In the early 1980s, former motoring journalist and wild man Bob Hall sold the vision of a traditional British-style roadster to Mazda Motor Corp. President Kenichi Yamamoto. Although his Japanese masters regarded him as effectively out of control, Hall became the MX-5’s senior product planner. Hall says he won’t shepherd Miata for Proton. Mazda’s brilliant Miata sports car – 700,000 produced and counting – owes its existence to an American whose encyclopedic knowledge of cars (and ...

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