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NAIAS Wrapup
Submitted by SuperUser on Friday, January 11, 2002 - 12:00am

This is the final report from Detroit. If you have not done so already, take a look at the pictures from Day one or Day Two, read the interviews with Tom Matano and
Mark Fields. Once you have digested all of that, read this full article for my thoughts, impressions and commentary about the new Mazda Sports Saloon, the RX-8. The feel free to leave comments, or feedback at the bottom of the article.

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A Conversation with Tom Matano
Submitted by SuperUser on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 12:00am

There was a second interview done at the autoshow, this one with car nut, and all around great guy, Tom Matano. He is best know as the father of the Miata, and is "always inspired." I had met Tom a few times before, the last being at Sevenstock 4, just a month or so after his back surgery. He came out to Sevenstock, and had a smile on his face, ear to ear... dispite the surgery. Read the full article for the interview, and stay tuned tomorrow, as I wrap up the autoshow, summerize things, give some numbers that I found, and conclude things with links to everything done this week!

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Interview with Mazda President Mark Fields
Submitted by SuperUser on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 12:00am

I had a chance to interview Mazda President Mark Fields at day two of NAIAS, after the RX-8 unveiling. If you keep up with this site, are subscribed to the big RX-7 list, or visit the RX-7 forum, you might have seen my request for questions to ask Mr Fields. I got an overwelming response, many duplicates, but here are the questions I asked in the 15 minute session I had with the president of Mazda. Click here or the link below for the full interview.

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Day 2 of NAIAS
Submitted by SuperUser on Tuesday, January 8, 2002 - 12:00am

Update 6:00 pm EST Photos are in from Day Two. I will wrap things up tomorrow with a full report, interviews, and comments on some of the key photos.

Webcast live from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,
Tuesday January 8, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. EST.

The 2003 Mazda RX-8 is a sports car enthusiast's dream come true... the
next-generation Mazda Renesis 250-horsepower rotary engine, a 50:50 weight
distribution, a low yaw moment of inertia, free-style doors and room for
four adults.

The all-new 2002 Mazda 6 takes midsize vehicle performance to a higher
level... the new Mazda I4 2.3L DOHC 16-valve engine, contemporary sport
styling and design, a newly developed platform and suspension, world-class
occupant protection and a spacious, functional interior.
Watch the webcast live at the link above, after, check back here for pictures, and later today or tomorrow, look for your questions asked to the Mazda Execs!

Update: The press conference is over, and the interviews have been completed. Even though the conference only talked about the RX-8 for 2 minutes, the attention after was all on the RX-8. About 80 percent of the press were gathered arond the RX-8, not the main focus of the conference, the Mazda6.
I had two long interviews with Tom Matano and Mark Fields, 1/2 hour each. I will transcribe the interviews, and should have them ready later tonight or tomorrow morning.
I can tell you one thing now, Mazda is very aware of the online community now, and have truely made the RX-8 the best it can be for what it is: the Sports Saloon (new classification).

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Reporting LIVE from NAIAS
Submitted by SuperUser on Sunday, January 6, 2002 - 12:00am

For the second year in a row, we will be reporting live from the floor of NAIAS in cold Detroit! A complete gallery of pictures will be posted, and a good possibility exclusive interviews with the designers, and planners of the RX-8 will take place. If you have a question to ask, please Email them to me before Wednesday.

I hope the load of the server will be somewhat better handled this year, with the images server being on a dedicated T3. Enjoy the reports from Cobo Hall this week!

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Winter Wankel Wonderland 3 (WWW III)
Submitted by SuperUser on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 - 12:00am

After an unsuccessful attempt at getting a Laguna Seca track event in December for the RX-7 community, we now have another opportunity to try and make a go of it.

Aaron Tachibana has been kind enough to offer us a chance to run with him at his newly confirmed February 5th date at Laguna Seca. We are hoping to make this not only and RX-7 event but, an all Mazda track day. If this date doesn't work out, we could join Aaron's March 25th 6th Annual Mazda event at LS but, this is mostly a Miata event and it fills up really fast as Aaron only runs a maximum of 75 cars at his event. Cost: $325.
Read the full article for a typical quick overview of how Aaron runs his events. It should answer most of your questions. Email Dan, Berny, or Aaron for questions, info, or RSVP's

[ login or register to post comments | read more ] Steins Available until Jan 1st!
Submitted by SuperUser on Wednesday, December 26, 2001 - 12:00am

Our supplier has once again made available the popular RotorFest Beer Steins! These steins are very high quality, and makes a prefect gift to the rotorhead you forgot to give something to durring the holiday season. Time is running out FAST, so get over and order yours today! After the first of the year, these steins will not be available.

