Category Archives: Events

AE86 related events & HR Official Events.

Hill Was Conquered – 86 Style!!!

A car that we recently featured on this blog (click to see) has shown some of its potentional at a recent hill climb in the UK. The event was completely new to all the competitors, but no one would of expected the little hachi roku to take out the honors of fastest time of the day. The 86, known as Black Betty, was up against some stiff competition such as ‘Super 7’ Clubman’s, worked WRX’s and many different Evo’s. The highlight of the day was the battle between the 86 and a 450hp pulsar GTir, each taking the fastest time of the day run after run.

However in the last run the pulsar went all out to try and win and ended up into the trees. The driver was ok, but the same can’t be said about the car (see picture after jump). It was a great result for Black Betty and I hope this will lead to even better results in the future!

Pictures can be seen after the jump as well as a video.


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.


Yates With Podium Finish At Mallala

In the most recent round of Drift Australia, a fortnight ago at Mallala in South Australia, Beau Yates drove the wheels off his TRD backed BEAMS 3S-GTE-powered AE86s to stand on the podium in second place.

This is a welcome return to the podium that Yates has been fighting for after having some bad luck and poor performances in the first two events of the season. The win at Mallala may be the kick start that Yates needed to return to the form he showed in 2006 which saw him take out the Drift Australia title. With Yates sitting in 3rd spot on the table hes sitting in a strong position to take out this seasons title.

Good luck in Eastern Creek Beau, you have the support of all the AE86 drivers in Aus behind you!

Photos from the event after the jump.


AutoBody Miyazato Twin Dori!

Chris from Team Hinga over in sunny Okinawa is a mainstay of the drifting scene over there and has had more than his share of ‘girls’ as he likes to call his AE86’s. Along with his other servicemen mates, they are taking it to the natives and showing them how its done.

Last weekend Chris and the Team Hinga crew set off to whats affectionately known as ‘The Bullring’ track in Okinawa and had what looks to be a pretty damn good day of hard drifting. A massive bunch of pics from the event after the jump.


Jap Fest 2008

Jap Fest 2008 is a event setup to cater for Japanese car enthusiasts from england. This event saw thousands of UK petrol heads join together to create an amazing display of unique and rare Japanese rides. The guys over at did their thing by setting up a club display and showed of some of the best AE86s I have seen outside of Japan. Good work guys!!

See some hot AE86s after the jump…


Victoria ‘OMGWTFBBQ’ Meet-Up

We would like to announce our first HR meet in Victoria was a huge success! With a total of 13 AE86’s turning up, a great Aussie BBQ (although sometimes burnt) food and finally meeting the AE86 owners of Victoria it was one of our biggest meets in a long long time and definitely long overdue.

Full event write-up and pics after the jump!


AE86’s at Oran Park

Initial Drift held a practice day last sunday at Oran Park, on the North Circuit. This saw three of our forum memebers, Brad (Steriodchicken), Andrew (DVS81N) and Indi (indi86) thrashing their treasured Hachi Rokus around the track.

To find out detailed information about their cars please check out their members rides on the forum.

More pictures after the Jump: