Last month, I yielded to the inevitable and bought myself another open-deck car-hauling trailer to replace the 18-foot steel-deck one that was stolen from my race shop about ten years ago. The place I bought it, Rock's Trailer Sales in Columbus, Ohio, has been supporting SCCA autocross and club-racing efforts since around the time I was born. Their sponsorship and participation in motorsport is so pervasive that I recently saw a Montreal-based pro-racing team hauler with a Rock's sticker on the back bumper. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below While I was waiting for the salespeople to finish my paperwork, I walked through their shop and looked at the dozens of framed photos commemorating various racing efforts over the years. Most of the photos were taken at Mid-Ohio, often from the same angles, and it's fascinating to see the gradual changes in everything from camera quality to flagger positioning. There was just one little thing about the overall display that bothered me, and it … [Read more...] about We Are Running Out of Cars for Club Racing and Autocrossing
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An Arizona mechanic named Nick Dawson just scored the “barn find” of the century: a 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo with less than 1,500 miles on the clock. But getting the car wasn’t easy, because it had been stolen from the dealer 25 years prior. Dawson told me over the phone that he was at work one day in Arizona when he finally decided to take a closer look at a white MR2 that had been sitting around the shop since he’d started there three and a half years prior. The car looked dusty, the paint underneath looked rough after years under the Arizona sun, and the interior was toast. But despite the car’s flaws, the mechanic—who was looking for an efficient vehicle to give his 300,000 mile 1998 Chevy K1500 Z71 a break—asked the shop owner about trying to have the car titled. “Have at it, but it’s gonna suck” the owner allegedly told him. According to the mechanic, the car had been towed to the shop in Buckeye, Arizona in 1999, and, … [Read more...] about How An Arizona Mechanic Scored A Stolen 1,461 Mile 1993 Toyota MR2 Turbo For $500
Register for our free newsletterThe British summer is just about here — the sun is coming out for its one week of the year, and now might just be the time to capitalise on that by nabbing yourself a drop-top car. Regardless, drop-tops are immensely popular here in Britain. Thankfully, you don’t need to spend a packet in order to get that wind-in-your-hair experience, which is why we’ve picked out some of the best convertibles that you can get your hands on for under £2,000. MG TF We’ve found a number for well under our £2,000 budget with only (albeit tired looking) example coming in at under £500. We wouldn’t advise going for something this low priced, though if its history checks out and the car looks straight enough, then there’s no reason why it couldn’t be a decent low-cost runner. Citroen C3 Pluriel Most cars get alloy wheels and air conditioning, but make sure that the folding roof is functioning correctly – this is a … [Read more...] about Summer is coming, and these are the best convertibles for under £2,000
PLUS: April VFACTS, Grand Cherokee Trackhawk review, ride in the Golf GTI Original, and MR2 owner review This week's show has Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey.In car news, pricing and specs for the 2018 Mini hatch and convertible, and BMW 2 series Active Tourer have been announced.The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Freedom Editions are coming to Australia, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Australian details are out, and the Skoda Karoq is now arriving in June.Mike Costello discusses the massive Great Wall Motors R & D centre, and hangs around for April VFACTS.Tony Crawford reviews the insanely quick Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.A winner is announced for guess the exhaust, and we talk to Ben about his owner review of a 1989 Toyota MR2.Troy Crellin, the Program Manager for Mission Australia's Social Enterprise chats about an Australian first initiative where troubled young people are given the opportunity to work in an auto repair shop to get their life back on track.James Wong … [Read more...] about CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!
