I am writing about "Retro designers can learn from Miata's success" in some editions of your June 17 issue. The story says, "For the 1998 model year, Miata lost its pop-up headlights."
That is impossible because there were no 1998 Miatas. The original M1 design started with the 1990 model (introduced in late 1989) and continued through the 1997 model year. Early in calendar year 1998, Mazda introduced the 1999 M2 Miata with the fixed headlight design. Miatas completely skipped the 1998 model year (similar to the Corvette skipping the 1983 models).
Other than that minor technical error, the article is very complimentary to the Miata, which is a car very dear to my heart. My family owns four Mazdas - two heavily modified, high-performance Miatas, 1992 and 1999; a turbo 626 GT sedan, and a hot V-6 MX-6.
We have been involved with Miatas for more than 10 years and have Miata friends and corporate connections worldwide, including Tom Matano, whose signature adorns the inside of the trunk lid on one of my Miatas.