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5 Historic Rotary Race Cars RUNNING THIS SUNDAY @ Laguna Seca
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 9:29am

This Sunday, Laguna Seca, the 787B will run at the Historics. Running along with it will be: both BF Goodrich Mazda Lolas Cars, the GTO 4-Rotor, the GTU 2 rotor, and the newly restored RX2 Car & Driver Car. All of these cars will do laps at Laguna Seca this Sunday.

If you can't make it out this Sunday, Aug 15th, to Laguna Seca, these cars will all be shown (and started and revved?!) at SevenStock one month from today.

Click through to see pics of the the 787b starting up. Again, from Mazda R&D in Irvine.
















IRVINE, Calif. – On any given race weekend there are more Mazda vehicles thundering around the racetracks of North America than that of any other manufacturer. It’s no wonder then that Mazda racecars have always made motorsports a little more exciting.

This weekend, the tradition carries on at the 2004 Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where seven of the most famous Mazda racecars will appear together for the first time in history. Each of these cars owes its dominance in its respective racing category to the incredible Mazda rotary engine.

On display and turning laps will be:

* The Mazda 787B (overall winner of the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only Japanese car ever to win the endurance classic);

* Two Mazda-Lola T616s (one of which won the C2 class at the 1984 24 Hours of Le Mans, the other finished third in class);

* Two Mazda RX-7s (one was the 1991 IMSA GTO champion, the other was the very first racing RX-7 ever developed and won the IMSA GTU class at the 1979 Daytona 24-hour race);

* A Mazda RX-2 (the very first Mazda to win a professional race in the US in 1973);
And a Mazda RX-8 (currently competing in SCCA T-2, and the latest in a long line of race-winning Mazdas).

“It’s a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the ‘rotor-heads’ to see these incredible Mazdas together for the first time – and all the more special because it’s at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, our home-away-from-home,” said Robert Davis, Mazda’s senior vice president of marketing and product development. “These cars show the progression of Mazda’s rotary engines and motorsports programs. They also show the passion and emotion we build into every one of our vehicles, whether they are driven on a racetrack or into a customer’s driveway.”

Motorsports fans can catch the shrieking Mazda-Lolas, the 787B, the RX-7s, the RX-2 and the RX-8 running demonstration laps on Sunday, August 15th at 12:25 pm. Tickets for the full race weekend are still available at www.montereyhistoric.com.

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