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    Boca Raton north of Ft Lauderdale
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    Cruisin' in Toyota's only supercharged sports car, wrenching on any cars, car electric troubleshooting, regular Mr2 forum contributor, Buckeye football, bringing NASA space science to kids.

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  1. Well I'm on my way to a AACA 24-B (racecar) form submittal to begin the certification process to show my car at a big time AACA event. Unfortunately, Steve Moscowitz was kind enough to inform me that my initial request to obtain racecar certification was mistaken by an employee as a Membership Renewal and could/may have been deposited in a "round file" as we vets used to call it. As a Army veteran I am familiar with administrative faux pas, they were a constant for us Viet Nam era guys. I'm kinda bummed I won't be able to get paperwork done for the "Winter Meet" up there in the Ocala/Tampa, but there are worse things I guess. I'd like to attend to attend a Miami AACA event which I was rejected from appearing in last year. How could they reject a car certified by National? In looking over the 24-B form I have to figure out what a "Year of Documentation" photo consists of for this racecar classification sendoff. ?? Can't wait to my see my white Toyota Road Rocket out there in some muddy field somewhere with a cache of other racecars. Here in South Florida I'm always showing with American muscle cars, or the shiny AACA antiques and the like. Tim Nusbaum aka Mister2 Tim SupercharZed ToyZ RacZing Boca Raton, FL
  2. The Fort Lauderdale Region AACA The 9th annual Toys for Tots Although 2018 was #9 in the FLAACA series to support the efforts of the United States Marines in the South Florida Christmas gifting of children, it’s never an event on cruise control by any means. As with the Boca Raton concourse gala, the kickoff is to meet with Rick Case, our main sponsor to secure a date for use of his expansive KIA dealership “outside” paved parking facility. Then the FLAACA event Chairman Jim Wright starts the months long sojourn seeking the door prizes and giveaways that marked this charity event as a pre-Christmas soirée for the all the attendees. And by “all attendees” that means anyone who wants to support Toys for Tots, not just AACA members.. You see our region supports the local car culture not just for us region members but for all of South Florida, all the time. It is also our way of introducing our AACA to the older car owners who want to proudly show their old, or newer, automobiles. I should know, as I was an attendee of the monthly car cruises way before my car suddenly turned into an AACA antique. The weather was better than fine, as we had overcast “shade” most of the day. The local weatherman forecasted 50% chance of rain, but we don’t believe them much, till it starts to rain. And so, the Marines walked away happy with 2 very large cardboard boxes of Christmas toys. The FLAACA members had another great social gathering. Local car owners all walked away with memento trophies to remember their day. And of course, Mr. Rick Case walked away with a hard earned trophy for his stunning, immaculate, beautiful and concourse level “1914 CASE” antique automobile.
