|The California Automobile Museum, in conjunction with the Sacramento Area Miata Owners Association, is proud to present An Evening with Tom Matano,
designer of the first generation MX-5 Miata, to be held at the museum on November 2, 2019.
Participants are invited to “Cruise-In” starting at 4:00 PM. A “Cars & Coffee” atmosphere will prevail with food trucks, refreshments, displays, photo ops and museum
tours available. Pre event guest access and a press conference will precede Mr. Matano’s presentation. 100+ MX-5 Miatas of all generations are expected to cruise
to the Museum on that evening in celebration. Our title sponsors, Mazda of Elk Grove and the newly opened Mazda Roseville will be on hand to showcase the latest
generation of Miata, completing the 30-year lineage of the model.
Ticket prices are $27.50 for museum members and car club members and $35.00 for all others.
Mr. Matano has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive industry, holding design positions at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, GM Holden Limited in
Melbourne, Australia, and BMW in Munich, Germany.
In 1983, he joined Mazda’s North American Studio as a Chief Designer. From there, he went on to become Executive Vice-President of Western Operations for
Mazda Research & Development North America, and Executive Designer & Director of Mazda North American Operations.
From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Matano worked at Mazda’s headquarters in Japan as an Executive Designer in the Global Advance Studio, overseeing efforts for Japan,
Europe, and North America. Eventually he was named General Manager of Mazda Design in charge of all Chief Designers.
His accomplishments at Mazda include the 1993 RX-7 and Miata, in addition to many other projects produced by the design teams he built and managed. Since 2002,
Mr. Matano has been committed to becoming an educator, using his diverse knowledge and experience to enhance the Industrial Design program at the Academy of
Art University in San Francisco, now ranked #4 in the Red Dot World Ranking of Industrial Design schools.
Located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, the mission of the California Automobile Museum is “to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its
influence on our lives.” The museum is open to the general public from 10am to 5pm, every day except Tuesdays, when it is closed. It is also closed for Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids under five. School tours are also available. Contact Visitor Services for a rate
quote. Museum memberships are available for an annual fee of $49 for an individual up to Executive Level Memberships, which include special features and bonuses.
The Museum also offers donated and consigned cars for sale to the general public.
The museum collection boasts 130 cars on regular display of which 60 cars are owned by the Museum. There is also a car club cavalcade featuring a rotating monthly
display of up to five cars from local car clubs. Several times a year, special exhibit displays featuring approximately twenty cars join the regular collection. With an
annual attendance of over 60,000 visitors a year, there is something to entice everyone from children to adults, car enthusiasts to the car curious.
|An Evening With Tom Matano - November 2, 2019