Jinba Ittai is Mazda’s expression for the “oneness between rider and horse” in relation to the experience of driving the Mazda MX-5.
It is awarded annually at the absolute discretion of the Club President.as recognition of the “oneness between a Club member and the Club” to a member or members who have provided outstanding service to the Club over the course of the previous Club Membership year.
The award may be presented to multiple winners in any given year, or the President may decide not to make any award. All current financial Club members, other than the incumbent President, are eligible for the award.
A nominee must:
- have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Club during the Club Membership year
- display a general attitude and overall demeanour that reflects a dedication to the values of the Club as expressed in the Club’s Statement of Purposes and Rules
From 1995-1995 to 2006-2007, the award was known as the Club’s “Outstanding Achievement Award”, It was re-named the Jinba Ittai Award from 2007-2008. These outstanding members have been award recipients to date:
|Outstanding Achievement Award|
|1996-1997||Chin Eng Yeap|
|1998-1999||Coral & Will Campbell|
|2001-2002||Joan & Ken Read|
|2002-2003||Steve & Lillian Woolmer|
|Jinba Ittai Award|
|2007-2008||Joan & Ken Read|
|2009-2010||Janette & John Todd|
Karen & Ian Bradshaw
|2021-2022||Bob de Bont|