Race Retro 22-24 February 2019 | International Historic Motorsport Show | Stoneleigh Park

Missing Mazda racer rediscovered after 35 years

A historic racing Mazda, which competed in 1982’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, has been rediscovered after being lost for many years.

The 254i, of which only two were ever made, was the last of Mazda’s Le Mans race cars to be based on a production car as the Hiroshima-based car company, like most of its rivals, switched over to the brand new Group C regulations in 1983.

The car was not overly successful, with one car retiring early and one car placing 14th. It did, however, mean that the company did achieve its long-held goal of simply finishing the gruelling French endurance race.

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