  3. 1985 Mr2 Import Car of the Year Yep, just happened to run across this award while doing some research at the Motor Trend website. Back then the Mr2, being an import, was not allowed to compete with the American cars for the standard award. That’s sad because it was revolutionary for it’s time. So revolutionary that on the first issue of Automobile the 1985 Mr2 was compared to the Ferrari 308. That’s right our Mark1 Mr2 $14,000 against a $58,000 Ferarri. Not that the AW11-chassis MR2 was brand-new in April of 1986. It had already been on the market for more than a year, but that made it a spring chicken compared with the Ferrari 308 parked next to it, which was in its twelfth year. In that first issue, we did the unthinkable, pitting a $14,778 Toyota against a $54,300 Ferrari. Then, we lost our minds and declared the cheap Japanese car the winner. Still, the MR2 was very much a Toyota. Whereas the cabins of other mid-engine cars were crammed with more compromises than cubic feet, the MR2's cockpit was a model of ergonomic perfection, if somewhat less than aesthetically perfect. The dashboard's multiple pods and appendages appear, in retrospect, to be an attempt to torture interior designers, but all of the important controls are placed within easy reach. To describe the cabin as minuscule would be an understatement, but with a greenhouse interrupted only by the thinnest of pillars, the view out is better than that from a modern convertible with its top down. Despite the MR2's microscopic dimensions, the cabin feels quite spacious. Highly adjustable seats are so supremely comfortable that you've no choice but to forgive the oh-so-1980s scrunchie-accordion-rubber doohickeys on the headrest uprights. The pedals are placed properly in front of the driver (rather than pushed toward the right because of wheel-well intrusion, as in many mid-engine cars). The two-spoke steering wheel was not pretty back then, and time hasn't helped its cause, but it's attached to something we seldom see in cars today: a manual steering rack. With fewer than 1100 pounds on the front axle, the steering isn't unduly heavy, even at parking-lot speeds, but flick the wheel on a back road and the MR2 reacts with notable aplomb. That is no surprise, since Toyota recruited Dan Gurney to help with the final chassis tuning. "God help the Italians if the Japanese ever decide to build supercars," wrote David E. Davis, Jr. the then owner of the new Automobile magazine. In time, the Acura NSX, and the Lexus LFA would prove that divine assistance is not yet required for Ferrari, but it's still true that the MR2 was a very special car. Special because of its looks, performance, mid-engine layout, and, above all, because it was so unexpected, coming from a conservative company like Toyota.
  4. Hi Mike, You may wish to contact the "Toyota Nation" website to offer these manuals if there has been no interest here in the AACA. Altho my 1988 Mr2SC came supplied w a free FSM as a sales perk in 1988, the FSM would have cost me well north of $100 to purchase. Rest assured there is someone out there who has a "driving" interest in this car and would covert this offer. Mr2Tim US Army, Veteran.
  5. Hi Curti- The 13B engine is rotary engine supplied to antique 1980's era Madza RX7 2 seater sports cars. Which is a precursor to the issuance Miata sports car. It has no pistons, is very compact and utilizes carburetor in the early issues and FI in the later. Altho I rebuild 4 cyl conventional engines (with pistons) I am clueless about these rotaries but love challenges and mysteries so I threw myself into helping this good person. Thanks for inquiring about the New Era of antiques which are already winning AACA recognition and class trophies. BTW I drive Toyota's only supercharged sports car ever imported to America. Best regards, MR2 Tim US Army, Veteran.
  6. Hiya Bloo, I'm attempting to help a 1985 Rx7 owner get his rocket back on the road. He knows little of mechanics and I know little of these rotaries and thus I cannot rebuild for him. He was on the way to becoming a FLAACA member when he blew his 13B. Helping him has really been trying my patience since he wants to not help his own situation. Need access to short block 13B. MR2 TIM mister2tim@yahoo.com
  8. HI !, I'M A 1ST YEAR AACA NEWBEE W THE FT LAUDERDALE REGION. As our Daily Driver/Racecar turned 30 years old this year, I celebrated life by joining the AACA thru the "Military Sponsorship" program from National AACA. I have been "cruisin" to the FLAACA monthly open cruises for more than a year and was told that at 30 years of age my car is considered an antique by the club. The Ft Lauderdale Region is real pleasure to be associated with. They encourage any car of any age to join the monthly cruises. The Event Coordinator is keen to provide lots of car oriented club activities for those who cannot drive, which is cool for the older club members. My 435,000 mile Mid-engined Runabout 2 seater (MR2) w T-tops is perfect for our South Florida climes. It's still fast as spit, yet delivers 32 mpg. This road rocket is Toyota's only car imported to America with a supercharger that I am aware of. I bought our MR2 at age 40 as racing replacement for our Pontiac Fiero GT V6 DD/Racecar. My wife and I raced with SCCA for 2+ decades in what is basically known to most of you as a Sprint Car classification. A perfect venue for a Texas minister's daughter with a lead heavy right foot. I look forward to talking imports with other like minded drivers of older cars. Best regards, Mister2 Tim US Army, Veteran