The Mitty’s Most Curious Parade Lapper – 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado in Riddler Purple

Okay, perhaps not the most curious. There were more than a few Honda CR-Vs and other small family machines that took to the famous Road Atlanta racetrack during lunchbreak for the parade lap.

But none carries quite the *blamo!* or *POW!* of this Toronado in Riddler purple.

In person, the Toronado is a hideous beast of a land-yacht. It was well-regarded at the time of its debut for unknown reasons.

Jay Leno is the car’s biggest fan these days – the rest of the world really guffawed at its front-drive layout and handling like a boat anchor – or forklift.

Boat anchor? why? Because they only go one way: straight down.

The Toronado’s nose is light and nimble versus a Blockbuster 8000-pound bomb that has been turned into a charcoal smoker BBQ… but not much else.

But hey. On a sunny Saturday at the Mitty classic, just about anything seems possible – even a race-ready Toronado.

“…Green flag’s up, Toronado leading the pack…!”

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He holds a Journalism JBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Tom currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his two amazing dogs, Drake and Tank.

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