Radwood car show at COTA

Started by BruceK, April 23, 2022, 08:36:21 AM

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BruceK

COTA is hosting the Austin edition of Radwood today.  Focus is on cars of the 80s and 90s.

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

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I thought the Lotus Carlton (with Carlton sticker!) was simply a top trim level of the Vauxhall Carlton, but the VIN plate clearly shows the manufacturer is listed as Lotus.   No mention of Vauxhall at all. Just a subtle parent GM sticker under the bonnet.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

The wild Range Rover nose is a period piece form Wood & Pickett!
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

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More.  The owner of that white Toyota pickup with 168K miles is offering for sale for $22,500.  Crazy.

After the Datsun brand name was killed and replaced by Nissan in the 1980s, Datsun continued to be used as a sub-brand under the corporate Nissan umbrella.  Such as for this Nissan pickup that is a Datsun model.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

MiniDave

There was a lot of interesting design going on back then!

You could have hauled your Mini in the back of your Yota!
Complete failure at retirement

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

BruceK

My original plan was to take the Beat, but now I have decided to sell it and i'm superstitious and don't want anything to go wrong.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

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Here are the Ah, Bey, Say models of the Kei classic sports cars.

The Autozam AZ-1, the Beat, and the Cappuccino.  ABC! 

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

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Toyota Century, the flagship of brand.  Above Lexus on the Toyota totem pole.   The VIP passenger sits in the left rear seat and can put his feet through the front passenger seat to stretch out.

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

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1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

MiniDave

Quote from: BruceK on April 23, 2022, 09:21:51 AM
My original plan was to take the Beat, but now I have decided to sell it and i'm superstitious and don't want anything to go wrong.

And replace it with a .......?

Jeebus.......a Sterling! 825 or 827? Doesn't matter, a rare beast to find still mobile
Complete failure at retirement

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

ve9aa

Great pix ! ! !

but what is COTA?

I see TExas plates, so my wild a$$ guess is "cars of Texas, Austin?"

Thanks for posting them.  A couple I'd love to have.
Mike in NB

30 minutes in a Mini is more therapeutic than 3 sessions at the shrink.

Willie_B

COTA is Circuit of the Americas.

BruceK

Quote from: MiniDave on April 23, 2022, 12:57:35 PM
Quote from: BruceK on April 23, 2022, 09:21:51 AM
My original plan was to take the Beat, but now I have decided to sell it and i'm superstitious and don't want anything to go wrong.

And replace it with a .......?

Jeebus.......a Sterling! 825 or 827? Doesn't matter, a rare beast to find still mobile

I'm undecided on what may interest me next. But the first job is to sell the Beat.

There were two Sterlings there, both 827 models.   I was thinking since they are largely Hondas made by Rover they should be nicknamed "Rhondas". 

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

BruceK

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This Alpine was imported to the US when it was brand new in the mid-80s and it was totally "federalized" then back when all sorts of firms were providing "gray market" cars to the eager American public.  This was right before Mercedes bribed Congress to institute the 25-year rule which sadly exists until this day. 
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

MPlayle

Bruce already posted the frontal shots of my blue Mini Van with its bonnet up.  This was its first long drive and it performed admirably - no issues going up or back.  It kept up with Bruce's Yota truck nicely and got 32.5 mpg the run up to the show.

It was the only Mini entered.  As we were leaving, I noticed another similar blue Mini Saloon in the spectator parking.


MiniDave

Does the Alpine use the same motor as the Delorean did?
Complete failure at retirement

1989 Cooper Racing Green
2009 Clubman S
2014 Audi Allroad

BruceK

Quote from: MiniDave on April 23, 2022, 04:23:06 PM
Does the Alpine use the same motor as the Delorean did?

Unfortunately, I think it does.
1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

94touring

Bruce why are you wanting to sell the beat?

BruceK

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Quote from: 94touring on April 23, 2022, 05:03:01 PM
Bruce why are you wanting to sell the beat?

Well, I absolutely love the engine and the way it revs to 9000 and just screams like a little F1 car.  But after a year that's about all I really like about the car. I'm kind of surprised how crude it feels.  A Mini, with all it's 1950s engineering, is a much more refined car than the Beat in terms of steering feel and suspension response and tight handling characteristics.  We all know how endearingly primitive a Mini is, but to me, the Beat seems about half way between a basic fairground go-cart and a Mini in terms of sophistication of driving dynamics.  Kind of crazy to think since it's a Honda product.  But a Miata is leaps ahead of a Beat.  And it's not because my car is worn out – it has less than 27,000 miles.  And not because it's super light weight- it's about 250 lbs heavier than a Mini.  I think it has to do with the fact it's a Kei-class car and basically the bar is set very low for the bottom rung of the Japanese car market.  Kei cars are designed to be driven in congested cities at low speeds, not to be blasting around back roads, hitting the twistys, or cruising at highway speeds.  My expectation was that the Beat would be a smaller, tight handling, higher revving version of a baby Miata.  But it's not.

1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

94touring


BruceK

Quote from: 94touring on April 23, 2022, 06:28:00 PM
Well that's a bummer.

Yeah. After a while this, cool as it is, isn't enough for me.



1988 Austin Mini
2002 MINI Cooper S
1992 Toyota LiteAce (JDM)
1997 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

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