Fine weather greeted the first ever Simply Mazda, held in the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, which was a resounding success, with around 400 Mazdas, spanning a range of models, descending on the Beaulieu attraction to participate in the event. Vehicle owners had a fantastic day meeting other Mazda enthusiasts.
In addition to individuals bringing their Mazdas to Beaulieu for the day, members of the Mazda Rotary Club, RX-8 Owner’s Club and MX-5 Owner’s Club joined the event in force, displaying their stunning array of Mazdas in the picturesque parkland. Mazda MX-5s seemed to be the most popular model at the event, with over 200 turning up for the day.
A selection of the best vehicles were chosen to take part in a cavalcade around the parkland, showing off some of the finest examples of the marque. The winner of the Pride of Ownership Award was Graham Kett, from Midsomer Norton, with his unique Mazda RX-8. Despite sporting silver and grey camouflage paintwork, this vehicle stood out from the rest, and Mr Kett was awarded with a Beaulieu trophy and £100 prize money. Mr Kett is a member of the RX-8 Owner’s Club and has had the vehicle from new. He took the vehicle to the 2010 Le Mans rally, and it went to almost every Japanese car show last year to help raise money for the charity, Help For Heroes.