Mazda defines itself by its eccentricity and willingness to persist with left-field ideas. Which explains why it is the only manufacturer in the world to have taken the rotary designed by Felix Wankel in the late 50s and turn it into a viable alternative to conventional piston engines. Mazda hasn’t offered a rotary-powered car since 2012 but continues to be defined by its 45-year campaign to prove the concept on both road and track.
Celebrating the Mazda Rotary with a classic rally
Exposure to a Performance Car review of the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV at an impressionable age set Dan Trent on course for a life-long obsession with cars. Immersion in the world of used car temptation with a spell as editor of PistonHeads.com only sealed the deal, compulsive online tyre-kicking now a daily ritual. He’s still some way off that Countach though.