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.

James Gent first started as a freelance motorsport writer in the UK, before an urge to be paid a monthly wage saw him move to Dubai in late 2011. A keen motoring enthusiast, he hopes that one day his garage will hold a Lamborghini Countach, as well as a WRC Lancia Delta Integrale.

James Gent

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