|Celica-club was started on 31st January 2002 by Stephen Grant and Simon Smith, who were regular posters on the forum at www.celicas.co.uk which was unfortunately, while popular, a bit primitive. Simon owned the domain name celica-club and used it to show people the modifications he had made to his Gen 7 Celica, and when they decided to add a forum it became very popular very quickly. Very soon Celica owners and wannabe owners, from all generations of the Toyota Celica, got on board, and the site and the membership grew exponentially. This was also due to the large number of meets attended and organised by enthusiastic club members who further pushed the club into the spotlight. After about a year, the club became so large that it went subscription based to cover the large costs it was now incurring.
Much of the work in organising, managing, and the day-to-day running of the club is done by the club managers, who now run celica-club on a completely voluntary basis. The roster of who-does-what can be seen on the contacts page. The membership secretary holds the most responsibility within the club and is the first point of contact for general club enquiries. Unlike other car clubs, celica-club is almost entirely web-based; there are no magazines or newsletters. The majority of the activity in celica-club is the forum, where hundreds of people chat daily on all manner of things, celica-based and otherwise, and the ever-popular meetings are organised on an ad-hoc basis by members from all over the UK, with regular meets common in the Bristol, Yorkshire and Southend areas.
There is an introductory thread in the Newbies forum that explains all you need to know when you first join the forum, which is worth reading. Moderators may change from time to time so check who is the right person to speak to before emailing!
We would just like to take a moment and mention the sad loss of Perry Byrnes in March 2007, Perry was a pioneering member of Celica Club and he touched many peoples lives and was always there with a cheery word, a cheeky smile, nothing was ever a chore to him and he was always there to help and support anyone that asked. Perry hugely enjoyed cars and in particular the modifying of them. Over the past few years Perry became known as "The Modmeister" and nothing ever phased him. He would always be found in the garage changing something on his latest project as perfection was not even good enough for him. Any car he touched always ended up as a show stopper A page dedicated to him is here.