Historic Toyota Celicas on display at Rally Australia HQ
The Australian Rally Museum has been integrally involved with Kennards Hire Rally Australia, and has been invited to organise the static displays each year at the Rally Headquarters in the Opal Cove Resort at Coffs Harbour.
With Toyota as one of the major sponsors of the event, the opportunity to display examples of the marque’s finest rallying history was taken up in 2017, and again this year.
In 2017, the display featured two beautifully-prepared rally cars representing the evolution of the Corolla, from the KE25 Corolla through to the Corolla WRC, which was so dominant in local and international rallying.
This year the display centres on the Celica, and featuring for the duration of Kennard Hire Rally Australia is an example of the TA22 model from 1976, alongside an ST205 version from 1999.
Much effort has again been put into presenting these cars in the same livery that they were best-known for, with the TA22 in the original colours of Ove Anderson’s ‘St Bruno’-sponsored car, and the ST205 in the unforgettable colours of Castrol, as driven by the legendary Didier Auriol.
Both cars are owned by Brian Ford, who has lovingly prepared them for display in front of the entire WRC circus.
Australian Rally Museum Chairman, Trevor Shelton, has done the hard yards in not only sourcing cars locally to fit the brief, but ensuring that the fresh vinyl wraps and story boards are historically accurate.
“It’s a pleasure to assist Kennards Hire Rally Australia with these displays each year,” Trevor said.
“But enormous thanks have to go to the car owners who have lent their pride and joys for display to the public.”
For the owners of these cars, the opportunity to wrap their vehicles in authentic colours has brought forward their own plans to present these cars as historically correct, so everybody wins.
In addition to the Opal Cove display, the Australian Rally Museum will have its mobile display caravan set up at Raleigh Raceway and visitors are invited to step inside and take a look at some of the amazing history of rallying in Australia.
The Australian Rally Museum is a not-for-profit organisation established to preserve the long-standing history of the sport in Australia.
Run entirely by volunteers, the Museum relies on subscriptions and fund-raisers to gather revenue to develop a permanent future.
Based in Coffs Harbour, talks have been ongoing for some time with supporters and benefactors, to establish a home base to catalogue and display Australia’s rallying’s history.
The museum’s website is: https://www.australianrallymuseum.com.au/