2011 Toyota Sienna with Kazuo Mori & Denise McCluggage

Kazuo Mori is the Chief Engineer for the Toyota Sienna, Product Development Office, Toyota Technical Center.

Mori would love to design sportscars, but most of his adult life has been spent working on the Toyota Sienna. He is the Chief Engineer for Toyota’s minivan series in the United States.

I asked Mori, the Chief Engineer of the new 2011 Toyota Sienna SE (sports edition)  if he would like to drive alongside Denise McCluggage.  Mori said yes.  What Mori didn’t realize is that McCluggage used to be a race car driver.

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(Denise McCluggage and Phil Hill)

Denise McCluggage has written about and photographed cars for half a century. She has raced against the likes of Stirling Moss and Phil Hill. She’s won trophies in rallies and races on three continents. McCluggage has raced in such cars as Porsche, Jaguar, Lotus, Mini Cooper, Alfa, etc.  In 1961 she won the grand touring category at Sebring in a Ferrari 250 GT.

McCluggage has been awarded the Ken W. Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism and the Dean Batchelor Life Time Achievement Award. She is the only journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, MI. She is an honorary judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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(Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.)

The video is five minutes, but the ride was about an hour. Watch closely as Mori slowly realizes that Denise knows what she is doing.

By | 2017-03-22T08:05:31+00:00 December 28th, 2009|Categories: Automobiles and Energy, Manufacturers, Racing, Toyota, Video, youtube.com|1 Comment

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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  1. […] Denise was laughing as she got in the car with the young engineer, “he’s looking at me like I’m some little old lady”. She was right, he didn’t know her and he was probably being polite as he got in the van with us. By the end of the trip, Mr. Mori got out of the Van and wanted to take pictures with her. Denise was obliging, as always. […]

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