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Commercial time: Rotary Turbo

June 30, 2012 in Commerical time by banpei

The Mazda Cosmo HB always has been one of my favorite eighties cars:
Mazda Cosmo HB Rotary Turbo
As a young kid I kept looking through the Mazda brochures my dad once got at the dealership when he was looking for a wagon and regretted he walked out of the showroom without asking for testdrive in the new Mazda 929, the piston version of the Mazda Cosmo HB.

Of course the Japanese version of the car was featuring a lot more than the 929 spinoff we got: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: R31House Wonder Festival 2012

June 29, 2012 in video by banpei

On August 11th this year the R31House Wonder Festival 2012 will take place at the Fuji Speedway.
R31House Wonder Festival 2012

R31House will, obviously, organize the festival again this year and this is their announcement video: Read the rest of this entry →

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WTF: Nissan copied the Toyota RV-1?

June 28, 2012 in WTF by banpei

In 1971 at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota revealed the Toyota RV-1:
Toyota RV-1 in 1971
It clearly is based upon the (back then) new Celica TA22 and got is rear extended with the gullwing windows.

At the same time the bumper, engine hood and headlights look a bit familiar: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Sightings: AA63 circuit action

June 27, 2012 in carina sightings by banpei

Two weeks ago I already treated you on a KA67v drifting on Suzuka circuit and this week I found an AA63 sedan doing a fast grip-style lap on a very famous circuit:
Carina AA63 on a grip-style fast lap
The video looks a bit wobbly but I guess that’s due to the anti-shock software in the camera.

See the video for a better impression: Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Album Treasures: dirty hands Fairlady Z

June 26, 2012 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

On what snapshot in your family album would you be at your best?
Family Album Treasures: dirty hands Fairlady Z
If you love drag racing Fairladies this has to be it: getting your hands dirty on that L28 engine swap!

Found at 0-4factory

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Mazda Cosmo AP as the official FISCO pacecar

June 25, 2012 in brilliant by banpei

Back in 1976 Mazda happily provided Fuji International Speedway a new official pace car for their Grand Championships:
Mazda Cosmo FISCO pacecar
The Cosmo RE-130AP replaced a Nissan Fairlady 260Z (as seen on the right) and held the crown for a couple of years. I think it is one of the most beautiful pace cars ever!

The initial version had rims that looked like (Bridgestone) Zona Spoke 10 rims but then with four spokes. The the later type in this picture featured the Zona FIN-2 rims. This is a picture of the four spoke design:
Mazda Cosmo with Zona Spoke 4?
Anyone familiar with the Zona Spoke rims and recognizes the four spoke design?

Found at X208’s Mazda Cosmo page (@ Minkara)