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#30YearsOfMiata Story 11/30: Rona Dexler. 
Rona’s had an infatuation with cars her whole life. From an early age, she frequently played with toy cars instead of dolls. This, in part, was because of her father’s passion for cars. As an automotive journalist, he’d definitely passed the car enthusiast gene on to her. “Now, at this point of my life,” Dexler said. “I've had an MX-5 longer than I've not had an MX-5.” Dexler currently serves as the president of the Southern California Miata Club that boasts more than 170 members throughout the region. Like most clubs, Dexler describes the club as being not just a community, but more like a family. “I especially feel it in the club,” Dexler said. “We've got a group of about 10 of us. We do all the events that we can. We call ourselves ‘The Usual Suspects,’ because it's just always that. We're family. At least that's how I feel about it. They're my family.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 11/30: Rona Dexler. Rona’s had an infatuation with cars her whole life. From an early age, she frequently played with toy cars instead of dolls. This, in part, was because of her father’s passion for cars. As an automotive jour

#30YearsOfMiata Story 10/30: Cutter Montante. 
After striking up a conversation with an MX-5 Miata enthusiast at his local arcade, Cutter’s obsession with the iconic roadster ignited. “From that day on,” Montante explained, “I sold my RX-7, bought an MX-5, and I've never looked back. I honestly don't think I'm ever going to own another car.” His passion for the MX-5 Miata has been contagious, too. He’s inspired his girlfriend and eight of his closest friends to purchase MX-5s. “All my friends and I now get to enjoy these cars together,” Montante explained. “We just drive around California, go to the beach and go up the mountains. We all have our cars uniquely set to our preferences; they’re expressions of us.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 10/30: Cutter Montante. After striking up a conversation with an MX-5 Miata enthusiast at his local arcade, Cutter’s obsession with the iconic roadster ignited. “From that day on,” Montante explained, “I sold my RX-7, bought an

#30YearsOfMiata Story 9/30: Rina Jacobson. 
Sometimes cars are destined to be owned by a specific owner. That was the case for Rina Jacobson and her 2000 MX-5 Miata, which she bought in 2011--for the second time. 
After falling in love with the MX-5 and owning one from 2000 to 2004, her daughter’s car seat no longer fit in the MX-5. Jacobson made the decision to part ways with her MX-5 and listed the car for sale, but it had to go to the right person.

Over the years, she and the buyer stayed in touch through email. In 2011, nearly eight years after selling her MX-5, he wanted to know if she was interested in buying it back. Elated by the offer, Jacobson couldn’t refuse the chance to get her MX-5 back. “I love my Great Pumpkin,” Jacobson said. “I can’t imagine not having it forever.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 9/30: Rina Jacobson. Sometimes cars are destined to be owned by a specific owner. That was the case for Rina Jacobson and her 2000 MX-5 Miata, which she bought in 2011--for the second time. After falling in love with the MX-5

Where white snow meets rainbow skies: A look back at our Arctic expedition. #RoadsReimagined #CXArcticDrive
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Where white snow meets rainbow skies: A look back at our Arctic expedition. #roadsreimagined #cxarcticdrive

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#30YearsOfMiata Story 8/30: At 66 years old, Kaitlyn Lydell isn’t your typical race car driver. With more than 20 years of experience with the MX-5 Miata, serving as president of the Bay Area Miata Association and competitively racing her MX-5 for the last decade, Lydell is racing more than 30 days a year and couldn’t be happier. “I have been doing 30 to 35 track days a year. I'm having the time of my life. I never would have imagined this.” From the way the car handles to its beautiful, timeless design, there are many things that Lydell loves about her MX-5. Ultimately though, it comes down to the car’s spirit and lively driving dynamics. “The car is made for driving,” Kaitlyn explained. “It's freedom.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 8/30: At 66 years old, Kaitlyn Lydell isn’t your typical race car driver. With more than 20 years of experience with the MX-5 Miata, serving as president of the Bay Area Miata Association and competitively racing her MX-5 for th

#30YearsofMiata Story 7/30: Bob Ledesma. 
Bob Ledesma bought his 1992 MX-5 Miata from a friend for only $500, with the promise of bringing it back to showroom condition. Since then, he has spent countless hours carefully restoring the car, sparing no detail. “It is in perfect condition,” Ledesma explained. “I even used a toothbrush and cotton swab to clean and wax the motor. I just started cleaning and never stopped cleaning. It's just a fun car.” Ledesma called the the project a “labor of love.” It wasn’t just the promise to his friend that pushed him to continue working on the car, but also the love for the car. Like his fellow MX-5 drivers, Ledesma doesn’t have just one thing he loves about his MX-5. “I really love this car and there are a few things that really stand out to me,” Ledesma explained. “The first thing is how dependable it is. Also, the way Mazda designed it, it's just so incredible. The 50/50 balance of the car makes driving the car fun. I also love when I put the top down and feel freedom. It's like you're flying almost.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 7/30: Bob Ledesma. Bob Ledesma bought his 1992 MX-5 Miata from a friend for only $500, with the promise of bringing it back to showroom condition. Since then, he has spent countless hours carefully restoring the car, sparing no

