Mazda’s motorsport heritage is being honored at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, currently taking place on the grounds of Goodwood House in the south of England, and tragically one of the automaker’s legendary race cars has suffered a crash at the event. The car is a four-rotor prototype racer that competed in the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans and other endurance events that year.

Everyone knows the story of the more successful 787B. It's a glorious multi-rotor machine that remains the only Japanese car to win at Le Mans. Less well known perhaps, is the 767B that came before it. It’s just as amazing to listen to, and possibly more beautiful to look at, so we’re sad to see it looking like this. The crash happened while the car was doing a timed lap up Goodwood’s famous hill climb.

The good news is that no one was injured, and we’re sure Mazda will be able to put the car back together again. And as for Mazda’s presence in Goodwood, the Japanese automaker has another 767B on hand as well as a 787, 787B, a 757, a Tiga-Mazda GT286, an RX-7 GTO, and the futuristic LM55 Vision Gran Turismo concept car.

Head to Jalopnik for more photos of the wreck, and for more of our Goodwood Festival of Speed coverage, head to our dedicated hub.


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