The event was successfully conducted and we’ve achieved our new record of 153 MR2s gathered in one place. Congratulations to all winners of the Show & Shine. Thanks to the VIC club, organisers, volunteers, caterers and sposnors (Shannons Insurance & Chadstone Toyota).
The VIC MR2 Club is looking to formally invite any MR2s and Drivers that have raced MR2s in Australia to the 40th Anniversary Event at Sandown International Raceway on Sunday 29 October 2023.We’re also looking for drawcard MR2s, like the SW20 Spyder, “WOTAMI”, the Ferrari kit MR2 and the weird and wonderful ones original and modified as well.
Background: The first protype Toyota MR2 was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 1983. It is this date and event that we wish to celebrate with an “MR2 40th Anniversary Motor Show”, at Sandown, Melbourne.
Ten years ago, we conducted a similar event for the 30th Anniversary in the carpark at the Alma Doepel ship and workshop car park and exceeded our 50 expected cars with 93 MR2 that attended the event. This is a record for the most MR2s in one place in Australia. Photos of this event adorn many social media groups and websites.
Our target for the 40th Anniversary Event is over 100 MR2s.
What we are seeking is a commitment from all MR2 Owners to bring their much loved MR2 along (both or more if you are lucky enough to own more than one) to celebrate this special occasion AND tell all your friends.
Please put in your diary, your calendar and stick the date on the fridge for Sunday 29th October 2023 and ask what you can do to assist in making this event happen.
The Adrenaline V8 Supercar Rides will be operating on the same weekend at Sandown. Rides begin with 2 Passenger Laps for $220, or $1,400 for 20 Laps with a celebrity driver. Click here to book.
Coffee & food vans will be in attendance.
Hosted and organised by the MR2 Owners Club (VIC Branch).
A Toyota MR2 Mk1 ‘AW11’ was on the spotlight on stage, at the First Rehearsal of the Semi-Final at Eurovision Song Contest 2023 at Liverpool UK. It was performed by the Perth-based synth-metal band ‘Voyager‘ who is representing Australia at the contest. The AW11 perfectly fits the 80’s themed music. We wish Voyager all the best at the Eurovision 2023.
MR2 Nationals 2022 was successfully completed after an exciting long weekend away for MR2 enthusiasts and club members at Hunter Valley NSW. Thanks to the NSW event organisers (Sharon, Matt, Tom, Todd, Gordon, Eddie) for hosting the amazing event.
In this episode of Shannons Club TV, it features a great review of the 3 Toyota MR2 generations and our own club founder Kevin Clarence sharing his passion for the cars. Shannons Insurance have kindly shared a clip of this video last year at the MR2 Nationals 2019 Canberra, to celebrate Kevin’s birthday which coincided with the MR2 Nationals dinner function. The members have enjoyed watching the video and thrilled to see our own club founder.
The NSW Committee is in the process of planning, organising and booking the events details and activities, more information will follow as we lock in details over the coming months. Now that we have a date and location locked in we can all start to set aside some time and book leave from work where needed to ensure a smooth running event.
History of MR2 Nationals : A gathering of MR2 owners from more than one State met in Goulburn, New South Wales in 2003 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the NSW Branch of the MR2 Owners Club of Australia. Many believe that this was the first MR2 Nationals Meeting. It was from that meeting a suggestion to hold an MR2 Nationals meeting in other States of Australia on a regular basis was made.
However it was not until four years later in 2007 that a true MR2 Nationals Meeting was held in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. This was followed by the MR2 Nationals 2009 in Bathurst, NSW, the MR2 Nationals 2011 in Bright, Victoria, the MR2 Nationals 2013 in Hobart, Tasmania, the MR2 Nationals 2015 in Brisbane, QLD, the MR2 Nationals 2017 in Adelaide, SA and the MR2 Nationals 2019 back in Canberra, ACT.
Next year we are heading back to NSW. We’ll be heading to the picturesque Hunter Valley/Newcastle region for a great weekend. It will be a great sight to see plenty of MR2’s cruising through the vineyards and open plains.
Thank you for all entrants for attending the MR2 Nationals 2019. We hope you had great weekend away with your favourite cars, our common interest – Toyota MR2. We hope you made new friends and be part of Australia wide MR2 club family. We hope you enjoyed the some of our scenic roads and had chance to tour of the nations capital. We would like to thank Neal Bates for opening up his workshop for us for the weekend, which demonstrate the theme of this weekend, that is about passion for the car. We hope to see you again in our next MR2 Nationals event in 2021 in NSW.