PLACE: A Visit to the Mazda Classic Museum Frey in Augsburg

Over the last days, my job led me to visit the bavarian area of Germany by car. It was a 4,5 hour roadtrip each way and while planning my route, i figoured out i’m driving by Augsburg. Suddenly i remembered that lately there opened a Mazda museeum in Augsburg. So a bit of googling and a little detour on my way home and finally i was there:

The building is a former Tram-depot in the middle of the city, beautifully restored and worth a visit itself. But inside is where all the glory is going on πŸ™‚

Mr. Frey, who was one of the first to Import mazda to germany, and now including his two sons, has one of worlds largest private collections of Mazdas and rotary-machines. And as it seems he’s pretty into historic mazdas, sportier mazdas and everything rotary. The lady at the entrance told mey they have 140+ cars. While the exhibition only shows about 50 of them, the cars on display will change every now and then. next time in Spring 2018.

When you enter first you’re greeted by a beautifully, all original RX-7 FD3s

But the real masterpiece is on the other side. An absolutey pristine Mazda Cosmo sport. one of the blue-chip Japanese cars currently.
It’s restauration can be seen here in the “mazda garage” Youtube show, as well as Cindy and Det race it on the Rallye Hamburg-Berlin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL6F8h02rFBz_j9IOiM4EiLBRwlPASRiPq&v=R3gS5otBLIM

The fun thing isn that the exhibtion is all about special mazdas with some historic value. On one side you’ll see a history full of the very first Mazda cars, trikes and other stuff from the very beginning. Things you won’t just find on your classic car auction…

Like the Mazda R360, which was actually Mazda’s very first passenger car they built:

All of these cars are restored to perfection too:

On the other side you’ll find a lot of Rare Japan-only cars… Like the Autozam AZ-1 Kei-Car gullwing-doors coupe:

Or the Roadster / MX-5 Coupe, A limited version with a roof installed:

And even the weird mini-cars like the Mazda Chantez πŸ™‚

Of course there were many sports cars too. 323 GT-R AWD anyone? The real Mazda Hot-hatch πŸ™‚

Or maybe you prefer an original RX-7 Rallye machine?

And if you prefer it a bit more classy – one of my absolute hero cars, the RX-3 Savanna:

And then there are the oddballs which were sold here, but never really a hit, and now many years later they’ve become something like “insider-cars” πŸ™‚Β Β  Like the Xedos branded Luxury coupes:

Or the Mazda 323 FamiliaΒ  Cabriolet ( i didn’t even know these existed πŸ™‚

Or how about some cool Mazda Bongo utility vehicle?

Or more utility Like the 1972 Mazda Pathfinder, built in Myanmar / Burma?

And then of course, beeing mazda – Everything Rotary. Like one of my alltime-favourites. the REPU Rotary Pickup:

Heck, they even had a rotary BUS by mazda on Display!

And since i love station wagons, an RX-4 Station wagon πŸ™‚

Check out the gallery below to see all the pictures. and forgive me the bad picture quality, I forgot to take my “good” camera with me and only had my pocket camera on hand. What a shame. Still hope you enjoy the Pictures and if you’re near Augsburg, i really recommand a visit to this fantastic place!

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RACE: Hillclimb Bergrennen Oberhallau 2017

To be honest i’m not following motorsports too much of, but i love it and whenever the circus comes to town i try to get my dose of Ethanol fumes and the smell of burnt rubber for the year πŸ™‚ The hillclimb of Oberhallau is part of various racing series which attend every year. As most of hillclimb its pretty dangerous and you find everything from amateur racers to full-on pro’s with unlimited budget and crazy cars.
I went there this past sunday and unfortunately i was a bit late to the party so it was a bit hard to get good photographing spots.
First i started at the starting point where normally crazy racecars are seen i was bit surprised to se this Renault alpine making a hell of a noise πŸ™‚

right behind him was this Widebody Bavarian machine which is always a great sight:

followed bi an even more rare Bavarian machine:

And sticking with the bavarian theme, this was right behind the spectators place where there is always a little exhibition of cool cars, looks quite tame compared to the one above, but still a cool couple πŸ™‚

One of the most unexpected machines was this one. quite sure it was not competitive but the gentleman driving it was having a blast i guess πŸ™‚
Ibn case if you’re wondering it’s an “Talbot Darracq T150C” without fenders and stuff!

After that i wandered a bit around the paddock area to figure out ther were quite a few hondas competing this year, compared to last years:

This is ruedi Fuhrers CRX with K-series engine and all. Built by a small group of enthusiats. I was surprised how fast it was at the starting line to say at least!

I love how the pit area is basically just backyards, barns and streets of the local small farmers-village and free to everybody to wander around and talk to the mechanics, take a closer look at the cars and racers:

In between the race blocks there are always a few show laps and drifting is quite popular with the crowd so this GT-86 with a V8 and a lot of noise was a constant crowd plaser πŸ™‚

One car i love to see every year is the Mazda 323 driven by an older gentleman. Not quite the easiest car to build a race-car off in switzerland πŸ™‚

This toda Powered AE86 made me jump around a little. looked so clean and nice:

Also the specactors parking lot always hides a few specials and is worth a walk. How about this Celica classic?

