The hero will always be remembered, but the legend is never dead … That is the exact expression of the Mazda 787B, the first Japanese racing car to conquer the Le Mans circuit, France, in a 24-hour endurance race in 1991. Unfortunately after becoming champions, the committee banned the use of machinery rotary used 787B in the following season.
Behind the story of the controversy over the ban that happened to, Mazda 787B, now the Legend gets a respectable position as the legend of the manufacturer from Hiroshima and gets a special “throne” at the Mazda Museum in Hiroshima.
If you visit the Mazda museum we will see the 787B which is displayed along with its controversial engine. Controversial because some people believe that the ban is a conspiracy because the Mazda 787B is too strong so it is difficult to beat.
What is clear, in 1991 Mazda became the first Japanese manufacturer to win Le Mans, although two other Japanese manufacturers were actually more favored. History also notes, the 787B became the first racing car to win Le Mans using a rotary engine by completing a distance of 4923.2 km with an average speed of 205.1 kph.
The 787B victory story is no less interesting. Driven alternately by three drivers, Johnny Herbert from England, Bertrand Gachot from France, and Volker Weidler from Germany, the number 55 car started at number 19. Two other 787B Mazdas with numbers 18 and 56 were in the order of 23 and 30.
At the beginning of the race, the car with number 55 has been thrust into third position. A few rounds later, it was in second place behind the Mercedes-Benz C11 driven by Michael Schumacher, Fritz Kreutzpointner and Karl Wendlinger. When the race lasted 22 hours, C11 was forced to enter the pit due to engine problems.
In the final pit stop, Herbert asked to keep driving the car and take the 787B past the finish line as champions. But at the end of the race, Herbert experienced fatigue and dehydration so he did not take the podium with Weidler and Gachot.
Now, the story of the race is always remembered at the Mazda Museum. The legend of the 787B gets its throne as the pride of the country of the Rising Sun.
For those of you who want to have the legend of the Mazda 787B, there is now a collection from Tomica Limited Vintage Neo with a scale of 64. Get the collection immediately before it runs out, because I’m sure this will be a Super Treasure Hunt item. For the price, if it’s not mistaken, it’s at US $ 72.
And for those of you who are Hot Wheels lovers, you can also get it on the Hot Wheels Circuit Legend series. You will get Hot Wheels Mazda 787B with white race number 18, the details are also quite good for Hot Wheels. You could say this is the best diecast from Hot Wheels for the level of detailing in the racing car version.
but it is indeed a big difference compared to Tomica Limited Vintage Neo, but if you really want to collect Mazda 787B collections and budget is minimal, Hot Wheels can be a solution. But if you really don’t care about the budget and are more concerned with the level of detail and good packaging, then the most appropriate choice for the scale of 64 falls on Neo Tomica Limited Vintage Mazda 787B Legend of Rotary Machines.