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I was speaking of further back, in my day, the early to mid 80's, before prototypes. Specificly the RX7's in GTU then later in GTO. Jim Downing was the first one that I remember going into the prototype class, and I don't remember him being that successful with it.

But, nice going, with that RX8!
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the RX7s in GTU, with Tommy Kendall & his Dad, the Mandeville Cars ( I used to own one, kicking myself for selling) & Huffakers were good cars. Jim Downing did well with the Kudzus!

I've got this wheel off this RX-792P in my Living Room - got it straight from Jim Downing a few months ago



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...- got it straight from Jim Downing a few months ago
Jim Downing, now theres a gentleman for you! He passed by us in the garage area at my first IMSA RS race at Riverside in 1981, his last year of running RS. He could see that we were obviously "grass roots" racers working on our car. He stopped to say hello, and asked us were we getting everything we needed from Mazda Comp. We said "we think so". So he asked specificly, did we have the "special" gears for the trans(the close ratio gear set that was released at the beginning of that year), but he was whispering. We said yes. Then he explained that he was whispering because that gearset had not been cleared for use by anyone except the factory teams, which we were not. But then he said don't worry, your secrets safe, and then he wished us luck.

We finished 10th in that race out of a field 40 cars. The next year, 1982, with him, Roger Mandeville and Joe Varde out of the way we finished 3rd in the same race.

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2007 Cadillac STS-V
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now Varde is an intense crazy man!

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now Varde is an intense crazy man!
YUP!

He won that race in '81.

Previous vehicles:
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1991 454SS(stolen)
2002 Infiniti Q45
1988 Mazda RX7-Anniversary Edition
1986 Mazda RX7 Sport(race car)
1983 Mazda GLC(race car)
1973 Mazda RX2(race car)
1981 Mazda GSL(bought new)
2007 Cadillac STS-V
1999 Cadille Seville STS
1995 Cadillac Eldorado
1990 Cadillac Eldorado
2002 TransAm Firehawk
1977 TransAm - Black and Gold Bandit Ed.
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