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 Post subject: vintage racing: SCCA GT4 TE27 Toyota Corolla (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:52 pm 
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To Ben Hsu,
My name is Manny Torres, in response to your posting on 9/29/2011 I am the builder and driver of the Downey Toyota Corolla. I built this car in 1977 and raced it until 1990. The pictures posted are 3 diff. cars at willow springs, riverside, and carlsbad raceways, if you are interested have many more pics. and video of the cars that were built along with specs. ( Have one car stored in warehouse 1975 toyota sr5 scca gt4 with 70 scca logged races FYI I was the first toyota driver to race in SCCA in 1977 western states. Manny


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:55 pm 
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would love to see photos

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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:07 pm 
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Ok today is the day that my grandson visited me and helped me understand how to post (keep in mind i'm 72). These pictures only are a small portion of the many forms of media possessed by me. I have video and many more pictures that I will post if requested. As previously stated in my first posting I contain a bucket of information and history for vintage racing (Toyota) during the 70s-80s. Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:33 pm 
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This is te27 is the second of three built by me during the late 70s and early 80s. This "junkyard" was the source of where i got my cars for nothing, all i had to do was fly his colors as a sponsor. It was located in Anaheim/Fullerton CA and they were known as foreign auto dismantle-rs. It was JCC heaven!


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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This picture is me observing a new set of Firestone slicks for the upcoming race at Willow Springs. The guy who hooked me up with the new slicks was Little Joe Aguirre. The car is rocking Panasport wheels, state of the art at the time. Also Nippon Denso decals where plastered on the side window because they hooked me up for free. Fender flares were ripped off 240z and were riveted on, they said it wouldn't work. LEXAN windows replaced stock glass that was costing weight. Lots of hours put in.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:01 pm 
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Like the bottom caption says I crashed my first car at turn 8 on Sonoma Raceway aka Sears Point. The cause of the crash was a rear axle failure do to a mis-weld in the differential spider gears. This caused me to spin and hit the side of the hillside in turn 8. This then caused the car to roll upwards and roll. Affected me for a week and got back in, didn't tell the wife.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:21 pm 
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This picture is at Riverside which is famous for turn 7, my competitors at the time included Renault, Mini, Datsun, and Fiat. However, I was the new kid on the block and was the FIRST to race Toyota Corollas in SCCA competition. Dare i say I was the first to build and drive these West of the Mississippi River, if not the entire U.S. If you don't believe me call me. TRD was the first to send me contingency dollars for "amateur" racing, which helped me immensely.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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This is the loaded version of "Junkyard Dawg" in its final stage, ready to race. The car was painted in my garage. My decals consisted of HNS machine shop, TRD, Valvoline, and Anaheim/Fullerton Auto Dismantler. If you wanted to race back then you had to hustle for sponsors. Also note my car #86, was long before the popular 86 from Japan. Weird isn't it?


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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SCCA racing during this time included the classes of H, G, and F production. Gt4 also raced together in the same races as well. These races today are known as multiclass events, they were extremely fun. Riverside turn 7A was a fast turn that led into a straight away, its a shame that the track is gone now.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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One of my favorite shots of our pre-grid formation. This picture really shows the atmosphere at the time. Whenever the cars are placed at the pre-grid the nerves hit like a stack of bricks and "showtime" begins. Normal race time was 16 laps around 45 minutes of racing.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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My best friend (Mike Parks) and I raced many years together and took many podiums. This is our pit area, no enclosed trailer or anything "fancy". We were our own mechanics and did it all.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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During this practice, my car was rolled in turn three at Willow Springs. The windshield was cracked, right front shock was damaged, left fender flare torn, and the top was damaged both sides. We repaired it and got it to race the following day. Luck struck again and it was rolled in the same place on race day. It was a throwaway. Car number three was in the works. Moral of the story is not to let your buddies race your car!


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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This is car number three, the last te27 body style built by Torres Racing. The car was sold to a Finnish dude for road rally. More to come about this later.


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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Thats it for right now, I am willing to share many forms of media about this subject if requested. I have video, more pictures, old technical tips for vintage racing, and many other experiences endured by myself and others. This is not even the beginning of the mountain of information possessed by me.- Manny


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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The pictures and stories are FANTASTIC. Thank you for sharing, and share more when you get the chance! I love it!

Do you still race? Did you keep any of the parts at all, or a whole car perhaps still?

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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:25 pm 
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Stationwagonguy wrote:
The pictures and stories are FANTASTIC. Thank you for sharing, and share more when you get the chance! I love it!

Do you still race? Did you keep any of the parts at all, or a whole car perhaps still?

Thanks! I don't race anymore, however i have loads of spares and an actual 1975 Toyota Corolla SR5 SCCA GT4 that will be up for sale at a later date. Spares include 2t, 3t, 2tg twin cam engines, mikuni side carbs, T-50 trans, rare Panasport vintage wheels and many other goodies that will be also for sale at a later date. Here are some pictures of old blue. Last raced in 2003.
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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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Thank you so much for the stories and photos! What an awesome history!

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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:27 am 
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:tu: Thank for you sharing. Great pictures and story.

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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
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Thank you for sharing your photos and stories Manny !!
It is very cool to hear from someone who raced the cars and get more
information. (Mostly all you see is just the car photos).


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 Post subject: Re: vintage racing:SCCA GT4 TE27 TOYOTA COROLLA (9/29/2011)
PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:18 pm 

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unbelievable pics!
we demand more, its so cool to see all this stuff from years ago and the fact that you are still into it after all the years and fun of racing and building cars.
I'd very much like to see any underhood and interior pictures you have of any of these cars. To me nothing is cooler that a car in race trim.
thanks so much for sharing, please continue.


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