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In The Beginning -1998: (Left to right) Martin Mikhail-'93 Touring, Paul Ober-'93 Base, Charles Saftner-'93
Base, Chris Regan-'93 R1, Craig Farr-'93 Base,
Francois Mertz-'95 Touring, Ed Hahn-'94 R2 (Pre-Green Monster Paint job!), Hung
Well, here they are. Actually
there are 20 of us now. The guys (and girl!) who feed off each other in our desire to
drive faster, corner harder, and stop quicker, and ultimately spend too
much money. We all, to some degree, have an obsession with
everything automotive, especially our cars. We are a diverse group of guys,
some would say boys depending on your gender, that have independently concluded
that the RX-7 is the best "bang-for-the-buck" all round sports car money car buy. It just so
happened that we were brought together by joining the Mazda
Sports car Club of Washington (DC).
We can be frequently caught
chatting on our email list server where we talk about our cars, the track
and most things rotary related no matter how obscure. Want to listen in,
join our group GO
We even have put our pride and joys on the
dyno to see what we really have. To take a look at how we did check out the dyno page.
It was alot of fun and nerve-racking but for those of us that went a rewarding experience
Through this medium we
share experiences, help each other with technical questions and even work
on each others cars when help is requested. This group of track friends
are both young and old ranging in age from college students to our
beloved retired senior. Some of us are married, and have children, and
some are single with no significant other, and a couple are somewhere in the
middle. Some of us have no money whatsoever and some have more than they
know what to do with. Our life experience
is far and wide, with: computer geeks, engineering nerds, students of all
subjects, graphic designers, paper pushers, and to deal with our social
problems, a counselor! What we are trying to say, is we are all
different with a common bond - our cars.
SOME OF OUR MEMBERS
The cars of (from left to right) Pete Hahn, Craig Farr, Charles
Saftner, John Duff, Dave Henning, Karen Elwell, Chris Regan, Paul Ober, and Mark Weller [August 2001]
With some links to owner specific pages.
Benson (our 2nd Gen. GTUs Owner)
David Henning (Mr. CYM himself)
Other Members include: Phil Caramanica, Bob Circle, John Cottingham, Karen Elwell, David Penner, Paul Schruben,
Martin Mikhail, Hung Nguyen, John Steven, and Bill Stuart.
All of us have
modified our cars in some way or another. Some more
than others. We all like to tinker but some are very mechanically inclined
and some would be hard pushed to turn a screwdriver, although they do try.
On average we have $4000 invested in each car, but some as
much as $20,000!. We are not all alike in our modifications, although some
are similar because we discuss and draw the same conclusions regarding
the best upgrades to make and best parts to use. We have collectively sampled
a very wide range of aftermarket products. Some good, some bad. The mileage
of our cars range from low 30,000's to almost 90,000.
We have all model years, '93, '94, and '95, in all
levels of trim, base, R1, R2, Touring, and PEP/PEG. We have them all so
any problems or quirks of a particular model or year are quickly investigated.
We also have a 2nd gen. owner who is included simply because he shares
our enthusiasm for driving on the track. Most of us enjoy getting out on
the track and driving as fast as we can and a few are quite content to
sit on the sidelines and watch.....the rest of us having fun (but we're
working on that).
THE REAL REASON WE OWN THESE CARS:
The general consensus among our members is that the RX-7
was never meant to be drag raced. Maybe if you're curious why not, but
we firmly believe that the RX-7 was meant to ROAD RACED. So all of what
follows will pertain to our exploits on any road racing circuits we should
have to pleasure of experiencing.
With that in Mind,
Lets pick up the pace and go to the
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