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Mazda and the Road to Le Mans

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In fact, you could argue that the Mazda rotary engine’s road to Le Mans actually began way back in 1967 when Takayoshi Ohashi – Mazda’s main Tokyo distributor – set up his own race team and tuning workshop. Calling his new firm ‘Mazda Sports Corner’, Ohashi ran cars both nationally and internationally. By 1982, Mazda [...]

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The Cass Files – Performance ‘Oriented’ – Mid-to-late ’80s Japanese Hot Hatches

April 24th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last time we looked at the development of the hot hatch from the early 1970s through to the mid-1980s. Although design during that period had been progressed mainly via the European manufacturers, by 1983–4 some of the Japanese manufacturers were beginning to move into that market segment. While VW with the Golf Gti and Peugeot [...]

1980 Mazda RX-7 – Rotary Reborn

October 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

After dipping their toes into a revolutionary new concept in automotive engine design with the Cosmo Sport 110S, Mazda quickly generated a desire to see their development of Felix Wankel’s engine supplanting all traditional, reciprocating-piston power plants. As a result, use of the new engine spread rapidly through Mazda’s existing model range. Alas, this big [...]

1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S – Rotary Renaissance

October 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The father-and-son team of Gavin and Myles Hicks are well known within local classic-car restoration circles, and over the years many concours-winning cars have emerged from their well-equipped home workshop. Together they can tackle virtually all aspects of restoration, including everything from mechanical rebuilds to spray-painting. Additionally, Gavin is a dab hand with a sewing [...]