It’s late September so that means Mazdafarians everywhere are making a pilgrimage to Irvine, California, home of Mazda North America and SevenStock! Compared to Toyotas and Datsuns, old rotaries are rarer than UFO sightings (this ain’t Oz), but somehow new ones keep showing up.
The festivities began by honoring Sylvain Tremblay, captain of the SpeedSource RX-8. In 2008, when SpeedSource first won the 24 Hours of Daytona, the then-President of Mazda presented him with a daruma. In Japanese tradition, the daruma comes with blank eyes, one of which is filled in when a wish is made. When the wish is fulfilled, the second eye is drawn.
In this case, the wish was for Mazda to bring home another Grand Am GT championship, a throwback to Mazda’s utter dominance of IMSA throughout the 1980s. And lo and behold, this year Tremblay & Co. captured the 2010 manufacturer’s trophy so the daruma now has depth perception!
Classic Mazdas and meshies go together like sushi and wasabi. Epsilons were one of the most popular wheels for old rotaries like this RX-3 due to their favorable sizes in Mazda’s oddball 4×110 PCD bolt pattern.
An amazing example of an Mazda RX-3 SP, a special appearance package for the US market with stripes and aero parts. Could this be the one that was on ebay a while back?
This one was clean yet not too flashy, with a reproduction original stripe decal package. And like the alien-esque Mazda T2000, these trucks always seem to come in various shades of blue.
As Roper says, there the Mazda rotary is one of the few engines that qualify for a “universal engine swap,” meaning it could go into any car without being blasphemous. Here’s an AE86 that’s had its 4AC booted for a 13B.