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The Mazda 2 Lifestyle Drive Experience • Prologue

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As I sit here on the runway waiting to fly to Chicago, where I’ll have to run to catch my connection, a short hop over the pond to Montreal, I reflect on the reason I was chosen by Mazda for this trip. Why I have the dubious honor of driving the new Mazda 2, before even the press has a chance to get their slavering mitts on it.

According to Mazda I am a key influencer. But what is a key influencer? Is it a fan? A outspoken proponent? A blogger with tens upon tens of loyal readers? A sweaty, tall guy with a megaphone and 5 or 6 people who will grudgingly listen? I’m not sure really, as all of the above descriptions could apply.

If you were to ask me, I guess I would sort myself into the fan group. I have always had a lot of respect for Mazda as a company and a brand. My first car was a Mazda GLC afterall, and I did everything in that car. Ask anyone what the greatest car in the world is; they may say Bugatti, Lamborghini, or Ferrari, but deep down they all know which one it really is–it’s the car that gave them their first taste of freedom, the ability to go where they wanted, when they wanted. First cars have a huge impact on everyone, just ask my writing partner and wife.

Also, Mazda has always done a great job of taking care of the people who race their cars. A fantastic contingency program with discounted parts and support. It’s a great thing for someone like me, who owns two dedicated Mazda race cars and drives a further two in various series.

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