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86’s do the Nurburgring

When the coolest cars in the world visit the coolest circuit in the world, it’s certainly an event to remember.  We have put together some of the AE86 Nurburgring shots we’ve found on the web for you all to enjoy. If you have photos from your own circuit travels let us know!

Check em out after the jump!


Tec Art’s ‘Street-Spec’ Trueno

Some shots of the Tec-Art’s Street Spec Trueno from the D1 exhibition round at Odaiba last weekend to start your working week of AE86 style – It’s pretty nice for a drift car. Certainly a pity they don’t make more drift cars this nice here in Australia.


VIDEO: Coilover Conversion How-To

We know a lot of AE86 owners like to get their hands dirty and save a few dollars so here is a few videos of how to convert your front suspension to a coil-over system.

Videos after the Jump.


JCCA Parking Lot Madness!

Only in Japan is it possible to have a parking lot THIS cool! AE86’s were certainly NOT the main attraction at this years JCCA ‘Parking Lot Party’ although a few did sneak in. The mainstay? Hako’s, S30 Z’s, Bozu styled everything and so many other examples of classic JDM steel. If this is only the carpark for the event can you imagine what’s inside?

Check out the few AE86 pics from the carpark party and a link to the gallery after the jump.


Sideways At Tsukuba

Mike Garrett of Auto-Otaku and more recently Speedhunters fame has some sweet shots of drifting at a track which happens to be just around the corner from his house, the one and only Tsukuba Circuit!

The lucky guy spends many a day down at the infamous circuit and doesn’t disappoint with some of the best sideways action featuring a few awesome hachi roku’s getting their slide on!

Check out the pics after the jump and check out his site for more awesome automotive photography!


Brisbane HR Meet-Up

More long weekend Hachiroku madness as the Brissie lads got out to the first HR meet up of many to come. Held at the ‘Channel 8’ BBQ area on Mt Cootha (named due to being situated between channel 7 and channel 9 televison broadcast towers), the meet saw over 15 cars in a great turnout despite the rainy weather.

QLD HR Event organiser Shane’o brought the sausages and the Iron Chef powers to feed the guys when they tired of ogling some hot AE86’s.

Check out the pics after the jump thanks to HR Forum member xsoarerx.


2008 AE86 Festival Coming Up!

Not long now until the mecca of AE86 gatherings is upon us again! August 31st will see the insanity of the AE86 Festival in Okayama International Circuit return with the official AE86 N2 race, show and shine, swap meet and even an area to buy new parts right there at the show!

If you’re unfamiliar with the AE86 Festival which has been happening for over 10 years now, check out 7TUNE’s write up of last years event – you never knew such a heaven ever existed until now.

A perfect way to end the Japanese summer, so if you’re in Japan make the long trek out to OIC, it’s definitely worth it!

Team Kaizen Destroys Sandown 400

This long weekend heralded the Midas Sandown 400, but the V8 “Supertaxi’s” weren’t the only thing on the agenda. Raceline events had organised for there to be some drift demonstrations from Queensland’s “Stadium Drifters”. Part of this group included two long-time HR members, Josh ‘Uncle’ Young and Sam ‘Random’ Holz driving their twin red-baron “Team Kaizen Garage” AE86 Trueno’s.

Looking like their cars had just rolled out of the paint oven, Josh and Sam were ready to let loose on the Sandown circuit. Sam’s Turbo 4A-G powered ’86 was flawless and lasted the whole weekend unscathed. Josh’s 1UZ-FE giant on the other hand suffered a little nudge to the apparently cursed rear quarter and a blown gearbox seal – but that was nothing that the guys couldn’t fix.

A total of 8 cars came down for the event with only 4 left standing by the end of the weekend. The carnage included blown engines, blown gearboxes and blown turbos with many smaller problems being the ire of some, but Sam and Josh both drove away with their AE86’s still purring like they had come.

Now that’s built Toyota tough.

Hit the Jump for more photos care of Huy Nguyen Photography.


Ever Wonder Why AE86’s Are So Rare?

This is one reason… Ouch….

Photo: NZAE86

Initial D Coming To PS3

With a title like ‘Exteme Stage’ it’s hard not to crack up laughing but the game looks pretty damn good!

Check out the video care of YouTube