Monthly Archives: July 2009

Dutch Trueno Feature @ Speedhunters


August 6th will be celebrated as the official Hachi-roku day! Speedhunters will do this, just like last year, with a couple of hachi-roku features. This year one of the features will be a stunning Dutch Trueno owned by AEU86 user Mike N and photographed by Speedhunter Jeroen Willemsen on an industrial background.


15×9 Minus 25? Yes Please!


Our friends in the Czech Republic over @ have this fine hahciroku specimen for you. What else can i say, just look at the photo! Oh lordy! As the Cipher Garage saying goes ‘Offset is Everything!’ and this case, we have to agree! Are you in the super-wide club? Let us know how crazy you guys are getting in the comments!

Goto-San In Action

Okay, we all saw pictures of Goto-san’s insane boro AE86 by Alexi Smith at Nori Yaro and we all saw videos of him drifting near the sidewall on several drift events and circuits but what you probably didn’t see yet (unless you read this article at is what it looks like to sit next to him!


Drift Attack @ Taupo


Keisuke is at it again with another drift event in the land of the long white cloud.

This Event was the well known Driftopia Expression days held to cover everyone who wants to attend a track and drift, wether it be a complete beginner to top D1NZ drivers.

NZ is really coming into it’s prime within the global drifting fraternity. Check out the pretty sharp set of photos in the gallery over @ 86 Fighters blog.

Hybrid Hachiroku?


A somewhat odd piece of news today, but Dino @ Speedhunters blog has caught some images of a very interesting Levin that was present at the recent Tuning Powers show in Tokyo last week.

I present to you the hachiroku of the future. There is no 4AG powering this Levin…it has been replaced with an electric motor by the guys at the Chiba Automobile University CATS. Not sure how it would drive, but there is a good chance it will have more torque than those asthmatic 4AG’s! Hehe

While Dino shares no love for the venerable 4A, it’s still worth a look so head over to Speedhunters for the other pics as well as a sexy shot of the Prime Garage 5AG… yummeh!

Why You Should Keep Your 4A-C

What is the first thing asked by a ADM Sprinter or USDM SR5 owner on the forums? 9 out of 10 will ask what it takes to do a 4A-C to 4A-GE swap… Why? Is it really necessary? We show you the unpopular (yet super cool) alternative!


Hot Hot Heat @ FormulaD Vegas


Long time die-hard AE86 addict and friend of HR Blog, Antonio Alvendia is again behind the lens, this time shooting the USA’s latest drifting events. From the latest round of FormulaD last weekend he brings us this tasty morsel of hachiroku lovin’.

Back on the grid, Vegas native Tommy Suell had to cool his SR-powered AE86 down quickly in between tandem drifting runs with Apex’i driver Ryuji Miki. We’re not sure if everyone realizes it, but Tommy’s AE86 is actually right hand drive. Tommy grew up in Japan and can speak fluent Japanese. Hopefully he is comfortable  enough to cuss Miki out in Japanese for beating him in tandem! Props to Tommy and his crew for all their hard work! Notice the Vegas number on Tommy’s door? 777 spin em!

While RHD ’86s are the norm for us here Down Under, it’s a pretty rare thing to see in the ‘States. Check out the rest of the set over @ MotorMavens!

Mixed Bag Battle!

What happens when you pit a handful of AE86s against a Civic Type-R, CRX, Celica, Cappuccino and an MX-5? Find out with parts 2, 3 & 4 here!

Take A Trip Back In Time


From the Osaka Auto Messe in fairly recent 2005 to the Suzuka Motorsports Festival way back in 1992, this Japanese page has some real killer galleries of the cars of yesteryear (not to mention the fairly shocking umbrella girls too…) so spend a good few hours reminicing, or if you’re too young just stare in awe!

HACHiRoCK! 2009

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HACHiRoCK! festa is upon us again for 2009 and in typical Japanese fashion, 250 ‘hachiroku mania’ got their entries in super-early to secure all the available spots for this years event. Last years event was massive with an awesome display of AE86’s and hachiroku related fun being had for pretty much anyone who dared enter the frenzy that was the Sagamiko Resort parking area.

As the trend went in 2008, this years event will see KMS, RunFree, Speed1166, TEC-ART’S, Impulse and CBY and a huge list of other powerhouse AE86 garages bringing along exhibition parts and their killer demo cars for everyone to check out and enjoy (and if your global financial crisis budget allows, maybe buy some too!)

Check out their site (Japanese Only) for the full list of info and companies attending the event and we will keep you updated on photos as they come!