Touge California: Honoring 50 years of the rotary engine

Our commemorative poster for this year’s Touge California commemorates the calling card of our title sponsor, Mazda. It has been 50 years since the world’s first production dual-rotor engine debuted on the 1967 Cosmo Sport. Our poster honors the historic achievement with the L10A as the hero car, followed by Mazda’s second rotary-powered car, the Familia Rotary Coupe. Normally, our posters take on a rectangular shape, which we will return to next year, but this year is an exception. Those who have been to Mazda’s home prefecture of Hiroshima may recognize some other easter eggs in the illustration. These will be available in the JNC Shop after the event this weekend.

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6 Responses to Touge California: Honoring 50 years of the rotary engine

  1. Jim Simspson said:

    Can’t wait to be able to buy a poster… very nice art work…

  2. CobaltFire said:

    I’m pretty sure I see Miyajima-guchi there, and whoever painted the sunset colors in the clouds NAILED it.

    Here’s a photo of the sunset in that area I took:
    https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-nbQNX62/1/687650b5/O/i-nbQNX62.jpg

    Here’s a photo of the Torii for Miyajima-guchi (that’s my goofy self in the pic):
    https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-p5DStpd/1/6bbc05cb/O/i-p5DStpd.jpg

    I didn’t live in Hiroshima, but was in Iwakuni, about 45 minutes south in Yamaguchi prefecture. Loved it there, and I’ll go back if I get the chance

    • Ben Hsu said:

      Heh heh, look at eagle eyes over here! We know most people won’t notice these details, but it was important for us to get it 100% right for such a special occasion.

  3. mark nguyen said:

    Thanks Ben, Patrick and the whole Touge team for a fun day driving the back roads of SoCal. Really cool to hear and see these classics in action together.

  4. Derek F said:

    Thanks again to the to Patrick, Ben and crew for a fantastic event! And thanks so much to Mazda for their support and the basement tour- so cool!

  5. Myron Vernis said:

    Yes, many thanks to all involved. Great fun, amazing cars and such a wonderful group of people. Heck, it even helped me lose some weight! All in all, close to the perfect automotive event.

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