WCS fan BEN REES has a special connection with his superb-looking Toyota Celica GT2000, having made the trip to Japan to find his car and bring it home.
“After owning a few old cars and always being fascinated with Japanese car culture, I took a trip to Japan to see it all for myself firsthand. I went to a classic endurance race at Tsukuba Circuit and after that I knew I needed to have a slice of the action.
I scoured the internet for a Celica and finally found a recently restored example that was in Fukuyama. I had an inspection carried out and then it had to spend 8 weeks at sea until it arrived in the UK.
Since having it road registered, I’ve updated the old wheels and tyres, the suspension, exhaust system, headlining… there are lots of other period-correct 1970s modifications such as a layer of subtle glitter lacquer on the rear light panel and front headlight panel.
I get so many lovely comments, especially from people who either owned one back in the day, or know someone that used to own one, and have fond memories. I absolutely love looking at it, too. It’s normally tucked away in the garage or I’m driving it, but when I take it out and park it up I just love to sit and look at it!
I also love the fact it looks as though it has been plucked straight from 1970s Japan with all my period correct modifications, and that’s the way I want it to stay.”