A tale of two Toyotas – Part 1
First, let me say a big thank you to my friend Craig for posting this for me, the Chinese gremlins have struck again…
This is a Tamiya 1/24 scale kit of the Toyota Celica GT-Four World Rally Championship car, winner of the 1993 Monte-Carlo Rally.
The World Rally Championship (WRC) was established 50 years ago and from its humble beginnings rapidly gained popularity with both major manufacturers and enthusiasts alike. Its following has waned at times, but it appears to be on a new wave of competitiveness at present, the main protagonists being VW and Citroen, closely followed by Hyundai and Ford. The calendar features 15 events, held in Europe, Australia and South America, which are run on a variety of different surfaces including gravel and tarmac. The Toyota featured here was a very sophisticated machine having a very technically advanced four wheel drive system, the 2 litre turbocharged engine developed nearly 200 bhp giving very exciting performance. It was driven to victory by Didier Auriol.
The kit is quite old, but still went together in true Tamiya style. Any model of this type is very decal dependent, but even though the decals included were traditional thick Tamiya style, they went down with few problems, helped by a big helping of Markfit. I used Tamiya’s white primer and TS50 white from aerosol cans, and finished it with a couple of coats of Mr Super Clear. I added a couple of extra details such as a retaining strap for the spare wheel, and extended the seat belts to the rear of the roll bar. The antenna is a bristle from the kitchen brush.
Unfortunately, during the 1995 season Toyota were found guilty of a serious technical infringement of the rules concerning their turbocharging system, and were banned from competition for two years. You’ll have to wait for Part Two to find out what happened next!
Thanks for looking, George.