We’ve been so hung up on the Mazda T2000 that we almost forgot that today was MazFest 2009! Imagine rolling into the car show with that behemoth. Or better yet, taking it on the road course at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway! Actually, we were content just to observe and report on the cars that were there.
Surely the first thing you noticed in the leading photo was the flat black RX-3 at the JustRotary.com booth. It just sat there, waiting to pounce on any hakosuka that dared crossed its path. Behind it was a metallic gray RX-2 and FC RX-7 convertible.
Here’s an swap not commonly seen – a 2.3L MX-6 V6 stuffed into a 323 hatch. Made possible with a MX-3 crossmember, it makes for a pretty slick sleeper (closeup of the engine bay in the gallery below).
Here’s a little bit of history. The old school rotary wizards at Racing Beat developed this aero kit back in the 80s with lessons gleaned from their many top speed runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This kit even made it onto the cover of Car & Driver magazine.
This flared first-gen reminded us of the RX-7 that Kev posted and everyone fell in love with a while back. It sang with the baritone of a street-port 13B and the driver was absolutely tearing up the track!
The FC can pull of a versatile selection of costumes and still look sharp in all of them. This one is decked out in 17×10 HRE wheels in the rear tucked under a Tripoint Engineering widebody kit.
The Mazda Owners Club of California, which put on the event, opened up the track sessions to all manner of cars, which is how this pair of silver Nissan Zs appeared, separated by three generations.
The Celica GT-Four was a limited-production AWD version of Toyota’s ST185 WRC rally cars. True to mid-80s Japanese fashion, a treatise of the engineering marvels contained within was splashed across the side in a techish font.
It had flare-filling Kodiak three-piece wheels and carbon fiber flares and bumpers from Motorsport Auto.