The Italian division of Mazda announced a Guinness record set at the sports car parade at the circuit in Modena. It was attended immediately by 707 Mazda MX-5, who came from all over Europe. Among them are all four generations of the “two-door”, stock and modified versions in various body colors and trim levels. In addition, the NM concept, prepared on the basis of the first generation MX-5 by Gorgona Cars, debuted at the parade.
The parade in Modena was attended by a representative of the Guinness Book of Records, who counted the arriving cars. In the evening, he announced a record – 707 Mazda MX-5s assembled in one place. The previous record was set in the Netherlands back in 2013, when 683 Japanese roadster owners took part in the event. Thus, the parade in Italy was 24 MX-5s ahead.
Among the invited spectators was engineer Nobuhiro Yamamoto, who was responsible for the development of the NC and ND generations. Also present was Elisa Artioli, the granddaughter of Romano Artioli, a fan of Japanese roadsters and former owner of Lotus and Bugatti.
As for the conceptual NM concept, modified by Gorgona Cars, it is based on the MX-5 of the first generation NA. The tailor converted it into a single-seat barquette with a fairing behind the driver’s seat and transplanted the engine and transmission from the MX-5 ND. The concept also received an adjustable suspension, a rear diffuser, a front splitter and new rear-view mirrors.
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