The New York Auto Show happens to be one of my favorite events of the year.

Simply because I don't have to go too far. Selfish? Yes.

What's fun about auto shows isn't always the concepts. Sometimes automakers have something to celebrate. In the case of Mazda for 2014, it's marking the 25th anniversary of the well-known Miata. The itty bitty sports car I've never been able to fit into will be celebrated by the Japanese brand in a pretty cool fashion.

Mazda will be displaying 15 Miatas, ranging from concepts to racecars to production models, to show off the colorful history of the world-renowned roadster.

As the go to choice for track junkies on a budget, you better believe that this will be a BIG enthusiast stop over at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Mark your calendar, as the show opens to the public in the middle of next month.

Mazda's press release follows:


- Brand to Feature Multi-Vehicle Display of Historic MX-5 Miatas -

IRVINE, Calif. (March 20, 2014) – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is setting its sights on sun-drenched dreams of spring and summer, and putting plans in place to kick off the winter tires by celebrating 25 years of MX-5 Miata at next month's New York International Auto Show. Showcasing 15 MX-5 vehicles, from auto show concepts to race cars to production models, the Big Apple will host the biggest birthday party yet for the storied two-seat roadster.

"MX-5 Miata is the quintessential Mazda," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. "And after 25 years, every vehicle in the lineup continues to feature some characteristic of MX-5: a fluid shifter, lightness on its feet, quickness around a corner, a fun-to-drive DNA. With all the whiz-bang technology and comfort amenities increasingly added to modern vehicles, MX-5's direct connection between car and driver still remains the standard feature that puts smiles on drivers' faces."

Making its global debut on February 9, 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, the MX-5 Miata won over critics and consumers alike with its styling, handling and affordability. After all, here was a racing-tuned convertible sports car that most anyone could afford – and buy one they did. With more than 900,000 units sold across its three generations, MX-5 continues to be a multi-faceted master of the driving experience. As an enthusiast favorite for deep-diving into S-curves, a smooth weekend coastal cruiser or the vehicle that speed-hungry racing champions aspire to, MX-5 Miata exudes driving with emotion.

The New York International Auto Show opens to the public on April 18, 2014. Mazda will have two display booths located on level one (full-line display) and level three (MX-5 display).

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW: Mazda Plans To Celebrate The Miata's 25th Birthday In The City That Never Sleeps

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