You prefer it more modern? then the S15 Silvia wil suit you for sure πŸ™‚

This dude was quite the surprise too. A Nissan Sunny GTi-R, which was RHD too so must be a legit import. quite cool πŸ™‚

and then this one, needs no introduction i guess πŸ™‚

It was a super nice day even if i wasn’t able to see it all. See the rest of the pictures in the gallery below.

Last i’d like to point out that this is probably one of the last pictures taken of 33 Year old Marcel Wittwer. Here he was returning from Stint 2 to the paddocks. Probably 1 hour later his life took a tragic end in stint 3, when he lost control over his Peugot 205, hit a tree and died immediately. The race was aborted after this accident for good reason.
I can only imagine how hard it is to loose a person, but from what i understoud at least he died happy, doing what he loved most.
All my condolences to the family and friends. Rest in Piece.

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ATENZA: Mazda recall (new trunk gate dampers)

Last week i got a phone call from my Dealer that i will recceive a letter from Mazda switzerland soon, telling me that i would get some free new trunk gate dampers, due to a recall. Read more about the recall here
I digged a bit deeper and it seems like supplier of the gas shocks “Showa” of Japan had a big batch of faulty dampers which they would replace for free. They were also installed on a series of Nissans and other cars.
So i went there and got a set of new dampers installed within 15minutes. Great service πŸ™‚

Old ones:

No corrosion visible. I guess they just exchange all, even if many of them aren’t even affected:

New ones in:

Oh and after that i decided to give my car a proper and serious cleaning. Better pictures will follow πŸ™‚

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RACE: Bergrennen Oberhallau Hillclimb 26. / 27. August 2017

I don’t do any ads for others but since this is the one well known (and very close to my home) Hillclimb race of international calibre, i’d like to support them since i know a lot of people who work there as volunteers and it’s a lot of free work they provide for the event.
If you’re interrested in HIllclimb racing and near, come to oberhallau next weekend and enjoy the big variety of racecars on track.
From showlaps in rare classics, drift demos to the serious racing with laps of the swiss hillclimb cup, european KW Berg-cup (with the very well known cars), race-taxi, Formula-cars, open-wheelers and around 400 race cars on all levels and eras of racing in full-on race mode – if you like motorsports, come here.
For more details check https://bergrennen-oberhallau.ch
The weather seems nice, so i guess i’ll be there with my EK9 as a spectator and to take some pictures for you guys – i hope.
Let me know if you’re there – always fun to meet some friends πŸ™‚

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240Z: Transmission disassembled, Exploded view, ready for blasting

Today finally some progress on the Z from my side as well πŸ™‚
After removing the Breather vent:

I had serious trouble to get out the speedo pinion carrier from the transmission. Thanks to my close friend Stefan and some brute force, it finally gave up and came out nicely:

He also managed to move the “tube” that holds the gear selector in place, intwards the transmissino housing:

So i was able to remove the gear selector.

It’s currently at my other buddy Stefan for some rework (more on that soon)

After i finally have disassembled the transmission as far as i want to go myself, i had to make an “exploded” view shot, just for fun’s sake πŸ™‚Β 

Next step was masking the transmission housing parts with duct tape for glass-bead-blasting and to prevent glass beads ending up in the transmission..

The previous owner once decided to paint it all in silver, but i will get rid of the peeling-off paint again and have it back in all it’s original aluminum glory. Now only waiting for that one part back from rework, then will have it all blasted. All the other parts are ready πŸ™‚

 

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240Z: Windows ARGIC EuroCodes

In 1993, big Glass-manufacturers Saint-Gobain, Pilkington and Belron decided to create a universal identification code for all glasses and accessories fitted on vehicles that have been, are and will be circulating on the European Market. The Organization is called ARGIC (Automotive Replacement Glass Identification Center), see www.ARGIC.org.

The Code they use to identify single windows on cars is called the ARGIC Eurocode.
The Eurocode has a maximum length of 15 digits and is fully self-explanatory, thanks to logic of codification that is always the same and thanks to the information that can be found in the Matrix.
Here’s a list of available Windows with ARGIC Codes i found on
http://www.classic-autoglas.com/ for the 240Z. They seem to have a long delivery time, but great prices and good service, from what i heard.

You won’t find the code on your original windows since they were manufactured before ARGIC was foundet, but you can find your code online.
Myself already got the windows, but i thought this knowledge might be useful for some of you. Many classic cars are available with ARGIC codes, which makes it easy to find and purchase the windows.

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240Z: RH Rear quarter panel in place

Today is a short update with a single pic, but a big Impact on the overall appearance of the car: The RH Tabco rear quarter panel is welded in place. I guess there is still a lot of work to make the fitment perfect and all, but at least there isn’t a big hole anymore πŸ™‚

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