VIDEO: The world’s first race cars to broadcast live from the cockpit were Toyota Celicas

Toyota Australia has just released an interview with Aussie racing great Peter Williamson. As you may recall, Williamson passed away in 2016, but his legacy as the world’s first in-car camera broadcaster lives on. The interview was conducted at the 2016 Toyota Nationals shortly before he passed. Williamson had brought and displayed one of his Group C Celica “camera cars” — which pioneered the technology of sending live video and sound feeds from the car, in this case to a helicopter pacing the vehicle above the track.

It’s also great to see some love for an often overlooked generation of the Celica. But with a stylish racing jacket, an 18R-G under the hood, and Williamson’s talents behind the wheel, the A40 could come alive. Also, how cool is it that Toyota Australia actually films commercials at what is the down-under equivalent of Toyotafest? And that they still use the 1980s “Oh What A Feeling” jump?

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4 Responses to VIDEO: The world’s first race cars to broadcast live from the cockpit were Toyota Celicas

  1. Nigel said:

    Nice to see a race version of the A40 Celica.

  2. Yella81celica said:

    Those headlight covers……

  3. Geoff said:

    You could hear him giving commentary while telling a Volvo to get out of the way during one year at Bathurst. 🙂

  4. Gary said:

    Nice car, nice bloke – Peter you are sorely missed from the Australian Touring Car scene.

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