The Mazda MPV made its Japanese debut on January 30, 1990. Eagle-eyed observers might note that this date is two years after it debuted in the U.S. With available seating for 8 and 4WD, it was a unique conscription into the minivan wars, but no one could have predicted that it would become a hip-hop icon. As it happens, our friend Brett Berk just wrote the definitive story on MPVs in rap for an upcoming issue of Road & Track, referencing plenty of lyrics from plenty of artists.
What’s your favorite JNC shout-out in a song lyric?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “How do you scratch your car itch in the dead of winter?“.
There were a lot of good answers this week, almost enough for me to wish I lived in a climate that had lots of snow. Almost. Sean Morris, Alan, and Curtis all agreed that the solution is to live in southern California, or Ian G.’s Florida as the case may be.
For those who don’t have that option, Nigel came up with the very legit activity of parking lot hoonage. Jim Klein did that one better by teaching parking lot hoonage to his son. There are, of course, solutions that provide an excuse to buy something, whether its Bridgestone Blizzaks like BlitzPig, a beater ’95 Corolla like Ben E, or a dual sunroof Previa in which to enjoy a moment of solitude like f31roger.
Unsurprisingly, indoor activities ranked high as well, whether it was watching car-themed YouTube videos like speedie and Jonathon P. waxing your garaged car like Vic, or playing car-themed video games like Tom Westmacott. Taylor C. probably spent his time most wisely by acquiring parts for a project car and patiently waiting for spring to arrive.
The winner this week, however, was Jacob D, who took up the hobby of karting and introduced his wife to the joys of this fine motorsport:
It’s pretty easy to get a 09 Tundra side ways when the roads are all snow and ice.
Also, to scratch the motorsports itch me and my wife have taken up indoor karting here in town. They just opened, started doing league stuff (cornhole, axe throwing, etc.), so we gave the karting league a shot. Turns out she is wicked fast, especially for someone who has little to no interest in cars except through me (and even then I just act like I know what I’m doing). Its been a blast.
The unfortunate thing though, it’s most likely opened up a whole new hobby I’ll spend way too much money on.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!