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2014/03/01 06:46:11 (permalink)
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Bathurst help - your car could be famous

Hi all,
 
My name is Nigel Burton. I'm an English author and journalist working on a new book about the MR2.
I have a couple of favours to ask:
1. Does anyone have a photo (or photos) of the MR2 Bathburst I might be able to use? As an Australian-market special I'm struggling to locate a decent photo over here on the other side of the world.
2. I'm looking for owners willing to share their MR2 experiences for the book. Some things to consider: why did you buy an MR? What attracted you to it? How did it measure up to your expectations? What has gone wrong? What have you done to it? 
The best stories will appear in the book (due next year).
 
Thanks in advance for any members who can help,
 
 
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/01 09:45:14 (permalink)
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    G'day Nigel.
    While this is not an actual Bathurst model however................
    I don't know if you are aware of a very special MR2 now based in Tasmania that was used by Toyota as a prototype for the Bathurst Models, and owned by Tim Johnson.
    You may see on the list of drivers names, one Juan Manuel Fangio as as well as many well known locals.
    The MR2 Owners Club recently discovered this car on our recent MR2 Nationals event while touring Tasmania last year.
    Below I have included a page from our club newsletter with some details.
    The original PDF of that page is a bit large to PM so if you want a better quality copy you would have to PM me with your email so I could send it to you.
    I don't have Tim Johnson's contact details at the moment, however I could possibly obtain them for you if required.
     
       

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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/02 03:53:55 (permalink)
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    What an incredible find! I thought the Bathurst car was an official Toyota 'works' entry. Incredible that it was "retired" to a backyard beneath a tree.
    If similar treatment had been handed out to it in my country the bodywork would have had more holes than a six month old piece of Swiss cheese.
     
     
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/02 12:52:21 (permalink)
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    "I thought the Bathurst car was an official Toyota 'works' entry"
    I believe that is correct.
    The Bathurst models were raced succesfully, notably at the Mount Panorama track at Bathurst, from which they got their model name.
    The pic shows Colin Osbourne's Team Toyota SW20 Bathurst no 13.
    I think the pic would have been taken about the mid/late 90's
     
    I'm not sure exactly how many Bathurst models were sold in Australia but they are quite common here.
     
    Just to clarify further, Tim Johnson's car is a 1991 model with the early type spoiler and the Gen2 motor.
    As has been mentioned earlier, it had considerable racing sucess, and it was used by Toyota to develop the later Bathurst models (post 1994) that of course had the Gen 3 motor.
    For a 20+YO race car, Tim's car is still fully functioning, with a full roll cage and is still taken to the track ocasionally. 
    Looking into the engine bay I couldn't notice anything different to other early model SW20's, but I believe Tim said that it had some engine tuning, however he didn't know specifically what was done.
     
     
     
      
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/02 14:46:47 (permalink)
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    Im in regular contact with Tim, if you need anything let me know. Tim is racing his car this weekend in te regularity series at Symmons Plains racetrack in Tasmania. I know he had the motor rebuilt but not sure of the specs. 
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/02 16:01:52 (permalink)
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    The concept Bathurst MR2 was built on the success of the MR2 at the Bathurst 12 hour as "Reddtarga" explained.  However there was another reason for introducing the Bathurst model.  At the time, around 1994, the Australian Govt. introduced a "luxury tax" on imported vehicles.  This bumped up the price of an MR2 (only one spec MR2 for Australia) to over $60,000.  To meet the market demand and to come in under the luxury tax Toyota Australia introduced the Bathurst model.  It was a stripped MR2 with 38kgs taken out to lighten it and 12% increase in engine output.  The first Bathurst MR2s came out with no radio, no ABS, no air conditioninf (even though air con was an option extra on all MR2s) no centre consol.  After the initial release, later versions had most options fitted.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/04 13:33:51 (permalink)
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    You might want to contact "lumix" on the forum to see if you can use his photos of a 100% stock MR2 Bathurst located in this thread:
     
    http://www.mr2australia.com/mr2play/tm.aspx?m=15065

     
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/04 13:42:36 (permalink)
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    Also some more information on:
    http://www.mr2.com/Racing.html
     
    There's an email from "David Scott" detailing the bathurst races and how well the MR2 went which might be of value to you.

     
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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2014/03/15 15:41:52 (permalink)
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    MR2author,
    I did a search and found an earlier post by RDS. Hope its helpful. I can't vouch for its accuracy, however.
    I have a '95 Bathurst and I have seen another list of Australian sales figures stating 77 Bathurst sold that year as well as 25 GT's for a total of 102 (list below says 69). I'll do a further search and see what I can find.
    cheers
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    Posted - 08/04/2010 :  12:17:28  
    found the file i had on my computer.. of what looks like MR2 PRODUCTION years sent to Australia. problem is the final number is different. :S
    1987 - 441
    1988 - 159
    1989 - 115
    1990 - 529
    1991 - 234
    1992 - 155
    1993 - 106
    1994 - 124
    1995 - 69
    1996 - 88
    1997 - 88
    1998 - 54
    1999 - 20
    2000 - 380
    2001 - 394
    2002 - 228
    2003 - 116
    2004 - 58
    2005 - 27
    2006 - 0

    Total:
    AW11 - 715
    SW20 - 1467
    ZZW30 - 1203
    Total MR2's manufactured for Australia? - 3385


    to answer your question from the same file.
    of 163763 AW's produced,40951 stayed in japan
    of 136347 SW's produced,69054 stayed in japan
    of 78039 ZZW's produced, 21404 stayed in japan

    where should i upload this file anyway. this poo poo is interesting. no idea where it came from, but its an excel file of mr2 production.. :S nfi how reliable it is.

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    Re: Bathurst help - your car could be famous 2018/06/13 09:48:52 (permalink)
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    Hi, just came across this old post, I actually drove one of those MR2's at Bathurst in 2000, I first the first driver. 
     
    I don't know if you ended up publishing anything or if you got the information you were after but I'd love to see anything you found. 
     
    Also, if there's anything you'd like to know about the car, feel free to ask.
     
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