Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

Hi everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the early winter weather. For those in the southern hemisphere, I assume your daily commutes aren’t a death trap. Anyway, here is a great story from David (in Southern California) on his 1995 Toyota Celica GT Convertible. It’s nice to see a ‘sporty’ vehicle getting used for both commuting and high-mile collection. Look, I’m not going to disparage anyone from putting 500K plus miles on a Civic or a Camry, but you can drive and look good doing it in a Celica (David claims it’s unsexy. I would disagree.) Here is David’s story in his own words:

I purchased the car new in November of 1994 and have been driving her on my 60 plus mile daily commute ever since. Despite working in an industry where luxury and high end image1vehicles are the norm, I never had the reason, cause, or excuse to trade / upgrade her.  This vehicle has been relentlessly reliable since the day of purchase and I continue to marvel at her “can do” attitude. Abandonment has and never will be an option!

The car is still running on her original engine (4th timing belt) and original transmission. No major issues, and with the exception of a spent battery or two (or in my case, 8), has never left me stranded. She doesn’t leak oil, still performs at 30 MPG (with a good wind behind her), and for the unsexy, anti-chick magnet that she is, doesn’t look half bad – especially with the top down (which is 90% of the time)!

All and all, my Toyota and I are quite happy together and will hit, with no doubt, 500,000 miles. Thank you for your interest and please enjoy the below pictures and videos documenting both 300k and 400k miles!

Thanks again for sharing with us David.

Enjoy some photos of David’s wonderful Celica.

 

 

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Petrolicious is at it again. You may remember the last time they featured a high-mile classic car, the Porsche 356.  That car was close to a million miles, which launched it right into our hall of fame page. This story, however, is a little different.

This Lamborgini 400FT 2+2 in this  video is simply stunning. It’s not quite at 300,000 miles, and I need to clarify that is really just a drop in the bucket when talking about high-mile cars, but this is a Lambo here, and 300,000 in any grand tourer exotic sports car with a V12 engine is going to be pretty rare. In fact, as owner Jack Riddell mentions in the video, most people are putting these in garages to keep them safe. Not drive them thousands of miles a year.

Some of the interesting tidbits I took away from the video were that Jack bought the car at 23,000 miles in 1972 and put on the remainder himself. He has also been driving it for thirty four years. I really like it when he says that a car gets better when you drive it a lot. It keeps the engine clean and it prevents the spark plugs from getting messed up. Jack mentions that if his car could talk it would say, “Drive me!”  Isn’t that what high-mile driving is all about?  I’m very delighted that Petrolicious was able to find Jack and interview him.

 

 

This breaking news comes to us from Tyson Hugie at Drivetofive, HMC reader and long time High-miler. Someone named Mark owns a 2000 Corvette, and according to that video, that vet has 649, 248 miles on it. I know, right? Insane! The surprise isn’t the mileage itself. It’s how new that Corvette is. It’s simply amazing.  If you know Mark, or you are Mark, please contact us. I’d like to talk to you about your Corvette.

Earlier this year, I had a story on Carol Marini and her 800, 000+ mile mustang. Well, I have some new info about her. She contacted me and gave us an update on her situation. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to secure the funding to attend the pony ride down to Las Vegas this year. That’s a real shame. She even appealed to Ford for sponsorship, but it fell on deaf ears.  If you ask me, Carol is a living advertisement for the dependability of the Ford brand. I’m really surprised that they couldn’t help her out. Business politics I suppose.

Anyways, Carol was kind enough to send us some photos to post here, and she let us know her Mustang is now at 824, 000 miles.  She is planning an independent trip to Las Vegas to celebrate, and is currently looking into sponsorship options. I offered Pay Pal and Gofundme as possibilities, but if you have any ideas I’d love to hear them.

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Now, let me tell you, it’s impossible to verify every claim of mileage out there. A lot of these stories come from forums  and websites where hearsay is the word of the hour. Despite this, I still like to hear about these people and their cars.  Shirley Fender and her 1989 Mustang GT  went the distance,  and she posted about here on Ford Social to share her achievement.  I’m willing to take people at their word, and so I’ll salute you Shirley, I if you find us here at High Mile Club, let us know if the Mustang is still out there on the road. BTW, let us know if a dealer or company actually gave you something for showing off your high mile car. It would be interesting to see how often this happens.

Update: I dug up this article about her, and it seems like she was aiming for a million miles on the original engine. Is also appears her story is quite legit.  I wonder how close she is to that goal. Shirley, if you are out there, check in with us and tell us how your car is doing.