The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the world’s best-selling roadster and a popular platform for conversions, but a young man in Japan named Eroko had a different idea about what to do with his, transforming it instead into a food vendor from which to sell roasted sweet potatoes.
Based out of Yokohama, Eroko has become a fixture of the city’s food scene since introducing his unusual setup, which he calls the RodoPot — a portmanteau of “roadster” and “potato.” Eroko has always been a fan of wacky car conversions, and it took him about $4,700 to convert his Miata NC into a mobile vendor.
Eroko says he was inspired when he saw someone selling noodles out of a luxury car when he was younger, and after Jalopnik wrote an article about his Mazda Miata food vendor, has come to style himself as “Lord Rod.” It might seem a little pretentious, but Eroko has become a minor celebrity thanks to his car, as users follow his Twitter account to discover where he is parked each night.
To make the car work as a food vendor, Eroko had to import a tow hitch and rear basket from outside of Japan, then find a shop he trusted to install them. In the basket he carries extra potatoes, cooking supplies, and wood to burn.
You might not be making a food truck out of your Miata but it has style and performance you can’t beat. Stop by Hiley Mazda of Hurst to test drive the Mazda MX-5 Miata today.