Over 1,600 Mazda Roadsters converged on Miyoshi Proving Ground in Hiroshima prefecture in western Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan—To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mazda Roadster (known overseas as the Mazda MX-5), Mazda Motor Corporation hosted a special commemorative event on September 20, 2009, at its Miyoshi Proving Ground in western Japan.

MX-5 20 jarig jubileum

First launched in 1989, Mazda’s two-seat lightweight open-top sports car is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. To commemorate the milestone, over 1,600 Roadsters and their owners made their way to the car’s birthplace at the Miyoshi Proving Ground.

When the proving ground gates opened at 6:30 a.m., the arriving Roadsters were welcomed home by attending staff. Approximately 2,600 owners and fans had journeyed from all over Japan and overseas to join in the celebration. The event was officially launched with a toast from a 20-year old Roadster owner, who had been born the same year as the iconic vehicle was launched.

During the event, members of the development team and MX-5 owners from abroad delivered congratulatory speeches; Roadster owners’ clubs from every region of Japan were introduced; and guests were invited to take part in a Roadster quiz. To bring the celebration to a close, Mazda’s director and senior managing executive officer in charge of vehicle development, Seita Kanai, stood up to address the crowd. His cry of, “The Roadster is forever!” was greeted by thunderous applause from the spectators.

ruim 1600 Mazda MX5jes tijdens 20 jarig jubileum

To end with a Zoom-Zoom flourish, all 1,600 Roadsters formed up to parade around the track before leaving the Miyoshi Proving Ground with a fond farewell from the Mazda staff.

Main events at the Roadster 20th Anniversary Meet

  • Date held
    Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 10:00 a.m.
  • Venue
    Mazda Miyoshi Proving Ground in Miyoshi, Hiroshima prefecture. (Mazda’s main proving ground in Japan.)
  • Organizer
    Roadster 20th Anniversary Meet Committee. (This committee is mainly comprised of staff from Mazda’s Domestic Business Division and members of Roadster owners’ clubs.)
  • Hosted by
    Mazda Motor Corporation
  • Supported by
    Volunteers from the “National Roadster Meeting Official Summit for (the) 20th/World Roadster Friendship Clubs”
  • Participating Mazda Roadsters
    Approximately 1,600 units

20 jaar MX-5. Hopelijk volgen er nog eens 20

Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary Web Site (currently available in Japanese only):