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Last Weekend: 787B + 6 other Historic Rotary Racers
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, August 16, 2004 - 12:04pm

The Monterey Historics at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are the largest event held during the renowned classic car weekend in Monterey California. More than 40,000 visitors worldwide annually attend the Historic Races, which greatly supports the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula's (SCRAMP) contribution to local charities. At the races last weekend, Mazda was able to do something no other Japanese Car Maker was able to do: Display and RUN 7 winning race cars at the Historics. These cars were:

  • The Mazda 787B (overall winner of the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans, the only Japanese car ever to win the endurance classic, 4 rotor);
  • 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, 2 rotors);
  • 1st Gen Mazda RX-7 (the first racing RX-7 ever developed and won the IMSA GTU class at the 1979 Daytona 24-hour race, 2 rotor)
  • 2nd Gen Mazda RX-7 (the 1991 IMSA GTO champion, 4 rotor)
  • A Mazda RX-2 (the very first Mazda to win a professional race in the US in 1973, 2 rotor twin dizzy)
  • A Mazda RX-8 (owned by Robert Davis, Sr. VP of Mazda, currently competing in SCCA T-2).
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subject:
Dan/Berny, Many of us in t
author:
No Rotor
date:
November 4, 2004 - 5:12am
Dan/Berny,

Many of us in the Rotary Community were unaware that Mazda was planning a huge reunion of it's classic racecars at this year's Monterrey Historic Event. Please let us know in advance of these events in the future. I've wanted to attend the Historics, and this would have been ample justificaion for spending the extra cash to show up to support Mazda and these historic classics.
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