Group A Rally
£125,000 / $208,000
The example on offer (as confirmed by Toyota Motorsport) is a 1993 built, Safari specification model as entered by the works team in the 1993 FIA Rally Kenya Safari Rally and driven by local hero Ian Duncan with Ian Munro co-driving. Duncan is a six time Kenyan rally champion and was employed by both Subaru and Toyota to specifically contest the Safari rally as the local specialist, he won the event overall in 1994 and in 2013 he won the East African Safari Classic Rally ahead of former World Champion Stig Blomqvist. With the German registration K-AM 50, Ian Duncan drove this car to 3rdoverall behind teammates Markku Alen and rally winner Juha Kankkunen.
After the event, the car was purchased from TTE by another Kenyan rally hero (and son of former Kenyan President Moi) Jonathan Toroitich. Whilst not yet confirmed, it seems suitably circumstantial to assume that it is this car that was used by Toroitich on the 1994, (there was no event on 1995), 1996 and 1997 runnings of the Safari Rally, his best result being a 5thoverall in 1997. As noticed in subsequent events, Toroitich latterly upgraded his Celica to a ST 205 model.
Multiple Ugandan rally champion Moses Lumala was also competing in a ST185 Celica in African rally events but in 2001 he crashed HIS car beyond repair. An article in the Africa News Service does though denote that in June 2001 he purchased a ST 185 from Jonathan Toroitich to replace it thus explaining how this car migrated to Uganda.
Purchased from Uganda and taken to Italy in the late 2000s, it had the engine professionally rebuilt at great expense in 2010/ 2011 and was driven by Armin Schwartz in the 2011 Bettega Memorial demonstration. Imported into the UK in 2012; it has been regularly run but not in anger. Finished in the livery it sported on its works outing with Ian Duncan in the 1993 Safari Rally it presents well and starts on the button.