Author Archives: Dave Yuan

KIDNEY, ANYONE? The Subaru Impreza WRC test car that you can’t have

Above is a press photo from 1997 of the then-newly debuted Subaru Impreza WRC, built to the new World Rally Car specification that replaced Group A rules. Though similar in livery as Subaru’s older works Impreza and Legacy, this model would go on … Continue reading

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50 YEAR CLUB: Mazda Cosmo Sport and Rotary Engine

Like it or not, the automotive industry is a highly conservative one. Advances are incremental, radical innovations few and far between. Amidst this seemingly depressing state, however, genuinely novel and creative ideas that challenge convention catch our attention and imagination … Continue reading

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NEWS: Historic Mazdas make more history at Concours d’Elegance

Ah concours d’elegance, an age-old tradition in the world of classic automobiles. It’s an aristocracy long impenetrable by anything but the most time-tested and pedigreed works of art. Mazda just made history by taking home wins at not one but two major concours … Continue reading

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Mazda museum to open in Germany, first outside of Japan

A museum dedicated to classic Mazdas is about to open in Augsburg, Germany. Operated by Auto Frey, a Mazda dealer in the Bavarian city, and with support from Mazda Germany, Frey’s Mazda Classic Car Museum promises to be the first and … Continue reading

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BACK ROADS: The HD Mazda 929

Mazda is on a roll these days, their current products heralded as best-in-segment in every class they compete in. Their designs have been stunning, especially in contrast to the current trend of excessively decorative styling, and their driving dynamics are top … Continue reading

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Mazda restoring its first production passenger car, the R360 Coupé

Back in early 2015, Mazda embarked on a restoration project of a 1967 Cosmo Sport. As we reported, it began with the company desiring to instill the Mazda spirit in the carmaker’s next generation of employees through close study of heritage, … Continue reading

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Why don’t we hop in the Hako and go skiing?

Turn that surf line into a ski line. Hakosuka! 

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MOTORSPORT: Inaugural Mazda Miata Heritage Cup inducts MX-5 into vintage racing world

Vintage racing offers a glimpse into the past — a fantasy world in which all the most interesting and beloved cars don competition equipment and make music on race tracks. It’s like Downton Abbey for car enthusiasts. Needless to say, we at JNC … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Racing Beat at the 24 Hours of Daytona

The passing of Racing Beat cofounder Jim Mederer dealt a blow to the community of rotary and Mazda enthusiasts. In remembering the accomplishments of Jim and his shop over the years, we were reminded of the magnitude of their contribution to … Continue reading

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RIP Jim Mederer, 1942 — 2016

2016 may be over, but we’re sad to report that on its way out an already tough year has claimed yet another luminary from us. Jim Mederer, co-founder of the renowned Mazda tuning house Racing Beat, passed away on December … Continue reading

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25 YEAR CLUB: FD3S Mazda RX-7

Here we are at the end of 2016, twenty-five years since 1991. Think back, what do you remember of MCMXCI? The Gulf War? The end of the Bubble Era? Many of us remember the year quite fondly because it represented a kind of … Continue reading

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Birth of a Legend: Acura turns 30

Acura, purveyor of “Precision Crafted Performance,” turns thirty this year. While the days of GS-R and Type R Integras are no more, there’s no denying the impact Acura had on JNC history and car culture. For many of us who … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2016 SevenStock celebrates 19th year as world’s premier rotary Mazda gathering

SevenStock just completed its nineteenth showing. Befitting its namesake, the event is a festival for and by the rotary Mazda community and the largest such annual gathering in the world! Once again throngs of brapping Mazdas occupied the tarmac of … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from JNC

What’s the scariest thing to the owner of an old car? Having to pop the hood. You never know what you’re going to find under there. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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SEMA 2016: Mazda Miata concepts

It’s that time of the year, the automotive spectacle that is SEMA is almost upon us. Manufacturers have begun to preview their builds soon to debut in ‘Vegas. For their part, Mazda just dropped a pair of special MX-5 Miatas.

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ART CORNER: Make your own Mazda Cosmo Sport

Corporate reports are the best! Said pretty much no one. Imagine our delight then when we found some cool and fun stuff as part of the latest Sustainability Report from Mazda: a make-your-own paper craft lineup.

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EVENTS: Celebrating one million Miatas

Now in its eighth year, Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has become one of the keystone annual events for Miata enthusiasts in North America. It famously celebrated the 25th anniversary of the world’s favorite roadster two years ago with … Continue reading

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Paris Motor Show: 2017 Honda Civic Type R

So the very-close-to-production prototype of the Honda Civic Type R was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last week. And, from what Honda has told us, it’s actually coming to the US this time. There’s absolutely no doubt that the the car is … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your most creative automotive storage solution?

We’ve all been there before. You need a part, it’s impossible to find, next thing you know there’s an entire parts car competing for real estate in the driveway and lowering property values throughout the neighborhood. Or, perhaps you are simply way too … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Beautiful 1981 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon

Before “Confidence in Motion” and “The Beauty of All-Wheel-Drive,” Subaru was marketed in the US as reliable and economical. But as today’s kidney car demonstrates, the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industry was long a pro at making singularly awesome … Continue reading

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