Toyota Wintery Fest

Well-cared for Toyota’s came out of their winter hibernation for…

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The Toyota Club of Victoria’s annual Winterfest lived up to its name.

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Melbourne brought cold, wet and wintery conditions. But fortunately it was the loyal and passionate Toyota fans who brought their pride and joy, ready to display. Considering the dire conditions, it was a fantastic turn-out. There seemed to be around the same, if not more, cars present than last year.

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With cool TRD badging this rare Mk3 A70 Supra coupe drew lots of attention from Toyota fans.

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Inside the engine bay, some not-so-subtle turbo charger action, this thing looked like lots of fun.

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Its always great seeing familiar cars again, with these two regulars at meets around Melbourne. Undeniably, Toyota is a world power in the automotive universe. The character of its cars has insured an ever-expanding enthusiast base. In July 2012, the company reported it had built its 200-millionth vehicle. There’s a lot of Toyota’s out there!

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Well used and cage equipped. This 2600 Corona coupe was all character.

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Thule roof racks, dish and some effort transform the ordinary E90 Corolla into an extraordinary car.

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But it was the early Corollas that started Australia’s love affair with Toyota’s range of small, affordable and reliable cars. Introduced in 1966, the Corolla managed to become the best-selling car worldwide by 1974 and has been one of the top-selling cars in the world since then.

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The unique colour of this not-so standard E10 Corolla drew a crowd.The E10, first generation of Corolla was introduced in October 1966 with the new 1100 cc K pushrod engine.

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They didn’t leave the factory quite like this one though.

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This carbon-clad Supra looked ready to hit the tarmac in anger.

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At contrast to this Corona sedan. I recall my cousin have a Mustard coloured corona in the early 2000’s. By that stage they were not considered ‘cool’. Rust was the prominent feature. In the coming years, these Coronas will become more popular and collectable.

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Period wheels set off this second generation liftback Celica well.

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JDM fenders and wheels completed the ‘look’ of this two tone Corolla coupe. It was hard to get close at this car. Every time there seemed to be crowds attracted to its sheer awesomeness.

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The perfect wheel choice for the trusty third generation Corolla.

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This beauty was in appearance last year. Toyota die-hards need no introduction. But, 1965 saw the introduction of the Sports 800. It featured a 790cc horizontally-opposed boxer engine with dual carburettors. Its 580 kg weight would mean for a nimble and fun classic today.

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Another Toyota legend is the Sprinter Trueno. This example in the iconic black and white combination.

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Those pop up headlights will never get old.

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The rear view was just as good.

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There is no doubt, Toyota have made some very memorable cars. The original “Hachi-Roku”, was powered by a fuel-injected, 4 cylinder twin-cam 1587cc 4A-GE engine. Its low weight (950 – 970kg) and rear-wheel drive configuration allows for perfect handling.

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That classic boxy and angular shape is timeless. During production, AE86 was popular in Group A and Group N racing and was particularly sought after for rallying as well. Did someone say drifting superstar?

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Black seems to accentuate the sharp lines and creases of this A60 series Celica.

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Last year, when Driven Threads covered the Winterfest there was one 86. Such is the popularity of these machines is that they are simply popping up everywhere. They are owned by enthusiasts. Pegasus White is the perfect colour for these bad boys. Accolade laden, including numerous Car of the year awards, and with a waiting delivering of over 8 months, I’m sure 86’s are going to be a familiar sight at future car events.

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The unique wooden panel rear hatch on this 2600 Crown wagon is fantastic. The retro Japanese stickers complete the vintage look. What a cool ride this wagon is!

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JDM side mirrors add style to this squarish E70.

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Vintage Toyota goodness in varying retro hues never fails to interest us.

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It was the early A20/35 Celicas that impressed us most. The sympathetic restoration and preservation of these classic coupes is inspirational.The name ‘Celica’ in Latin is coelica meaning “heavenly” or “celestial”. First displayed at the 1970 Tokyo Motor Show and marketed in December of the same year, its hard to believe this uncluttered shape and style is over 40 years old.

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This very clean and rare GT series Celica coupe was simply gorgeous.

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A similar colour and spec, again with every element perfectly reconditioned.

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LT Celica was beautifully restored. In Australia, the Celica was initially released with the 1.6 litre 2T motor. The later 1975–1977 Celica’s were fitted with the 2.0 L 18R motor.

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Our favourite TA Celica was this one.

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The bright red paintwork coupled with the gold JDM wheels gleamed against dull grey sky.

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You don’t often seen one of these at a car meet. Is it an SUV? Hatch? No its a Rukus, proudly displaying its famous Toyota badge. Toyota introduced its oval logo in October 1989 to commemorate the 50 years in the car making business. The three ovals in the new logo combine to form the letter “T”, standing for you guessed it; Toyota. The overlapping of the two ovals inside the larger oval represent the trust between the customer and company. The larger oval surrounding both of these inner ovals means the “technology and future.” By 1990, the logo had found its way on all promotional material and the vehicles themselves.

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Black duco with Black BBS wheels a perfect combination for this late model Corolla. With the eleventh E160 generation of Corolla now on salesroom floors, I wonder if we will see one looking this good at Winterfest next year?

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The over-sized exhaust tips and bronze Rays wheels suited this MR2. Such a cool looking coupe.

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Props again to the Toyota Club of Victoria for organising another great event, with an impressive attendance. We would like to thank you for reading our coverage. If you enjoyed the read, please like us on Facebook or better still share this article with your mates. Also, don’t forget to check out our Melbourne designed and printed tee range. For a limited time only, buy any two full-priced tees and receive a ‘Slam It Solider’ tee free.

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