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 Post subject: Re: Perhaps the best ever photo of an early Mazda rotary 70s-80s
PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:20 pm 
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Love this Kiwi RX-2 from the 80's.

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And Rod Millen in his RX-3 rally days with powerplant.
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 Post subject: Re: Perhaps the best ever photo of an early Mazda rotary 70s-80s
PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:30 am 
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That green RX-2 was the quickest car around, and went to Australia, and has lived there for a decade or two.

I know Tony very well and he indicated it was coming back to NZ, but I'm not sure if it's here yet.

Tony is an official Safety Car driver for Motorsport NZ, and at most of the track events.
Has a huge collection of pics he's taken at events, think he said over 20,000. Often from 'on the track'.

The other pic, thats actually Bill Shiels, 'The' Rotary God.
He developed the PP and BP concept in the early 70's, and when Mazda Japan found out what he was doing, took him to Japan to show them what he was up to.
Then it was called Stage1, Stage2, Stage3, Stage 4 etc.

Bill passed away about 3-4 years ago.

The car in the pic is Rod Millens Mazda Works rally car which won the NZ Rally champs a few times.

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 Post subject: Re: Perhaps the best ever photo of an early Mazda rotary 70s-80s
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^^^^ that is one of my favorite RX2/Capella RE pics ^^^^

If anyone has a decent file sized Pic of that please PM me.

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never seen that pic before....but what a great pic....
makes me wish I had a time machine now....


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great post Dazz

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 Post subject: Re: Perhaps the best ever photo of an early Mazda rotary 70s-80s
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Series 1 and 2 RX2's on the same shipping yard.
Mind blown... :micro: :lol:

Kidding mate, great pic!

Just outta interest that white Capella/RX2 (third car in on left) has a different badge on the rear quarter, any ideas? American RX2 maybe?

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Series 1 and 2 RX2's on the same shipping yard.
Mind blown... :micro: :lol:

Kidding mate, great pic!

Just outta interest that white Capella/RX2 (third car in on left) has a different badge on the rear quarter, any ideas? American RX2 maybe?


:lol: :lol: I literally lol'd

I'd say it's an rx2 destined for a country where they were called that. I was going to say it could be a 616 too, which has the same style badge as the rx2, but the C pillar badge tells me otherwise.

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 Post subject: Re: Perhaps the best ever photo of an early Mazda rotary 70s-80s
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It's a very interesting photo that one, with both RHD and LHD cars pictured together, so clearly different export market specs, not Series 1 and 2.

Looking at what we can see you'd have to think 1972, with RHD square headlight models (similar to Aus spec with vented bonnet) and LHD twin headlight models with humped bonnet (which match 1972 USA spec, they had twin round lights from the beginning because of their design rules). That would make all Capella's pictured Series 1, be they square or twin round headlight, vented or humped bonnet, gee that well and truly screws it all up hey :moon:

A high res version would be golden as yep that Capella left of pic has a different style badge again on the rear 1/4.

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Nicely done, that's a great pic, in your face with colour!!
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No Rotary's but worthy?

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 Post subject: Re: Perhaps the best ever photo of an early Mazda rotary 70s-80s
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First thought about the blue one in the front was Ford Anglia….

Surely the Japs weren't copying the poms' best efforts.

Hate to see their take on a Morris Marina :)

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