mazda 767b race car crashes at goodwood – DOC635314
If you’re a big fan of classic race cars, then the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the closest you’ll get to most of them, as some only come out of their garages or museums for this event exclusively. As exciting as it may sound, the Festival of Speed is also the scene of many crashes that leave racers in need of expensive repairs. This is pretty much what happened to the Mazda 767B above, which the Japanese brought to Goodwood to celebrate rotary power and its motorsport heritage.
The green-and-orange liveried car — colors that you might be familiar with from the Le Mans -winning 1991 Mazda 787B — left the track and hit the hay bales while doing a timed lap up the hill. The impact was pretty rough and took its toll on the Japanese racer, which will need plenty of repairs to regain its museum luster. The driver got out of the cockpit unscathed.
The car in question was built for the 1989 season and raced in events held mostly in Japan, such as the Fuji 1000 Km and the Fuji 500. It also raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished ninth. Unlike the more iconic 787B, the 767B saw less success at the track, failing to score an overall win in 27 events. However, it did manage seven class wins until its retirement in 1992.
Why it matters
It’s always upsetting to see a classic racer crash hard during such an event, but the reality of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is that accidents are expected to happen every year. In 2013 we saw a Porsche 956 hit the hay bales, this year’s victim was the 767B. Hopefully Mazda will be able to rebuild it to its original specification in no time so we can see it back on the race course where it belongs as soon as possible. Fingers crossed this will be the one and only crash of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.