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Mazda 787 B

Mazda 787 B

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This hand-crafted fantastic artwork has been designed to celebrate the Mazda 787B.

Our artwork is created to capture your passions. Each product is hand finished in a high gloss finish using vibrant colours which are baked onto the surface of high-quality aluminium sheet.

The 59th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans really was Mazda’s last opportunity to prove itself, and the engine it had chosen to champion where no one else would. Rule changes for the following year meant that rotary engines (and many more besides) were out as of 1992, and engines that marched in step with Formula One would be the norm.

Mazda had been extolling the virtues of rotary power in Group C since 1983, and in racing since the Mazda Cosmo placed fourth (behind two 911s and a Fulvia HF) in the 1968 running of the 84 Hours of Nurburgring. Yes, 84 Hours, not 24. So, after 23 years of rotary-powered racing, this was the revolutionary engine’s last shot on the world stage. And decades of honing and refining meant the world’s best-ever rotary engine would be the one to take it.

 

The Mazda 787B, with the car number 55 and chassis number 787B-002, completed 362 laps (approx. 4,923 km) of the 13.6 km-long Circuit de la Sarthe at the 59th 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991, becoming the first Japanese car to win the race. The Mazda 787B-002 was the first Japanese car to win the overall champ onship, completing 362 laps (approx. 4,923km) of the 13.9km Sarthe Circuit.

 

The race went off without a hitch, with the team carrying out just routine pit stops for refuelling, tyre changes, driver changes and brake pad changes. Encountering no problems that could have caused a loss of time at any stage of the race, the car set lap times exactly as planned, sometimes increasing the pace to pass rivals and pull away to take the chequered flag.

 

The winning drivers were Volker Weidler (Germany), Johnny Herbert (UK) and Bertrand Gachot (Belgian).

Our artwork is created to capture your passions. Each product is hand finished in a high gloss finish using vibrant colours which are baked onto the surface of high-quality aluminium sheet.

Each piece of artwork is made in Britain and measures 18”x 12” (46cm x 30cms).

 

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