Well, it's been a (relatively) eventful week in the world of the Corolla.
I won an old magazine on eBay - CAR Magazine from September 1997, as it included a big 12 page group test between the Corolla G6, Peugeot 306 1.4 LX and Fiat Bravo 1.4 SX.
Again, you can see I'm maximum sad, as I've mentioned before mine looks like the press/launch spec cars. It got a pretty glowing review which was surprising as Corollas were usually slagged off by the British press, especially surprising that they claimed it was the best to drive. It lost out narrowly to the Fiat due to less cabin space and "cheaper" materials, but I dispute that last one as these survive a hell of a lot better than the Bravo has managed to.
From my extensive (and believe me it is) searching, this is the only time a Corolla G6 has ever been featured in a motoring magazine in the UK at least. The only time until this week that is.
This is this quarter's Retro Japanese magazine. It's only been in print for just over a year now, and caters to the more standard end of Japanese cars, their history etc. rather than Banzai style modifications, so I quite like it.
As it's out for 3 months per issue, you have to be quick to get your copy when it's released as they disappear quickly. I stopped off at a little petrol station near the office on the way home the other night and had a quick read in the car park, coming across something very familar looking on page 90:
Some Corollaception for you there, that is indeed my Corolla in my Corolla with a nice little write up I did, felt relatively proud reading it back. I've purposely made it tiny as I don't want to get wrong for posting up a magazine that's currently on sale. There are some great people behind it and it's a good read, I really recommend it to anyone that's got an interest in weird japanese stuff. It's on Pocketmags if you want to grab it digitally and read about some cool cars and then my Corolla guff. (No I'm not on commission, honest).
After it's 5 minutes of fame, I decided to take it to "Retro Toyota Day" today, hosted by a Toyota dealer about 80 miles away from me. They let anything go so I couldn't decide between this or the GT86, but decided to stick as close to Retro as I could. Spent a few hours yesterday doing my best restoring the faded pink bumpers and mirrors, coating the black trim to stay shiny, and polishing up the rest. I think I did relatively well, if I do say so myself.
I think there is a vote coming this week for best original Toyota at the event, so I'll be spamming the link as soon as it's up. I do think the winner will be the absolutely lovely unmodified Celica GT4 that was there though. I've stuck the rest of the pictures up in a Flickr album, it was only small but there was some great stuff there.
Retro Toyota Day Album
Also getting closer to a little milestone, clocked over 99k on the way back home. The 1 is just starting to creep round.
It did the 160 miles or so no problems, A/C blasting as we actually had some sun and heat today. I filled it up on the way there and then when I got back home as I was interested to see what the MPG would be like on a longer run. The road up to where that Toyota dealer was is very hilly and mostly single carriageways with odd passing places, so not ideal but a good test anyway.
Imagine then how happy I was when I whacked the receipt into aCar and got this back:
Considering Toyota's official figures for this were 31MPG city, 46.3 motorway and 40.4 combined, I was well impressed.
Now, onto 100k! Alloy wheel refurb is looking a tempting next step.