The Rolex 24 at Daytona is, as history defines, one of motorsports’ crown jewels. As one of America’s most prestigious races, and as one of the most important endurance races worldwide, it has stood as a beacon, calling to racers throughout the world with a hunger for victory. Mazda’s first entry into the renowned race as a factory effort came in 1978 with this 13B Rotary-powered RX3.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the digital work of Khyzyl Saleem, the artist that has made an incredible name for himself by creating out-of-this-world digital automotive renderings for the last number of years.
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.
Photography by D.Tek
Nathan Taylor’s love for cars started as early as any other. A familiar story with a car-loving father and early childhood memories finds itself upon us once again. As the story always goes, once Nate turned 16, the snowball effect began, and before long, Nate and his twin brother were attending car meets in their Scion xA.