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2016 Touge California Rally Challenge

Postby yo » April 3rd, 2016, 3:19 pm

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A few friends and I got together for the 2016 Touge Rally. Basically you have to have a Japanese car older than 1980 and you can enter into this 200 mile drive from the mountains to the ocean that ended at Mazda's R&D center in Irvine with a private tour of their vault. Pretty awesome day, thought I'd share some pics for my fellow car nerds on here.

I was the navigator for my friend John who is interior design manager at Nissan/Infinifi (also designed the 3rd gen Cube) and has the blue 65 Datsun Fairlady Z. Julien and Randy were in the orange 240 Z with Japanese spec nose that Randy is restoring. Randy is an exterior designer at Nissan (designed the 370 Z) and Julien is head of lighting design there.

It was a good time, lots of great and unusual little cars turned out from as far as San Jose, New Mexico and even Colorado.

I have some video I'll have to post as well.... 12 hours in a 1965 roadster with leaf springs and live axels ...
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our chariot for the day.
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Randy and Julien riding in the 240
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The little Civic had a shaved exterior and an Integra Type R drivetrain
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There were a couple of vintage Celiacs on the ride, love this back end
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The white 240 didn't make it, failed brake line.
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The car in the foreground is a Mazda RX2
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Another Mazda RX2 in front of a Subaru
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510 wagon, stage 1 lining up
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Mitsubishi Colt
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Mitsubishi Colt
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out on the back roads.
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We almost lost a hubcap taking the twists a little too hard
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We didn't have the fastest car, but we still managed to lead the pack in the twisty bits
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After 6 hours of mountain passed we finally hit the PCH
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The RX2's back end at night.
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Mazda Cosmo at their R&D center
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Re: 2016 Touge California Rally

Postby yo » April 3rd, 2016, 3:21 pm

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a few more shots in the vault
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we are not the fastest of the day, but we were the most dapper! Style points.

Re: 2016 Touge California Rally Challenge

Postby Cyberdemon » April 3rd, 2016, 8:55 pm

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Saw some of the shots on instaface, thanks for sharing! Looks like a blast. Loved the old Miata coupe, wish they would've brought it here.


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