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Review: Monster Garage RX7 Sand Rail
Submitted by SuperUser on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 9:34am

It was horrible to see such a peach of a vert to be destroyed. I cringed when they were ripped off those door panels, i sank low in my seat when they threw the seats out like garbage, I shook my head when they disguarded the perfect condition drop top like it was used Kleenex. And that was just in 5 minutes!


Once the stripping was done with, the show settled into a normal building/reality type-show, with the guys engineering by the seat of of their pants instead of planning and crafting. The arguments between the builders were mildly entertaining at best, while everyone seemed to have no sense of urgency or desire to have the project done, and done in a planned manner. Even as a reality show, it was not that entertaining. I found myself wondering when the pace would pick up. The show went into nearly no detail about the unique engine that powered the RX-7, nor the N20 system that gave it a performance boost. The 'expert' they had to work on the engine said he "never though a NOS system had be installed on a rotary before." (which is wrong, since various Internet RX-7 FAQ's around since the early 90's all mention NOS as a viable performance option, and Dave Gibson did a full write-up on a wet and dry system a good 3 years ago on his FC3S.org website.) One last thing I'd like to add, I am a fan of shows like this, I love Junkyard wars, and Battle-bots, but this episode wasn't that great in terms of engineering, innovation, planning, and strategy.


Then the ending. What a horrible ending, not because of the fact that the RX-7 lost to two purpose built sand rails, but the fact that Jesse acted like a child and destroyed his creation with a 30 cal machine gun. Maybe that's the appeal of the show, to see something like that destroyed, but I though it was just plain dumb and childish. They didn't show much of the race, it was editied like an acid trip, very incoherent, confusing, and short. It was unclear what the objective was, or if there would be multiple rounds or different challenges for the RX-7 to partake in. The show didn't say how badly the RX-7 did, how much it lost by, or if it had failed mechanically.


All in all, it was a waste of a perfectly good vert RX-7, a waste of resources, a waste of $3000+, and a waste of an hour of my time. Jesse's creation was a failure, as well as the show. Rating: ½ Star out of 10.

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subject:
These cars do need a big gara
author:
date:
July 27, 2009 - 3:13pm
These cars do need a big garage to get maintained by their owners. If you have a big garage and you have any sort of problem regarding doors than you must check out the services of Austin garage doors. They are highly professionals and know how to work.
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subject:
spam...
author:
date:
July 29, 2009 - 9:38am
This comment makes no sense unless you realize that it was spam, and we disable the <A> tag...
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subject:
shut up
author:
No Rotor
date:
September 6, 2004 - 9:16pm
it seems all you rotary nuts forgot the ending that the car got. the wonderful dylan minigun mounted on the top of a suburban. i wouldnt have cared if jesse blew the f*ck out of a lambo, so an rx-7 doesnt matter to me. but an hour spent pelting a car with bullets, like come on theres no better entertainment then that, sheer destruction.
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subject:
Losers
author:
No Rotor
date:
August 15, 2004 - 9:12pm
You guys just worship mazdas because you cant handle real power
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subject:
no, jesse james is a pussy
author:
date:
August 16, 2004 - 9:12am
no, jesse james is a pussy
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subject:
Doomed from the start
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
It was a half-arsed mono-wheel design from the beginning. How could that possibly get traction when it didn't have the weight of the car on it? tell me please.

Personally I think it was an opportunity for Jesse and the gang to get some hillbilly viewer points for destroying a Jap car.
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No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I had received a couple emails last year about a reality series that was supposed to air this TV season involving racing in a desert (sand?) type environment and another on ice. I didn't bite for the $15 or $20 fee to be allowed to 'apply' to be a driver. I figured it was a hoax - hope this wasn't the culmination of that supposed race 'series'!?
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subject:
Hillbillies kill a Jap classic
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Hey boys let's see if we can't destroy everything about this car that makes it great, then let's add some NOS with people who've never done that before, then lets remove all the weight from the rear so the mega-wheel can't get any traction.

"... the car weighs 3800 lbs. ...", my ass!
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subject:
BV
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I, too, love to watch this show, but was disappointed.
One non-rotary thought about the episode- The guys that built the car did finish it on time, and it did actually perform. Therefore, they should have been awarded the tools, etc. at the end of the show. This episode did not show them receiving their prize at the end, so we wondered if they got them at all. They may have run out of time, given how much tape was used in destroying the car...
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subject:
Tools?...
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I, too, love to watch this show, but was disappointed.
One non-rotary thought about the episode- The guys that built the car did finish it on time, and it did actually perform. Therefore, they should have been awarded the tools, etc. at the end of the show. This episode did not show them receiving their prize at the end, so we wondered if they got them at all. They may have run out of time, given how much tape was used in destroying the car...
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No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I thought the show was a total waste. "Lets take an RX-7 and make it go on sand." Why? They could have built a race car out of it, a burnout car, anything, even a limo, but hell no. They screwed up.

