Colourful character stars in charity role

The Toyota GT86 star car at Lancaster Toyota Ipswich.

The Toyota GT86 star car at Lancaster Toyota Ipswich. - Credit: supplied

This colourful car character landed at Lancaster Toyota Ipswich this week and will be taking to the road over the summer to have some fun with the new Aygo city car while also helping charities.

A bright red, specially-liveried Toyota GT86 coupe, dubbed Speed McQueen, is proving a real hit with children after starting its string of guest appearances in the area by landing at Lancaster Toyota Ipswich in Augusta Close on Ransomes Europark.

Dealer principal Andy Trott said that having the special GT86 at the dealership was proving a draw for families with children who wanted their picture taken with it.

The eye-catching car will be visiting various events over summer with its first outing the fete at Heath Primary School at Kesgrave on Saturday, June 21 to raise money for the Treehouse at Ipswich, part of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

“We are trying to get this car to visit as many events as possible and want to get out and about in Ipswich and the surrounding area,” he explained.

The dealership is also encouraging people to take selfies with the car for a competition being run on its Facebook page –

While the car is out and about with the new Aygo to promote the second-generation city car, which arrives in showrooms at the end of this month, it also provides an opportunity to help charities, including Whizz-Kidz, the chosen charity of Jardine Motor Group which includes Lancaster Toyota Ipswich.

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Whizz-Kidz has transformed the lives of more than 18,000 disabled, providing them with essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods. It also runs youth groups, wheelchair skills training, work experience placements and residential camps.

“It is also about putting a bit of fun into fund-raising,” explained Mr Trott. “We want to use it to raise money and awareness for charities.”

The Toyota GT86 and Aygo will also be at Felixstowe Carnival on Saturday, July 26.

For more information about Whizz-Kidz visit the website at