1989 Mazda RX7 - Chris Anderson
I chose the RX7 because at the time it was a pretty cheap option. I picked it up for around $1500. It was rare and of course, it was on Initial D. It really needed up being a good entry-level car because it had a ton of aftermarket parts available
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1989 Mazda RX7
My name is Chris Anderson. I’m 31 years old and from Ocean Springs Mississippi. It’s about an hour from New Orleans LA. I’m currently in retail and also a vendor for Nitrous Outlet on the side (hit me up). Usually, in my spare time, I like to throw down on my grill or smoker. That’s if there are no automotive-related activities to do. I also like to take my 7-year-old son karting.
I've always been into cars since I was young, what little kid isn’t? But as cliché, as it sounds, the first Fast & the Furious movie really got me into modifying cars and more specifically imports and racing. I think I was around 11 when that movie came out. So I really didn’t know what was real or fake in the racing world. I think that what makes the movie so much better is when you don’t know any better. It really was a great time tho, after I really got into MaxBoost comics and car racing games like Gran Turismo.
Then I found Initial D, the show as well as the arcade game really launched me deep into touge racing and drifting. I learned more technical info or driving techniques as well as a greater appreciation for the older JDM cars. After spending a TON of tires trying to be a drifter, I gravitated more towards street racing and drag racing. I think in the long run it wasn’t any cheaper lol. Just more palatable for a high school kid with a limited budget. But back then I drove an NA FC RX7 so not like it was making a ton of power needed to do giant burnouts before drag races.
I chose the RX7 because at the time it was a pretty cheap option. I picked it up for around $1500. It was rare and of course, it was on Initial D. It really needed up being a good entry-level car because it had a ton of aftermarket parts available and forced me to learn a lot about the mechanical side of things. Nobody really around me knew about rotaries or worked on them.
After years of playing video games of customizing cars and finally having one of my own, I couldn’t wait to customize mine. I think I started out with the basics almost everyone does. Wheels and Coilovers then intake and exhaust. It didn’t make a ton of power or anything but it was mine to tinker and play with. It really was fun adding small little parts along the way. Such as a short shifter and different CD players and speakers. I was making it “my own”
I love owning this car. I've been all over the US with it. Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma, Florida & Louisiana. Usually, when I go somewhere people recognize the car from online or back when I used to go to TX2K and be considered decently fast. People would see my car on 1320video or different places like that. It’s just a cool feeling getting to know people and seeing them at the same racing events and seeing their cars get faster over time. Now to be competitive at most of these races and events you need 1500+ HP to be a top dog. It’s wild how far cars have come. They can be so fast yet tame at the same time. My car feels more like a WW2 kamikaze dive plane.
There really isn’t a TON of FC RX7s around. I think what makes mine unique too is that it’s LS swapped but the exterior still has all those JDM-looking add-ons to it. I’m not running around on Weld or CCW drag packs. I’m just having the car the way I wanted it to be. I originally wanted to have a built rotary motor out in. But back in 2010 when I was ready to spend money on the motor.