If you’re a gear head, there’s almost nothing cooler than seeing old cars doing what they were built to do: Drive.
And for Mazda, nothing embodies the “Driving Matters” and “Zoom-Zoom” taglines better than letting its historic race cars speed around the automaker’s namesake track, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
As part of Monterey Car Week and the celebrations surrounding Mazda’s Millionth MX-5 Miata, the Japanese automaker brought back a fully restored Le Mans 787B race car with 630 horsepower that completed the endurance race in 1989, which happens to be the same year that the Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted. The restoration took two years to complete and, according to Mazda, the race car was taken down to its bare tub and rebuilt piece by piece. Other heritage race cars featured this year include a 1990 787 Group C, 1991 RX-7 IMSA GTO and 1992 RX-792P.
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Another important car making an appearance in the Mazda tent at the track was the Millionth Miata, which is embarking on a cross-country tour to celebrate that important milestone. MX-5 Miata fans and drivers can sign the roadster and put their mark on an important piece of Mazda history. To see if the Millionth Miata will make a stop on its tour near you, check out our Millionth Miata Celebration Tour Hub. Other cool cars Mazda brought along to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion are an NA Miata, a Cosmo, RX-7, and a GLC.