Monthly Archives: May 2009

Melbourne HR Swap Meet – Wrap Up


Last month, after much delay, Melbourne finally had its first HR swap meet. The day started off a bit slow with only a few cars turning up but as the afternoon progressed the car park was packed full of AE86s, AE71s and KE70s.  Although there weren’t many who brought truckloads of parts to sell, it was good chance to catch up with old friends as well as some new people. Would like to thank everyone that came down and hope to see you at the next HR meet!

More pics after the jump!


Lyndon Galbraith In-Car @ ’09 Coalgate Rallysprint

Everytime I see one of these rally incar videos i just have to wonder; Do these guys get sore from sitting on their massive nuts all day? Crazy, crazy sh*t! This time we see NZ lad Lyndon Galbraith in his Levin in the 3rd run of the 2009 Coalgate/Auchenflower Road rallysprint in which he placed first in his class, third for two wheel drive class and 15th overall! Lyndon says:

The event is run by the Autosport Car Club and is a 9km fantastic fast piece of road which attracted 56 entrants
It’s run @ 1 minute intervals and was originally pace noted, but we chose not to use them. I’d highly reccommend this event to anyone!

Do any of you rally in your AE86? What kind of tips and tricks can you share for those who want to get into it? Hit up the comments and help spread the love!

HotVersion N2 Wallpaper


Just a quick one today. I saw this wallpaper of the TRD N2 racer over at BestMotoring website and thought to myself “Hey, I’m sure those ’86 mania friends of mine would like this!” and so here we are. Enjoy!


HR Dictionary: Chassis, Suspension & Drivetrain


Have you ever looked at a forum, tech guide or catalogue of all those shiny bits you want for your car but the terms and abbreviations got you confused? Well with the HR dictionary you’ll never have those problems again!!  In this edition we cover the ins-and-outs of chassis, suspension and drivetrain terminology relating to the AE86!


Watch AE86Club DVD’s Now!


It was only a matter of time until one AE86 maniac got his sh*t together and posted this awesome series on YouTube. User mike0256 has spent some good hours ripping and uploading the entire AE86Club series for the benefit of all hachikind, so Check it out at his ‘Tube channel now and send him some messages of thanks!

So when you’ve watched em on youtube, get out there and buy the real deal so maybe we can get a volume 10 in the near future!

Not-So-Tourist Trophy


The guys over at Club4AG are celebrating as one of their own, Peter Diaz, has taken out the Hot Import Nights Englishtown ‘Best Driven Toyota” and “Best Driven Vehicle 99’ and Under” with his super clean Kouki-nosed Corolla GT-S Trueno.  Congrats to Peter and the Team Toyminator crew and keep reppin those hachirokus!

Hit up the C4AG forums for the rest of the pictures!

We’ve All Been There..


Just when you think your circuit day is going along fine… BANG! There goes your diff/gearbox/clutch/engine… you name it!  Then you spend the next 2 hours on your back in the carpark while your best mate passes you the tools to fit the spare part of of your hachiroku brothers had brought along spare in the boot. Ahhh, the perks of living the ’86 life!

Have you had a shocker trackday? Got a ‘side-of-the-highway’ horror story to share? Had a 86 brother (or sister) bail you out? Hit up the comments and share!

Photo: TEC-ART’S

A Little Traction Over Here Please?

Quick vid of Nick Teebon tearing up the 2009 Auckland Domain Hillclimb in his turbocharged hachiroku. It looks as if it hasn’t got any traction at all, but he still holds onto it like a pro! Nice work Nick!

If your in NZ and keen to hit up some hillclimb action in your very own ’86, Driftopia is hosting the next event on June 1 at Taupo Motorsport Park. Check their website for more info!

Canadian Cool


Not only the country of some of the best snow fields in the world, Canada is also the home to some hella cool AE86s! PDM racing is one workshop who is pushing the hachiroku envelope in the land of the maple leaf and they’ve posted up their build up log for the trueno race car they built recently.

With nothing more than a bone stock 1986 black on black coupe with only lowering springs, no lsd, worn rubber bushings and stock brakes, the crew at PDM set out on a task to transform the sedate street driven car into a serious competitor.

Hit this link for the log and big cheers to the guys over @ 86ers blog for the story!

More Ebisu Matsuri AE86’s!


Coverage of events are always better when you have an AE86-maniac behind the lens!  Keisuke gives us the hachiroku insight into the infamous drift festival!

The Navi took me through some backroads that you would have never thought lead to Ebisu, For a few instances I had my doubts but in the end I got there and I had a smile as big as the moon. For me, the highlight of the event had to be riding in a AE86 from Team Peak on Kita course…

Check out all the pics over at 86 Fighters blog!