Mazda R100 Racing
Following on the success of the Cosmo Sports at Nürburgring in 1968, Mazda decided to race another rotary car. The Familia Rotary Coupe won its first outing, at the Grand Prix of Singapore, in April, 1969.
Next, the company took on the touring car endurance challenge at Spa, the Spa 24 Hours. For 1969 and 1970, Mazda entered a pair of Familia Rotary Coupes. The cars came fifth and sixth the first year after a quartet of Porsche 911s. The next year, four Familias were present, battling with BMW Alpinas, and Alfa Romeos for the podium. This time, three of the Mazdas were retired, with the fourth claiming the fifth position.
The Familia also placed fifth at the Marathon de la Route at Nürburgring in 1969, the same race that the Cosmo had bowed at the previous year. Finally, Mazda took the Familia home for the Suzuka All-Japan Grand Cup, where it won easily.
For 1970, the Familia placed eighth at the RAC Tourist Trophy in June, fourth at the West German Touring Car race in July, and fifth at Spa, as mentioned above.