Re­stored car to hit the tracks again

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

The ex-barry Sheene Toy­ota Celica Supra will soon re­turn to rac­ing in the hands of new owner Nigel Gar­rett.

The car was run by the Hughes of Bea­cons­field team for Sheene in the 1985 Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship and has not raced for 30 years. Gar­rett de­buted the car at Chol­monde­ley and will now run it in the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed and then plans to race it later this sea­son.

“I came across it a cou­ple of years ago,” said Gar­rett who al­ready has sev­eral pe­riod tour­ing cars in his sta­ble. “I heard about it and went to have a look. I got Gor­don May­ers, who was the orig­i­nal team man­ager for Toy­ota Mo­tor­sport GB, to check it out for me and he said it was the Sheene car.”

Af­ter what proved to be Sheene’s fi­nal sea­son of rac­ing, the Toy­ota was sold for ral­ly­ing be­fore go­ing into stor­age.

“This is a re­cent restora­tion,” said Gar­rett. “Body­work-wise it was in pretty good con­di­tion but un­der­neath it needed a com­plete restora­tion. It’s got all the orig­i­nal Group A stuff; brakes, sus­pen­sion. It just needed a re­fur­bish­ment.”

Sheene suf­fered a ma­jor ac­ci­dent in early May 1985 at Thrux­ton and the Toy­ota was reshelled. Only four such cars are thought to have been built. “I plan to race it in things like the His­toric Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge. I just need to find some­one who un­der­stands the en­gine,” said Gar­rett. Sheene’s son Fred­die is due to share the driv­ing at Good­wood.

Sheene’s Toy­ota will tackle Good­wood hill

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