Thursday
Nov181999

1993 Toyota MR-2 Turbo

Thursday, November 18. 1999

I had my '93 Toyota MR-2 Turbo since it was new, probably the last new '93 on the island. It's pretty obvious I'm hooked to the performance and and looks of a sports car, but I also liked the fact that there are very few out there! Total MR-2 U.S. sales for '93 was about 3800 units, and most were normally aspirated models. I recently started autocrossing our cars, check out the link above to see some pictures of our racing efforts. Although this car is now sold, I miss the "Red Car" and the looks it got.

The pictures I've got here were taken on a sunny day on a short drive around the leeward side of the island. I started high up overlooking Honolulu with Diamond Head Crater in the background. I took the H-1 freeway out towards Hanauma Bay and around the point towards the Blow Hole. It is another fun road to drive, with lot's of twists and turns, with the lava rock walls on one side and a sheer drop off into the ocean on the other!

Looking out over Sandy Beach, you'll see Rabbit Island and Black Island. These last few shots were taken at the Valley Of The Temples. It is actually a memorial park, but there are some very elegant Japanese temples at the back of the valley.
Hope you enjoyed my little trip around the island, for part two, I took the GS-R to the other side of the island.

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I love Mr2s. When I got my First pet Mouse Buck then that is when i sawc my first mr2 mk1 and ever since to me thay are housemouse bucks the roadster puts me in mind of arty the dart full of fun and mischeif.


Thursday
Nov181999

1997 Acura Integra GS-R

Thursday, November 18. 1999

This is our second Integra GS-R, the first was our Frost White '94. This Cypress Green Metallic is one of our most popular colors and always generates great comments. Why did we get Green? Well the choices in '97 were Frost White (been there done that), Black Currant (no purple cars for us) and Cypress Green (the winner by default)

For the GS-R, I decided to run around the island in the other direction, the first shots were among the pineapple fields in Wahiawa... Look at all that red dirt! for those of you who don't know, Hawaiian red dirt is some of the most tenacious soil around! Once it gets on your clothes, it never comes out!

As you leave the cool highlands around Schofield Barracks, this road twists and turns on the way down to historic Haleiwa Town. This is the view you see before you start your trip to the ocean. After passing through Haleiwa, I stopped on the side of the road overlooking Waimea Bay. It was a pretty calm day for the North Shore of Oahu. The last two pictures were taken at the Waimea Falls Park. This is a beautiful park with a waterfall at the end of the valley.


Thursday
Nov181999

1999 Acura Integra GS-R

Thursday, November 18. 1999

Ok, you're probably wondering how excited we can get about our third Integra GS-R sedan? After all, the car is mostly unchanged since its introduction in late '93 as a 1994 model. It seems we can always find something that makes each one noteworthy, the first one had our audio system, the second was that beautiful Cypress Green Metallic, and our new one has a leather interior. More importantly, this one will sport more performance upgrades than the past ones we've had.

As before, we took our car out to look for some nice scenery for a back drop, unfortunately we ran out of daylight. On the plus side, we got some great sunset shots to help remind us why we live in Hawaii.


Saturday
Jul241999

First Autocross

Wednesday, July 28. 1999

In my last newsletter I detailed our plans to hold our own High Performance Training Class, and we almost pulled it off! Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict it was cancelled at the last minute. To make up for giving us such short notice, the SCCA offered to let us participate in their regularly scheduled run-off free of charge. Of the 25 people originally scheduled for our driver training event, about 15 of us took them up on the offer to race in the Solo II event.
After three trips out to Barbers Point NAS to sample the fun racing between the cones it looks like I'll be doing it as often as my work schedule allows. Our feedback has been entirely positive, everyone had a great time!


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