This 1971 Mazda RX-2 Proves Not All Aussies Drive V-8s

Petrolicious Mazda RX 2

In Australia, enthusiasts who want a rear-wheel drive coupe or sedan are spoiled for choice. It’s no surprise that the majority of Aussie automotive enthusiasm can be boiled down to the equivalent of our fascination with the muscle car. Yet not all Aussies subscribe to the cult of the big engine, bigger car, as an owner of a tiny Mazda explains on the newest episode of Petrolicious. Jason Humble was smitten with the small little Japanese car when he drove his friend’s Mazda RX-2. It stunk dangerously of gasoline, but Jason was sold. Soon thereafter, e picked up his own RX-2 coupe, a specimen in desperate need of care. Over the course of three years, Jason went through the car with a fine-toothed comb, making sure all the issues were taken care of. He returned the car to its original orange color, and added a whole mess of performance bits to turn his car into the track star it is now. After every track outing, Jason takes the RX-2 back into his workshop, and puts it on the lift. He wipes it down, lubricates all the joints, and looks for any leaks or breakages that may have occurred on the track. Then, once everything is shipshape, he wipes the exterior clean to clear any racetrack grime it may have accumulated. Now that’s love for your car. Take a look at Jason’s 1971 Mazda RX-3 in the newest episode of Petrolicious below.

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