In eras when the Audi Quattro, Lancia Delta and Subaru Impreza reigned supreme, the Toyota Celica WRC is often overlooked. Indeed, usually it’s the Celica’s little brother – the Corolla WRC – that springs to mind when one thinks of the World Rally Championship: in this car, Carlos Sainz came within 500m of world title glory in 1998.
But spare a thought for the Celica: it had the looks, few of you will doubt that; it had the pace, winning two WRC driver’s titles; and it had the durability, competing in 1997 seventeen years after its debut. But it also had the noise. Some things just aren’t meant to be forgotten.