Racecar Build: STL RX-7

Racecar Build: STL RX-7

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Racecar Build: STL RX-7

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Mike Van Steenburg pulled an ITS RX-7 out of mothballs to run Street Touring Lite at the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

One of the beautiful things about a class like Street Touring Lite, where the rules are broadly defined such that almost any car that meets the engine rules – under 2.0 liters of displacement, is that it’s fairly easy to fit anything into the class.

Mike Van Steenburg has a 1600 Miata built for competition in the class. But when it came time to race at Daytona International Speedway for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Van Steenburg didn’t think the 1600 Miata was going to work against the competition on Daytona’s long straights. So he decided an RX-7 would be a better choice for the class at Daytona. When he went looking for one, he didn’t have to look far.

“This car was a customer’s of mine that I built probably 15 years ago,” Van Steenburg explains. “I called him up and said, ‘Can I borrow your car?’ because it’s been in my shop in storage forever. He said go ahead.”

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