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.
While Kia and Suzuki were trumpeting the sports each had decided to sponsor and Nissan was touting their sporting history, a trio of Japanese marqued played to PIMS 2014’s theme perfectly, augmenting their crop of current production vehicles with their respective visions of the future of motoring.
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.
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
Most fathers I know strive to leave a legacy for their children. I know mine does, and while I’m not sure what exactly that is, one of which I can be sure of is the love of all things on four wheels. As it turns out, there’s a car club in Laguna that was built on the same kind of legacy, given form through old iron handed down to young blood. On the day before Father’s Day, we were lucky enough to be invited to join them as they rose with the sun for their second Sunrise Run.
While SMX is a much smaller venue than the Philippine World Trade Center, there’s still a lot of space for a good number of cars to be shown. Besides, with the lack of manufacturer presence, the quality of the cars on show will most certainly make up for the smaller numbers.
Since its release in 1966, the Corolla has always been a sensible car for persons who needed a sensible daily driver that didn’t ask for too much attention. Sure there were racier, more desirable cars that carried the Corolla name, but the workaday Corolla sedan with less-inspiring specifications was always an ordinary sedan with a bit more engineering than strictly required to ensure its longevity.
Then in 2000, Toyota decided to do something different with the E110 Corolla, at least in Asian markets. They gave it a new name – Corolla Altis – a 1.8-litre engine and decided to take the car a bit upmarket. Then when the E120 Corolla was introduced in 2001, the plain Corolla was gone and the Altis was suddenly everywhere as a kind of junior companion to the Camry. Let’s take a look at what the last of the E140 junior Camrys had to offer.
While MIAS 2014 had a massive array of cars on display, only a few stood out from the rest, at least from a personal perspective. Ford may have had the biggest display, and some of the vintage cars may be the most pristine examples, but some of my favourites stood without the fancy lights and obsessive restorations.