WHAT’S INSIDE ISSUE #12 OF TOTAL MX-5

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From the Editor…

In the forums recently I saw an interesting thread about the value of an MX-5 for your wellbeing. You can’t help but have noticed that wellbeing is a ‘thing’ these days, and quite a big thing, with manifold paths to achieving it. Normally these paths will lead you to a therapist, or a spa, healthy food perhaps, or a cuddle with a dog or a cat or a horse.

But I’m enamoured of the notion that for people like you and me, petrolheads and MX-5 fans, meddling with our cars and taking them out for a blast on an empty winding road is a means to our own personal inner fulfilment. Non-car folk simply aren’t going to get that, so if the same thought has crossed your mind, be careful of who you share it with. But to me it makes perfect sense.

Example. This issue of Total MX-5 was in serious danger of not making it to the printer. A software glitch had plagued my computer all week and resisted all attempts to resolve it. When I should have been writing stories and taking pictures, instead I was waiting for my Mac to reboot for the umpteenth time, with little prospect that it had cured the problem. Eventually we cracked it, but not until 4.00pm on a Friday.

Frustrated by this ridiculous delay to the magazine’s production, I jumped into my mk1 for half an hour to change the scenery. I went for less than a mile to snatch some pictures of it and do you know what? By the time I stepped out with the camera, a calm had descended upon me. I was smiling.

I looked back towards the car and just felt so pleased that I own it.

The annoyances of the previous five days faded to a distant memory. It was great. I guess you could buy a few therapy sessions for what my MX-5 has cost me to buy and run, but I reckon I get a far greater sense of wellbeing sitting behind the steering wheel at 60mph, than I would from lying on a couch talking about my childhood to a stranger…

We try our best in Total MX-5 to bring you the best quality photography that we can, and I’ve noticed in recent times that some cracking pictures are cropping up on the forums and Facebook groups, too. We’re biased, of course, but we reckon that a photograph is best when you see it in print. So we want to encourage all you budding snappers to send us your most creative shot of an MX-5, and we’ll print our favourite each issue in the back of the mag. Look at our new Photobooth slot for inspiration: you’ll also see how to submit your pictures.

Brett Fraser
Email: totalmx-5@chpltd.com


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