Mazda Rotary Sports History Video

And now for your viewing pleasure, a video packed with fantastic footage as it covers the history of rotary-equipped Mazdas in racing. Part 1 is an overview that culminates with the FC RX-7, apparently the newest rotary car at the time the video was made. Part 2 really gets cooking as the Savanna RX-3 takes on the hakosuka Skyline GT-R. In Part 3 we see the Savanna RX-7′s rise to international glory in the IMSA series, which just happens to be the subject of JNC magazine’s Issue 3 cover story. Parts 2 and 3 after the jump.

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9 Responses to Mazda Rotary Sports History Video

  1. banpei said:

    I love the wacky 80s synthesizer background music! :)
    Do I see Motaharu being beaten in his #6 Skyline on the Fuji Speedway? Amazing! :D

  2. colink said:

    Brilliant videos

  3. j_c said:

    Always love footage of the Cosmo Sport.

  4. j_c said:

    Also, check out part 2, RX-2 and RX-3 in action on the track!

  5. koich said:

    Oh man, I used to have this video on VHS. Wonder what happened to it??

  6. burabuda said:

    i seem to recall that the rx3 beat the hakosuka gt-r in like one gp race, but that’s saying alot!

  7. j_c said:

    burabuda:

    It was actually more than one race. The first time at Fuji 1971 was a bit of a fluke, but the next year they pulled a 1-2-3 over the Skylines. The RX-3 racked up 100 victories in Japan by 1976.

    From JNC’s blog:
    http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/blog/2007/07/25/racing-the-rotary-part-2/

    From Mazda:
    http://www.mazda.com/mazdaspirit/rotary/motorsports/index02_04.html

  8. redseven said:

    Awesome video, never seen the Hako battle the Rx3,
    I believe the Rx3 stopped the Hako from winning 50 consecutive wins.

  9. BlownArrow! said:

    I sooo Love this website………..!

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