Rotary passion runs deep

Rotary passion runs deep

Mazda Motorsports

Rotary passion runs deep


Teenager Austin Bradshaw grew up around Mazda race cars, and now he’s organized the first Rotary Reunion Race at Portland International Raceway

Austin Bradshaw was 2-years old when the last RX-7 was produced, but that didn’t stop him from being a lifelong fan of the RX-7 and even earlier rotary cars, such as the RX-3 and RX-2. He’s such a fan, in fact, that he recently organized a rotary race car reunion at Portland International Raceway, with plans for more in the future.

“I’ve pretty much grown up at the racetrack,” Austin says. “My father [Danny Bradshaw] started racing karts; he grew up at PIR [Portland International Raceway]. My grandfather, his dad [John Bradshaw], was a grand marshal and pace car driver in Portland for many years and a chief steward for SCCA, so my dad grew up at the racetrack similar to me. I was out at the racetrack for the first time when I was 3-months old at the Rose Cup races. It’s become my biggest passion.

“I grew up watching my dad and Gary Bockman,” he continues. “[Bockman’s GT3 RX-3] is my favorite race car I grew up watching. I was surrounded by SCCA racers and RX-7 owners. Growing up around them, Mazda RX-7s and RX-2s and 3s have become my passion.”

Austin is going into his sophomore year at Portland State University. He also has a photography business shooting racing, and he restores street RX-7s on the side. Most of the money he makes goes into his own Mazda race cars and other rotary projects.

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