Amongst the 52 competitors that arrived in Melbourne for the race was the first ever Japanese manufacturer to enter an international motorsport contest – Toyota.
We arrived with the Toyopet Crowne RSD – a four-door sedan powered by a 1.5-litre engine, giving out a mere 48 horsepower. It was slower than most other vehicles and no professionals were recruited to drive it. Instead, two employees from the Toyota factory got behind the wheel with a local navigator.
The Toyopet Crowne RSD finished 47th and won third prize in the overseas entry class. While bumpy, the race was the epic beginning of our motorsport history.
It was the moment our competitive fire stirred up. Since then, almost 65 years later, we haven’t stopped racing. Because for Toyota, motorsport has become the flesh and blood of tomorrow’s cars.