Following Toyota’s tremendous and historic win at the 2018 Le Mans, I couldn’t help but wonder, “what’s a Gazoo?” For the uninitiated or unfamiliar, the official name of Toyota Motorsport’s racing team at Le Mans is Toyota Gazoo Racing. While I had initially assumed TGR was a factory-backed team, named Gazoo, presumably after its owner, it became increasingly clear that TGR was, in fact, a factory works team, and my curiosity piqued.
Part supplies can really dictate ownership experience of classic cars. With my unique old ’80s Mitsubishi Montero, I’ve become painfully familiar with the feeling of dismay when met with the dreaded ‘No Longer Available’ designation while hunting for the last little part to complete a job.
In 1977, BMW unveiled the 7 series, with which they defined and entered a new realm of opulent touring sedans. Built to follow the E3 “Bavaria” sedan alongside the E12 5-series, the E23 introduced a new tier of driver-centric luxuries including power front seats with heaters, reclining rear seats, power windows, power mirrors, in-car telephone technology, and extended leather trimmings.
More than a decade ago IND established themselves as the name in modern BMW tuning. 10 years later, they remain at the top, with claims to fame like their recent Ultraviolet M4 and the Blue Ice M235, or true classics like the Dakar E90, or even Project Green Hell. IND has unquestionably set the bar for creating BMWs unparalleled in style, performance, and execution.
Mark Tingey’s ’89 911 Carrera 4 clearly has a lot of draw. Its white-on-white styling nestles it comfortably somewhere in between the 80s and 90s, and its perfect paint, stature, and presence command a bit of respect. Catering a bit to all tastes but the bland, it’s a 964 we can all happily envision in our own garage. In fact, Mark’s story with this 911 began just that way.