Each time I read or hear about some "lucky stiff" winning the Power Ball Lottery and picking up 60 or 80 million bucks, I feel sorry for them. Now they have to find an attorney, and an accountant, and probably a bodyguard to fend off overeager friends and family members who figure they deserve a piece of the pot. What a hassle...who needs it?
But, our "Ultimate Zoom-Zoom Giveaway" in conjunction with Mazda USA provides plenty of excitement and anticipation for the onset of spring and warmer weather. It's tied in with the U.S. Sports Car Invitational gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, one of the most beautiful and exciting racing tracks anywhere in the world. Last year we were there to watch some fabulous racing among the Grand American Road Racing crowd. And we gave away a to Kelly Morgan, while two years ago we were there to hand over a to the Michael Leddy family.
This year it's the all-new MX-5 Miata Touring, with more interior room, more horsepower, more performance and some nicer amenities. But the feature I love most, the slick-shifting gearbox, remains a highlight of the new MX-5. If you recall our road test of the new (October 2005 issue), we mentioned how "...the Miata is perfectly happy to hum to the limit as you snap through its crisp gearbox." We also talked about how the new car zips from zero to 60 in a mere 7.0 seconds, and runs through our slalom test with satisfying agility. For the sports-car lover, this is a car to treasure.
To enter the sweepstakes, register to win the MX-5 Miata Touring an all-expense-paid trip to the 2006 U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the winner and one guest, and the Miata Touring will also be yours to drive throughout the weekend if you're the winner.
And be sure to plan to come and join us at Laguna Seca May 4 — 7, as we enjoy sports-car gatherings, the innaugural race of the new SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup series and the Grand Am Road & Track 250 main event on Sunday.