In 1997 my Sister Yvonne passed away after a year long battle with lung cancer. I decided at the age of 41 that life was too short and I was going to do something for me.
For years I had put off buying a sports car. Something always came up that was more important in day to day life.
It was after my Sister passing away that I decided to get a sports car. No more waiting.
I always wanted a Mazda RX-7 with the high-revving engine and sporty looks. But I always ended up buying something sensible for everyday use.
I found a red 1989 RX-7 GX in Toronto. It was non turbo. In decent shape but needed some TLC and a paint job. Over the years we put a fair amount of work and money into keeping her maintained.
We had the rotary engine replaced after 4 years of ownership with some 168,000 miles on her. We ordered a brand new engine from California from Mazda and had the dealer in Kitchener install the engine and new clutch at the same time.
I joined the West Pennsylvania RX-7 Club in Pittsburgh the nearest club I could find. Our son Chase loved accompanying me on these RX-7 meets all over the Eastern US. It was a perfect way to make our father son bond even stronger.
We even bought another 1990 RX-7 for parts and Chase spent the entire summer carefully removing all of the spare parts from this parts car. We still have all of those parts now. Over the years we have also bought new parts from companies like Mazdatrix in the US worried that at some point parts would no longer be available.
The car became an heirloom and after Chase graduated I gave him the ownership and keys to the car as a graduation present in 2007. It has remained in our family all these years in memory of my sister. It has brought us many years of happiness and wonderful memories
I purchased a 2007 red Honda S2000 in 2008 to replace my RX-7. It too remains in our family. Both are extremely fun to drive with their high-revving engines and light weight.
— Paul Hillenaar, Ayr, Ontario, Canada
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