Toyota enthusiasts mark 20 years of their club

| 22 Aug 2011

Nearly 50 cars attended the Toyota Enthusiasts' Club annual meeting, a bumper turnout as the club celebrated the 20th anniversary since its foundation by Nik Ellis and Bob Willis to share their appreciation for Toyota models of the 1970s.

With a current club membership of around 150, owners travelled from all over the country as well as abroad to attend the meeting including Raf Evers from Belgium who attends every year with his family in a 1970s Hiace Campervan... just one of his 36 Toyota vehicles.

Members own some of the finest original specification examples of these Toyota rarities in the UK. A good example is Bill Sykes from Cumbria who purchased his 1974 Celica ST in 1977 and has owned it ever since.

The club’s anniversary party at the Billing Aquadrome, near Northampton, included awards for the best-presented vehicles from each decade with the overall top honour going to a 1985 Celica Supra. Among the rare examples on view were an Avon Celica cabriolet conversion – one of just four built – and an immaculate 1960s Corona fitted with a Celica engine.

To help the club celebrate its 20th anniversary, Toyota presented members with a large cake and sent its own Castrol competition-liveried 1990s Supra GT to join the display.

To find out more about the Toyota Enthusiasts' Club, click here.