The Cars of Team Hightower

We have worn the tires off of many a car over the years. A Pontiac Sunbird V6, Toyota Celica and Toyota MR2 have seen rally miles under Team Hightower. Our Toyota Corolla won many a TSD rally before being caged and subjected to ProRally hell. The Mitsubishi Galant GS replaced the Toyota MR2 as our rally sled. A quiet and comfy ride, but a little low on Go. That in turn was replaced by a truely world class car in the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4. Even our Dodge Caravan has been pressed into service on occasion and has even won it's class. Most of these cars are gone now and will each be missed in its own way. What remains are two truly exceptional rally vehicles: a 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS and a 1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4


1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

The World Rally Championship brought the U.S. the Impreza 2.5RS. While it's not the turbocharged monster the rest of the world gets, it is everything else. In 1998 they wetted out tastes with 800 copies, ours is one of the early ones.

1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

In 1989 the World Rally Championship saw the metoric rise of the Galant VR-4. In 1991, 2000 lucky individuals got a chance to own this turbocharged rally sensation. We were one of those lucky few (several times over). We've owned #1204 (sold) and currently own #768 and #1392.

1969 Datsun 510

This is my historic 1969 Datsun 510 rally car. This car competed in the 1972 Press-On-Regardless rally and was later campaigned by Kelly Smith here in the Northwest. I had been trying to buy the car from Kelly for about 10 years when he finally called. Now I'm the proud owner and will be restoring it back to as original to the '72 POR car as I can within the modern safety rules. Check back in and see how Nickel and Dime race team is doing.

1970 Datsun 240z

There was a time when cars weren't run by computers and throttled by emissions control equipment. Datsun stormed the racing scene and not only placed Japan on the GT map, but became a world class competitor in race and rally. TeamHightower has caught a fatal De'Z's. About three of them to be exact. One just recently arrived and one recently left. I have the feeling this is likely to happen over and over again.

1981 Toyota Corolla SR5

Ahhh, my 'ol Crayolla. This was my one and only race car (so far) and will always be dear to my heart. It was indestructable during our run together and always made a good showing.

Finally, this is a little movie of what makes my blood boil. It's 3 Meg and will be quite slow loading unless you have good band-width, but I though it was worth a look. It is a promo clip for the 1996 FIA World Rally. Have a look.