These dudes are disciples of the powerful Wankel
He leads one of the largest car dealership networks.
mazda’s first production rotaryengined car was released in 1967, culminating with the Renesispowered RX-8. The engine was always coupled with an equally sleek and sporty chassis—a combo that always gets attention.
It’s enough to hold the attention of these boys indefinitely. These 10 owners, according to our contact from Mazda Philippines, don’t wish to be referred to as a ‘car club,’ but rather as ‘likeminded individuals.’ We thus decide to ditch the “how often do you meet” and “do you have a Facebook page” line of questioning.
Auric Go is one of the owner-organizers. “Cliche as it sounds, I really started liking the RX-7 when I started watching Initial D as a 13-year-old,” he says. “I think the RX-7 was the star of the show.” He got his car from a friend he regularly went to the arcade with, and who was also a fan both of the show and the car. It’s a late 1999 model from Japan.
Meanwhile, self-declared Mazdaphile Alan Adan took two years to locate his RX-8. “It was originally right-hand-drive,” he shares. “The previous owner converted it using US parts. There are still some things that distinguish it as a right-hand-drive unit. My goal is to convert everything to left-hand-drive spec.”
The last RX-7s were produced in 2002, and the last RX-8s rolled out of the factory in 2012. These Mazda enthusiasts have been brought together by their quest for maintenance tips and tricks. “It all started with Lito Salva 2012—we saw his car running in Showdown in La Union,” Auric recalls.
Maintenance can also be an obsession. “Because of this car, I learned the art of having stuff brought in from the US,” confesses Auric. “I had to find out how to source and ship parts, the hurdles, which courier to use. I got used to it. It’s a labor of love.”
Alan heartily chuckles in agreement and adds, “That’s actually half the fun!”
The sound of these cars at wide-open throttle is awesome Here’s one of the newer ones. It’s all in the mazda family