It’s admittedly an abstract concept here on StanceWorks: celebrating an almost completely stock car, rather than a counterpart built to be something wholly individual; however, it’s not quite what you’d expect. Cameron Smith’s “preservation piece” isn’t the story of an untouched example, nor is it a statement about the capabilities of the restoration process.
When we last saw Evan Brown (of Item-B) and his RX7, almost exactly a year ago, I was heralding its boisterous presence. I try to avoid superlatives, as they tend to lead to trouble and backtracking in the world of cars, but it only took one glimpse of Evan’s car to know that it was, hands down, my favorite build on a Japanese platform. In the past twelve months, that sentiment has only grown, and today, we’re excited to share the latest iteration.
Have you ever seen a car that simply comes across as the perfect interpretation of a particular style? Admittedly, I’m not the world’s leading authority on what a mid 2000’s drift car should look like; however, the first time that I laid eyes on Evan Brown’s 1987 Mazda RX7, I knew that it was exactly what embodied that particular style to me.
“Diehard rotary guys need to have a chill pill. People swap motors, deal with it.” What better way than to start off with a bang? RX7 fans are sure to be divided by Hertrech’s FC, with rotary purists fuming with distaste for the bow-tie V8 under the hood. However, Hert’s got nothing against the old Wankel; in fact, he’s a fan. Instead, he prefers to see people do as they wish with their cars – and that’s how he’s come up with such a gnarly Mazda.
It has always been important to us to try to bring “exclusive” content to the table. You can’t create something relevant and interesting by reposting the exact same content that everyone else is posting. With that being said there are times when we feel a second look is required to do the story justice.
I’d like to introduce you to Ryan Cates and his beautiful 1989 Mazda RX7.