Tag Archives: Japan

RunFree Levin Drifting Minami in Ebisu Circuit


NORIYARO Local Hero: Toshiyuki Yanai

Wake up on Monday morning hanging for some AE86s destroying Sports Land Yamanashi?

Well fear not! – Alexi @ Noriyaro (like him on facebook!) has got you covered with new footage up on his YouTube channel (subscribe!) of Team KOBAYASHI’s Toshiyuki Yanai in his white Levin 3-door!

HR Visits: Carland in Kyoto, Japan


Back in February, I took a trip to Japan with a bunch of friends including tuner Anthony Kellam from Kaizen Garage and Queensland AE86 drifter Sam Holz. We braved the cold morning in Osaka, jumped on the Shinkansen and set off to find the shining star of the Kyoto AE86 scene.


AE86 Reproduction Metal Body Parts


That’s right. Manufacturing of some of the long out-of-production metal body panels for the 3-Door (hatchback) AE86 are underway again.


Uchibori / Works KitoKito N2 Levin

You might recognise this red and silver glitter paintjob from the Uchibori / Work’s KitoKito Trueno sister car driven by Hideyuki Uchibori in the N2 series in Japan, but the N2-spec 1983 Levin GTV you see above is owned and driven by Akira Takahashi.


Bee-R Style: Imai-san’s Personal Levin 2-Door

So we’ve seen a lot of Imai-san’s Blue Bee-R ‘Scion BRZ’ in the fast few weeks, but we still love his personal AE86 Levin 2-Door!

The first of a few ‘car feature’ blogs from our trip to Fuji 86 Style in August, Imai’s Levin is a unique hachiroku with lots of his personal flair.

The bodykit is immense! The Work Equip 03 wheels are housed within custom widened front guards which compliment its stealth fighter look.

Certainly unique, this rather vertical ‘highway racer’ wing suits Imai-san’s wild style perfectly!

When we were chatting to Imai, he let us have a secret peek under the hood. A nicely fitted 4A-GZE with a turbo kit. Can you spot the rarity?

This might help you work it out! A customised original HKS 4A turbo kit..

With beefed up electronic spark control via a custom setup using S15 Coil-On-Plug units. An unusual choice, as the normal route is to use 1ZZ-GE ‘COP’ units for 4A powerplants!

I managed to grab a quick photo with Imai. He’s holding one of the very first Best Motoring VHS videos in which is he on the cover! Legendary!



Thanks to Dino at SPEEDHUNTERS and Zack and Chad from JyuRoku, there was a HEAP of fantastic coverage of this years HACHiRoCK! Festa (Festival) at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest.

Speedhunters gave us a great story from lenseman Dino Dalle Carbonare and his journey to hachirock, as well as his highlights and a wheel gallery of a selection of AE86s attending the gathering.

JyuRoku went even further with their event highlights, but also with in depth galleries of the AE86 cockpits and engine bays separately AND this awesome video:

After experiencing the greatness of Fuji 86 Style in August, HACHiRoCK and the Okayama AE86 Festival are two events I would love to witness in person! Maybe 2013 eh? Have you ever been on a Japanese AE86 pilgrimage? Show us your photos in the comments!

[HACHiRoCK Official Page]

LOOKING: Full Attack Mode

Asayan-san from LOOKING at Meihan Sports Land in his AE86. He wasn’t comfortable in his new 86 yet so he was “taking it easy”…

In Its Element

AE86 Drifting at Nakayama Circuit – Just let it play and enjoy the raw energy.

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Okayama Drama: 2012 AE86 Festival: Part 2

What’s a motor racing event without a little controversy right? Check out why over at 7Tune!

[via 7Tune]