Then the driving. They showed like 20 secs of it driving, and you couldn't tell if it won or not, and I think that they made up the end part where the dust settles and the RX pulls up in last. Even if it was real, did he really expect to win against 4X4 sand machines? If he did, he's a real idiot.

Let me take a step back. During the stripping, they destroy many parts. If they sold the parts, they could have made probably over half of the $3,000, and a lot of happy RX owners. Not only did they not sell the parts, they appeared to not know what they were doing.

Then comes the end. As the machine gun mounted on a Suburban pulled up, me and my brother gave an "Ohh no, they aren't doing this", but they did. They could have sold the RX for a fair amount, even just put it in a museum or something, but they totally killed it. Inhumanely I might add. It was sickening.

I think the whole show was rigged. There were a lot of things that were odd, like how they had access to that Suburban. The 1 show they have with a Mazda, much less an RX-7, they make a joke out of it. I hope they never get thier hands on another Mazda.

P.S.- Junkyard Wars rocks! I always look in the background for Mazdas, and I've actually seen several. 1 though, was a GSL-SE(I could see the wheels, the rest was kinda hidden) under a military truck that a team used for(if I remember) a wall distroyer(from a while ago). Kinda sad, but the wheels looked pretty nice and shiney. :)

MazKid
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subject:
hmm
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The sand rail that won the competition was a 1200 lb 600 hp car. Car and driver did an article on it about 6 months back.

That sand rail was at least a 20k investment for the sole purpose of throwing sand. The challenge was dumb, the 1 wheel in the back was a dumb idea (it's not going to look stock anyways so just tub it and put big sand tires on the back), and the outcome was incoherent and sad. Totally unimpressed.
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subject:
FC3S.org Owner
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I must agree with Dan (thanks for the plug btw:)

Lets be realistic here, if you want to race a civic against a NASCAR with $3000 budget to make the civic compete at the NASCAR level, would that be even feasible? No.

Quite honestly, if they wanted to make something fun, they should have said here is a $60K V-8 sand rail. Dave and his partner Craig will get $20K to build a rotary rail and then lets race. His ass would have been handed to him piece by piece. Jesse wouldn't have been able to keep the front wheels on the ground. As soon as I saw the drawings they were doing (the drawings were good, just the idea sucked) I knew the project was doomed. Then when the Mazda Recycling guy made the "I don't think nitrous has ever been used in a rotary" I almost puked. Even my wife said, "don't you have nitrous on your cars?" Talk about giving our "clique" a bad name huh? One of the largest Mazda parts places on the earth doesn't even know that nitrous is one of the more popular serious power adders? Has he never talked, read or seen any of the import drag races on TV or at a track? EVERY one of them runs the juice.

Anyway, if you guys want to see an absolutely sickening sand rail, check out our booth at SevenStock this year. I'll just say this...it has a completely carbon fiber body and it would have OWNED "ANY" of the rails out in the desert that day...Oh yeah, and it is registered and is street legal =)

Dave Gibson
www.FC3S.org
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subject:
Doomed
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I propose that all rx-7's and the new rx-8's be given a 'Piss on Jesse James' sticker for the back or side windows.One thing I am trying to look up, Jesse kept claiming the car had 250HP,on a 1990???I remember the 3rd gen w/ twin turbos has 250 HP, but the 1990 was only rated about 210.
P.S.I get the feeling the dude from Mazdarecycling was not mechanic, but just somebody they had available to do the show.
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No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
This show is weak. This episode is one of the worst ever. JJ should get off TV and go back to building bikes, he is good at that.
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subject:
Messed Up
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The end of the show was a sham. I know they tested it twice before that race because they blew the engine the first time because of the NOS. They were supposed to shoot the race at Pismo Beach but because they blew the engine the just barely got it running so that it could lose. Notice that during the race they never mention the NOS being used? They never really got it running it right again. Plus the whole show just sucked along with most of the crew that worked on it.
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subject:
losers
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
whoever gave the show only half a star out of ten should be shot. atleast it didnt die like every other rx7, on the road, in my way. the best part of the show was when he blew it up!
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No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I stand by my rating. It was a W-E-A-K show. Bad engineering, ill tempered jackass who turned into a cry baby at the end.

And what do you mean "Die like every other RX-7 on the road" ?!! Come out to SevenStock and see rotary power for your self.
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