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Zoom Zoom Magazine Issue 29

Not only do they make their living by selling Mazdas through their Auto Frey group of car dealerships, and drive around in the latest Mazda models on a daily basis, they then spend most of their spare time nurturing their vast heritage collection. Being qualified mechanics and electricians themselves, they restore their cars on the weekends. Walter declares with pride that every vehicle in the museum is not only as original as possible but also in good running order: “Having a car that doesn’t drive is like having a watch that doesn’t work”. Even their family holidays are centred around travels abroad to examine or acquire more rare heritage models, or road trips in one of their Mazdas (the Parkway is a favourite). Their voices drop to a reverential hush as they speak of meeting Mazda’s legendary rotary-engine designer Kenichi Yamamoto in person. One Christmas, Markus and Joachim presented Walter with an original wooden bench from the workshop of rotary-engine inventor Felix Wankel himself.
Mazdas and rotaries are in their blood. ZOOM-ZOOM \25 MAZDA TYPE GB Year: 1950 Engine: 700cc air-cooled single-cylinder Power: 15.2ps One of the oldest Mazdas in the museum is this superbly restored Type GB. From the first Type DA (Mazda-Go) in 1931, Mazda’s three-wheelers proved to be an economical, practical and extremely successful transport solution that played an especially vital role in Japan’s post-war recovery. The three-wheeler family eventually spawned 30 different variants, from a simple 9.5ps model to ones with a two-ton payload. Top and left: from the ultra-rare, limited-edition 2003 MX-5 Coupe to the endearing bug-eyed 1962 K360 356cc micro-truck, the museum brims with special, quirky, and unusual Mazdas


Zoom Zoom Magazine Issue 29
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