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Gallery: Mazda’s secret stash

Submitted by on April 7, 2014

p01wsp5xDeep underground in a California basement, there’s a huge stash of very special Japanese cars…

The basement in question rests below Mazda’s North American R&D offices in Irvine, and it’s packed full of amazing pieces of historic Japanese racing hardware. Don’t take our word for it though, take a look at these snaps.

MORE: The restoration of the Mazda 787B (video)

p01wspw6IMSA prepped SA22C RX-7

p01wspvrMiata (MX-5) racing car

p01wsptyPeriod tool transport vehicle for quick trackside repairs

p01wsnkpDon Sherman’s legendary IMSA RX-2

p01wspr8Logbooks galore

p01wspfwThe only left hand drive Spirt-R RX-7 ever built. Constructed for an American Mazda executive at the time

p01wsplmMazda 757, last seen at the 1987 Le Mans 24hr.

p01wsnyqMany cars undergoing repairs and race-prep, such as this completely wild MX-6 racer.

p01wspb2Of course the 787B is the star. This one is kept in a complete race-ready state and is driven by Robert Davis of Mazda North America. This very car finished 8th in the 1991 24hrs of Le Mans.

Pictures: BBC

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