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Mazda 767B

Mazda 767B

 

What are legends made from? Are they made from innovation, ambition or will? I think legends are made when someone or something is remarkable over and over again. When something or someone is timeless in their actions that they leave an imprint on the minds of everyone they have come across.

 

The Mazda 767B falls into such category when it featured in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1989.

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Mazda started with the 767 after replacing the 757 with the older 13G 3 rotor to a newly designed 4 rotor 13J engine producing around 600hp. The 767B arose from upgrades to the 767 and began racing it in 1989. The 767B was successful for Mazdaspeed although not noted for winning Le Mans where the 787B took that title in 1991 under the control of Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot.

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While the 767B may not have won at 24 Hour Le Mans it still holds a cult fascination and that may have increased due to one still being driven around the world by one incredible person Senji Hoshino. I had the privilege of both seeing and hearing this legendary machine at World Time Attack 2014 where Hoshino-San brought his pride and joy from Japan to Australian shores for the crowds pleasure. Mr Hoshino-San acquired the Mazda 767B after it being gifted to him for his service working on the cars while they competed in Le Mans by Mazda.

 

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Looking at the wide sculpted body, huge slicks and a large GT wing that happily sits not out of place one can quickly understand what an amazing machine it truly is and why its revered around the world.
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While some might argue the car is too precious to be drive and better suited to the safety of being on display, Hoshino-San had other ideas and expressed how much joy he gets from actually driving the car rather than leaving it as a display item. A raw bark greeted most that were standing there when the mighty 4 rotor was fired to life and that famous rotary pulse was even more menacing and angry when coming from a race version motor, with the 4 rotor angrily pulsing Hoshino-San proceeded to guide the car to the track entrance and to much delight of the crowd, edge it forward for a few warm up laps.

 

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Hearing the 767B scream through the straights and those backfires echo on the corners was a sound I will never forget. The music from that engine was incredible and everyone there young or old was in ecstasy from hearing something so amazing.

 

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There is promise that Hoshino-San will be bringing the legendary 767B back to WTAC in 2015 and I can only hope that he will return because its not everyday you get to see a legend up close and personal.

 

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D1NZ Round 3 – ASB Baypark 2017

With a custom course yet again laid out through meticulous planning and a whole load of concrete, D1NZ turned up the heat with another banger of a round.

Fans were in for a treat with the latest round, featuring a American styled banked corner to really push the drivers and see how close they could get before disaster. Early on in the day, many drivers were testing the limits with some trading paint and others fiberglass but coming away fairly cleanly. Tighter sectors towards the end of the course meant technical skills played a huge part rather than straight horsepower, and while many of the competitors handled the course well, some found the dirt a little too enticing.

Fast forward on to the main battles for Pro Sport and we saw some amazing driving from brilliant individuals who really pushed the limits of the concrete course with wall rides and door to door action. Pro sport was tough with good competition between the drivers, Zac Barlass calming the top spot in his beautifully presented S14 and Cody Pullen-Burry taking home second in the ‘CREEPN’ S15. Calvin Clark battled brilliantly throughout the whole day and took home a much deserved third place.

Pro winners fought hard to place the way they did, with most of the fan favorites bowing out early on in the top 16 and 8 battles. Course layout and misfortune I think played a part in the early dismissals however, regardless of the outcome, Cole Armstrong put on more than a show to ensure the crowds were thoroughly satisfied. Taking home the honors for round there was Tom Marshall in the Evergreen S15, second being Andrew Redward who drove his beautiful FC so well throughout the whole day and was fast becoming a formidable competitor as the afternoon got on. Finally third was secured Adam Davies and his much deserved first career win in the Mimico S14.

All in all I can honestly say the custom courses that D1NZ have created so far have been outstanding and while they are growing still into a bigger and better competition, the level that the drivers and the courses are at currently, make for some amazing drifting.

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Demon Energy D1NZ Round 5 – Christchurch

Wet and dreary was the start of Saturday practice for everyone who turned up to the Mike Pero Motorsport park in Christchurch. Wind chill was unpleasant but more so than not was the looming rain heading over for Sunday.

