Our Power Pulse mufflers for all 1979-85 RX-7’s are now back in stock! The dual inlet Street Port muffler shown is a direct fit for all 81-82 RX-7’s and is also used in all Street Port Complete Dual Exhaust systems that we offer. Check them out in the Exhaust section of the parts catalog.
Good news for our widely popular ball-joint sway bar end link housings! While our sway bar end link kits that contain these housings have been incredibly popular, we’ve struggled to keep these on the shelf due to the laborious two-step manufacturing process. We’ve FINALLY sorted it out with a new vendor, but in the process it yielded an unexpected bonus, the new housings will now be produced using a stronger, forged aluminum housing! Even better news….they’ve arrived and are back in stock!
SevenStock 20 proved that rotary-fever is still strong with Mazda enthusiasts! Another perfect weekend met fans at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA for this eagerly anticipated annual event. It seemed that crowds were larger this year as Racing Beat displayed a series of historic RB project cars spanning the decades. Jim Mederer’s personal RX-7 TII convertible was on display, along with the 90’s retro rotary PU, and Jarret Lynch’s all motor RX-2 drag car.
Check out photos from the event, did your car make it into the album?
It’s with great sadness that Racing Beat announces the passing of co-founder Jim Mederer. After a lengthy battle with cancer, Jim passed away peacefully at home with his business co-partner Takayuki Oku at his side.
A true pioneer in the early development of the rotary engine for use in a variety of industrial, aviation, and automotive performance applications, Jim’s relentless and insatiable desire to create new advances in rotary engine performance led to numerous racing endeavors, with major accomplishments including an IMSA championship, victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona and 6-Hour Mosport endurance events, and three (3) Bonneville Land Speed Records.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Jim turned his attention to almost single-handedly building a mountain home for his mother, Mary Lou, and later, a home for himself in nearby Anaheim. An accomplished pilot, Jim hand-built and flew his Glassair plane often to visit his mother at her mountain home.
Jim will be remembered as quiet man with a big presence, a kind and generous heart, a voice of reason during difficult times, a firm resolve in his beliefs, a competitor’s spirit, a passion for all things mechanical, and a life driven and guided by his deep faith.
Although the Racing Beat organization is saddened by our loss, we all cherish the years spent learning, growing, and working alongside Jim. He will be missed.
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It’s amazing how quickly a year flies by! Once the spring thaw unfolded and car owners started dragging the covers off their cars parts orders started advancing towards their mid-summer peak. Many rotary owners discovered that Mazda has slowly begun to discontinue many of the early pre-1986 rotary engine parts, making it difficult to complete an engine rebuild or restoration project. We’ve realized that here at Racing Beat we have accumulated a treasure-trove of assorted rotary engine components over the years and we’re revamping our Bargain Bin so that we can categorize and label these parts for sale. We’ll likely provide a Mazda part number, brief description, photo and application (if we can determine it!) and place them up on the website in a newly created Bargain Bin and/or Mazda OEM parts category. More information later, expect parts to start filtering into these sections in early January.
With development rather quiet with Mazda and rotary development, we’ve expanded our Racing Beat product line-up to include components for the new Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-5, and shortly, the CX-3. We’ll continue to offer a wide variety of in-house developed and manufactured exhaust systems and suspension parts, supplementing the product lines with common aftermarket brake, ignition, intake, etc….offerings from select aftermarket vendors.
Sevenstock 19 proved to be an outstanding event, once again hosted at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Mazda USA and the Sevenstock organizers showed some “rotary love” to honor Racing Beat’s over-45 year association with rotary performance and racing by bring out both the 1986 and 1993 Bonneville Land Speed Record setting RX-7s. It was great to see these two battle-scared race vehicles out of Mazda’s basement and back in a racing environment. The stories behind both of these cars is utterly fascinating, we’ll expand into greater detail on each car in the coming months.
2017 promises to be challenging year full of uncertainly and changes, but we’ll keep pumping out Mazda performance parts to support this performance-driven marque. Motor on!
Take a look at our SevenStock19 photo album from the event! Thanks to Mazda for bringing out the Racing Beat Bonneville Land Speed Record RX-7s, it was great to see these old friends once again. While many of the land speed records only last for a handful of years, it’s amazing to think that both of these RX-7s have held their respective land speed records for over 20 & 30 years! A big thanks to the SevenStock organizers for making an effort to recognize the contributions of Jim Mederer, Racing Beat’s co-founder and chief engineer for his 40+ year commitment to the development of rotary engine performance.
Be sure and visit the Racing Beat Facebook page for a fascinating look at Racing Beat’s historical past. We’ve dug through the photo archives and uncovered countless never-before-seen photos of Jim Mederer and Takayuki Oku in the earliest days of Racing Beat’s foundation. Follow along over the next few weeks as we take a fascinating walk through the birth and development of rotary-engine racing and development in the US. To join in, just follow the Facebook link on the home page.