CC Outtakes: 2007 Mazda Pi – When A Mazda3 Isn’t Quite Enough

Many of us have at least one friend or acquaintance that has to do things, have things, or even simply be, just a little bit extra.  There is nothing wrong with that.  The Extras of the world make it such a more interesting place on this giant, revolving blue and green orb than it would be, otherwise.  There is plenty of straightforward sanity, logic and reason that exists otherwise to balance things out.  The owner of this Mazda3…er, Mazdaπ is likely a student of nearby Loyola University, given the Texas plate out back.  A math major, perhaps?

I mean, seriously, though… why have just a Mazda3 when you can outrank (outsmart?) them all simply by referencing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter?  After all, this model, with its circular bezels in its taillamps, was a styling job very much of its time.  Think about it for a second.  There was a time from the late ’90s through the mid-00’s when it seemed like pretty much every, major automaker had at least one vehicle that had circles or circular themes in their taillamp lenses.  This gimmick trickled all the way down to the 2003 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, which is as no-nonsense a workhorse as they come.  This was an effect not unlike seeing your favorite, heretofore conservative uncle show up to a family gathering sporting a new, dangly earring in one lobe.

Whatever, though.  One must admire the creativity that went into the execution of this idea on this Mazda.  I can imagine the conversation in the nearby dorm room or off-campus apartment.  “You know what, Man?  I had this idea…”  “Cool!  I’ll let you know when I make my next Target-run so you can pick up those stick-on numerals.”  As a working adult in my mid-40s who pays the mortgage with a job in the insurance and financial industry, I could advise the owner of this vehicle to make friends with numerals for as long as he or she can, but I realize that could come across as cynical or even condescending.  Instead, and perhaps if I see the owner/driver out and about in the neighborhood, I’ll simply congratulate them on having found a way to have their Pi and eat it, too.

Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

For related reading about the Mazda3, check out this great piece by Tom Halter.