On the 4th of September the Japan Classic Day was held at Classic Park, Boxtel, the Netherlands. Despite the name of the event there were also plenty of recent and brand new Japanese cars. All brands from the Land of the Rising Sun were present, starring rotary engined Mazdas as special guests. Enjoy the tour.
We start with a 1965 Toyota Crown Deluxe, powered by Toyota’s 1.9 liter 4-cylinder 3R engine.
1983 Mazda RX-7 with the 1,146 cc rotary engine.
2003 Toyota MR2. Mid-engine (1.8 liter 4-cylinder), rear wheel drive.
1970 Datsun 1000 de Luxe.
2004 Mazda RX-8. Power from Mazda’s 1,308 cc rotary engine.
1986 Toyota Starlet 1.3 DX. Great stance !
1978 Mazda 323.
1968 Mazda 1500 Deluxe.
1979 Mazda RX-7, wearing a sporty outfit.
Now this is fun, a 1994 Daihatsu Charade GTti. Under its hood a turbocharged 993 cc 3-cylinder DOHC 12v engine, good for 101 hp in factory trim. Keep in mind that the registered weight of this go-kart is only 844 kg (1,861 lbs).
Splendid, this two-tone 1985 Daihatsu Charade TX Turbo. Also powered by Daihatsu’s famous 993 cc 3-cylinder. SOHC 6v in this case, no fuel injection though. With the help of the turbocharger its maximum power output is 68 hp. Nothing to worry about, given the little hatchback’s weight of 725 kg (1,598 lbs). Carry on, put the pedal to the metal.
Reality check. 1987 Daihatsu Charmant 1300 LC.
1995 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo.
1982 Suzuki SC100 GX with a 970 cc 4-cylinder rear engine.
1973 Datsun 240Z.
1986 Mazda RX-7 with a 1,308 cc rotary engine.
1995 Subaru Legacy 1.8 DL. Far, far away from its spiritual hometown Eugene.
1991 Toyota MR2 2.0 Turbo.
1983 Honda Civic Hondamatic.
1975 Mazda 818 wagon, powered by a 1,272 cc 4-cylinder.
1982 Toyota Crown Super Saloon 2.8, its 6-cylinder engine is running on LPG.
1978 Toyota Cressida.
Spoiler Alert ! 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.0 GT Turbo AWD, ready to rumble.
More of these in part two.