Viva forever – Toyota in rallying

Rallying is a brutal mistress, punisher of the smallest mistakes, and a world where tenths of a second are all that is needed to propel a driver or car from ordinary to extraordinary.  Toyota knows the highs and lows of rallying all too well, and they are one of a few manufacturers who found success in Group B, Group A, and WRC.  I heard there were a few old Toyota rally cars sitting in a café on the edge of Tokyo that were worth a look at should I just happen to be in the neighborhood.  I couldn’t resist the chance to see what historical surprises awaited so I grabbed the camera and set off.

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Beauty is merely panel deep…

The Japanese motherland has thrown some amazing scenes in front of my camera, but none of the images have evoked a reaction quite like the missiles that slip, slide and scrape around Ebisu Circuit.  The drifting world has become strangely accustomed to the term ‘missile’, and this trending style has certainly had its time where battle scars were cool, rather than being a shameful reminder of running out of talent.  Coming face to face with some of the most infamous missiles Japan has offered up, has taught me that there is always more than meets the eye with these mythical drift weapons.

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