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#B4B14: Meet the Car Dealer Magazine MX-5 Very Special Edition

Time 9:42 am, October 10, 2014

Let me introduce you to one of Car Dealer Magazine’s Bangers4BEN entries – the Blackball Media Mazda Mx-5 Turbo Type-R M Power Sport Edition.

Our H-reg 1.6-litre Mazda is looking pretty tidy now thanks to Wraptition. Chris Davies has worked his socks off to help us prepare our car in time for Bangers4BEN and the carbon fibre wrap looks brilliant.

Over the last few weeks we’ve given the car a good shake down. It cost us £500 from some dodgy character on eBay and when it turned up I set fire to brakes after a test drive down the road. Apparently they weren’t in good shape.


After a trip to our friendly mechanics it’s had two new tyres, new brakes at the back and something else technical that went over my head when they told me.

I’ve been concentrating more on the important things – like the badging. I’m sure we’ve added 34bhp AT LEAST with these beauties…

Other optional extras have included fluffy dice (because it would be rude not to), an on-brand Blackball Media gear knob, and an absolutely brilliant Sony MEX-N4000BT stereo. Our friends at Halfords installed it for us and our first impressions are that it is awesome. It boasts Bluetooth, CD player and a radio (remember them?).

I’ve also had to modify the graphics to account for a last minute change of co-driver. Former Car Dealer staff writer and now Blackball Media Super Tech Video Website Geek Jon Reay is now in charge of programming the sat nav.

We’ve managed to get our hands on a TomTom sat nav thanks to the nice people at Halfords. Hopefully the Go 50 model – modelled here by my glamourous assistant (clothes, model’s own) – will get us there without detours via Norway.


And we’ve invested in some mystic help to assist us in our decision making. The Blackball Magic Eightball will be helping with all our important decisions – shall we turn left? Shall we eat McDonald’s now? Is this really what the French class as a motorway service station toilet?

At present. though, it’s not being particularly helpful…

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And we’re hoping our ‘lucky’ keyring will get us there unscathed. This was sent in by our friends in Luton wishing us well for our charity trip. I am, of course, lying. We had to buy it. With actual money…

You can follow our exploits every day of the rally on this website, while updates from our teams will be posted on the Bangers4Ben Twitter feed. Also follow @CarDealerMag and @CarDealerEd for the latest on the trip.

Car Dealer will be reporting live from the #B4b14 Bangers4BEN trip everyday so check back over the weekend for updates on the adventure. A full feature will appear in Issue 81 of Car Dealer Magazine out in mid-November.

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James is the founder and editor-in-chief of Car Dealer Magazine, and CEO of parent company Baize Group. James has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years writing about cars and the car industry.

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