Name: LamboyCar: Renault Megane R26.ROwned since: August 2015Previously owned: Toyota MR2, Lotus Esprit GT3, BMW M3 (E46), Audi RS4 (B7), Ferrari F430, Porsche 911 GT3 (997.1) Why I bought it: "I also have an antipathy towards depreciation so the fact the R26.R was originally set to be limited to 230 UK examples was an important consideration. However, data from last year suggests that were only a meagre 53 examples either taxed or declared off-road; its place in the rarity charts appears to be assured. "By adding the R26.R to my collection, I hoped to spread my total annual mileage (which stays surprisingly constant) between more cars and give the more mileage sensitive supercar candy longer breaks from the stresses and strains of the public road!" What I wish I'd known: "The harness can be a little irritating particularly at petrol stations when it can take a bit longer to get yourself sorted before you can vacate the pump. Like an OCD you soon learn to take the time to … [Read more...] about Renaultsport Megane R26.R: PH Carpool
Phil Berg Published 12:02 a.m. ET April 19, 2018 In a display of automotive ingenuity, 28-year-old Eileah Ohning spent one year living inside a silver 2004 Acura TL sedan in New York City, saving up enough money from her waitress job to pay off her $42,000 OSU college debt in full, she told a TEDx audience last August. “I’m a millennial, the largest, most-educated and underpaid and in-debt generation. Debt is like a prison sentence and suddenly it was just gone.” Moving up last year, she bought a van. “I can park wherever I like as long as you don’t know there’s a tiny house inside of it.” Sleeping in cars is not new. Henry Ford and friends Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and John Burroughs used converted Model Ts to camp during their 1916-18 span of road-tripping, when the only motel chains in the nation served mostly railroad depots. Ford and friends called themselves the “Vagabonds,” and used the publicity to successfully … [Read more...] about Asleep near the wheel: Another reason for car ownership
Long before Porsche built their first production four-door, they helped with the 500E for Mercedes. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe edition is claimed to be the best of that joint parentage, but will its price have you considering its adoption? Have you seen that TV show about tiny houses? People profess to living in like, 200 square feet of space in these diminutive and oftentimes twee abodes. I don’t think I could store my beloved collection of old car magazines in that small of space, but these folks seem to revel in their minimalist existence. That is I suspect until they get tiny cabin fever. Last Friday we looked at a car that would easily fit into that little house lifestyle. The 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder that was the object of our interest wasn’t just small, it also came with a seemingly diminutive price tag. That $5,750 asking was seen as a big deal by 77-percent of you who gave the car a Nice Price win, despite there not being anyplace to carry home its … [Read more...] about At $30,995, Could This 1992 Mercedes Benz 500E Really Be The Best?
Garage Baby is how the seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe MR2 Spyder affectionately describes his car. We’ll just have to see if its price means that this baby’s got backing. Only the good die young, or so we’ve been told in musical manner by Billy Joel. I don’t really know which song as I’m not all that much a fan of the Piano Man. Still, I’d like to appropriate and tweak those lyrics for our purposes and note that only the good sell fast. Yesterday’s 1987 BMW 325is seemed pretty good, as did its $6,000 price. At least it took home a solid 58-percent Nice Price win, which was pretty good. It also apparently sold, as the ad was removed by the seller just as we were getting underway. Perhaps we’ll have more time to appreciate today’s 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder, a model that I think seems to go under-appreciated. Toyota’s MR2 line encompassed three distinct editions. They got progressively more capable and aggressive … [Read more...] about At $5,750, Could This 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder Be Your Baby?
Remember ‘Taarzan the Wonder Car’? Yes, we’re talking about the same Ajay Devgan-starrer that showed a really old, rotting vintage car being modified into something really cool and racy. Well, the ‘wonder car’ shown in the movie was actually a modified second-generation Toyota MR2 that was done up by none other than Dilip Chhabria, our desi car design guru. Of course, this wonder car excited everyone and even went on sale after the movie was released. However, no one was willing to pay a hefty Rs 2 crore for a car that was essentially an old sportscar without even a properly crash-tested body. Soon, the price was dropped to a much more affordable Rs 35 lakh. However, the Wonder Car didn’t find any takers at all. Back in late 2017, we got to know that the car is in a shabby condition and is rotting somewhere in Mumbai. However, a new video that came online last month states that the car has finally been acquired by someone and is in the process … [Read more...] about ‘Taarzan’ Wonder Car finally located; MEGA transformation plans underway!
Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story by Alan Cesar Toyota has hyped their new Scion FR-S to the skies. The brand is trying to reignite its sporting torch—one that has stayed relatively unburned for some time. Sure, many of the FR-S’s parts are from cars with the Pleiades in its logo, but we’re not going to over-scrutinize this gift horse. We’ll simply appreciate that there’s finally another notable sports car wearing a Toyota badge. Scion. Whatever. There was a time when Toyota’s sporting torch burned intensely. Big V8s were castrated and the oil crisis brought American muscle to its knees. Small imports with four-cylinder engines were taking big bites of the market, and Toyota’s 4A-GE was one of the high-tech mills responsible for the insurgence. Culling 112 horsepower from a mere 1.6 liters took a … [Read more...] about Vintage Views: Toyota AE86 Corolla GT-S