With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, let’s take a pause to acknowledge the automotive things that make life worthwhile. Maybe it’s that perfect Craigslist find that you scored before the wolves got to it, or the friends who lend a bloody knuckled hand in the garage. Perhaps it’s the fact that some of you lucky ones can go out to the driveway and find your dream car looking right back at you.
What car thing are you most thankful for?
As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your best JNC moment of this fall (2016)?”
There were several great tales this week, from Yuri‘s Wangan drive to Byron‘s east coast meet to Gerka‘s reunion with a Celica he thought was totaled. But a 30 hour round trip to pick up one’s dream car tugs at our heartstrings in the best way. Congratulations, Jason!
My moment of the summer is when I finally got my hands on my dream car.
I’ve a thing for Mazda sports cars. My first car was a ’91 Eunos Presso V6, which I still have and is my everyday car. I’ve an ’84 RX-7 and I’ve a ’90 Eunos Cosmo, complete with a 20b and a manual conversion. But I still needed something a bit more retro. I co-run the Japanese Retro & Classic Ireland club, and it seemed a little wrong that I didn’t have something with chrome bumpers in my garage. Preferably a rotary-powered Mazda. At the start of the year, I set the goal of having a Mazda RX-2, RX-3 or RX-4 coupe in my shed, with the RX-4 being the most desirable to me. The RX-4 is my ultimate dream car, “the one”.
In May of this year, a cousin of mine sent me a link to a 1974 RX-4 for sale on carandclassic.co.uk, and it just so happened the owner, Terri, and I had a mutual friend – Brad at Triple B Engineering (who rebuilt my 20b and carried out the manual conversion).
I immediately got in touch with Terri through Brad. Unfortunately Terri had already given her word to another person that she would hold the car for them. I pretty much gave up on my goal at that point, as prices in Oz, NZ and Japan continue to rise.
A few months later, I got a random Facebook message from a guy in Somerset, UK. He said he had heard I was interested in an RX-4, and am I still in the market. The guy turned out to be the person that got to Terri’s RX-4 before me a few months previous, and was looking to move it on. I immediately said yes, and started organising plans to get the money together and collect it.
We left home, in the East of Ireland at 6am one Saturday morning, got the ferry to Fishguard and began the 4 and a half hour drive to find my dream car. We found the location very easily, and set our sights on the tragic but beautiful RX-4, which had just been dumped in field on a farm.
The car was as described and came with a van and car load of spares. We loaded up and began the return leg of our 30 hour round trip. Driving and sailing back to Ireland through the night, we got my new RX-4 home safe and sound.
There’s a few issues with the car – drivetrain and cosmetic body work are the main concerns. But most importantly, the car is complete plus very valuable and rare spares, and is extremely solid. With retro j-tin like this, that’s really 80% of the battle.
I’m aiming to have the RX-4 ready for next summer. Sitting here now, it still feels surreal that I’ve been able to find the car that had felt so unattainable not so long ago. Surreal, and wonderful.
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