Meet Mazda’s Other Rotary-Powered Icon, the Motul RX-7

Re-shared from Evo on YouTube.

Feeling groggy this Monday? Well, push play and get ready to enjoy the chill up your back, as the sound of the rotary buzz and brap flows from your speakers. In this new video, Evo reviews the RX-7 racecar which won the Spa 24 Hours in 1981.


Mazda RX-7: Turbo vs V8 – /TUNED

Re-shared from /DRIVE

The debate seems as old as time, that being whether it is better to build up the light yet sometimes maintenance-intensive rotary engine, or to swap it out for the cheap, reliable and more fuel efficient V8 power from a Corvette or Mustang. In this video, Matt Farah compares the sweet singing buzzy turbo rotary with one which has undergone the popular GM LS V8 swap. (more…)

I took on the fastest man on the Dragon with a 458 Speciale

Re-shared from Road & Track, text and images by Hollis Bennet

The unmistakable pops and raps of a Mazda rotary interrupt the whip-poor-will’s haunting call. It’s past dusk on a sticky June day, and across the valley, the fleeting light outlines the mountain. The road over there is a half-mile away, cut into the hillside, hidden by a lush coating of sugar maples and hemlocks. > Except for the unseen whip-poor-will and an army of chirping crickets, I’m alone, standing on the same road. A few hours ago, this section of U.S. Route 129, alternately known as the Tail of the Dragon (or simply the Dragon), was clogged with Harleys and gawking tourists. But now it’s empty, to the wildlife and the man in the Mazda. > His headlights break through the trees every few seconds. He’s driving hard, big downshift blips, each upshift coming at what sounds like redline. I’m listening for a mistake, a break in the engine’s sweep or the screech of a sliding tire, hoping he’s not as good as the locals claim. > After all, I came here to beat him. Read More…

VSR Motorsports Grand Opening

One of my favorite local speed shops, S&R Performance, merged with Vortex Motorsport recently and on Saturday night my wife and I attended the massive grand opening of their new shop, VSR Motorsports. (more…)

Down on the Street: Rotary Grocery Store Edition

On another grocery run, I just ran across this black FC in the same lot that I saw the FD in, the week before last. A Turbo II model, which appeared to be stock. The body seems pretty straight, except for the door on the other side. It may have had a run in with a guard rail at some time in it’s life. Overall, it’s in pretty nice shape for a car that roughly hits a quarter century in age this year.

Straight Stance: Low Low Flush Show V.1

To quote the title of the old Monty Python spinoff, “and now for something completely different.” As I mentioned previously, a few weeks back when I went to Cars & Coffee at duPont REGISTRY, there was a stance car show the very same day, just a few hours later. This isn’t the typical performance-focused content that I feature, but this was the first meet of this particular title/series, so I decided to check it out. (more…)