The first weekend of June saw the GT-Four Owners Club marking the 20th anniversary of the Celica GT-four ST205.
This gathering was to celebrate Toyota’s past era of dominance in the World Rally Championship.
Heralded as the last in a great line of competition-bred four-wheel-drive sportscars, the day was a great celebration for the Toyota ST205 model.
Taking place at the Prescott Hill climb in Gloucestershire, around 50 cars were in attendance to take the opportunity to demonstrate the Celica’s turn of speed and handling on the challenging course.
Among the 50-strong turnout, versions of the ST205, which were based on the sixth-generation Celica, these were joined by the earlier ST165 and ST185 and GT-Four models.
The ST205 was developed in part by Toyota Team Europe who have been reigning World Rally Champions of Toyota’s past. Having such a strong development partner, meant that the ST205 was a road car bred from competition.
The ST205 was powered by a modified version of the Celica’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-cam 16 valve engine. The revisions saw it fitted with a larger, water intercooled turbocharger and reworked valves and ports, which then increased its maximum power to 239bhp.
Partnering this engine with permanent four-wheel drive would have seen the ST205 model completing the benchmark sprint in 6.1 seconds before going on to a top speed of 152mph.
At the event in Gloucestershire last weekend, Toyota helped the UK owners club to celebrate the old sportscar with a guest appearance from the Lexus LFA, a cake and commemorative GT-Four stickers.
Commenting on the support from Toyota was committee member for the GT-Four owners club, Ferdy Gottschall, who said: “We would like to thank Toyota for their support.
“It’s not every manufacturer who would support a bunch of die-hard enthusiasts, but their contribution to the event was fantastic, not least bring[ing] the LFA and giving members the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime passenger ride.”
A prize draw that Toyota organised for passenger rides up the hill climb in the Lexus LFA raised £400 for the club charity.