2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club is IMRRC Raffle Car
“We are extremely grateful to Mazda North American Operations for donating this super-popular car for our annual raffle,” Tom Weidemann, IMRRC executive director, said. “We’re going to make someone very happy when they win an MX-5, which has been described as the ‘world’s favorite roadster.’ Especially happy knowing he or she gets to pick the color of the car. ”
The drawing of the winning ticket will be on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Center, located at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen. The winner does not need to be present. Tickets are $60 for one or $100 for two. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Center at (607) 535-9044. We also offer a printable form that can be mailed with a check or credit card information to 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen, N.Y., 14891. Online ticket purchases are not an option.
The car is worth $33,135. The winner must pay all necessary taxes prior to delivery.
The annual car raffle is the Racing Research Center’s major fundraiser. The Center has been offering an annual raffle car since 2000, and in 2007 the prize also was an MX-5. The Center is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
“We’re confident that the popularity of the MX-5 will mean a very successful fundraiser for the Center,” Weidemann said. “And knowing that the MX-5 is the most prevalent car in club racing today is exciting. That’s a great tie-in to our work preserving and sharing the history of motorsports.”
In a news release announcing the 2016 models, Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO Mazda North American Operations, said, “MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for the rest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design and technologies. Jinba Ittai—oneness between driver and machine—defines the MX-5. It’s a philosophy that has led every decision we’ve made toward bringing the MX-5 back to the basics that made drivers fall in love with it 26 years ago when the first generation debuted.”
About the “most popular sports car of all time,” Car and Driver magazine’s Tony Quiroga wrote last fall: “It’s gratifying to know that the Miata continues to stay true to the original, which itself stayed true to the Lotus Elan. It’s still a small sports car. It’s still big fun. It’s still a toy. Best of all, it still makes us happy.”
The MX-5 Miata Club model offered by the IMRRC boasts SKYACTIV-G 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with variable intake valve timing, 155 hp, 6-speed transmission, black cloth convertible top, sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, push button ignition and Bluetooth® hands-free phone & audio.