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Shuichi Shigeno Charity

carchs initial d replica Shuichi Shigeno signature on dash

The Impulse Initial D Sprinter Trueno replica was already impressive, but how about a Shuichi Shigeno signed Initial D Sprinter Trueno replica? Well, it can be yours!


Hachiroku Mania: Is This You?


Are you guilty of the kind of hoarding we see here? Towers of pristine Toyota Genuine spare parts boxes (with or without their glorious contents) and pristine untouched kouki Trueno front bars safely mounted high in the living room?

Crash Bang Boom


Dave, the star of yesterdays eBay video, has a mate Devin. He is the unfortunate owner of this AE86 you see above. Dave writes:

Devin crashed his too, just on Wednesday past.  Last Sunday though he ended up taking 3rd place in the DMCC Western Canadian Championchip final Rround.  I got to judge, which was interesting to say the least, next time I’m just driving thank you very much.  Oh well, at least he got on the podium before she got all balled up!

Have you smashed your ’86? Send us pics to and we will post up a gallery!

What Not to do to Your AE86….

hachi c33 headlight swap
Over a year ago Garth posted the following comment about a Corolla GT-S with a pair of Cefiro A31 headlights.

We are ok with the idea of transplanting Nissan parts into AE86’s but this is taking it a little too far…

Apparently some people did not read his comment well enough! The Levin in the picture also had a Nissan headlight and grille swap and this time the donor was a sister of the Cefiro A31: if you squint your eyes the Levin magically transforms into a Nissan Laurel C33! ;)

Picture via Zeb from R I V E R S I D E

When Time Stands Still


Two new wallpapers over in the downloads section for your enjoyment. This time HR member Genkin shows off his JDM Levin coupe in what could have been, if time stood still.

Down On The Street In Japan


Last Wednesday Japanese Nostalgic Car blog posted a link to a photogallery containing a lot of rusting and rotting J-Tin. Personally I like watching photos of those desolated cars and went reading the blog of the person making those photos. Then I found out that he doesn’t only shoot rusted cars, but he is taking snapshots of all interesting cars he finds, a bit like the Japanese equivalent of Down on the Street by Jalopnik.

Let’s see what hachi rokus you can find down on the street in Japan in the months February 2009 till May 2009. (may not be suitable for the faint hearted!) ;)



toyota mr86 panda

What if you like the looks of an old retro Toyota, like for example the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86, and you would like the car to have the engine in the back for better handling? You create the MR86 of course! :D


Tec-Art’s Wallpaper


Over @ Noriyaro. Get it now!

7TUNE Wallpapers


Those guys over at 7TUNE have a few AE86 wallpapers available in a bunch of various monitor resolutions, amongst other JDM inspired shots not related to AE86 too. Check em out!

More 086A Developments…


It seems the 086A development team has been under pressure recently from Toyota and Subaru to shift the market focus of the car to suit current trends. Again it’s Justin from 7TUNE has more info:

With new reports though it now seems that the specification of the 086A will change slightly once again to meet other criteria, that being the dreaded “eco car” movement and a switch to a much older target market than what was first considered.

This involves apparently power output drop (but apparently more weight reduction too)

We should now expect the 086A’s FJ20 2000cc boxer four to produce 160PS, a good 40PS less than was previously quoted which is all due to stricter economy and emissions targets. Toyota/Subaru haven’t let this dilute the performance as we’re told the car has also lost some weight in order to keep a respectable power to weight ratio.

Not only this but a shift towards providing a car more mass-market friendly with the emphasis on ‘eco-friendlyness’.

The car that will be exibited will include styling cues that could very well be changed before the car goes to production giving show goers the opportunity to express their like or dislike of the design. It goes to show how serious Toyota is about the success of the 086A and the lengths taken to ensure that their development team are well aware of what the market is thinking.

Whatever all this means, one thing is for certian: Toyota/Subaru havn’t yet axed the project so with this shift to an older market, one who contains the older car enthusiasts who bought, or grew up with the original AE86, maybe all this talk is for the better for us AE86 fans? A lesser-powered, more-lightweight FR sportscar with a emphasis on tasteful design: It all sounds good to me so far. I guess all we can do is wait until the still unchanged release date of December 2011.