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Did you know the bizarre end of Frixos Demetriou? In 1971, during the ruling of the military junta in Greece, he launched 'Mont Parnes" casino in Athens, where he was run over by an army tank in his Vignale Fiat a year later.!!!!

A rare Mazda Cosmo belonging to Mr. Demetriou was saved and restored by an Athenian. Here is a photo of the car:

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Hi hope this helps NIGA- Fascinating stuff.

the Cosmos was it a twin Rotor Wankel?

A friend once lent me a rather lurid green Mazda RX2 Coupe to take a Girl friend to Brands Hatch in-it was a bit difficult taking a picnic hamper on my Suzuki GT, and the Hillman Imp I used to share was being used .

This just before the M25 was completed, so whilst she read , I gave the car some beans-soo smooth quiet, but a bit skittish around the bends. At that very time Mazda were using XR2s against Dolomite Sprints and such in Saloon car racing.

Former editor of this mag Tony Dron was one Dolly hard charger-he also was in the dealer team Porsche 924 races, I think on this occassion, which

was The Modus Eperandi (catalist)for us going in that Mazda, as family were in that series with Chris Craft driving. So the pic posted of a now rare one of those "Audi Porsches" brought memories flooding back. Seems to have 928 type alloys, or was it a Carrera version.

Nice hospitality in a Winnebago, which was unlike the usual braving the elements scenarios, however there was little aural soundrack involved when the 924s were racing except the noises from metal in contact.

A decade or so later, whilst in Denmark, I got to an Uncle and Aunt's Toyota Corolla Twin cam Coupe, another such that was very popular on the tracks(and roads)then there was the CRX series in the 90s with such as Davina Galixa driving. Whatever Jap cars like bikes have a real heritage in racing too.

I kinda stopped doing club racing around the time I got my Bluebird-in fact the same week doing a Sprint in my Lada 1200S, (yep)I hit a pile of pallets which were beside the disused Airfiels(@Matching Green) but even if no amount of applications of TCut would remove the scores, the dealer said dont worry and I still got my £1200 pounds exchange-not bad as it had cost me £950 over 4 years before.

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You are right GBt, the first generation Cosmo 110S was a 982 cc twin rotor wankel. 1519 cars were built between 1967-1972 

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NIGA,

 

Incredible end for such a personage... Thanks for sharing (cant see the pic)

Back on topic.

Fresh catch spotted outdoors,

Last week at Lisbon...

And at Oporto...

 

And inddors.

A 1st hand, one owner from new Bimmer 2002 in good original condition, property of the owner of a company that is my suplier...

 

Last week I left my blue Scirocco at my auto electrical specialist, to resolve few minor problems. This big cat recently acquired by a fellow member of the portuguese web car forum, was there waiting for is turn...

 

 

nuno granja

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I upload the Mazda Cosmo photo again. Can you see it now Nuno? I've shot it in the 2008 Historic Acropolis Rally

 

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Hi hope this helps NIGA- Fascinating stuff.

the Cosmos was it a twin Rotor Wankel?

A friend once lent me a rather lurid green Mazda RX2 Coupe to take a Girl friend to Brands Hatch in-it was a bit difficult taking a picnic hamper on my Suzuki GT, and the Hillman Imp I used to share was being used .

This just before the M25 was completed, so whilst she read , I gave the car some beans-soo smooth quiet, but a bit skittish around the bends. At that very time Mazda were using XR2s against Dolomite Sprints and such in Saloon car racing.

Former editor of this mag Tony Dron was one Dolly hard charger-he also was in the dealer team Porsche 924 races, I think on this occassion, which

was The Modus Eperandi (catalist)for us going in that Mazda, as family were in that series with Chris Craft driving. So the pic posted of a now rare one of those "Audi Porsches" brought memories flooding back. Seems to have 928 type alloys, or was it a Carrera version.

Nice hospitality in a Winnebago, which was unlike the usual braving the elements scenarios, however there was little aural soundrack involved when the 924s were racing except the noises from metal in contact.

A decade or so later, whilst in Denmark, I got to an Uncle and Aunt's Toyota Corolla Twin cam Coupe, another such that was very popular on the tracks(and roads)then there was the CRX series in the 90s with such as Davina Galixa driving. Whatever Jap cars like bikes have a real heritage in racing too.

I kinda stopped doing club racing around the time I got my Bluebird-in fact the same week doing a Sprint in my Lada 1200S, (yep)I hit a pile of pallets which were beside the disused Airfiels(@Matching Green) but even if no amount of applications of TCut would remove the scores, the dealer said dont worry and I still got my £1200 pounds exchange-not bad as it had cost me £950 over 4 years before.

