PH Fleet: Mazda Eunos Roadster


That I'm a big fan of my Eunos won't come as especially shocking news to you. But I'm not the only one in the family, as the lead picture reveals. Yes, that's the Trent clan out for a drive - four brothers, four Mazdas, a whole of fun.

Of course the white one was getting the ribbons
Of course the white one was getting the ribbons
Now, an MX-5/Eunos wouldn't seem the most useful of wedding cars there being a distinct lack of seating for bride, groom and driver and the whole wind-in-the-hair thing apparently not especially compatible with fancy wedding hairdos. But as any poor lady unfortunate enough to marry into the Trent family soon discovers we're a bunch of stubborn gits who'll drive about with the roof down until there are icicles coming out of our noses and we can't actually blink it's so cold.

Just as well brother number two (blue car) chose a summer wedding then. Brother number four doesn't actually own his own MX-5 - yet - but thankfully Rotechniks where brother number three (white car) gets his serviced kindly offered up its red courtesy car to complete the set and have a patriotically flavoured red, white and blue theme particularly appropriate given the groom's membership of the armed forces. Thanks guys!

Meep-meep, the Trents are coming!
Meep-meep, the Trents are coming!
The Trents are in town
So there we were, four brothers, four Mazdas and a very jolly day involving only minor hairdo trauma and a fabulously noisy and overexcitable drive from the registry office in Chichester and along some appropriately twisty Hampshire back roads. On the way we passed a more conventionally equipped wedding party in a Bentley who quite literally turned their noses up at the sight of our little convoy. No matter, we were having more fun.

A diminished party enjoyed another fun drive home the following day and it was nice to get out in the Eunos after a bit of inactivity over the last few weeks. And though it scrubbed up nicely there are a few character features I really must address, the battery leads' unwillingness to stay attached and a bit of a bodged earth among them. It also looks like my undertray needs a bit of attention - well, replacing - and I must, must, must get round to swapping back to the 14s.

Is it nature or nurture to blame for this?
Is it nature or nurture to blame for this?
Money where your mouth is
I'm a total hypocrite on this matter too. I'll blather on about how over-wheeling has ruined Porsches and wholeheartedly and vigorously support the purist less grip equals more fun ethos of the BRZ and GT86. And then bling up my own car, ruin the ride and destroy the balance in the name of running some flashy looking rims. The OZs do look gorgeous. But they thump and clatter into hard-edged bumps my brothers' cars on their 14s simply glide over. And the innocent low-speed skidding is gone too. Curse my vanity!

So if there's anyone out there with a single 14-inch 'daisy' wheel out there taking up space let me know. One of mine is badly dinged and this is the main reason I haven't put them back on.

Dan's silver  car ruins patriotic photo call
Dan's silver car ruins patriotic photo call
And in the meantime I must avoid dreaming of throttle bodies in the wake of driving the fabulous MX-5 GT Concept. Exhaust noise - and there's lots of it on my car - is for show-offs. Induction noise is much classier. But I must be sensible...

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fact sheet:
Car:
 1993 Eunos Roadster (JDM import model)
Run by: Dan Trent
Bought: January 2011
Purchase price: £1,250
Last month at a glance: Eunos joins a Mazda-dominated family gathering at which someone apparently got married


Previous reports:
Look, I was kidding about the downforce, right?
The Eunos returns to Scotland for another road trip
Has Dan killed his Eunos?
Snowed-in Eunos gets a mini facelift
Taxed, insured, MOT'd, re-tyred - it's been an expensive month
Eunos gets a loud exhaust and new suspension
New suspension offered but am I worthy?
Purchase price only half the story...
Open Season heralds rare 'money where mouth is' moment...

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  • Riknos 19 Oct 2012

    Silver being the worst colour for the mk1 unfortunately frown The other 3 colours being the best 3 for it wink

    Regarding Rotechniks - I used them before for work - top guys, don't overcharge, seem to know their rotaries inside and out, would definitely recommend them!

  • noclue 29 Aug 2012

    Captain Muppet said:
    I run a de-PASed PAS rack on my mk1. Steering is a bit heavy at parking speeds and pretty much perfect the rest of the time, pretty much like everything else without PAS.

    If you want to try it just take the PAS belt off and drain the fluid. If you don't like it fill it up and put the belt back on.

    The proper non-PAS rack is a different ratio apparently, and the MX5OC cared about that a lot. I'm happy with my car how it is.
    Good call, Ill try that!

    MX5 MK1 really is a great car, I only bought one for fun as everyone on here was always on about them, and now I make a bee line for it above my other cars, especially if the sun is out!

  • JamesHayward 29 Aug 2012

    bicycleshorts said:
    Wind in your hair at 70mph is a perfect hangover cure!
    I can testify to that smile

  • bicycleshorts 28 Aug 2012

    wst said:
    Having returned from a wedding this very morning and taken a long time to go through a very mild (just protracted) hangover, I can't say the idea of sitting in an Mx5 the day after is as appealing as a big barge.

    But up until that point the MX5 fleet sounds like a much better idea. Reminds me of the Italian Job a bit, only more practical for the bride and the huge dress than a Mini or 3...
    Wind in your hair at 70mph is a perfect hangover cure!

  • HorneyMX5 28 Aug 2012

    cliffie said:
    JamesHayward said:
    Dan I've told you before, 13's are the way! I should have fitted my tyres up within the next couple of weeks. Once that's done take it for a drive and see what you think.

    For everyone else's reference these are what you need...
    13 x 7 Minilites.

    A bit too Euro Look for Dan I feel. Has your stuffed toy thing fallen off the rear towing eye?
    He hasn't got one but you@ve given me an idea! tongue out

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