Dear Car Guy: Engaging with the CS Fam

Dear Car Guy,

I was admiring how different all of your rides are. As a general statement, there are lots of ways to make your baby unique and personalize it to your style. At CorkSport, we try to do the same thing with our brand, our name and our reputation.

We love when we hear back from you that we’ve done great things with customer service:

  • Following up with your questions via email, phone calls, Facebook, forums, and face to face.
  • Sending out a little bit a joy with some of your packages.
  • Supporting you when something goes wrong and keeping in touch throughout your order fulfillment.
  • And just being a part of the conversations that happen within the Mazda platform.

We want (and try) to get you to engage with us too!

You frequently make us laugh by telling a joke or letting us know what you’re thinking in the comment section that comes with your order.

WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU and often we find a fun way to show you that we read your note, joke, sarcasm, or saw that you had a question.

Here are some of my favorites from recent months:

Jennifer sent out a “few” valentines to bring a smile and some happiness when you opened your order:


Our shipping team drew on some of your packages:


We sent out some extra goodies for you and your loved ones:


And we even shared a little bit of Mazda history with you!


We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! It makes the day go by that much faster and gives us an opportunity to really connect with you and figure out what we can do to best serve you and your ride! We’re here to help by bringing knowledge, parts, supplies, support, and hopefully good-natured humor and joy every once in a while!

ALWAYS leave a comment in your order. The more original you are with your notes, the more fun we can have in return!

Thanks for passing along the joy! Stay safe, stay fast, stay happy!

Kim Russell-01

What It Means to be a Car Girl

Lindsay Cardwell's Mazdaspeed.

Most of my car parts were purchased from local and distant NATOR and installed with local or distant NATOR. None of the work on my car, outside of an oil change or two, has been done by a car dealer of any kind.

Our car girls know how to get shit done.

What does being a car girl mean to me?


It means you’re willing to get your hands dirty, walk away in clothes covered in dirt, coolant, and maybe even some oil, shed some blood, tear some skin, get gasoline in a few cuts, get frustrated, cuss a bit, and want to give up. It means you’re going to get frustrated, throw a few things, make some stupid mistakes, ask some stupid questions, and you’re going to get laughed at. But even after all of this, at the end of the day, you’re still there trying to help others, trying to learn, and not trying to please anyone but yourself. You’re not trying to get attention from everyone or impress everyone, but you’re there because you’re working towards a goal — whether it’s for speed, the look of your car, or just to make some friends that share the same interests. It also means you’re thankful for the help that was given to you and willing to give the same help in return.

There's no stronger bond than a Mazda family bond.

Three years ago, I wasn’t the same person I am today and I can thank these guys and gals I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for over three years for that. They’ve helped show me what it means to be a true car girl and they have accepted and loved me even through my stupid mistakes and questions. Now I have a friend group that is more like a family.



Lindsay Cardwell

Occupation: Administrative Assistant/IT Help Desk, Car: 2012 Mazdaspeed3

Car Modifications: COBB AccessPORT, COBB Intake System, HTP, CP-e TMIC, Autotech Internals, Forge V2 BOV, Speed Daddy Down Pipe, Corksport Axle Back Exhaust, Saikou Michi OCC, Edge EGR Blockoff Plate, Corksport Lowering Springs, JBR 88 Duro RMM, JBR 80 Duro TMM, JBR 70 Duro PMM, Whiteline RSB, DamondMotorSports Short Shifter Plate, JBR Shifter Weight, Maisonvi Turbo Bolt, NGK Plugs, Rally Armor Mud Flaps, Corksport Rear Bumper LED’s.

Car Girl is More than Just a Title, It’s a Way of Life

CorkSport Car Girl, Fae, shows off her MS3 and shares what it means to be a car girl to her.

I have always enjoyed cars. I had a large Matchbox collection growing up, but I never really considered myself a car enthusiast prior to meeting the group of Nator locals that I have the pleasure of knowing now.

Honestly, I wasn’t aware Speed3s (or Mazdaspeeds of any type) even existed prior to helping a friend car shop and talking them into getting a 2012 Speed3 we had looked at. From that endeavor, I was brought along to my first Nator meet. At first I was kind of boggled at the concept. I’m sorry, you wanna go to some random person’s house that you met on a forum and let them put parts on your brand new car, in exchange for some beer? That was almost 3 years ago. Now I own my own Speed3, which I learned to drive manual for (a feat I thought would always be lost on me), and have made friendships near and far. I have traveled to parts of the country I wouldn’t have seen unless I had a Nator meet calling me there. I’ve learned so much from this community in the 3 years I’ve been involved, none of which would ever have crossed my mind.

Car girls get shit done!

As you can imagine, although I appreciated cars and lusted after the ones I dreamed of owning, I was not handy with a wrench in the slightest. All of the mods on my car are explicitly possible because of my friends in Nator. I helped with the installation of many of them, but would’ve been lost without a mentor looking over my shoulder, telling me exactly what to do and having the patience to work with me. For that, I will always be thankful and hold a lot of respect for them, and most importantly, cherish the type of brotherly love that comes from bonding over a mutual interest.

The Speed is a badass car. Every day I drive it, I smile. I think of where I am now, where my car is now and what trials and tribulations that have brought Cosmo (yeah I named my car, step-off!) and I this far. However, THE COMMUNITY is what really sealed the deal. I wasn’t looking for a car when I bought my Speed — I wanted to bond with this amazing and knowledgeable community of people from all different walks of life, and geek out over these cars!


It’s not about the free/damn near free parts from my Nator Bros (this is a blanket term for EVERYONE within the community male and female alike), it’s not about labor at the price of some beer and food, it’s not about being noticed, it’s not about being the best whatever, it’s about realizing there is knowledge, BOAT LOADS OF IT. It’s about respecting that and helping with whatever you can. Whether you’re a parts runner or looking at a car for someone not in the area, or loaning/giving parts and services to others in need, you know you’re helping the community. You’re paying it forward in the ways you are able to and doing your best to grow yourself. THAT is what being a Car Girl means to me.

I have seen intense days and nights of labor on jobs, that would take most people weeks to complete, be completed within hours or days simply because a brother was in need. MULTIPLE times. I can include myself in this count, my car needed an emergency clutch job unexpectedly. Between the community scrambling to get me a list of parts I needed and lending the ones they had already laying around, to working late into the night to get the job done, I had my car back within a day of it going down.

It’s the real deal. Respect it and you’ll have a family to laugh, cry and share stories with for years to come and all you need to do is just be cool. Be one of them. Nothing special. The community is already special as a whole.


Fae Lunsford

Fae is a Systems Integrity Rep (Inside Sales/Administrative) and owns a 2008 Mazdaspeed 3.

Modifications: COBB V3 Accessport, Corksport Intake and TIP, Fidanza Flywheel, Autotech Internals, Damond Motorsports RMM, Ultimate Racing Test Pipe, Bilstein B8 Shocks/Struts, COBB Lowering Springs, Forge V1 BPV, Rally Armor Mud Flaps, Maisonvi Custom Shift Knob & Phate Tuned.