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Another New Book! "Mazda Rotary Down Under"
Submitted by SuperUser on Monday, December 17, 2001 - 12:00am

A new book is ready to be published down under. "Mazda Rotary Down Under" is 350 colourful pages that recount the rotary engine's 30 years of success in virtually all motorsport disciplines, including circuit racing, hillclimbing, rallying, rallycross, speedway and drag racing.
From the Publisher's Website:

"The brainchild of Napier accountant Chris Denby, 'Mazda Rotary Down Under' has been written with the full backing and cooperation of a contingent of established motorsport names such as Rod Millen, Neil Allport, Bill Shiells, Allan Woolf, Don Grindley and Ron Kendall, plus help from many other prominent drivers. Chris has put a total of almost three thousand hours into the project. The result, a superb compendium of Kiwi motorsport, has been well worth the wait. Its 350 colourful pages are crammed with history, superb photographs, technical information, personality profiles and results, all described in an easy-flowing and highly readable style.

But it's not just a one-eyed view of rotary engine achievements. Just as it's impossible to tell the story of Noah without mentioning the ark and all the animals, the rotary story cannot be told without reference to the Escorts, Datsuns, Toyotas, Audis, MGs and others that make up New Zealand's motorsport heritage.

Ordering information can be found at the bottom of this page.

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The Wankel Rotary Engine: A History
Submitted by SuperUser on Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 12:00am

A new book is set to be published in January of '02, titled The Wankel Rotary Engine: A History by John Hege. At 182 pages, 78 photographs, figures, and notes, the book traces the WRCE to its roots by Felix Wankel, trough the 50's to present day.

Here is a summary from the publishers website:
"Conceived in the 1930s, simplified and successfully tested in the 1950s, the darling of the automotive industry in the early 1970s, then all but abandoned before resurging for a brilliant run as a high-performance powerplant for Mazda, the Wankel rotary engine has long been an object of fascination and more than a little mystery. A remarkably simple design (yet understood by few), it boasts compact size, light weight and nearly vibration-free operation. In the 1960s, German engineer Felix Wankel’s invention was beginning to look like a revolution in the making. Though still in need of refinement, it held much promise as a smooth and powerful engine that could fit in smaller spaces than piston engines of similar output. Auto makers lined up for licensing rights to build their own Wankels, and for a time analysts predicted that much of the industry would convert to rotary power. This complete and well-illustrated account traces the full history of the engine and its use in various cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles and other applications. It clearly explains the working of the engine and the technical challenges it presented—the difficulty of designing effective and durable seals, early emissions troubles, high fuel consumption, and others. The work done by several companies to overcome these problems is described in detail, as are the economic and political troubles that nearly killed the rotary in the 1970s, and the prospects for future rotary-powered vehicles.

John B. Hege is an automotive technician in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who has followed the Wankel rotary since his and its early days.

It should sell from around $35, it is not Yet Published, but should be available by 01/2002.

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Holiday Special - TII PLush Toys
Submitted by SuperUser on Tuesday, December 4, 2001 - 12:00am

For a third year, we are proud to bring you the RX-7 TII Plush toy, just in time for the Holiday Season!! The Plush Toy is Red in color. These Toys were given out with test-drives of the 10th anniversary at Mazda Dealerships around the SouthWest US (and other parts)

It is about the size of a football, red, made out of cotton and cotton filler, and has a 10 year history of the RX-7 from 1978-1988 printed on the bottom. It even has a little spoiler on the back.

This is the ideal gift to someone who owns a 10th ann RX-7, other 2nd gen RX-7, or any rotary enthusiast!! $14 plus, buyer pays shipping cost of $5, USPS Priority Mail. Total is $19. I will only accept paypal (I'm a Verified Member), unless you Overnight me a Money Order, and send me the Tracking number of UPS, FedEx or USPS via email so I know it is on the way...

Mazda sold them for around $25 several years ago, and I've seen them sell in that range on eBay. $19 including shipping is a steal!

Special! For $7 more, you can get a LARGE T-Shirt for a total of $27
Visit the Store @ for ordering details!

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