May 25, 2013 was a beautiful day to go for a drive and a perfect day for the 10th anniversary of the Alaska Miata Club (AKMC), a group for people who own or love the popular Mazda MX5 Miata. It is a favorite with automotive enthusiasts and is the best selling sports car of all time because of its affordability, handling capabilities, and its fun factor.
The Miata is one of my favorite cars as well. I am a proud owner of a 1999 Miata that I absolutely adore. Unfortunately my car is in the process of getting an engine rebuild and added horsepower with a supercharger, so she was not able to make it for a drive. But thirteen other Miata’s showed up for a great drive and fellowship.
We started our day by meeting with full tanks at 10 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble parking lot. From there we ventured to Eklutna Lake. The road leading up to the lake is the official club road of the AKMC, perfect for the Miata with its swooping curves, hills and straight stretches. Plus, the scenery isn’t bad either.
After stopping for ice cream, pictures and camaraderie we left to rendezvous at the top of Hatcher Pass.
By the time we reached the meet up point, we had a total of 13 Miatas of all generations driving. I was in a borrowed Mazda RX7 GT sports car, and others drove a couple of Mazda 6 sedans, a Mazda CX7 compact SUV, and a Mazdaspeed 3 wagon. This was one of the AKMC’s most successful events, with many new faces of new Miata owners joining those of us who make it to every event that we can.
After the rendezvous at Hatcher Pass, we all meet up for a late lunch before parting ways. Talk was mostly about plans for our cars, how we became involved in Miata culture, why we keep them around in this snow filled wonderland. Some of us are just crazy enough to drive them in the winter!
One of the 13 Miata’s that showed up was a very special model that traveled the furthest to join us. Road and Track contributing editor Brett Berk (who also has a weekly online column about cars for Vanity Fair) pitched a story to the newly resurrected magazine about our car club.
They decided to go for it!
Mazda was also gracious and shipped up their SEMA Showcar, a 230 horsepower supercharged Miata painted orange they is called the Super 20. It is a one-off car to celebrate 20 years of the Mazda Miata that happened in 2010.
Having a professional photographer following us was a new experience. None of us were accustomed to being models with our cars, but the photos were amazing.
Alaska is one of the best places on earth to own a convertible with its natural beauty and abundance of curvy roads, and this event was a nice reminder of that.
[photos courtesy of the AKMC club members James Anderson, Maureen Levesque, and Road and Track Contributing Editor Brett Berk]