 

Everyone none the less tottered along for scrutineering and car prep before tearing up the track to get their angles and clipping points sorted. Mike Pero track layout was beautiful, with some lovely linked turns that lead ultimately to the cambered, sunken final sweeper that provided plenty of smoke with brilliant close chases. Saturday practice was brilliant with the weather clearing allowing the guys to get out and push their cars to the edge. Some accidents did happen sadly, with one highlighting why Motorsports have such strict rules. Two perfect cars (a AE86 and a beautiful S13) colliding after the S13 driver spun out and the AE86 was unable to stop, the impact was a very solid hit as the AE86 with speed came to an abrupt halt on the rear of the S13. After walking over to view the towed cars in the pit area it was clear to see the reason for roll cages. Aside from the cosmetic damage, the door was pushed inwards toward the driver and only stopped due to the cage being in the way, had the roll cage not been present the door would have no doubt crumpled further which may have injured the driver.

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While some accidents happen, majority of the trouble was with people getting their angles wrong and using up some of the run off area, the Australian drivers took a few laps to get used to the layout but once sorted, they wasted no time showing off some trans Tasman style!  A 350Z with a pair of sizable turbos sticking out of the bonnet, a pair of immaculate S15/180SX’s, a throaty FD RX7 and a few S14’s with big power proved an attraction when they went out, bringing with them clouds of smoke and noise. Local D1NZ drivers put on brilliant practice runs as well, with most proving why they belong along the best in the drifting scene.

 

Sunday was D day with the qualifying laps all sorted for the battles. Top 32 which went down to top 16 and top 8 saw many of the familiar faces make it through to the tightly contested battles while some who showed amazing skills on Saturday just had a string of bad luck and bowed out early. Jodie, Drew, David and a few others exited after the top 32 with some wide runs and close calls, Daniel Woolhouse had to bow out due to snapping the drive shaft and not being able to replace it which set Nico Reid, Brad Smith, Curt Whittaker and Joel Counter into the final battles. All final battles are tight but this track allowed very close proximity with a slower sweeper at the end that caught some people out. Nico Reid drove strongly the whole contest and eventuated into the finals against Curt Whittaker in which saw Nico emerge victorious yet again taking him into the lead for the final event at Pukekohe.

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Lastly before the day ended was the trans Tasman drift battles where both Australian and New Zealand drivers squared off to settle some points. Battles were great with everyone pushing hard to keep the clipping points on their rear bumpers, Australian drivers Cameron Mote, Scott Schembri, Robert Arbolino and James Abbot all placed well on the score boards while the rest of the top spots were held by the New Zealand contingent. Cameron and his mighty twin turbo 350Z need a new motor to ensure they will be ready for the grand final at Pukekohe, all Australian drivers attending have made these events much more diverse which I believe is key to keeping the sport alive in a smaller country, so a massive thank you to them for coming down with limited supplies and pushing as hard as they would for their own home country.

 

very excited to see the final at Pukekohe with the fastest entry speeds in New Zealand.

 

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Drift Shifters 2014

Drift Shifters 2014

Drift Shifters returned for a second time after being originally thought up by Mad Mike Whiddett featuring top international drivers from all around the world battling for points in a unique and exciting drift layout that pushed the drivers and amped the crowd one one fuel filled day.

The day started off with media and stray spectators arriving on the closed public road to sign in and get a good viewing spot. The word was that the inaugural Drift Shifters event was packed so many took heed and arrived well before start time

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The warm up sessions proceeded with most drivers going 90% right out the gate which both pleased the crowds and caused a few very early casualties most notably being Mad Mike and his MADBULL RX7 (which had to be retired)

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However that did not stop everyone from still pushing and when it came to deciding qualifying positions the drivers only pushed harder putting on a excellent show

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After a carnage and exciting day the battle was drawn between Mad Mike and Chris Forsberg. Mad Mike would go first pushing the “Bad Bull” to its limits to pull in a score of 4,012,088 points. Chris Forsberg trailed and had his work cut out for him and while he pushed the 370Z hard through the course he was unable to find the correct combinations and finished with only 2,650,885 points, leaving Mad Mike to claim top place and savor the victory on his home soil.

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