Toyota Enthusiasts Club Turns 20 in Britain

In 1991 Nik Ellis and Bob Willis, two young men with a shared passionate love for their Toyota models of the 1970s joined forces and founded the Toyota Enthusiasts Club. Last weekend, the club celebrated its 20th anniversary in fine style, with a display of around 45 vehicles at its annual meeting, including some interesting conversions.

Owners traveled from all over the country as well as abroad to attend the meeting including Raf Evers from Belgium who attends every year with his family in a 1970’s Hiace Campervan just one of his 36 Toyota vehicles.

“The club provides a valuable network to help when it comes to sourcing parts, specifications or providing advice on restoration and maintenance. The quarterly club magazine, TEC-TOPICS, offers a wealth of information about every aspect of owning and running a classic Toyota, whether it is 20 or 40-plus years old,”
the club boasts.

The anniversary celebration was held at the Billing Aquadrome, near Northampton, and included awards for the best-presented vehicles from each decade with the overall top honour going to a crisp 1985 Celica Supra. Among the rare examples on view were an Avon Celica cabriolet conversion, one of just four examples that were built, and an 1960s Corona fitted with a Celica engine.

"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,” said Peter Hunter, Editor of TEC-TOPICS.
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