Akio Toyoda would not be the man he is today were it not for the Toyota Supra.
The President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation became a master driver behind the wheel of a Supra A80, and in this film he shares his experience of meeting an old friend, reborn for a new generation of future master drivers.
As Akio himself says: "I think we need a Supra story again."
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Back in February, Silverstone played home to the first ever Toyota Parallel Pomeroy Trophy, a Toyota specific competition run alongside the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Pomeroy Trophy.
The event consisted of some autotest style trials, the Pomeroy’s famous suitcase check (where MR2s did have a slight handicap) and some parade laps of the entire Silverstone track. As the event was open to all Toyotas a wide range entered, right from humble Aygos and Avensis’ to Celica GT-Fours and club member Eddie Bellringer’s Crown.
The club’s press officer Malcolm has provided a small gallery of pictures below, along with a video of the event produced by Toyota GB.
We hope the event grows and carries on in the future as a different way of getting Toyota owners together from all over the country and who knows, perhaps even the world.
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The Practical Classics Car and Restoration Show is a great show held in March every year at the NEC. While not the biggest show on the calendar, it presents a focus on the preservation of older cars, with live work going on on most stands on a really diverse range of cars ranging from cars waiting to begin restoration right up to those just freshly finished, and a great mix inbetween.
This year the club had been given space for a huge 6 car stand right next to the live stage.
As mentioned above, contrary to many shows working on a car live is actively encouraged – and on our stand we had Sam Taylor’s TA22 Celica being worked on over the weekend, including removing the world’s most stubborn driver’s side sill.
Other cars on the stand included some Toyota greats from over the years:
There were Toyotas dotted around the rest of the show too, including club member Sammie-Jo Webster’s lovely original Starlet GT Turbo over on the pride of ownership stand.
A full show gallery can be found below – apologies if your internet takes a little while to load this, it is definitely worth the wait.
As always, thanks go out to the club members for showing their cars on the stand and keeping it running over the weekend, and to all those that came over to speak to us and ask about the cars.
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