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    I can speak to some of this. Chris Custer did name the car Rotus because Japanese can't pronounce Ls. He told me that when he let me drive his car. It was the first one built, and I was working at QuickSilver RaceEngines. He had called and wanted a brake proportioning valve. I had some adjustable ones used on Corvettes. He came down in the Rotus and let me drive it. I only drove it on the street, but it was a very good car. I was surprised it was that well sorted. The only other Rotus I ever saw was at a autocross and it had a Chevy engine complete with some American sedan solid rear axle. It was not a good car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlB View Post
    The only other Rotus I ever saw was at a autocross and it had a Chevy engine complete with some American sedan solid rear axle. It was not a good car.

    Uh oh, that was a certain USA7s forum administrator's seven. Well former seven. I think the car autocrossed itself into a lamp post as it was trying to run away.


    I'm probably going to get banned now aren't I?
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    I had the opportunity to drive Mazda’s LS powered 7 out at the Carlisle car show we all use to attend. It was a bit rough, but stupid fast. After the pole mishap, he gave it away.... Shame that had some potential.. Hey Croc, your over do for a proper Banning.Lol
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    It went for $16K
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    Quote Originally Posted by S1Steve View Post
    Hey Croc, your over do for a proper Banning.Lol
    Good point. Let me get on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCh View Post
    Good point. Let me get on that.

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    Thanks, but I've become an expert at pressing the big red Croc...er, Ban button.

    -John
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    Mazda's (Slngsht) Rotus is featured in this Jalopnik article about the 7-7-7 event - bit of a memory lane read and photo blog for some old forum members like Kitcat, JohnCh, and Jerry. Not sure if MichaelD turns up here anymore?

    https://jalopnik.com/se7en-se7en-oh-my-se7en-277056

    and

    https://jalopnik.com/jalopnik-presen...-awards-277573


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    And there's the man himself in the yellow shirt, trying to self consciously not pose for the cameraman.


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    I can recognize many of these cars - most are still around today even if the owners have moved on.
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    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Mike, thanks for posting those. Great reads and photos. I even recognize a couple of the cars from USA2005. Ah, to be on a tour right now, driving like a hooligan on epic roads in the middle of nowhere...

    -John
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    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    I apologize for my comment if I insulted someone. I am certainly guilty of being indelicate. It is still my opinion that using a rear axle that weighs a third of the cars weight will dramatically affect the cars handling in a negative way.

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