1980 Mazda RX7 Group B Replica

By: Alex Affat, Photography by: Alastair Brook

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The gobsmacking car you see on these pages, is not Ingvar Carlsson’s 1984 Group B RX-7, but any normal person would be hard-pressed to pick the differences

A four-year-long labour of owner Matt Love, the build began with a rusty old shell, that – with the help of a second donor car – he completely built himself "front to back".

As close as physically possible, this car is a nut-and-bolt focused tribute to that hallowed Group B RX-7.

Armed with build material from the FIA and CAMS, Love tracked down the fibreglass panels from Europe. The car houses a spec-correct PP dry-sumped motor.

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"I called up AP Racing and it just so happened the bloke that built them back in 1984 was there and knew how to remake them," says Love.

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He says the only parts on the car that majorly differ from Carlsson’s are the Holinger gearbox, the diff which was a mix of a Toyota Hiace component – and a Cusco Supra diff, and the steering rack.

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The car has competed in rallies around Australia, and the goal this year is to cross the pond and have a steer in New Zealand.

Love speaks of the build being a slow-burn in its early years as his attention was elsewhere in his personal life, but now he is semi-retired, he’s prepared to give the car his full attention and to keep on racing.

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