Jim Downing was one of the first people to realize the potential of rotary engines in racing. He was able to make an incredibly successful IMSA career behind the wheel of rotary-powered Mazda race cars, racking up no less than five championships in the series. Over the years, he's also amassed an impressive collection of rotary-powered cars.
Jim Cotter, host of Hagerty's Barn Find Hunter YouTube series, paid a visit to Downing to tour his Atlanta, Georgia collection. Stashed inside the workshop are a slew of significant rotary cars, including Mazda's first factory race car to compete in the U.S., and a couple of four-rotor prototypes—including one in the process of being restored. Downing also has a few non-rotary cars, including a couple of Citroen 2CVs and a Caterham Seven. If you're a rotary fan, it's a must-visit.
Cotter then travels to Resurrected Classics, a shop run by a couple of college students that specializes in Datsun Z cars. They show off all of their rare early Z projects, and reveal plans to LS swap one of their rollers. Sounds like a good time to us.