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CLUB HISTORY

The Mazda MX-5 Club of WA Inc. has been running since 1990. The strength and longevity of the club is a testament to all the club members we've had over the years. Without countless hours of dedication, without passion, commitment and friendship this club our club wouldn't be so successful.

Thank you to all.

A huge thank you to Ashley Price and Sandra Pullman for compiling this document.

If there's an item of interest you feel should be added to this list of club achievement please e-mail webmaster@MX5Club.com.au

1989

  • 28th October, Mazda MX-5 released In Australia

1990-91

  • President: Peter Randell
  • Vice-President: Ian Lewis
  • 6th November, inaugural meeting called by Brian Butterworth, State Manager Mazda W.A. to set up a club for MX-5 owners in W.A.
  • 11th November, fFirst club run - observation rally to Houghton's winery organized by Mazda WA
  • 12th November, first Edition of our club Newsletter
  • 19th November, first club committee meeting held in Mazda WA's boardroom
  • 6th January, first club drive - to Quindanning Inne for lunch
  • 5th May, first club involvement in a motorkhana with the Porsche Club

1991-92

  • President: Peter Randell
  • Vice-President: Hans De Corti
  • 27th August, first AGM
  • 14-15 September, first club weekend away - to Wongan Hills for a farm stay
  • 26th October, first charity run - PMH children to King's Park for BBQ & games
  • 10th November, first Mazda Mania - motorkhana organized just for MX-5s and subsidized by the Mazda dealers
  • 24th November, 1st Anniverary meal - lunch at the Yanchep Inn

1992-93

  • President: Peter Randell
  • Vice-President: Hans De Corti
  • 2nd Anniversary dinner 30th October held at Mindarie Keys Resort
  • Inaugural Club Person of the Year award: Ash Price
  • 13 March, first 'new members' event - BBQ in King's Park
  • 16 August, first Motorkhana Championship State Round run by the MX-5 Club
  • September, Ian Lewis & Di Quin-Conroy entered in Team IOOF
  • 11-14 September, first AEM Classic Rally - MX-5 Club team [Peter & Rob Folland; Peter & Gayle Randell; Ash Price & Hans De Corti

1993-94

  • President: Ian Lewis
  • Vice-President: Ash Price
  • 3th Anniversary dinner held at the Vines
  • Club Member of the Year: Denise Towie

1994-95

  • President: Ian Lewis
  • Vice-President: Ash Price
  • 4th Anniversary dinner 9th July held at Royal Perth Yacht Club
  • Club Member of the Year: Sandra Pullman
  • 1st - 4th April. Inaugural National MX-5 Clubs meeting (NatMeet) held in Adelaide.MX-5 Club of WA wins National Championship Club trophy; Best newsletter; Best car in concours (judges' choice); Best still photograph; Most improved driver at Mallala; Winner of single gear event at Mallala

1995-96

  • President: Ian Lewis
  • Vice-President: Ash Price
  • 5th Anniversary dinner 8th July held at WA Turf Club
  • Club Member of the Year: none

1996-97

  • President: Ash Price
  • Vice-President: Archie Lind
  • 6th Anniversary dinner
  • Club Member of the Year: Ian Lewis
  • Second NatMeet held in Canberra
    WA won the sprint & hillclimb competitions @ Wakefield Park

1997-98

  • President: Ash Price
  • Vice-President: Graeme Martin
  • 7th Anniversary dinner - City West Function Centre 5 July
  • Club Member of the Year: None
  • Club newsletter changes name to MX-press from June 1997

1998-99

  • President: Ash Price
  • Vice-President: Graeme Martin
  • 8th Anniversary dinner held at Matilda Bay Restaurant 17 July
  • Club Member of the Year: Mike Meynert
  • Club newsletter has first colour pictures in July 1998 issue
  • Membership exceeds 100 for the first time - at 98 in Dec 1998, & 108 by Mar 1999
  • 3rd NATMEET held in Queensland at Easter 1999

