When the infamous Linhbergh Nguyen of SpeedHunters fame asked me to put together a makeshift Mazda Miata meet here in Houston, I thought to myself, “how in the hell am I going to pull this off?”. It’s no secret that Linhbergh fancies the Mazda roadster, and if you just google “Linhbergh Miata”, you’ll find example after example of his work.
Something you may not know is I just picked up a miata about two whole months ago, as I too, love the Miata MX-5, but have been putting it off for years. I already have enough projects as is, with my RX-7, and S14 cars taking up both my money and time, when I’m not in class. So I wasn’t too sure about how the turnout for this last minute meet would end up.
I posted up this meet on as many local forum boards as I could. It didn’t seem to have a great impact, and luckily for me, someone from the Houston Miata Club saw my post. This person was Stan, a long time friend of mine, and someone that has been around miatas since, well, since forever. My earliest memories of Stan were on the streets of Westhiemer on saturday nights back in the late 90’s with his GReddy turbocharged 1.6L 1992 red Miata. So I knew Stan knew his shit, and he made Miatas his craft. Stan made the call on his Houston Miata Club forum, and with his help, we were able to get a decent sized gathering of Mazda Roadsters through his efforts.
When I showed up to Uptown Park on the west side of Houston, I was the first, and I wanted to make sure I could pick out a good spot in the vast parking lot where we could all be together. Me and Khiem grabbed some refreshments from the Cafe Express, and while waiting for the time to pass, Stan was the first to show, and we had played a little catch up since the last time I saw him years ago.
One by one, the roadsters started to show up, and it wasn’t long before the “other” makes and models made their way to our little shindig. Linhbergh was also relieved that we had a good turnout, which consisted of mainly all Houston Miata Club members. We overheard one of the guys that showed up late, that he was genuinely surprised so many cars showed up with such a last minute announcement.
Something you may notice is that a lot of the cars aren’t “hellaflush” or trendy. The reason for that is the majority of the Houston Miata Club members actually track their cars. This was my first thought when I saw most of the miatas here, and it was a good feeling to know that us Texas guys don’t mess around (well, I was actually the only poser there, as i’ve never raced or tracked the Miata).
In the end, with the cool breeze coming through, it was a great turnout, and more than what I expected thanks to the Houston Miata Club. Linhbergh was gracious enough to post up his coverage of this even on SpeedHunters, so check out his posts HERE and HERE.
Pictures taken by Khiem Pham and Myself exclusively for MaydayGarage.
Be sure to join the Houston Miata Club if you own a Miata in Houston!