I am proud to say the RX-4 was part of a Mazda Heritage Day held at Goodwood Circuit on Monday,
Mazda wanted to show their passion and enthusiasm for their past vehicle achievements to an assembled group of journalists with myself and Phil Blake with his 67 Cosmo being the only "outsiders" at this special Mazda personnel / magazine journalist only day to show their recently acquired Mazda's Heritage Fleet.
Even though the track had literally rivers running through it until it dried in the afternoon, I had a whale of a time giving track rides in my RX-4 to Mazda guys and journalists, showing what 110 BHP in a very light body can achieve in the dry.
Indeed with one respected top tier Motoring Mag Editor I had to explain after noticing him gripping the passenger hand grab real tight, that I have raced for many years and that he was perfectly safe in this very neutral handling Mazda whose speed belied its years
With only 10 cars including the RX-4 and the Cosmo running on track, the Rotary’s were very much the stars of the day, with a UK Spec FD, 2001 RB FD that former F1 driver was installed in as a passenger, no doubt to keep the overzealous journalists in check, plus an Anniversary RX-8 a Gen 1 RX-7 and the RX-3 these cars enthralled journalists who had only read about these cars.
Sadly, I was booked by a couple of Mazda personnel to drive our tame F1/787 driver around in the FD, who I had previously met before but we ran out of day, a day that should have and I am sure sent those assembled journalist's home loving the Rotary and understanding that Mazda has an enormous respect and passion for the Mazda brand not only from the present but also celebrating the wonderful cars that are now part of its heritage.