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Toyota Garage Project: Greg’s Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four

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Rally King

In our fourth profile of the Toyota Garage Project series, we bring you the story of Greg and his 1998 Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four – a tribute to the Toyota Castrol Team’s 1995 Rally Catalunya car.

To Greg, his Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four is more than a labour of love, it’s a way of life. Nicknamed XGT4X, as per the plate, this is Greg’s sixth Celica GT-Four, having previously owned all three generations. This makes him the perfect fit for his current role as the President of the New Zealand GT-Four Owners Club.

Prior to owning the GT-Four, Greg, a sign-writer by trade, recreated and applied the full 1995 Rally Catalunya Toyota Team Castrol livery, more commonly known as the SEGA RALLY livery, for the previous owner and fellow New Zealand GT-Four Owners Club member, Paul. In 2017, when the opportunity came up for Greg to purchase the GT-Four, and take the extensive customisation completed by Paul even further, he jumped at it and never looked back. Since owning the rally car, Greg has upgraded the suspension to Tein suspension and completed the look by fitting OZ Racing tribute 18x8.5” wheels wrapped in Kenda semi-slicks, rally style mudflaps, and Recaro seats.

Greg takes any chance he can get to be behind the wheel, using the GT-Four for daily driving duties. Greg makes sure that it’s used to its full potential also, by regularly attending rally events throughout New Zealand, like the Gumboot Rally. With over 275,000km on the speedo, Greg plans to have a full engine refresh complete, so it is good for another few trips around the New Zealand rallies.

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Thanks Greg for sharing the story of your Toyota Celica ST205 GT-Four! Do you want to be our next Toyota Garage Project profile? Head to our Facebook page and message us about what you’re working on.