Mazda MX5 NB by I.L. Motorsport [Down on the Street]

April 4, 2016 in down on the street

Welcome to another Down on the Street video!

Mazda MX5 NB

Today’s car spot is a Mazda MX5 NB with a very interesting body kit. I found it parked on the market square in my home town in front of the cinema. From a far distance I spotted the little MX5 and the closer I got the more interesting it became. I noticed the twin exhaust pipes and the wide flared fenders and decided it was definitely worth making a video of this car.
Mazda MX5 NB I.L. Motorsport [Down on the Street]

I.L. Motorsport bodykit

It took me a while to find the manufacturer of the bodykit and I only managed to find this picture of it. The bodykit has been developed by I.L. Motorsport in Germany somewhere in 2003 and thirteen years later there is nothing more I can find out about it.

Sex Spec Styling

The styling of the bodykit has aged a bit and it leans against what Marty and Moog from Mighty Car Mods call sex spec styling. Read the rest of this entry →

Mazda MX5 NB Super Bird [Down on the Street]

March 8, 2016 in down on the street

Mazda MX5 NB Super Bird

The Mazda MX5 NB is the second generation of the Mazda MX5. Just like the NA it is small, lightweight and nimble and it is just an awesome car! Someone has made this NB just a little bit more awesome…
Down on the street: Mazda MX5 NA Super Bird
At first I thought this was another one of those stickerbombed Mazda MX5s but as I got closer I noticed there was a whole different painting on the fender. I have no idea what it is supposed to be but it looks like someone painted a lot of birds on it.

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Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA

February 22, 2015 in dots

On the very same day that I encountered the snowy Subaru Impreza WRX I also made photos of a snowy Mazda MX-5 NA:
Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
This red Mazda MX-5 originates from November 1990 and was imported 14 years ago into the Netherlands.

As you can see a lot of things have changed on this MX-5 in the past 24 years:
Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
First if all the double exhaust pipes look brilliant on it. I have no idea if they are functional or not but they don’t look fake or something.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
Then there is also a boot rack (trunk rack for the US) mounted on the boot/trunk which should increase luggage capacity for long weekend trips.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
The wheels are dished Rota RB rims (Minilite/Watanabe copies) but I’m unsure about the size as I did not make a clear picture of that.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
Last but not least: the snowy Mazda MX-5 NA reminded me of the Miatas from Cars in this photo. I tried to add eyes and eyelids but I simply couldn’t post it here, so you will have to do the same by squinting your eyes and see for yourself. 😉

Verdict: I really love to see this Miata every morning when I bring my son to school! It hardly ever moves but I hope the owner just suspended his/her daily commute in it during wintertime.

Count the MX5s!

June 18, 2013 in count

Can you count the number of MX5s in this picture? It was taken at the MAX-5 2013 event in the Netherlands where they set the Guiness World Record of the largest Mazda parade:
Count the number of MX5s!
It is a pity I did not know about this event before reading it at Jalopnik: would have been nice to hunt down some Miatas. 😉

So now don’t rush over to Jalopnik to find out the answer (if you didn’t know it already because you attended it!) but just think about your answer first. 😉

Via Jalopnik (photos are taken from Jalopnik and they did not give any credits to the rightful owners)

DOTS: Bavarian Mazda MX5 NB

September 9, 2012 in down on the street

On our way to Hungary I spotted this Mazda MX5 NB parked in the hotel parkinglot:
Bavarian Mazda MX5 NB
The licenseplates in Germany identify the area of registration by its first characters. In this case the car came from Lindau (Bodensee) because the first characters are LI.
For me it was a surprise to see so many Mazda MX5s in Germany (still not as much as in the Nethelands) because I expected it to have a strong competition from the Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3/Z4 in Germany.

Japanse Autosport Festival 2012: the first impression

April 29, 2012 in jaf2012

Just came home from the Japanse Autosport Festival 2012 in Zandvoort and it has been a looooong day so I will try to keep it short now and do photo uploads and such tomorrow. So what was my impression of the day? I think this picture describes it best:
Stickerbombed Mazda MX5 headlight
The most great/fresh/exciting/energetic day I had in ages!
Oh and I almost forgot: I’m in love with my “new” camera! (secondhand 5d mk1 with split focus screen)

So stay tuned for a week of photobombs!