Rusty AE86 pair, Mazda 929, GT86 spotted and random brochure/magazine pick revealed! [episode 6]

February 11, 2017 in what did i watch this week

Welcome to another Banpei Weekly video! Today we are at the sixth episode already and we feature a rusty AE86 pair, Mazda 929, GT86 spotted and more! Also the random brochure/magazine pick gets revealed, and be prepared for a big surprise!
Banpei Weekly [episode 6]
As you may have noticed, the format got renamed. Last time I asked if anyone could come up with a good name for the newer format, as it started to get bigger than just what did I watch this week. AE86 Standard came up with the Banpei Weekly and I liked it a lot! Thanks again, AE86 Standard!

I also added a little down on the street in here. I spotted a Toyota GT86 (aka 86 / FR-S) in the parkinglot at Fosdem. I didn’t want to disturb the owner (he was calling someone on his phone) and I returned later to take a few pics and videos.

Watch the entire Banpei Weekly video below: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: The Toyota Celica GT family

January 7, 2015 in Family Album Treasures

In 1970 Toyota launched the all new Celica family with the high performance 2T-G engine and this car was also better known as the Toyota Celica GT.
Family Album Treasures: The Toyota Celica GT Family
Only in 1972 the GT lineup got extended with the “light weight” GTV (Gran Turismo Veloce) and the 18R-G powered 2 litre GT.

Todays Family Album Treasure is actually one of the first 2T-G powered GT models (so a Celica TA22) and you can recognize it by the location of the fuel filler location: Read the rest of this entry →

ITT 2012: Celicas from the Alpes!

July 16, 2012 in Events

I must say I’ve been quite lazy the past week. After attending the Internationaal Toyota Treffen in Gemert this year (the Dutch Toyota club TACN existed 20 years so ITT was held instead of the regular JCS) I left the photos on my camera in the past week without even uploading them anywhere. Let’s just say I’m too busy lately. 😉

Anyway, the first thing I noticed were a bunch of Celicas from Switzerland where this (presumably) RA28 was the most beautiful one:
ITT: Toyota Celica GT 2000 RA28

I immediately took the opportunity and shot it from every angle possible, like this one: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Nissan copied the Toyota RV-1?

June 28, 2012 in WTF

In 1971 at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota revealed the Toyota RV-1:
Toyota RV-1 in 1971
It clearly is based upon the (back then) new Celica TA22 and got is rear extended with the gullwing windows.

At the same time the bumper, engine hood and headlights look a bit familiar: Read the rest of this entry →

Video: 1972 TS-a Touring Car race @ Fuji Speedway

February 28, 2011 in video


I found a couple of old 70s videos of the Gran Prix Touring Car races at Fuji International Speedway of which this 1972 race is one of the best!

It starts off with showing the thorough process of inspections and approvals on a Toyota Corolla Levin TE27 and a Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE27 in the first part:

Funny to see the whole parkinglot is full of the cars that are going to race at the track!

In the second part the race actually starts and several accidents happen:

Especially the one on the straight around 2:00 looks very spectacular. Marshals running across the track, pushing and pulling the two cars from the track. Sounds very very dangerous…
Also the crash at 6:42 looks dangerous. The upcoming racecars harldy take distance. What if someone would have been trapped in there? And even worse, at 7:38 they use it as a new apex!

In the third part the fierce battle continues:

And ends in an all Toyota Podium: two Celica’s and a Corolla Levin TE27 make it to the podium!

Apart from that an impressive list of cars that attended: Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE27, Corolla Levin TE27, Celica TA22, Nissan Cherry X-1R, Nissan Sunny B110 and a Mazda RX-3.

Found at [Hotcakemix00 @ Youtube]

Commerical time: Celica my love

September 18, 2010 in Commerical time

I’m not a fan of the TA22 (I’d rather have the TA28 liftback instead) and I don’t know why, but I really like this 1970 Japanese Toyota Celica commercial:

Maybe it is that addictive Celeeeeeca my looooooovu song. 😉