Project Car SOTU: Toyota MR2 "Someday" Race Car


It’s a situation that us car lovers fantasize over: a car somehow falls into your lap and you feel not only morally obligated, but genuinely excited, to accept it as your own. You welcome it with open arms, tell your friends of the new addition to your fleet, spend hours on the internet researching the model, and, for weeks on end, fail to think of much else aside from that new-to-you car that’s waiting for attention. But, alas, that’s not necessarily the way the cookie crumbles, so to speak.
A few years back my friend Dan and I were fortunate enough to take on joint ownership of a beaten-and-battered but still too free to pass up 1991 MR2 and we had big, broad plans for the racing series (yes, serieS in the plural) that we were going to enter with it. Texts and Facebook messages were exchanged at a record pace upon bringing the car home. Our hopes were high.
That initial Intro post was one of my first here at Hooniverse, and it went live well over a year ago. We drove the little sports car home from Jersey over two years ago. I’d love to report that a lot has been done on the MR2 front since then, so read on to find out (though the above image may serve as a hint).


So what’s been done to the “Someday Race Car” MR2?

Not a goddamn thing.

The poor thing hasn’t moved an inch.

This is a sad story of how a Toyota MR2 that once provided hopes and dreams has gone entirely neglected for over two years. Actually, it’s not much of a story at all, but rather the result of something called life. Priorities change, work overwhelms, schedules conflict; it’s what happens when there’s never enough time. And it’s the path that leads to not just one MR2, but two, sitting unmoved, un-started, and un-loved for two-plus years.

The Stormtrooper 4Runner keeping its non-running Toyota sibling company


Sidelined by a bad back and crippled by our never-aligning schedules, MR2.1, the free Jersey car with a good chassis but shot motor, continues to to collect dust, pollen, and sharp glances from me every time I lay eyes on it. Meanwhile, MR2.2, the extraordinarily cheap Craigslist find with a horribly rotted chassis but a strong engine, lives with Dan and, like the car it will someday mate with to build one single running Toyota sports car, continues to live a life like that of MR2.1; i.e., not much of a life at all.
It’s easy to say this, and it’s been said before, but we’re hopeful that at least some progress can be made in the upcoming months or at least year. The prospect of how fun these cars are is tormenting our feeble little minds, but much legwork stands in the way. I’d say stay tuned, but I said that last year. Someday though, these suckers will run as one.

By |2017-08-07T10:30:17+00:00August 7th, 2017|Featured, Project Car SOTU, Project Cars|8 Comments

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Ross Ballot
Automotive ADHD, personified. Usually found driving a Toyota 4Runner. Lover of all things off-roading; amateur autocrosser. Perpetually looking for the next vehicle he will regret.