I’ve not owned my Mazda MX5 long but I took the plunge after getting it and joined the owners club.

So far the experience has been pretty good. My stickers and membership arrived, a couple of editions of their magazine were devoured pretty quickly and I hopped in the 5 with my son and took the jaunt to Bristol for the club’s annual spring rally.

Plenty of modified 5s turned up. Lots of inspiration for the modifier. In fact, I wandered around the owners cars looking for styles that I liked as I embark on modifying mine over the next few years.

There were old and new side by side.

There were some tatty 5s there, like mine, and some really fettled machines too.

The venue was great and a real scene to set the cars in front of.

Camera : Panasonic LX5
Location : Ashton Court, Bristol