Great Moments in $2000 Challenge History: `79 Mazda RX-7

With registration for our $2000 challenge presented by CRC Industries now open, we think it's a great time to highlight some previous entrants. 

Why the fendermount mirrors on this 1979 Mazda RX-7? Because it’s a legit JDM model, purchased by Robert Ritchie and Thomas Alexander for just $500. “The scummiest car lot in town is the Salvation Army’s,” they explained, “which has a nice supply of vehicles they took in as donations. Most of these cars are barely suitable to be even a parts car, but some of them run, and on rare occasion something nice turns up.” The RX-7 was one of those gems, but Robert and Thomas they didn’t realize it at first.

After doing the paperwork, we whipped out the cellphone to call for a tow truck,” they continue. “As we did this, the attendant said he thought it might run and tried jump-starting it. It fired right up and we drove it home. On the way I tried all the switches and everything worked, including the a/c.”

Make your own low-buck memories as the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge presented by CRC Industries returns October 25–26. Visit 2000challenge.com for details.

ENTRANTS:

Robert Ritchie and Thomas Alexander

TOTAL BUDGET:

$1392

EVENT YEAR:

1999

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_ HalfDork
7/5/19 3:26 p.m.

A legit Japanese import? For $500? Something isn’t right. 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/5/19 8:41 p.m.

In reply to _ :

Well, it was back in 1999. 

Knurled.
Knurled. MegaDork
7/5/19 11:52 p.m.

I STILL don't believe that someone donated a clean, running, right hand drive SA.

 

 

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