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Fans and friends help us mark our first Mazda issue with a mini-meet featuring the 767B and other sexy rotary-powered (and 1 non-rotary) beasts

Bob Hernandez
Jun 28, 2019
Photographers: Darrien Craven, Viet Nguyen, Gian Fernandez, Larry Chen, Tristan Tran Videographers: frsh.media, Samuel Rojas


Some might say a -themed issue of pbskids has been a long time coming, and we completely agree. Over the last two decades, we've featured dozens (if not, hundreds!) of RX-7s, as well as RX-3s, RX-8s, Miatas—basically anything sporty Mazda produced. From that pool of elite rides, we met our current punk-rock man-crush, Jonny Grunwald, builder of many sick Wankel-motivated project cars like his TCP Magic FD. He's also an enabler of others and was instrumental in helping us execute this single-make edition. At Mazda North American Operations in nearby Irvine, Calif. we have friends on the inside, from PR specialists to engineers (a couple of those ex-employees, in a manner of speaking); we've even visited MNAO's super-exclusive underground repository of classic race and show cars a number of times—so you could say we have history together.

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All arrows were pointing in the direction of putting together a special edition, and when we put the issue to bed, we knew we had to commemorate the big accomplishment in a big way. The staff hatched a plan to hold a mini-meet in and around our El Segundo home base's photo studio, and we invited the owners of some of our highest profile Mazda feature cars (with their rides, of course!) to join us along with a small group of fans and MotorTrend OnDemand subscribers who got a special invite to mark this momentous occasion. When we tipped them off to the event, Mazda committed to helping us out by delivering a pair of special vehicles for display, one of them a 4-rotor 767B IMSA GTP-class racecar from the late '80s, done up in iconic Renown green-and-orange argyle (like the Le Mans-winning 787B). It was all coming together.

When the big day arrived, things couldn't have gone more smoothly. Over pizza, meet-goers were encouraged to take a closer look at cars that included Grunwald's RX-7 and his more recently featured RX-8, the Lucky 7 Racing FC, Hert Eugene of Hoonigan's FC, Manny Miata's NA Roadster, and others. The 767B sat in our mammoth photo cove, while not far from it, Mazda parked their "Halfie" concept-a roadster that's half factory ND MX-5 and half Global MX-5 Cup racer. It's an impressive demo used to illustrate how the race cars are prepped.

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Invited guests included longtime associates like tuner , artist/designer , shooter , and newer friends like driver/influencer . It was an awesome turnout for such short notice and the event being on a Thursday and midday.

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Those who hung around for rollout were treated to all the braps, the parade sounding like a warmup for a motocross race. We cannot thank everyone enough who took part and made this thing a success. We're proud of the way the event—and the issue—turned out, and along with the success of our midnight Supra meet up, feel emboldened to maybe try more of these things out in other cities. What do you think? Let us know —and if you haven't already, run out and grab the Mazda issue before it sells out!

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