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Hey! I spotted the deliberate typo GBt. Mazda XR2 eh? Does this mean Nuno will now find and photograph a Fiesta RX2 in Lisbon ?

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amazingly i was replying and listening to TOTP2 "Pop Stars"on Beeb 2, and the whimsical anouncer just said [/quote]and now we have Britnay Spears wearing some slacks made out of old XR3 seat covers[/quote]-I am feeling really paranoid now,

still i  can see the Cosmos...

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GBt wrote:

amazingly i was replying and listening to TOTP2 "Pop Stars"on Beeb 2, and the whimsical anouncer just said

and now we have Britnay Spears wearing some slacks made out of old XR3 seat covers[/quote]-I am feeling really paranoid now,

still i can see the Cosmos...

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Was she also wearing a fluffy steering wheel cover on her head?

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Oh dear, it's well past beer o'clock and the kids are watching Britney on telly. Time to leave the forum for tonight.

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anyway yes Nuno did already post a piccy of a raggedy XR2, very very recently, which seemed to get Rolymos goat-

nice little sporty cars, I drove one back from the Racing car show in 1987 and was spending  a good while doing PI, (personal Instruction) and eventually  the advanced section at Brands Hatch- Racing, in XR3 and Is. The timed laps, in Formula Ford Royales, which gravitated from Kent 1600 lumps to the later XR" type, a last ditch variation on the old iron lump-and even had an interim session at Snetters which had an Astra engine-left hand side gearbox lever, and syncromesh, instead of the straight cut Formula Ford, right hand operated ones-no way of seeing behind in the FFirst and even if I wasnt about to emulate him, on one occassion during our lunch break down at the Kent track, back in the Royales, my favourite, witnessed the late great Ayrton Senna doing some shakedown laps in the Toleman Hart-

Later at least being priveledged to have circulated on the same hallowed turf-so to speak, after his first try out in an F1 car was curtailed due to rain, but spinning off myself, and on  ordinary grass, just past the kidney(Graham Hill bend)So why be so sniffy about them, XRs and stuff, they had as much sporting heritage, as any car from the 60s/70s-just maybe a lad(ette) image, but some of  those who sought them were imagining emulating their sporting heros, just as they had in RS Mexicos and their ilk too-oh and I bet their were perfectly happy owners of GT or 1600E Cortinas who didnt need the agro of having a major service every 3000 miles or a minor one at half that either, in Lotus- Cortina- Lotus. 

My best mate used to tow his dragster behind a Mark 2 GT Estate and they reckon about 68 official ones of those were produced, and maybe a few more unofficially.

Back on topic; a couple of sporty numbers then

 

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anyway yes Nuno did already post a piccy of a raggedy XR2, very very recently, which seemed to get Rolymos goat-

nice little sporty cars, I drove one back from the Racing car show in 1987 and was spending  a good while doing PI, (personal Instruction) and eventually  the advanced section at Brands Hatch- Racing, in XR3 and Is. The timed laps, in Formula Ford Royales, which gravitated from Kent 1600 lumps to the later XR" type, a last ditch variation on the old iron lump-and even had an interim session at Snetters which had an Astra engine-left hand side gearbox lever, and syncromesh, instead of the straight cut Formula Ford, right hand operated ones-no way of seeing behind in the FFirst and even if I wasnt about to emulate him, on one occassion during our lunch break down at the Kent track, back in the Royales, my favourite, witnessed the late great Ayrton Senna doing some shakedown laps in the Toleman Hart-

Later at least being priveledged to have circulated on the same hallowed turf-so to speak, after his first try out in an F1 car was curtailed due to rain, but spinning off myself, and on  ordinary grass, just past the kidney(Graham Hill bend)So why be so sniffy about them, XRs and stuff, they had as much sporting heritage, as any car from the 60s/70s-just maybe a lad(ette) image, but some of  those who sought them were imagining emulating their sporting heros, just as they had in RS Mexicos and their ilk too-oh and I bet their were perfectly happy owners of GT or 1600E Cortinas who didnt need the agro of having a major service every 3000 miles or a minor one at half that either, in Lotus- Cortina- Lotus. 

My best mate used to tow his dragster behind a Mark 2 GT Estate and they reckon about 68 official ones of those were produced, and maybe a few more unofficially.

Back on topic; a couple of sporty numbers then

 

GAv, have you been at the unleaded again? LOL.