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Old 14 Oct 2005, 02:41 (Ref:1433262)   #1
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Gp A Toyota 1980's -anyone interested?

I am restoring 2 Gp Corolla AE86 models. Both have well known history here in Australia, with 1 also racing at Spa & Nurburgring. I have accumulated some other Toyota /TRD/TOMS parts for other Toyotas of the 1980's. Anybody out there interested??? I'd also be interested in corresponding with anyone else with GpA Toyotas and knowing of any that might be available for sale, especially the later Supra.
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Old 27 Oct 2005, 10:57 (Ref:1444936)   #2
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Just out of curiosity are the Corolla's the later FX model that were raced by the likes of Don Smith or Phil dowsett in England, or are they the 'coupe' version?

If they are the latter, are these cars that Chris Hodgetts originally built and sold to Andrew Bagnall before he went onto pedal Sierra's?
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Old 27 Oct 2005, 11:26 (Ref:1444957)   #3
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chunterer, I think they're the model that preceeded the FX type that Dowsett ran. The liftback-version of the final RWD Corolla that the drifters like to use.

terryobeirne, I assume these are ex-Bob Holden cars?
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Group A Toyota Corolla History (merged)

I'm in the midst of buying a AE82 Corolla FX-GT that was raced by TOMS UK in the mid 80's. I'm trying to track any history. Apparently the car was one of a few , built in japan, sent to TOMS UK, and eventually came to Australia when TOMS closed in early 1990's. I've looked at Fran De Jong's site but there are no pics of this car/UK races. Can anyone help with any info or referrals to others who might know something. Would be great to contact someone who used to work at TOMS UK??????????
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Old 20 Sep 2006, 01:13 (Ref:1714232)   #5
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Is this one of the two cars that Bob Holden ran for various customers?
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The AE82 is the front-drive version of the Corolla, so we're talking about this one?
http://www.racingsportscars.com/etcc...-08-02-113.jpg
http://www.racingsportscars.com/etcc...-09-06-114.jpg

If so, then as far as I know, it ran the Spa 24 hours and Silverstone TT WTCC rounds, and a couple of late season BTCC races in 1987. Drivers were Phil Dowsett and Tiff Needell, plus Masanori Sekiya at Spa. Needell drove the car in it's BTCC appearances.

Dowsett then drove it in the BTCC in 88, also appearing at the TT (again with Needell), and scoring several BTCC 1600cc class wins (and I think the class championship?)

TOM'S didn't run in the BTCC in 89, but Dowsett raced what might have been the same car, entered by his own team. No idea what happened to it after that, but it certainly didn't appear in the BTCC again

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Surely, if this was the Phil Dowsett car, wasn't it involved in the accident Robb Gravett has in his RS 500 at Thruxton?
(I just thought that mentioning this may jog someone's memory, plus I'm sure there's video of the accident somewhere...).
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Surely, if this was the Phil Dowsett car, wasn't it involved in the accident Robb Gravett has in his RS 500 at Thruxton?
(I just thought that mentioning this may jog someone's memory, plus I'm sure there's video of the accident somewhere...).
Yes, I think it's the same one
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thanks guys, pic 114 above seems to be the car, it looked pretty much like that when it first got a log book in australia as part of the Bob Holden stable of cars. the TOMS livery was quite distinctive. i believe there were 2 of them raced in BTCC. at some stage, the firwall with the chassis # was changed so this might be the accident alluded to. does anyone have a pic of this?? any more leads or info greatly appreciated.
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the car I have was first log-booked here, 22-2-1990. according to Bob, 2 of them were shipped direct to him when TOMS UK closed, and the CAMS log book clealry shows the TOMS livery of silver and red stripes, and thats how it raced here for quite a while. I'm not sure what this means about the supposed later UK history--maybe same car, maybe not. The latest pic provided appears to show the "other" car at bathurst 93, and which Bob still owns. The car I have was raced by Frank Binding in 93. At some stage Bob's car got a sunroof equipped shell, so maybe that was the crashed car.

Anyone know how to contact any of the UK drivers of someone from TOMS in that era????????????
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Tiff Needell will be about somewhere (he usually is)

Dunno what Phil Dowsett is upto these doors though.

Did Glen Waters run the Tom's GB op's in between his 80's and then 90's Intersport F3 campaigns?
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thanks guys, I've tried Google searches on all 3 people mentioned, and whilst I've got plenty of hits with historical race info, especially for Needell, I'm no closer to a real contact for any of them. anybody help??
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I've just noticed these old replies, so thought I should set the record straight. The FX-GT I have is the 2 door , front drive hatch. Built circa 1987 by TOMS GB and sent to Australia in late 1989. I also have two of the AE86 rear drive hatch models (called Sprinter in Australia). I have 3 ex Bob Holden cars. Unfortunately, I have still not been able to contact Phil Dowsett who drove the FX-GT to a BTCC class win in 1989. Dogetts won BTCC outright in his AE86 in 1988. This car was sent to Hong Kong and appears "lost".
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I've just noticed these old replies, so thought I should set the record straight. The FX-GT I have is the 2 door , front drive hatch. Built circa 1987 by TOMS GB and sent to Australia in late 1989. I also have two of the AE86 rear drive hatch models (called Sprinter in Australia). I have 3 ex Bob Holden cars. Unfortunately, I have still not been able to contact Phil Dowsett who drove the FX-GT to a BTCC class win in 1989. Hodgetts won BTCC outright in his AE86 in 1988. This car was sent to Hong Kong and appears "lost".

terry, just to assist with your history, the AE86/GT16 model won the '86 and '87 BTCC titles in Chris Hodgetts' hands.
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