Friday Video: 1966 Toyota 2000GT Speed Trial

1966 toyota 2000gt speed trial yatabe

In honor of the 15th Annual Toyotafest this weekend, this week’s Friday Video is over 30 minutes devoted entirely to one defining moment in Japanese automotive history: the Toyota 2000GT‘s record breaking speed trial. 72 hours at Yatabe Test Circuit in 1966 set 16 international endurance records. And with an FIA representative on hand to officiate for the record books, this event caught the notice of the world. The grainy footage puts us in the thick of the action, and the soundtrack of Toyota’s twin-cam straight six echoing off the banked walls is a feast for the ears. Enjoy!

[theuae11’s YouTube] Hat tip to xs10shl.

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9 Responses to Friday Video: 1966 Toyota 2000GT Speed Trial

  1. Levi said:

    These are amazing clips. They really drove the crap out of that car and it took it. Great find!

  2. Alan said:

    Treasure. Amazing vintage documentary.

    That six sounds incredible.

  3. TommyJ said:

    Awesome clips. I’ve seen the car in person at the Toyota Auto Museum. It’s awe inspiring.

  4. Bobbywoll said:

    The thing looks like a ww2 fighter from the front, brutal cool. hey, anybody like the little doll thing they made to chase away the rain:)?

  5. groupb said:

    the car on the video is a special body 2000GT… this car crashed and burned… the one in the museum is a replica based on stock body. FYI

  6. sr-fairladyz said:

    Where on earth did this come from!?! Wow, thanks so much!

  7. bert said:

    I wish they had never decomitioned Yatabe:( We could be wathcing Toyota Break records again with the LF-A, but nooooo! One little crack in the asphalt, and they shut everything down! Anyway, cool videos, I didn’t think anyone cared enough back then to document such a historical Japanese event, but I was wrong!

  8. octc said:

    Thanks for this video guys. So awesome.

  9. Tedman said:

    Rad. Maybe it’s camera distortion, but it looksl like they gave it a NASCAR alignment. Negative camber on the right side, positive on the left.

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