Originally a 1978 RA40 Toyota Celica LT2000, this car was imported into Australia in January 1979 by Peter Williamson for competition purposes.
It was then upgraded by him to GT2000 specifications (including twin Weber carburettors) and further modified to meet Australian Group C Touring Car Regulations. In 1979, driven by Peter Williamson and Mike Quinn, this car would become the first race car in the world to carry the RaceCam on-board camera, and Williamson would also provide commentary from inside the car! The car finished in 9th outright, and 1st in class, in the 1979 Hardie-Ferodo 1000.
In 1980, driven by Graeme Bailey and Doug Clark, the car would again record a class victory at Mount Panorama, and also finish 1st outright in the under 2-litre touring car race at the Australian Grand Prix meeting at Calder Park.
In 1981, the Celica was updated by Graeme Bailey to 1981 model specifications and converted to fuel injection. The car recorded a number of class wins in the 1981 season but would fail to finish the 1981 and 1982 Bathurst races in the hands of Bailey and Steve Land.
This Celica held the class records at most Australian circuits during its long competition history as an Australian Group C Touring Car, and as a consequence became well known during its later period competition years as the Chickadee Celica. Its then owner Graeme Bailey was known as the “Chicken Man” and the car still carries his nameplate at the rear.
The Celica is today presented in the same specifications and signage as raced at Bathurst in the 1982 James Hardie 1000.