The car in question is, as I write this, just a collection of steel tubes stitched together sitting in my workshop and that’s it. It was purchased in 2010 by Daryl Watt of New South Wales and is a Melbourne-built Piranha hill climber of 1990-ish vintage with an extensive career doing short runs up the various inclined tracks around the country by the five or so previous owners. Daryl’s usual and very successful racer is a road-registered Westfield with a Toyota 20 valve silvertop, but he decided to get a bit more serious and buy a dedicated hill climber car. For most of its life it had a Suzuki GSX1100 motorbike engine in it, but after a catastrophic failure a replacement in the form of a Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 of about 175hp was fitted, though the installation had not been completed by the time Daryl bought the car.
The roots of the Toyota Supra can be traced back as far as the svelte Toyota 2000GT of the 1960s; cool enough for James Bond to cruise around in the movie “You only live twice”. The engine used in that car gradually grew in capacity through the years, as the long-lived M-series and it survived up to the 7M-GTE-powered Mark 3 Supra of the early 90s.