SHEENE CELICA SUPRA TO RETURN
Restored car to hit the tracks again
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.