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The Wogblogger—now in London—reviews Mazda’s latest MX5, having driven one through France and Spain:

The Mazda is a little mechanical person made by loads of actual folks and designed with mucho care and attention and, likely as not, affection. He has feelings. He does not want to live his life on motorways or doing a school run. He wants forests, and mountains, and all his gears given a good old workout. He wants the novente-ocho perciento unleaded stuff. Oh he can tolerate the blistering heat of a Madrid traffic jam and the howling wind and torrential rainyrain of a French motorway. But he stays in the relationship for the good stuff. The fast hairpin turns, high revs and loud music. Good living.

I think she likes it. Also from the WB, an image simply entitled “A Frenchman”:
image
No photoshoppery involved.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/29/2006 at 09:21 PM
  1. He’s even got green googly eyes like a frog

    Posted by the nailgun on 2006 09 29 at 10:07 PM • permalink

  2. Puleeze!
    MX5 equal Miata.
    Gift to intellectually successful daughter on high school graduation or gay guy vehicle of choice.
    This car really sucks, no gay guy analogy intended.
    Mazda - RX8 - real car!

    Posted by mikdaley on 2006 09 29 at 10:17 PM • permalink

  3. Yeah but corrrrrrr, take a look at the french lady behind the frogman, she’s either got a big pimple or it’s a poltergeist growing from her chin.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 29 at 10:19 PM • permalink

  4. You seem almost alarmingly lucid today, 1.618—you OK?

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 09 29 at 10:24 PM • permalink

  5. flossy, I’m better my grandpop died and well thanks for your concern. I’m getting better and thanks so much for your smile and support

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 29 at 10:26 PM • permalink

  6. Thanks for being a good reader of my little posts and taking the time to ask me you lovely one! xx thanks flossy.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 29 at 10:27 PM • permalink

  7. The Mazda MX5?  Actually we have quite a few of those in the neocon auto lot.  Beautiful too.  Nice colors.  Red.  Blue.  Yellow.  Very sporty too.  All the henchman seem to want to drive Hummers, not them.

    And no problem to obtain.  We lend them out to loyal neocons.  No problem.  Free of charge, gas allowance.  Everything.  All you need is to fill out Form NCON 101a.  Instant pre-approval.

    You don’t have a Form NCON 101a?  Oh, that’s too bad.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 09 29 at 10:30 PM • permalink

  8. #2 - yeah, the MX-5 is favored by chicks and gays. And the entire world’s automotive press. And discriminating drivers who don’t give a rat’s ass about groundless labeling.

    And yeah, I want one.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2006 09 29 at 10:32 PM • permalink

  9. #3 It’s a reflection off of the bald guy’s head, 1.618, or a Reuters Photoshop job.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2006 09 30 at 12:19 AM • permalink

  10. #3 1.618 she’s either got a big pimple or it’s a poltergeist growing from her chin.
    Nah. It’s the redeye control on the camera has just slipped down a notch. A simple adjustment and the redeye will be back where it belongs. Easy peesy.

    Any other camera techy stuff you need to know, just holler…

    BTW that bloke just about sums up everything that’s weird about the Frogs…

    Posted by Bonmot on 2006 09 30 at 12:48 AM • permalink

  11. The NC MX-5 is a seriously good piece of kit for a nat-at 2 litre. 

    It’s also the first MX-5 that I have been able to comfortably fit into to drive.  The NA of 1988 was sadly unusable because it was like sitting in a (small) bathtub, and quick clutch engagement was limited by the steering wheel position (and, I must admit, by my left thigh).

    The NB version was better, but the NC is sublime.  I seriously lust for the metal retractible roof version…..

    Posted by Kaboom on 2006 09 30 at 01:00 AM • permalink

  12. For andycunuck ...> I’d say it’s a reuters Islamic image..lol

    I wonder if they could photoshop Sheik halali with that pair of green glasses on, it could make him look quite a distinguised Islamic Frenchman.. lol.


    For Bonmot… Was that taken at the tele?

    I still thinks she needs a good cleanser anyway. Mind you I’ll take the poltergeist as an excuse as well…lol

    Just look at the clown with Carol Anne looks familiar hey? What about the static on the tele?

    http://accelerate.wombatmobile.com/images/poltergeist.jpg

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 30 at 01:15 AM • permalink

  13. p.s. wish me luck, my first golf lesson rebecca.

    I’ll think of the golf balls as practice to tee off hairy no t-shirt Islamic Sheiks who endorse AFL matches to their goat flocks.

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 30 at 01:26 AM • permalink

  14. me again, my last post before the long weekend here.

    So Pro-Muslim video games shoot at stereotyping.

    Nice propaganda..Named after the disciples of the prophet Muhammad, al-Quraish charts the early spread of Islam by Arab tribes, who conquered the Byzantine empire in Syria and the Sasanid empire in modern-day Iran.

    Now I know why the pope cracked at Hissy at this drongo rum a dum religion.

