Javelin SuperDork
May 20, 2011 2:01 p.m.

Mazda restored the LeMans winning 787B and is going to trounce it around La Sarthe this year for the 20th Anniversary of their win!

Moar pics on Autoblog

joey48442 SuperDork
May 20, 2011 2:06 p.m.

Be still my beating heart!!!

Joey

DukeOfUndersteer SuperDork
May 20, 2011 2:07 p.m.

think it will get close to the Porsche 956 time??

92CelicaHalfTrac SuperDork
May 20, 2011 2:11 p.m.

LET IT RUN THE RACE.

Conquest351 Reader
May 20, 2011 2:20 p.m.

DROOOOOOOOL!!!

ransom Reader
May 20, 2011 2:22 p.m.

That photo... That is a very good angle on that car. So tidy...

Tom Heath Web Manager
May 20, 2011 2:40 p.m.

And now we all know why it wasn't at the Mitty.

Type Q Dork
May 20, 2011 2:50 p.m.

Wow, that brings back memories. I was living in Japan in the summer of '91. I remember watching the Le Mans coverage on TV. About a three or four weeks after it won, I went to a 6 hour Group C (or whatever the Japanese equivalent was) race at Suzuka Circuit with a friend and her gear-head cousin. There were a couple of its sister cars cars running under different livery. Those were the most ear-splitting loud race cars I have ever heard.

After a 3 hours or so of walking around and watching from different part of the track, we headed over to Ferris wheel area. I saw a small crowd standing around something in a strange quiet reverence. But I couldn't see what they were looking at. I walked over and looked in the center of the group and there it was. The LeMans winning 787B. The first Japanese car to ever win.

It had not even been washed yet. Aside from a few hand prints where had crew had needed to push it, every bug, all the brake dust, every oil spot, every spec of dirt that was on the car when it finished the race was still there. There were not any signs, or Mazda banners, or marketing fluff surrounding it. Everyone knew what it was and appreciated the chance to stand within three feet of it while it was still had the race patina.

Thanks for bringing back a fond memory.

jimbob_racing HalfDork
May 20, 2011 2:54 p.m.

Wow, has it really been 20 years?

Javelin SuperDork
May 20, 2011 3:03 p.m.

In reply to Type Q:

That would have been epically cool to see.

Maroon92 SuperDork
May 20, 2011 3:50 p.m.
Tom Heath wrote: And now we all know why it wasn't at the Mitty.

GOOD GOD I wish it had been!

Rufledt HalfDork
May 20, 2011 4:24 p.m.

Whoo hoo!

RexSeven SuperDork
May 20, 2011 5:09 p.m.

You forgot the best part... The SOUND:

Idle and revving: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9675TKafw3g

Best Motoring driving segment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox2wgHqrNy0

8B Dat noize... brap brap brap brap WWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

Javelin SuperDork
May 20, 2011 5:33 p.m.

In reply to RexSeven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au7F2ttEXWU

bruceman Reader
May 20, 2011 6:52 p.m.

Legendary.
I was Johnny Herberts F3 and F3000 mechanic in the late 80's and remember getting this news when preparing for the Indycar race in Cleveland. Herbert was so exhausted from driving he could not make it to the podium

dean1484 SuperDork
May 20, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Now my 6year son old is running around the room going

BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRPA BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP

LOL

JtspellS Reader
May 20, 2011 7:17 p.m.

For those who have seen the Ayrton Senna tribute top gear when lewis hamilton drives his F1 car, this would be my dream, my life's fulfillment, and so on.

I will at least see and be close to that car some day and then be drug away by security when i tried to get in it and go for a ride.

May 20, 2011 7:18 p.m.

What a spectacular ...............

Time to go clean myself

Graefin10 Reader
May 20, 2011 7:25 p.m.

In reply to dean1484:

You're teaching him well dean, you're teaching him well.

Lesley SuperDork
May 20, 2011 8:14 p.m.

Oh my!!

Javelin SuperDork
May 21, 2011 7:57 a.m.
dean1484 wrote: Now my 6year son old is running around the room going
BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRPA BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP BRAP
LOL

You sir are an awesome father.

aussiesmg SuperDork
May 22, 2011 6:45 a.m.

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