I scanned this photo from my fathers family album, so it is literally a Family Album Treasure. 😉
The photo features my father and my brother standing in front of a Mitsubishi Cordia at our first stop somewhere in Belgium:
As the driver side door is open you may think the Cordia is actually my father’s, but then you were tricked by the photo. The car in front of it (a white Peugeot 304 station) and its trailer both are actually my father’s. You can also find a Mazda 323 (Familia) sedan in the background and behind that something that resembles the rear end of a Toyota Celica TA40.
My father sold the Peugeot in the winter of 1985 and traded it in for a 1984 Toyota Carina wagon. I think this photo was taken in the summer of 1985 when we traveled to France with the Peugeot and the trailer. Presumably I took the photo as only the three of us went on holiday. So this really is a family album treasure. 😉
While doing some research on the Toyota Celica Supra mk2 (aka Toyota Celica XX in Japan) I found this hilarious photo:
There is a Toyota Celica Supra mk2 P-Type parked on top of the last model Mazda Protegé (aka Mazda 323 and Mazda Familia) sedan in a typical parking lot. It is clearly a face-lifted P-type (Performance type) Celica Supra as it features the dished 7 inch wide Celica Supra wheels, the overfenders and the wraparound front indicators. It could be a MA61 or MA67 (sources differ on this matter) but it clearly is (or was) a mint Toyota Celica Supra mk2.
Now what went wrong here? Did the owner just confuse the pedals? Or did he/she try to conquer the Mazda Protegé? Or did he/she tried to park sideways? We’ll probably never know…
On one of my tours around Bali somewhere between Uluwatu and Kuta I came across this Ford Laser (aka Mazda Familia or Mazda 323) on a set of SSR Longchamp XR4 rims!
Ford Laser / Mazda Familia (323) on Longchamps
So I stopped and made a couple of pictures.
To be honest: this was the very first time I ever saw these babies in real life! They were even more beautiful than seen on pictures. 😉
The Mazda 323 on this picture drew my attention because of the second grille (where the bumper used to be), but upon closer look I thought the whole car was brilliant!
Mullet Motorsport Mazda 323
This Mazda 323 by Mullet Motorsport is competing in the Granite City rally 2010. I really wonder what hairstyle the driver has. 😛
First of all this MX5 caused a lot of pain:
Mazda MX5 mk2
It came around the corner quite quickly when I was on my bike. I immediately grabbed my camera, pointed it to the car and turned around to take a picture. I was just in time to take the picture. Doing this maneuver strained my back because I was still sitting on my bike. 😉
This red Miata was parked in a multi-story car park:
Mazda Miata (or 323?)
Never seen it there before but immediately took a picture of it.
When I looked it up at the license plate register it turned out to be registered as a Mazda 323 1.6 instead of the Mazda MX5 I would have expected it to be registered on. The car was imported to the Netherlands in 2001, so that could not have been the reason to register it as a 323. And even tax evasion (import taxes are based upon luxury options as AC and PS) could not have been the case… Maybe the worker at the register could not come up with the MX5 designation and registered it as a 323?
Last one for this week:
This originally Dutch first generation MX5 was registered on the very last day of 1992. It is currently owned by the same owner for almost 11 years now! Now that is certainly a faithful owner!