Mazda filled the hearts of its fans 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 those same Mazda fans will sink when they learn what has happened to it…
While undertaking a timed lap on Goodwood’s famous hill climb, the 767B’s driver lost control and the resulting collision saw the car suffer substantial damage.
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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