     

    null

    Posted by 1.618 on 2006 09 30 at 01:34 AM • permalink

  15. Ain’t it lucky, Wronwright, that every single copy of Form NCON 101a is sitting… in a very safe place known only to me?

    One of the jobs of the Chief Minion is, of course, the care and grooming of rare and endangered Forms.

    (Oh, and the feeding, grooming and dentistry of the carniverous books in the ‘Don’t-go-in-there-we-are-being-SERIOUS-this-time’ cage of the VRWC library. Howard the Enceladan does that now, though. Those books are afraid of him ‘cause he has bigger fangs than them.)

    Anyhoo, I’m off home in an MX-5

    MarkL
    Canberra

    Posted by MarkL on 2006 09 30 at 07:11 AM • permalink

  16. My condolences, 1.618, and I am glad you are feeling better now. Some very snappy stuff you’ve been posting.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 09 30 at 07:48 AM • permalink

  17. A word of warning from an old fella.
    Driving an open top car (particularly in Australia and with an anglo-celtic heritage) can lead to black spots on your face which can be fatal.
    I had a 911 targa 25 years ago and the results are only now becoming apparent.
    You can be sitting exposed for hours without realizing it.

    Posted by chrisgo on 2006 09 30 at 07:58 AM • permalink

  18. #17-

    I had a 911 targa 25 years ago-

    A friend of my college roommate’s (too many years ago at a Texas university of higher education) had an old porsche.  Man, what a blast to ride in.  To be honest, I’m lucky to be alive considering how he drove.

    Will a form FEMA MT-1 Request for Letter of Map Revision suffice in place of the NCON 101a?  I simply MUST have a miata to prove my metrosexual chops!!

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2006 09 30 at 08:27 AM • permalink

  19. I’m quite sure a Miata/MX5 is a delightful car if the roads are narrow and twisty and the weather’s generally cool. Here in Texas my boss’s Miata—don’t know the year; it’s schoolbus yellow—is a miserable piece of… well, let’s just say it’s no fun at all on the Interstate at 102F.

    Years ago in Perth I saw a bright red ‘63 Chevy convertible that had been converted to right-hand drive, beautifully (looked better than the factory did.) Now that is what’s needed; perfectly suited to the roads that exist. Add air conditioning and it would work well here, too, as the originals did. I wouldn’t try to take it to Dijon, though.

    Regards,
    Ric

    Posted by Ric Locke on 2006 09 30 at 09:50 AM • permalink

  20. #18 Will a form FEMA MT-1 Request for Letter of Map Revision suffice in place of the NCON101a?

    No.  The prescribed form, filed intriplicate, or no car.  Sorry.  Rules.

    (gives a sad tilting of the head)

    That’s why Andrea doesn’t have one.  That and I won’t give her one, not while she has my Zulu spear in her personal armory.  As I explained to her when she asked for transportation, “the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round ...”

    Mark, that damn beast of yours ate some of the Greek scrolls that the Roman neocons filched from the Library of Alexandria before it was burnt.  Normally I would bitch about it.  But since they were mostly of Metamorphosis and I hate that play, I have no real problem with it.  But it he touches the sealed cylinders with the Sumerian incantations, the revelations of the Watchers to Seth, or the lost Akkadian mead recipes, he will die a long ... cruel ... death.

    Posted by wronwright on 2006 09 30 at 10:36 AM • permalink

  21. That’s not a Frenchman- that’s Elton John’s dad.

    Posted by Mystery Meat on 2006 09 30 at 11:22 AM • permalink

  22. Wronwright’s feeling rather officious today, eh? Somebody joyriding in the Tardis again?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 09 30 at 12:37 PM • permalink

  23. Speaking of cars, here’s a great article in the magazine Popular Mechanics by Jay Leno about a three-wheeled car home-built by a 17-year old kid.

    Jay Remembers the Three-Wheeled Car

    I really liked the end of the article:

    Maybe the best thing about Philbert the Puddle Jumper is that it is a driveable and vital link to a very different time. A kid building a three-wheeled car and driving it for decades is something that could have happened once, but that world is lost forever.

    Just think: In those days a 17-year-old could go to the motor vehicle bureau to get license plates for a homebuilt, motorcycle-powered vehicle. The folks at the office would say, “What kind of car is that?”

    “Oh, I made it myself.”

    “Lights work? Horn work? Okay, here are your tags.”

    Can you imagine?

    Posted by David Crawford on 2006 09 30 at 04:12 PM • permalink

  24. Good god, it’s Bibendum!...

    http://tinyurl.com/f8x4k

    Posted by Toosmoky on 2006 09 30 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  25. He bespecs a certain reality.

    Plus more photos of Michelle Malkin, Vampus and Venomous Kate, in bikinis or otherwise, please.

    Posted by Dminor on 2006 09 30 at 07:28 PM • permalink

  26. Hans Moleman?

    Posted by richard20_bris on 2006 10 01 at 02:00 AM • permalink

  27. He looks like he’s trying to fart in our general direction.

    Posted by Jim Geones on 2006 10 01 at 07:51 AM • permalink

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