What is it?

Last week's photo showed the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata, a sports car that spawned a number of imitators after it debuted 20 years ago.


The two-seater was called the Miata for years, then the MX-5, and now the MX-5 Miata -- at least, on the company's Web site.

Whatever you call it, you can see the whole car with this week's review.

Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Larry Garner, of Augusta, who wrote:

"Many refer to as the 'NC' body style. The MX-5 has been the most successful sportster on the market, selling almost a million cars since its introduction in '89.

"My wife and I have a '97, the last year of the 'NA' body. I call it the most fun-per-dollar car to own and drive. There are Miata clubs all over the world (including here in Augusta) with one of the most popular forums on the Internet."

Mr. Garner wins a gift from the Marketing Department of The Augusta Chronicle.

Other correct readers included:

AIKEN: Bob Hardt, who wrote: "Neat little car. I emphasize little, as I am almost 6-5 and cannot fit in one. Lots of performance, handlingwise, for the money, and drop-top motoring to boot."

AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles, who wrote: "This was not easy to identify because there are so many others on the market that are very similar. The closest is the Ford Mustang GT, but the model I read about is a 2010."

CUMMING, GA.: Chris Rhodes

EVANS: Wayne Wilke; P.J. Rodgers, who wrote: "I like the PRHT (power retractable hard top) version better"; and Bill Harding, who said: "Beautiful car."

HEPHZIBAH: Christopher Fuller, Eddie Cleaves and Jason Wright, who wrote: "This car is recognized as the spiritual successor to the English sports car -- only with Japanese reliability."


WARRENTON, GA.: Nolan Kent

This week, let's do things differently. Tell us what the vehicle pictured is. We don't need the year, make or model, just the name it is commonly known by. Here is a hint: This vehicle isn't KITT or the General Lee, but it does have a unique name. Another clue: The license plate says "SCV 1."

If you know what it is, call (706) 823-3419 or e-mail glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us; we had to leave out some names because you didn't tell us how to spell them.

You have until noon Wednesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly. Thank you.



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