After I started driving my first car - a 1973 red ticket getter RX-3 Coupe - I heard about Racing Beat and made several phone calls to them. Mederer would often answer the phone and patiently answer my questions. Their catalogs were great. Met Oku while getting off the plane once, in Narita, Japan. Showed up un-announced at the Mazda factory in Hiroshima and was treated royally by staff and engineers. Would like to go back one day ... their museum is quite awesome now. Jim, I miss you, and I'm sure you are in a better place ... not having to deal with this PLANdemic and all.
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