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Leigh’s Mazda 929 Coupe

If you speak to anyone of more than thirty, car person or not, everyone seems to have a special place in their heart for a particular car. Growing up, I always remember my mum telling me about her 929 coupe she had when she was younger, purchased brand new from a dealership. Not only was the car completely ahead of it’s time with a digital cluster, pop-up headlights, sunroof, power windows and a dashboard packed with more buttons than a spacecraft; it was also just an amazing car. Surprisingly however, an amazing car that history seems to have forgotten.

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Back in the hey-dey of JDMST meets in Brisbane, I used to spend hours and hours online checking out other cars. I remember seeing so many cars come and go, (Rallye’s Silvia comes to mind) but I also remember seeing certain threads and being blown away. Leigh’s first 929 thread was one. For whatever reason, seeing that old car, on those terrible Rotas, with it’s god-awful Bunnings front lip and JDM as fuck stickers caught my imagination. I was in love with the ugly duckling.

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Unfortunately, the red shell didn’t end up staying around, however it’s legend lived on as it was quickly replaced by something altogether more amazing. A two-tone, turbo 929. A car, that right from the get-go had big aspirations. Big flares, big wheels and over time attracted a big kit, and big smiles.

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With an engine bay confusing enough to baffle local Highway Patrols …

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… And an interior tough enough …

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… not to mention comfortable enough to daily, this car really is the best of the best.

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All topped off with the typical shakotan recipe for style.

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Even though it took me a long, long time to finally see Leigh’s handy-work in the flesh, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I think thanks to this car alone, I’ve got yet another vehicle added to my ownership bucket list.

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More soon.

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