Little Red Tiara: checking out a Japanese classic 

You all know I’m a car nut – have been since I was knee-high to a Matchbox car. Well, today on the phone my man told me about a little red car that I should go and see, so after finishing my lunch I did just that. 

This early ’60s Toyota Tiara has been owned by a local mechanic for a decade or so, but he finally decided to let it go to someone who might actually get around to restoring it. Happily, it was purchased from a nearby town, so hopefully we’ll see it around again. 

Check out the dash…push button auto! But where are the turn indicators? This tricky bit of design actually has them integrated with the horn ring. Beep beep tick tack!

Archive Dive: Toyota mobile wood-splitter

Out looking for an entirely different vehicle that I’d been told about as a great photography subject, I found this beaten up old Toyota ute that had been turned into a mobile wood-splitting unit – a popular (and infinitely practical) idea in these parts.

Driving past again recently, I noticed that it was no longer there – obviously its owners had needed to split wood somewhere else. I was grateful to have had the chance to capture it in the glow of sunset.