Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
It goes without saying that the first-generation MX-5 is one of the greatest cars ever built. Distilling the carefree ethos of numerous classic British roadsters into a compact and elegant two-seater, stuffing in some mechanicals that are both playful and, importantly, reliable, and selling it all for a reasonable price was a masterstroke for Mazda, and that's why you see them everywhere. They're hilarious to drive, too - such, such fun. If you haven't tried one, you really should.
Now, one of the key attributes of the car is that it has pop-up headlights, and that instantly makes any car cool. So one might argue that removing this feature would detract from the car's appeal somewhat... however, a concession can happily be made for the Pit Crew kit. The car you see here has had the full Pit Crew treatment, which involves reworking the nose to add a pair of low-slung fixed headlights, while the rear gets some equally retro tail-lights flanking a fresh number plate orifice that gives the back end an almost Ferrari-esque aesthetic. The NA MX-5 was always about tapping into the classic spirit of the roadster genre, and this treatment takes that notion to its logical conclusion - it looks like it's fresh from a 1960s race paddock. And I want one.
Spotted at the 2015 Bromley Pageant - more photos here.