Tags: mazda

Posted 26 Sep 2012, 5:31pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Racing News > Mazda Pro7 Racing heads to Teretonga Park for the New Zealand Pro7 Championship

Tags: racing news, mazda pro7 racing, mazda, rx7, brent shaw, dean mcmillan, matt gibson, tim forster, matt carkeek, john jackson, glen martin, bob smith

As I write this, 8 North Island Mazda Pro7 Racing teams are heading to Teretonga Park for the first round of the Toyo Tires Pro7 New Zealand Champs. 3 Pro7 and 5 Pro7 Plus cars are making the journey down south, and will be racing against the South Island competitors at the southern most race track in the world this weekend, on the 29th/30th of September...

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Posted 06 Sep 2012, 2:58pm by Brent Shaw with 1 comment

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 - Painting the Interior

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, chris healey, healey's auto paint shop, charlie evans motorsport, brent shaw

I'd been thinking long and hard about how I was going to approach the next phase of my Pro7 RX-7 build - painting the interior. It's a task that can be done by your average DIYer with a reasonable amount of skill, research, and of course - the right materials. Painting the interior myself sounded like a good way of keeping my build cost down, but the more I looked into it, the more I felt like it was a job best left to the experts...

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Posted 01 Sep 2012, 12:54pm by Brent Shaw with 2 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 - Making Progress

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, noel rush, craig howser panel & performance, proparts napier, brent shaw

The photo above was taken around 6 weeks ago, when I starting to stress out about my Pro7 race car project. I was beginning to wonder if I was heading in the right direction, and I was having doubts as to whether I had the skills to build something like this by myself. It felt like the progress I was making was diminishing with every step, and between running an existing business while creating a new venture with KiwiMotoring - it certainly felt like I had bitten off more than I could chew. I needed to talk to someone locally who had experience with building race cars - and Pro7s in particular - so I got in touch with Noel Rush...

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Posted 28 Aug 2012, 12:31pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car For Sale > Original Series RX-7

Tags: for sale, mazda, rx7, brent shaw

A friend of mine has put his beloved 1984 Mazda RX-7 up for sale, and I think it's factory originality and extremely tidy condition deserves to be recogised with a blog post...

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Posted 16 Aug 2012, 12:38pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – Shopping For More Parts

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, waikato clutch & brake specialists ltd, brent shaw

Despite the lack of updates lately, progress on the RX-7 has been steady for the last month or so. I've been working on the car at least 2-3 nights a week, as well as buying parts regularly as my budget allows...

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Posted 01 Aug 2012, 2:17pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

For Sale > Matt Gibson’s 2012 Championship Winning Pro7 RX-7

Tags: for sale, mazda, rx7, mazda pro7 racing, matt gibson, pulse performance race engineering, brent shaw

A number of Pro7 RX-7s have changed hands recently, and Wanganui-based race car driver Matt Gibson has now put his Series 1 Pro7 Mazda RX-7 up for sale, in anticipation of the upcoming 2012/2013 race season...

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Posted 30 Jul 2012, 2:59pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Video > PPRE 6 Rotor Engine Start Up

Tags: videos, pulse performance race engineering, ppre, warren overton, mazda, rotary, 6b, brent shaw

If you have any interest in Mazda's rotary engine, you've probably heard that Pulse Performance Race Engineering have been build a world-first custom 6-rotor engine...

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Posted 12 Jul 2012, 4:35pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – Seat Mounts

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, craig howser panel & performance, brent shaw

The floorpan of the RX-7 is known for being difficult to work with when mounting aftermarket seats. It doesn't help that it is a fairly compact sports car with a small cockpit - but it's also due to the design of the transmission tunnel, which is a bit of an unusual shape to allow room for the exhaust that exits the drivers side of the engine...

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Posted 09 Jul 2012, 4:54pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Spotlight > Pikes Peak International Hill Climb RX-7

Tags: car spotlights, pikes peak international hill climb, hillclimbs, mazda, rx7, rod millen, speedhunters, glenn munro, grant munro, rotorsport, brent shaw

Last week we featured a video of the 1988 Ashley Forest Rally Sprint which included Rod Millen's record breaking 13B turbo 4WD Mazda RX-7. Following on from that, Speedhunters New Zealand Editor Brad Lord has recently had the chance to check out the other 4WD FC Mazda RX-7 that Rod built and raced...

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Posted 03 Jul 2012, 2:38pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Video > 1988 Ashley Forest Rally Sprint

Tags: videos, rallying, rod millen, ashley forest rally sprint, mazda, rx7, millenworks, speedhunters, leadfoot festival, brent shaw

I've just read a comment on Speedhunters about one of Rod Millen's 4WD Mazda RX-7s that is currently undergoing a ground-up restoration here in New Zealand. Apon further investigation, I came across this video clip of the 1988 Ashley Forest Rally Sprint that shows Millen racing the 13B peripheral ported engine that produced around 300hp in it's naturally aspirated form. Rod won the 1988 Ashley Forest Rally Sprint, and was the first person to break the 'magic minute' with a time of 59.14 seconds...

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Posted 19 Jun 2012, 9:28pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – Let’s Go Shopping!

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, nimrra, luxury sports, proparts hawkes bay, scarles, sta parts, racetech, aerocatch, goodridge, brent shaw

While the roll cage was being welded in a few months ago, I started the exciting part of buying and collecting car parts for the race car. Starting off with this not so essential (but cool anyway) engine start button. I've had this sitting on my desk for a while now, and I can't wait to finally press the button and hear the engine roar (purr?) into life!

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Posted 07 Jun 2012, 5:10pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – The Roll Cage Homologation

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, brent shaw

Once the car was back at home, it was time to take some detailed photographs of the roll cage so I could submit my application for the homologation of the safety structure through Motorsport New Zealand...

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Posted 03 Jun 2012, 1:09pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – The Roll Cage Installation

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, palmerston north automotive, captain transporter, brent shaw

Following on from my previous post about the RX-7's roll cage - I arrived home from my 2 week trip to Japan, excited to hear about the progress of the roll cage installation from Palmerston North Automotive. Unfortunately there were no messages waiting for me when I got back, and I was about to discover that the relatively simple task of welding in the roll cage (with most parts already supplied ready to be fitted) was going to be a frustrating and drawn out affair...

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Posted 01 Jun 2012, 4:19pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car For Sale > Mazda Pro7 Plus, Series 4 RX-7

Tags: for sale, leon mcknight, mazda pro7 racing, mazda, rx7, brent shaw

Mazda Pro7 racing is already one of the most cost effective racing categories in New Zealand motorsport, but it's even cheaper and easier to get involved if you buy a prebuilt car rather than building one from scratch like I am in the process of doing...

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Posted 17 May 2012, 6:02pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 – The Roll Cage

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, brent shaw, racecraft engineering, palmerston north automotive

With the car now stripped of it's interior and exterior parts and the sound deadening removed, it was time to focus on the roll cage for the RX-7...

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