26 Mazdas and Counting
Inside an anonymous-looking warehouse in Brisbane, Australia, is one of the world’s most fascinating private car collections. Its owner, Danny Irvine, is obsessed with Mazdas.
As soon as Danny passed his driving test in 1991, he bought his first Mazda, a 626 Montrose, and it’s still going strong. But his love for the cars goes back to the ’70s. “My uncle bought one of the first RX-7s in the late 70s and as a young boy I remember watching the needle go right up to 8,000rpm. The memory stayed with me and now I own 26 Mazdas and counting,” says Danny.
More than 50 years of Mazda history is charted in Danny’s collection, which includes rare R360s, three-wheelers and such prized possessions as the only Cosmo L10A in Australia, and two Cosmo L10Bs.
Danny opens his hangar-sized garage to the public once a year, attracting more than 400 people at a time, but he also gets requests from individuals to visit. “People come from all over the world to see my cars. I had a guy from Hong Kong come over recently, and then there was someone from the Netherlands who came all the way just to see them.”
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