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#30YearsOfMiata Story 6/30: @faeracing 
Sarah Bantay’s 1994 MX-5 Miata had taken her from track to track, but her most memorable on-track experience was at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, formerly Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, for the annual “Miatas at Mazda Raceway” event. “I'll never forget flying down the Corkscrew for the first time, screaming with joy,” Bantay reflected. “I wasn't sure if it was me or my tires screaming but that didn't matter. I won't forget the sound, the feeling, the colors or the smell.” Bantay now owns a 2019 MX-5. After finding the exact car that she’d been looking for, she took a one-way flight from Southern California to Northern California to retrieve her new car. “Just going through Big Sur, going down the highway with the ocean on one side and trees and mountains on the other side, by myself with the top down,” Bantay reflected, “It was great.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 6/30: @faeracing Sarah Bantay’s 1994 MX-5 Miata had taken her from track to track, but her most memorable on-track experience was at the iconic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, formerly Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, for the annual

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#30YearsOfMiata Story 5/30:
Brian and Carol’s journey starts with how the MX-5 Miata provided them with a new way to continue their adventures after Carol’s Multiple Sclerosis prevented her from engaging in the activities they once enjoyed doing together.
The couple recently completed a two-month, 22-state road trip across the U.S. and continue to be active members of their local Miata club. “People in the Miata Clubs are constantly talking about this trip and how much they wished they could do something like that,” Carol said. 
Carol serves as the events chairwoman for their local Miata club, which they describes as “just an enjoyable bunch of people that all have one common denominator – they love the car. They love the MX-5.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 5/30: Brian and Carol’s journey starts with how the MX-5 Miata provided them with a new way to continue their adventures after Carol’s Multiple Sclerosis prevented her from engaging in the activities they once enjoyed doing toge

#30YearsOfMiata Story 4/30: Amy Hisaoka. 
After stumbling upon a white 1997 MX-5 Miata at a car dealership and falling in love with it, Amy Hisaoka’s passion for the roadster sparked immediately. “My friend invited me to an autocross event and I signed up for the next race,” Hisaoka explained. “I was hooked! Of course it was my everyday car, too.” After nearly 20 years of owning three MX-5's, Hisaoka has discovered that with the ability to update her car with different colors and accessories, she has discovered the ability to make her MX-5 a true extension of herself. “No other car that I have ever driven has given me the feeling of being one with the car,” Hisaoka explained. “You just feel part of the car when you drive it.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 4/30: Amy Hisaoka. After stumbling upon a white 1997 MX-5 Miata at a car dealership and falling in love with it, Amy Hisaoka’s passion for the roadster sparked immediately. “My friend invited me to an autocross event and I sign

#30YearsOfMiata Story 3/30: @mazdaspeedmiata

Brandon Matthews has always been drawn to cars. Over the years, he’s owned various types, but it all changed when his friend let him drive his MX-5 Miata. “After getting to drive it for a while,” Matthews explained, “I fell in love with the MX-5 and had to get my own.” Matthews' Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata has taught him most of what he know about cars, from maintaining, to upgrading, to tuning, and most importantly, how to love them. “I love my MX-5. I always enjoy road tripping in my MX-5,” Matthews added. “Even though it’s a smaller car--and I’m a tall guy--I find the term cozy describes the car much better than small.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 3/30: @mazdaspeedmiata Brandon Matthews has always been drawn to cars. Over the years, he’s owned various types, but it all changed when his friend let him drive his MX-5 Miata. “After getting to drive it for a while,” Matthews

#30YearsOfMiata Story 2/30: 
Christy Haynes 
It all started in high school for Christy Haynes, when car magazines started featuring the MX-5 Miata. At that moment, she promised herself that as soon as she could afford to buy one, she would. Fast-forward nearly 22 years and she’s now the proud owner of not one, but three MX-5’s. 
A deeper connection with her father has been the most rewarding thing about being part of the MX-5 community. The two of them now spend more time together working on their cars and further restoring their MX-5’s. “I had always wanted to restore a car with my dad,” Christy said. “And one day last winter, he said, ‘I'm going to buy a lift for my shop.’ And so I went over to his house, and I helped him install it, and ever since then, we have made an ongoing project out of it.”
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#30yearsofmiata Story 2/30: Christy Haynes It all started in high school for Christy Haynes, when car magazines started featuring the MX-5 Miata. At that moment, she promised herself that as soon as she could afford to buy one, she would. Fast-forw