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Festival of 86 is Back for 2014 – Nov 8 & 9


Calling all Toyota 86 and AE86 owners… the FESTIVALOF86 is back!

Toyota Australia will be supporting a very special 86 owners’ meet-up at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney on the 8th and 9th of November.

The man responsible for creating the car we all love – Toyota 86 Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada – will be returning to Festival of 86 to personally thank you for your support and, of course, to check out your cars. He’ll be joined on the day by four-time national rally champion Neal Bates and National drift champion Beau Yates.

The festival will be packed with food trucks, coffee stands, merchandise, your beautiful 86 and AE86s, and plenty more!

Please note: Admission is very limited. You can only attend on one day so please pick carefully. Tickets are currently for only the driver with their 86 or AE86. A notification will be sent closer to the event when guest passes and general admission become available.

Register for a pass, tell your friends and give your baby a wash and detail!


Register Here:

When: Saturday 8, 10am – 4pm OR Sunday 9 November 2014, 10am – 3pm
Where: White Bay Cruise Terminal, James Craig Road, Rozelle, NSW

Important Information: 

– Access to the main site is strictly limited to Toyota 86 & Original AE86’s

– Non 86/AE86s will have to park offsite (although limited on-site parking will also be available)

– A provision for trailer parking will be provided (for those with race cars and heavily modified rides)

– You MUST have a printed version of your event ticket with you to be granted access to the event

– Gates will open at 10am on both days – NOT BEFORE

For any questions, email


Remember, Toyota will be keeping an eye out for #Festivalof86 in the lead-up to the event, so be sure to post pictures along the way!

Please drive safely and watch your speed. As per last year the local council & police are aware that the event is occurring. In return for providing access to the site, Toyota reserves the right to make use of any images and video collected on the day in promotional material for social media purposes. Toyota has also confirmed that no pets will be allowed to enter the event, and no alcohol will be permitted on site.

Celebrating 86 Day 2014

The worldwide AE86 family got into the spirit on the 6th of August to celebrate 86 Day. These Japanese hachiroku mania got out to Sports Land Yamanashi to tear it up, making sure to get in-car camera angles and roof cam angles for maximum effect.

Initial D Fifth Stage Episode 1 English Subs

Out now thanks to SAGE Fansubs:

“Hey hey hey it’s Initial D, finally. The early airing caught me off my guard.

Yes, we know the raw is shit. It’s the best one we could find.

The problem is, next week we might not even be able to find any raw. It starts airing on Animax PPV, and NOBODY gets that channel.

If you can hook us up with raws, let me know. Otherwise the rest won’t get subbed until the Blurays come out.”

Let’s hope not! I wonder if Japanese animation companies will ever release Japanese Blu Rays with english subs. I know I’d buy them!

Initial D Fifth Stage

Initial D Fifth Stage was officially confirmed on August 6th, 2012 by Perfect Choice TV. Animax just aired episode 1 of Fifth Stage on Sunday, 8:00pm November 4th, 2012 (UTC+09:00) as a preview.

The official air date for Fifth Stage Episode 1 – 2 is confirmed to be on Friday 4:00am November 9th, 2012 (UTC+09:00) (second Friday of the month). There will be two new episodes every month.

The theme song “Raise Up” will be by M.O.V.E as usual with the ending theme “Flyleaf” by J-Rock band CLUTCHO .

The episodes will be aired on Animax’s PPV program for 840 Yen each viewing (two episodes). The DVDs will be released some time after the broadcast ends.

Fifth Stage Airdate Schedule: (Subject to change with notifications)

Episode 1 – 2: Friday 4:00am November 9th, 2012 (UTC+09:00)
Episode 3 – 4: Friday 4:00am December 14th, 2012 (UTC+09:00)
Episode 5 – 6: Friday 4:00am January 11th, 2013 (UTC+09:00)

UPDATE: Opening Credits

Closing Credits (“Flyleaf” – CLUTCHO)

Official sources / affiliated websites:


Initial D: Fifth Stage!

That’s right, our favoure panda Trueno and it’s aloof driver return for the fifth installment of the series that truly made the AE86 infamous.

Japanese readers can get more information on when to watch live here.

For the rest of us, we will have to wait for fansubs after November 9 to get our Project D fix!

HR @ Fuji 86 Style 2012!

Excited to announce HR will be attending the “Fuji 86 Style” event on August 5th and private 8/6 drift event the following day!

We will be bringing you updates through the day as well as a full report Sunday night so stay tuned to the facebook feed and the blog!

Check it out! –

Toyota 86 ZN6 on the Nurburgring

Germany’s AUTOZEITUNG take a stock ZN6 Toyota 86 to the ‘Ring to do a lap of ‘the green hell’.

Apple Isle Harvest

Nestled away down south on the island state of Tasmania here in Australia, there is a thriving community of RWD Toyota enthusiasts, one member of which is currently building this fine example. Keep your eyes out very soon for the unveiling of what will be one of Australia’s premier AE86 builds!


Nuff Said!

Build Thread? Hibino’s 2012 D1 86

Droo-P + AVO Japan (and Australia) + Toyota = One crazy drift machine. With a custom EJ25 turbo motor going in to replace the 4U-GSE / FA20 standard boxer the 86 comes with, Hibino will be more than ready to go head to head with Taniguchi in the HKS offering next month in Odaiba!

Dino from SPEEDHUNTERS was lucky enough to be invited to snap some pics of the build of Hibino’s rig, so check out part one and part two now!