Tags: mazda-pro7-racing

Posted 22 Oct 2012, 10:53am by Brent Shaw with 2 comments

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 - Incident on the Way Home

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, mazda pro7 racing, pro7 mazda rx7, taupo motorsport park, crash, brent shaw

Regular readers of the KiwiMotoring blog may have noticed a lack of updates over the last week or so, as I have been flat out trying to get the car ready for the 1st round of the Mazda Pro7 Racing Series at Taupo Motorsport Park...

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Posted 03 Oct 2012, 8:49pm by Brent Shaw with 1 comment

Car Build > Pro7 Mazda RX-7 - Mechanical Modifications

Tags: car builds, mazda, rx7, pro7 mazda rx7, mazda pro7 racing, charlie evans motorsport, brent shaw

In order to get my car ready for the first round of the Mazda Pro7 Racing Series at Taupo on the 20th and 21st of October, I needed to keep the momentum of my Pro7 RX-7 project going as smoothly as it had been for the last few weeks...

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Posted 30 Sep 2012, 10:25am by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Racing News > Mazda Pro7 Racing New Zealand Championship Qualifying

Tags: racing news, circuit racing, mazda pro7 racing, teretonga park, matt carkeek, brent shaw

As promised, here is a quick update from yesterday's qualifying for Round 1 of the Mazda Pro7 Racing New Zealand Championship at Teretonga this weekend...

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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 12 Sep 2012, 11:36am by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Upcoming Events > Independent Race Classes (IRC) 2012-2013 Season

Tags: upcoming events, irc, independent race classes, manfeild, taupo motorsport park, hampton downs, pukekohe park raceway, formula first, nz six, super mini challenge, ss2000, mazda pro7 racing, pre 65 racing, nz sportscar racing, porsche club racing, gtrnz, gt1, gt2, nzgt, brent shaw

The start of the 2012-2013 IRC race season is just a few weeks away, with Round 1 being held at Manfeild on the 6th and 7th of October. There are 7 rounds held at race circuits throughout the North Island, with 9 different classes providing a huge range of entertaining racing at these events...

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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 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 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 05 Jul 2012, 2:41pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Racing News > Mazda Pro7 Racing Dates Confirmed for 2012/2013 Season

Tags: racing news, irc, independent race classes, taupo motorsport park, pukekohe park raceway, hampton downs, manfeild, toyota racing series, mazda pro7 racing, brent shaw

The dates for the 2012/2013 Mazda Pro7 Racing series have now been finalised, with the first round kicking off at Taupo Motorsport Park on the 20th and 21st of October...

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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 13 Jun 2012, 4:46pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Racing News > MX5 Racing NZ joins Mazda Pro7 Racing

Tags: racing news, circuit racing, mx5 racing nz, mazda pro7 racing, brent shaw

Those of you who follow the IRC Series may have noticed that there have been 3 MX5s running off the back of the grid with the Mazda Pro7 class for the last 2 rounds of the 2011/2012 season. This has been a bit of a test exercise for both the RX-7s and MX5s, and the results have been very positive for everyone involved...

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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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