Car envy and Stormy Blue paint
Jun 09 2011
, stormy blue
I've had my new MX5 in Stormy Blue for a couple of weeks now, and I've noticed a couple of things.
Firstly - and trust me, I love cars - the Mazda has completely cured me of 'car envy'. It's lovely to look at, is nippy and handles well, and I really can't think of anything I'd prefer to drive. For instance, flying along a country road with the roof down, wouldn't I prefer a 911 cabriolet, or an ragtop Ferrari, perhaps? Well, no, to be honest. Too big, too wide, too expensive and, in most circumstances, too fast as well. I've owned a Porsche, and how many times could I use all that power? Not very often. Once or twice at Knockhill. But on the open road? Not really. Also, people often resent the Mazda (you see it in their eyes - it's called jealousy), but they positively HATE you if you're in some piece of exotica.
Secondly, Stormy Blue? I think it's gorgeous, but my God this is the most delicate, scratch-prone finish I've EVER come across. You touch it, it's scratched. You glance at it through a window one-hundred yards away, it's scratched! Honestly, why do we continue to cover cars - designed for a pretty tough life through all seasons - with paints which are so awful at dealing with the slings and arrows of everyday life? Anyway, that's my little moan - you may disagree.
In the meantime, I'll continue to annoy people by enjoying my little car while they sit in their tin boxes and fume.