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Wekfest San Jose 2015 Spotlight on JDMPalace's Mazda RX-7

JDM RX-7 build is four years in the making

Jul 16, 2015

These days, we're hard-pressed to find a dope Mazda RX-7 build that still retains its natural rotary power plant. In fact, the last two we featured either rocked an LS or 2JZ swap, which made it that much more special when we came across this RX-7 at Wekfest San Jose.

Wekfest Los Angeles 2015

The owner of this yellow beast is Sean Shokouh. He's no stranger to Super Street having put together a vintage-style Miata that debuted at Wekfest several years ago that was later featured in the mag. He owns his own business called JDMPalace, which is known to bring in some very rare JDM parts; however, in the case of this RX-7, he brought in a very rare car! See, this isn't an FD that sold here in the States. It's actually a true Japanese model built by RE Amemiya! Sean tells us the VIN even begins with "RE"!

Jdmpalace mazda rx7 re amemiya side skirts Photo 2/6   |   Jdmpalace Mazda Rx7 Re Amemiya Side Skirts

Sean started the project four years ago but it's been a slow work in progress, as he wanted the main ingredients of the project to be authentic RE Amemiya. This posed a problem when the rotary blew on a track day. Sean had to wait for a lengthy time to wait for parts, he also did all the work himself so there was a definite learning curve when it came to understanding and wrenching on a rotary for the first time. But he tells us the car is now running smoothly and while we'll never see it on the street, he has plans to have it at a local track day soon — it might be the closest we'll ever get a chance to see an RE Amemiya car on the track. Stay tuned

Jdmpalace mazda rx7 rotary engine Photo 6/6   |   Jdmpalace Mazda Rx7 Rotary Engine
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