire, UK in 1996 and loved the car straight away.
In 2002, I moved from England to California and had the car imported which cost quite a bit...unfortunately the shippers didn't tell me about the import charges.
The car was in storage for three years as I travel a lot for my job and when I finally got her out she looked a little sad. At this point I wanted to get the car running like it used to.
In 2004, I moved to New Jersey for work and the car followed me about 2 years later. I drove from LA through Death Valley over the July 4th weekend in temperatures of 100+F and with no AC - not standard in the UK in 1990. I drove through Las Vegas, the Rockies in Colorado and Denver all the way to New Jersey. I got home with the car showing that she wasn't as healthy as I would have hoped.
That's when I joined the Miata mob in NJ and met a couple of great guys (Hi Bruce and Eric!) who introduced me to the concept of a turbocharged Miata. The difference was incredible - about another 100hp was added along with all kinds of extras such as an LSD, 6ULs, Bilsteins, a rollbar, intercooler and cool twin headlights.
Nowadays I am living in the twin cities and my car is going stronger than ever. She now has a new heart (a 1994 1.8L engine) a bigger turbo (a GT2871) as the other one seized up, and runs on E85 getting around 300 rwhp.
I can't wait for summer to get here so I can hit the open road with my trusty NA!
Will you be next?