Who knew I’d care about a car museum?! {Toyota}

Last month, I was invited to attend the Toyota TWIN Camp.  Our family has been avid fans of Toyotas, particularly the Land Cruiser.

Andy is totally into it, and it’s his not-so secret obsession.

What’s funny, is that I’ve now, by osmosis, come to appreciate (and yes, maybe even kinda love) this quirky four wheeling hunk of metal myself.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not something I spend hours online reading about (ahem) or anything…but this funny thing happens when you are married: you start to like each other’s likes.  Even if it’s something super out of character.

So, when they told us we would be visiting the Toyota Museum (who knew it even existed?!)  I was super excited.

Like, borderline Disneyland excited.

Look, it surprised even me.

Because I knew there would be Land Cruisers.  Land Cruisers in pristine condition.  Rare Land Cruisers.

Like this blue and white ultra rare one.

Again, I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed this.  Quit being all judgy.  ;)

And this one made me laugh.

Because most of the girls likely saw nothing but an oxidized, rusted hunk of gross.

I, on the other hand, saw two things:

1) a really cool old LC that was actually in pretty great condition.

2) a peek into a future inhabitant of my garage.  Since before we even had kids, Andy has always dreamed of one day buying an ooooollllldddd rusty, falling apart Cruiser for our kid when they are about 13-14 years old.  Spending countless weekends with his son/daughter restoring it.  Even if it takes years.  And ultimately, that restored Cruiser will belong to said kid…who will have learned anything and everything there is to know about “wrenching” on a car…and be able to fix anything that breaks.

It’s his version of homeschooling.

The piece de resistance though, was this completely redone army green LC.

I think I took about 65 pictures of it.  You know, for Andy.

Whatever Prius.

Toyota has way cooler roots than you.

Loving the vintage fonts!


And then there was this mustard yellow pick up.

Which had me reminiscing HARD.

My first car was this same truck (okay, with a cruddier white paint job)…no power steering, stick shift…the thing nickel and dimed my poor teenage self to death…but man, do I remember driving this thing around thinking I was the coolest, baddest chick evah.

I just SMILE when I look at this picture.  So many memories.

Are you into something that you normally wouldn’t be, simply because your husband digs?


Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of Toyota.

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  1. 1

    I fell hard for Volkswagen when I met my husband…he was on his seventh or eighth VW and convinced me to buy one. We have had either a VW or an Audi (VW’s big sister) now for the entire 10 years we’ve been married. I totally understand car love!

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    What are the chances, I had the same first truck. Only mine was a 1977 traffic cone orange and didn’t have heater or air either. It did, however, have carpet in the bed that we sharpies the heck out of. I LOVED that truck.

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    I had no idea that Land Cruisers were even a thing until I met my husband. He and his brother had a couple in high school/college that looked an awful lot like the red rusty one above. I learned to appreciate them through him.

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    I LOVE OLD land cruisers too because my dad has/had an obsession as well. Growing up if he would see one he would always point them out and comment on how he wants one. My dream is to one day be able to afford to buy him an old one as a gift. But I would go gaga too if I was in this museum, as would my dad. It’s in Torrance right? Too bad it’s only open to employees and special guests.
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    i could care less….except he cares much. so i occasionally do too.

    that truck was like my dads little pick up but ours was orange. he used to let me ride along when they would get the newspaper printed in the next town. the lady at the desk had tootsie rolls. and we’d count oil wells on the way there.
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    I love this post! Your feelings of “love” for the Land Cruiser’s and your husbands LOVE for Land Cruisers reflects so much to my husband and me. He LOVES Land Cruisers and has a HJ47 from Australia. It’s his baby! :)