The latest video sweeping the web right now is of 21 year old Corbin Goodwin’s Rat Rod style 1984 Mazda RX-7. Corbin bought this 1984 Mazda RX7 in Fresno a couple of years ago for less than $500,brought it to his parent’s home in Southern California and started the transformation to turn it into a 300+ horsepower Canyon carver. After investing over $13,000 of quality parts (including a V8 engine out of a Fox-body Ford Mustang and bespoke suspension), it got the attention of Matt Farah and his popular Drive series on YouTube and from there, the rest is history. (Check out the video below!)
What sets this Mazda RX7 apart from what people would call conventional car builds, is the fact that Corbin has given almost no regard to how the car looks. And that’s the beauty of the whole build. The car is littered with stickers meant to irritate the public establishment, has a wood front splitter out front instead of a light weight carbon fiber replacement, has almost all of the clear coat peeling off the paint and overall looks like a junked car. But anyone who drives it or has seen it drive by knows that this 1984 Mazda RX7 is a very capable performance car with plenty of power and responsive handling that would put many sports car to shame today.
After doing an “Ask me Anything” thread on reddit, in response to what was the most difficult part of the build was, Corbin responded by saying ,
“I would say the immense amount of tinkering, just bending and fitting and finding parts and figuring out how to make things work, I could make a whole separate video about that. Also, having no lift and such it's a real pain to take everything apart on your driveway. I've done a good amount of work, my car story is long and mostly fun.”
And that’s what the whole point of this car is. It’s simply fun peppered in with heaps of Corbin Goodwin’s character. In a day in age where cars are focused more on miles per gallon, reliability and being environmentally conscious, the art of fun you can say has been lost on the average consumer. Corbin Goodwin’s 1984 Mazda RX7 is an unconventional return to what is carnal in all car fun, a fast car that turns well and melds car and driver together in one big smile.