Wednesday, 23 July 2014

RA22 Celica GT

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

One of the most exciting elements of the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the sense of discovery - there's something fresh and surprising at every turn. And one of the coolest cars up at the rally stage wasn't even an official entry; this 1975 Toyota Celica had been brought along by Midgley Motorsport as part of their retro Toyota entourage, as they were running a TE27 Corolla on the rally course as well as an AE86 and a TA64 Celica Twin-Cam Turbo. The Midgley family opened the first Toyota dealership in the north of England in 1966 and have been involved in motorsport ever since.
Like all of their cars, this is a period-perfect peach of a thing, dripping in classic detail and fastidiously prepared; it was built as a faithful replica of Ove Andersson's RA22, although it's too good to rally so they use it as a road car. I first saw it in 2012 and it looked as if it had only just been finished back then. And you know what? It still does. They must enjoy polishing it as much as driving it.

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