When we first visited Rick, we took the liberty of poring over every shiny inch of his unique aluminum-panelled 1962 Mini Cooper S. However, we weren’t there just for the car.
In today’s installment, we take a look at Rick’s garage.
When we last left the Classic Toyota club, we ended with a hot little red first-generation Celica coupe. Today we start with another one, this time with a much more custom vibe.
A four day show sponsored by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers in the Philippines, Inc., the 5th Philippine International Motor Show is a little bit more specialist than the other car shows we have on the calendar. Instead of just a show where manufacturers and the aftermarket come in to show off their latest offering, PIMS 2014 is turned towards the future of the Philippine motoring industry, and the future of motoring in general. Sure, there were the usual unveils and special discounts, but the show program also included talks and presentations on high-tech, high-sustainability motoring.
Toyota. Say the name and images of cars that run hundreds of thousands of kilometres with only routine maintenance come to mind. The name “Toyota” has long been synonymous with amazing reliability and toughness, and of cars that will never just not work. Of late though, a miasma of staidness has surrounded the marque, with the common knock being that their cars are merely wheeled appliances, built to convey and nothing more. The GT 86 has worked to turn it around somewhat, and the FT-1 concept helped a little more, but the general miasma of “wheeled appliance” still remains.
In reality, Toyota has a rich heritage of sporting history, putting good engines into effective rear-wheel drive platforms and wrapping attractive bodies around them. The guardians of this heritage are the loyal wrenchers who keep their old Toyotas vibrant and alive, keeping witness to a time when Toyotas were bulletproof fun. Continue reading
One does not simply have a car show. A lot of logistics is involved in putting together a car show, even one in a wide-open space. After the obvious bureaucratic hurdles of finding and reserving a space for your show, there is of course the matter of the cars that will be in it. Where do you put each of them? How do you make sure that they enter the show area in an orderly fashion? Well, for one thing it helps a little if the cars in the show are small.
Or, in this case, mini.