Mazda Australia Historic Museum

Having recently acquired their 40th car, it was the perfect time to visit the brand new Mazda Australia office and check out their collection of heritage cars. Thankfully, the Mazda Car Club of Australia had organised a tour so we dropped in to check it out.

Mazda Australia moved its offices to brand new state of the art facilities early last year. The office houses almost 250 employees as well as facilities for training technicians to maintain Mazda vehicles throughout the dealer network.
Mazda Australia TourMazda Australia Tour Garage

The heritage collection is curated by John (the man on the right) who hand selects the cars to preserve Mazda’s rich history. The cars in the collection aren’t showroom spec museum cars either and all were once in the hands of the public or race team.
Mazda Car Club of Australia

Except for the brand new Mazda mx5 cup car bought over from the USA! One of my favourite cars in the collection, this thing is a factory built race car available for purchase in the US to compete in the global one make cup series.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum MX5 Cup Car

They are strengthen with a full roll cage complying to SCCA standards.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum MX5 Cup Car Roll Cage

Interiors are kitted out with Racetech full bucket seats, harness, quick release steering wheel and digital AIM dash.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum MX5 Cup Car Interior

Power wise they are stock except for Mazdaspeed headers and exhaust. Handling is taken care of with coilovers, Brembo brakes and Specially made Volk RE40s.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum MX5 Cup Car MazdaSpeed

The MX5 wasn’t the only race car there though. Check out the Mazda RX8 SP which competed in the Targa Tasmania.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum RX8 SP

Mazda Australia Historic Museum RX8 SPMazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda Motorsport

And the very special Bathurst 12Hr Triple M FD RX7 SP built to take out the Porsches of the period driven by Peter Brock and John Bowe.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda RX7 Triple M

While most of our focus was on the race cars. Who remembers the MX6? Any MX6 enthusiasts out there?
Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda MX6

Downstairs in the basement is where many of the cars are stored and there were some gems in there too. How about a mint RX3 or FC RX7?
Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda RX3

Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda FC RX7

Although the cars were once used, they were immaculately maintained.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda S1 RX7

Some were pretty rare too, like this Mazda MX5 SP which only 100 were made locally right here in Australia. The turbo engine bumped power up 44kW resulting in a total output of 157kW and giving the chassis some much needed boost.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda MX5 SP

More race cars! This one is the ’94 winning Bathurst RX7 in the awesome BP livery.
Mazda Australia Historic Museum Mazda RX7 BP

With so many cool cars onsite, you can bet the security system was just as impressive too! So don’t get any ideas! Huge thanks to Mal and the Mazda Car Club for hosting the tour!

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