Aussie Rally Champion Hoons Rebuilt RA40 Celica Rally Car

Neal Bates is a four-time Australian Rally Championship winner, long associated with Celica GT-Fours and AWD Corollas that we didn’t get here in the states. Though retired, Bates spent the last 18 months building a replica RA40 Celica rally car inspired by Ove Andersson‘s 1980s WRC ride. There’s a few differences though, like the updated 3S-GE 2.0-liter twin-cam and  a 5-speed Aussie dog box. Still, it qualifies for the ARC Classic Rally Challenge for pre-1986 classic cars like the A10 Datsun Stanza, Porsche 911, and Ford RS 1800.

Watch the beautifully constructed and freshly painted machine roll out of the shop and immediately onto some unpaved roads for maximum hoonage. 

[via Jalopnik]

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8 Responses to Aussie Rally Champion Hoons Rebuilt RA40 Celica Rally Car

  1. Nigel says:

    Hey, video is not working…rig-ht .

  2. Kolyn says:

    Video is working now for me. Looks awesome.

  3. Nigel says:

    Very cool, you cannot see it but I have a wide grin on my face !!
    (Yes, video is working now).

  4. Eljay says:

    What a glorious noise it made!

  5. Tyler says:

    Much appreciated.

  6. Julian says:

    The sound is glorious indeed, it would be a pleasure to sit out in all weather conditions listening to and watching these types of machines. Had the pleasure of watching Neil down here in Tasmania a few times.

  7. Ham says:

    Nice to see those cars again….. i still do love rallying but feel it has become a bit o a sissy sport these days!

  8. long says:

    This sounded so good at Calder park. anyone know if its carbed?

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