1999-2000

  • President: Graeme Martin
  • Vice-President: David Phillips
  • 9th Anniversary dinner held at Royal Perth Yacht Club (Freo) 6 Aug
  • Club Member of the Year: Andrew Wong
  • WA Club’s website www.mx5club.com.au is established
  • 4th NATMEET held in Victoria at Easter 2000

2000-01

  • President: David Phillips
  • Vice-President: Anne Murray
  • 10th Anniversary of the MX-5, Repeat of the inaugural Houghton’s run
  • Club Member of the Year: David Phillips

2001-2

  • President: David Phillips
  • Vice-President: Andrew Seinor
  • 11th Anniversary dinner held at Royal Perth Yacht Club 17 Aug
  • Club Member of the Year: None
  • 5th NATMEET held in South Australia

2002-03

  • President: Andrew Seinor
  • Vice-President: Sandra Pullman
  • 12th Anniversary dinner 2 Aug
  • Club Member of the Year: David Turk
  • Editorial/Production team of Bob Sharpe & Simon Corston take over the club newsletter

2003-4

  • President: Andrew Seinor
  • Vice-President: David Turk
  • 13th Anniversary dinner held at Darlington Estate Winery 5 Aug
  • Club Member of the Year: Andrew Seinor
  • 6th NATMEET held in NSW

2004-5

  • President: David Turk
  • Vice-President: Simon Corston
  • 14th Anniversary dinner held at Gala Restaurant Applecross 17 July
  • Club Members of the Year: Bob Sharpe & Simon Corston
  • 9 Feb 05 beginning of the informal monthly after work "tech chat/social get-togethers",initially hed at Wheelspin in Welshpool
  • First issue of full colour MX-5 Club Calendar (2005)

2005-6

  • President: David Turk
  • Vice-President: Simon Corston
  • 15th Anniversary event - lunch & display Peel Manor
  • Club Members of the Year: Robyn & Vaughn Thompsett
  • 7th NATMEET held at Kooralbyn, SE Queensland

2006-7

  • President: David Turk
  • Vice-President: Simon Corston
  • 16th Anniversary dinner at Boardwalk Restaurant, East Freo 9 Sept
  • Club Member of the Year: Leslie Proctor
  • MX-5 Club wins 3rd place for "Best presented stand" at the Whiteman Park Car Show

2007-8

  • President: Simon Corston
  • Vice-President: Sandra Pullman
  • 17th Anniversary dinner held at South of Perth Yacht Club 17 Aug
  • Club Members of the Year: Aart ter Kuile & Alan Wallace
  • 8th NATMEET held at Beechworth, NE Victoria
  • Club’s constitution revised & made available on club website

2008-9

  • President: Simon Corston
  • Vice-President: Sandra Pullman
  • 18th Anniversary dinner
  • Club Member of the Year: None
  • Club newsletter offered in pdf format to members with the Sept/Oct 08 issue
  • 27 April - first MX-5 Club "Funkhana" held at the AHG Driving Centre

2009-10

  • President: Simon Corston
  • Vice-President: David Turk
  • 19th Anniversary dinner
  • Club Member of the Year: Barrie Parker
  • 20th anniversary celebration of release of MX-5 in Australia, Mulberry on Swan 1 Nov
  • Club newsletter moves into full colour production with the March/April 2010 issue
  • 28 Sept - inaugural MX-5 Club Autotest round at RAC Centre, using club’s own electronic timing system
  • Membership exceeds the 150 mark for the first time in Jan/Feb 2010
  • 9th NATMEET held at McLaren Vale in South Australia

2010-11

  • President: David Turk
  • Vice-President: Barrie Parker
  • 20th Anniversary dinner held at Oxford Hotel, Leederville 23 Oct
  • Club Member of the Year: Warwick Gates
  • Rerun of the original MX-5 observation rally & drive to Houghton’s winery 7 Nov

2011-12

  • President: Barrie Parker
  • Vice-President: Gary Wotzko
  • Club Member of the Year: Carol and Don Messenger

2012-13

  • President: Barrie Parker
  • Vice-President: Gary Wotzko

2013-14

  • President: Barrie Parker
  • Vice-President: Aart Ter Kuile
  • November 2013 Mazda WA removes their financial support of the club and no longer provides a committee meeting / AGM location.