Mazda filled the hearts of race car buffs with joy and anticipation earlier this month, when the Japanese carmaker announced it was heading to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a truckload of its favourite racing cars.
Heading the list was the 787B, which won the Le Mans 24-Hour in 1991, along with the RX-7 that won the Spa 24-Hour ten years earlier.
The lesser-known 767B prototype is also at Goodwood, and the hearts of Mazda fans will sink when they learn what has happened to it…
While fanging a timed lap on Goodwood’s famous hill climb, the 767B’s driver lost control; the prized race-car suffering substantial damage in the resulting crash.
No injuries were reported, except to the driver’s pride perhaps, and Mazda now faces more than a day or two in the workshop to bring one of its historic racers back to life.
A second 767B along with a 757 are also at Goodwood to attack the hill climb, while ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett and his RX-7 will star in Goodwood’s new ‘Catch My Drift’ category.
Mazda promises an “ear-splitting” performance from its rotary-powered racers, and a “flame-spitting” performance from its 1991 RX-792P, developed for the American IMSA series and the last Mazda-backed racer to use the R26B four-rotor engine.
The 2015 Goodwood Festival concludes at the end of this weekend.
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