Th­ese dudes are dis­ci­ples of the pow­er­ful Wankel

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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

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