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The Miata of the Month from

May 2012

Fransis Meester and Ahura, her 1990 Miata


Congratulations to Fransis on the selection of Ahura as the May MX5 Miata of the Month!

I am 22 years old. Ever since I was 12 and I saw a Miata pull up in a parking space beside my mom's old Chevy that was rotting apart I've been in love. I live in Alaska and there really aren't that many Miatas up here, probably because the summers are short and mostly everybody I know now who owns a Miata will not drive them in the snow.

My first car was a 1988 Mazda MX-6 non-turbo. I loved that car! I'm sure most teenager's abuse their "first cars" a little and man I'm telling you that car went through hell for me. Eventually it gave up the ghost and overheated one day so I ended up selling it to a good friend. So as the years went by I have stuck to Mazda cars hoping that one day I would get my chance to be the proud owner of a first gen "NA" Miata.

I joined a local Miata club here in Alaska about a year ago. Mike, the founder of the club, was aware that at the time of joining I didn't have a Miata. I was driving my 2006 Mazda6. Some people want the next most expensive, flashy car to sport around in, but my dream car has always been a Miata. Eventually, I got a message online from Mike that he had an NA Miata for sale and asked me if I was still looking for one. I almost fell over from excitement and was like oh yeah I am interested!!

I was going to wait until a few days later to go look at it, but I was itching to see it so my husband and I went out that night to see it. When we got there it was sitting in some snow, but it was love at first sight. Pretty red exterior with a black top. My two favorite colors.. what a score! We got the key and she fired right up. As for me, I have never actually sat in a Miata before so that was my first try. I sat down in it and felt like I became part of the car. I have driven quite a few different cars, but none that made me feel such a connection. Mike says, "so what do you think?" I said, "consider it sold!!"

We have had our first Miata for a month now and I find myself randomly opening the door to my house to admire it. I still can't believe that I am the owner of a cherry red 1990 Mazda Miata. I am as happy as a kid in a candy store. There truly is something about a Miata that draws you to them and I think it is definitely more than just its looks.

Fransis Meester


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