Mazda RX-3: The giant-killing rotary that put the R in Respect for ’Rice Burners’

07 August 2013
One of the Mazda RX-3’s many ‘David v Goliath’ triumphs came at the ‘75 Bathurst 1000 when Don Holland and Hiroshi Fushida raced to a class win and amazing fifth outright, beaten only by V8-powered entrants. Here the giant-killing rotary flashes past the race control centre on Pit Straight.

Prior to the appearance of a trio of Mazda R100 coupes in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 at Bathurst, no one had heard the bizarre exhaust note of a rotary-powered Mazda on Mount Panorama.

With the standard road-legal exhaust systems required at the time, the Wankel rotary-powered coupes emitted a muffled noise similar to that made when tearing a large sheet of paper.