Last week, the Toyota Enthusiasts Club (TEC) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a display of around 45 modern classics and rare conversions attending the annual meeting.
Currently, membership numbers are around 150, many of who travelled from across the UK and from abroad for the event, including Raf Evers from Belgium who attends the event every year along with his family in his 1970s Hiace Campervan from his collection of 36 Toyota vehicles. The TEC focuses mainly on models from between the 1970s and 1980s, including the Toyota Celica, Cressida, Crown and Corolla. Bill Sykes from Cumbria purchased a 1974 Toyota Celica in 1977 and still owns it to this day.
The Club also provides a network for sourcing Toyota car parts, specifications and supportive advice for restoration and maintenance. A quarterly club magazine TEC-TOPICS, provides members with everything to do with owning and running a classic Toyota.
The 20th anniversary took place at the Billing Aquadrome near Northampton and in included awards being presented for the best-presented vehicles for each decade and an overall top honour, which was presented to a 1985 Toyota Celica Supra. Other rare examples included one of four examples on an Avon Celica cabriolet conversion and an immaculate 1960s Toyota Corona featuring a Celica engine.
Toyota presented the club with a large cake and sent its own Castrol competition-liveried 1990s Supra GT to join the display.
Peter Hunter, Editor of TEC-TOPICS said, "This 20th Anniversary National Meeting was the most successful we've had in recent years with over 30 per cent of club members there to celebrate the occasion. Our shared enthusiasm for Toyotas of the past meant that we had a great variety of cars from the 1960's to the 2000's and everyone enjoyed the party - and the anniversary cake."
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