Thanks guys. I am over the moon that she drove the 490 mile round trip - Colchester, Castle Combe, Poole, Colchester - without ANY issues. The car gave me no concerns whatsoever; no leaks, no strange noises, no stalling, engine and transmission behaved impeccably. I did stick to A and B roads, but took the chance to do some full throttle spurts on dual carriageways. Very impressed how she pulls when the secondaries engage, and a great soundtrack to go with it
. Surprisingly comfortable as a long distance cruiser (if a little noisy), given her age - I didn't have a problem driving with just a single comfort break on each leg of the journey.
Gwyn and I stopped at a Sainsbury's car park on the way home from Poole yesterday and when we came back to the car we found a paramedic vehicle stopped nearby and the driver looking at KIMI 2. He recognised it as the model he used to watch in the BTCC series back in the 80's and we had a great chat about RX-7's. He was delighted to have seen one after all these years!
I have to thank Ian Mothersole for helping me out with storing the car in the early days and assisting to check and fix the car ready for the MOT. TBH, I expected some niggles on this long journey, given she has sat for over 12 years in a garage going nowhere. A real testament to Mazda's engineers who designed the car for me to simply drive a 33 years old car like any daily after sitting for so long.
Next event is likely to be a local "Japanese Car and Bike Show" at Maldon in Essex next month. This is a new event in the area, and only about 20 minutes from my home. Time to do a little more cosmetic fettling before that show
Here she was at Japday last weekend;