In a departure from the Sporting Register’s normal arrangements, our July monthly meeting was held at the Drouin Golf Club instead of Daizies just out of Warragul. The change of venue certainly attracted a bumper crowd of 78 members and guests despite the requirement to book in on the Sporting Register website by the previous Monday evening. Unfortunately several members arrived without booking in, but the staff at the Golf Club managed to cater without any fuss. To avoid embarrassment to the Club at any subsequent functions, be it at the Golf Club or any other venue, I would urge members to follow the booking arrangements put in place and published in our newsletter.
Our display car this month was the 2012 Toyota 86 GTS belonging to Traralgon Toyota salesman Ben Huke who has attended several Sporting Register events in this car. As most sporting car enthusiasts will know, the Toyota / Subaru joint project to build the 86 / BRZ twins has been a stunning success with demand far outstripping the supply of these 2-litre, boxer engined, rear wheel drive coupes. Ben’s pearlescent white, 6-speed manual was one of the first brought into the country after their release in mid-2012. Design inspiration came from Toyota’s classic 2000GT and the AE86 rear-wheel-drive Corolla. It is designed to appeal to driving enthusiasts and even caters for the odd track session with room for 4 race tyres in the back and headrests that accommodate the extra bulk of a helmet. Ben is impressed with the gearbox and handling of the car, which despite its sporting pretentions is not overly harsh in the fashion of older sports cars. The Subaru engine runs Toyota injection and produces 145Kw at a relatively high 7000rpm. The car weighs in at a podgy 1200kg, but those owners wanting more performance are catered for by plenty of aftermarket suppliers of forced induction and a wide range of suspension enhancement products.
Ben expects a convertible version of the 86 coupe to be available in about 18 months and a Toyota / BMW joint project to produce a new Supra model in a couple of years’ time. It’s hard to believe that this enthusiasts’ car comes from the same company that produce the pretentious Camry Sportivo.
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