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Every Day is ‘A Wicked Good Time’ for this 18-year-old MX-5 Owner

Celebrating 30 Years of the MX-5 Miata begins with celebrating our fans and their stories. We asked owners and enthusiasts from around the country to submit their MX-5 stories to celebrate the debut of the 30th Anniversary MX-5 Miata at the Chicago Auto Show.


After two years of hard work and dedication, 18-year-old Jamie Rouvalis was able to purchase his dream car--a silver 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata A-package with a limited slip differential.

Though he’s only owned the MX-5 for just a few months, Rouvalis isn’t a stranger to Mazda. He’s previously owned a 2002 Protege and a 2008 Mazda3 but was ready for something smaller and sportier. Rouvalis wasted no time finding the perfect MX-5.

“I felt a connection to the car when I first saw it,” Rouvalis said. “It has popup headlights, which I love, and had a hardtop.”

Rouvalis explained that his MX-5, which he named Esperanza, has shown him a new perspective on life, both literally and figuratively.

“She handles corners great,” he explained. “She takes me places I've been before with a whole new way of seeing things: through the glass of her windshield.”

One of Jamie’s favorite drives has been in New Hampshire, driving through the winding streets and beautiful scenery.

I drove just over the border from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and it was a really nice day out,” he explained. “Although it was mostly highway driving, it just felt nice going cruising down the highway. When I got off the highway to get to the place I was going, there were a ton of really awesome windy roads without any traffic. That drive just felt really good.”

There’s only one way this Bostonian could explain all of his adventures in his MX-5.

“It’s just a wicked good time.”

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