All Japanese Day 2018

I took the Group A out for its first event on the weekend, which was the 2018 Brisbane All Japanese Day.

Here are a couple of shots of the car taken by me and a few others:

Credit: @brennakaye_

Credit: @shabi_205

Credit: @shabi_205

Credit: @shabi_205

Credit: Toyota Heritage

And here are a couple of my shots, both of my car and a few other GT-Fours in attendance:

This next one is Group A #067.  So similar to mine other than the non-standard wheels.

One non-GT-Four made it into my photos, this beautiful Honda NSX.  This definitely isn’t its best angle, but they are an awesome thing to see.

Overall it was a great day, and great to meet a few other GT-Four owners.

Was the Toyota Celica GT-Four the most successful rally car of the 1990s

This is a quick post on the success of the ST185 in rallying, as I don’t believe it gets the credit it deserves.

In this post I’m referring to the driver’s championship rather than constructors, because really, whilst constructor titles might mean more to the carmakers, it’s the drivers championship that most people care about.  The same is true of any form of motorsport.

When people think 90s rally cars, it’s the WRX and Evo that probably come to mind first.

But how successful were these cars?

The WRX is enormously popular as a road car, but it’s only ever won three driver’s titles.  It’s only title during the 90s was 1995 in the hands of the legend Colin McRae.

The Evo was very successful in the hands of Tomi Mäkinen, taking four driver’s titles between 1996 and 1999.

Those four titles are the only ones Mitsubishi have ever won in WRC.

So what about Toyota?  Aside from their 1990 win with Carlos Sainz in the earlier Celica (ST165) they took a trio of championships with the ST185 from 1992 to 1994.

Given that the ST185’s trio of wins came with three different drivers, I believe this says even more about the brilliance of the GT-Four.

So the GT-Four was more successful than the WRX, and just as successful as the Evo if you count both different GT-Fours (ST165 and ST185) against the four different Evos (III, IV, V & VI).

People could argue forever about which was the best 1990s rally car, but I think the Celica GT-Four has a very strong case.

Here’s the list of 1990s WRC drivers champions:

  • 1990 – Celica GT-Four (ST165) – Carlos Sainz
  • 1991 – Lancia Delta Integrale – Juha Kankkunen
  • 1992 – Celica GT-Four (ST185) – Carlos Sainz
  • 1993 – Celica GT-Four (ST185) – Juha Kankkunen
  • 1994 – Celica GT-Four (ST185) – Didier Auriol
  • 1995 – Subaru Impreza – Colin McRae
  • 1996 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III – Tomi Mäkinen
  • 1997 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV – Tomi Mäkinen
  • 1998 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IV & V – Tomi Mäkinen
  • 1999 – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI – Tomi Mäkinen


The Journey Across Australia Begins

My Celica was collected from its owner of 27 years on Friday last week.

From there it starts a mighty 4,200km journey from the west coast of Australia to the east coast.

Brisbane to Narrogin

The first leg ran from Narrogin to Perth, which is just under 200km.  This was completed on a flat-bed tow truck.

She spent the weekend at the Prixcar depot, at Perth Airport, and today she’ll be moved to the Kewdale Rail Terminal which is right next to the airport.

That means my Celica is being shipped across the country via rail, which is not what I was expecting, but is pretty cool.

I’m using a company called Prixcar to move my Celica.  They weren’t the cheapest, but they do seem to have a good reputation.

They have a great online tracking tool which allows me to track where my car is and where/when it is expected next.

So far so good.

The previous owner has told me this was the first GT-Four Group A to be registered in the state (Western Australia), which apparently had something to do with the rural location of the dealership.

She also told me that her husband and the dealer were awarded with leather jackets to celebrate the first delivery in the state!  The owner’s jacket has been given away, but she’s going to try and find a photo for me.

Thanks also to the previous owner for providing plenty of photos along the way.