The ANNUAL 2011: TAS-Mania! 18 – 22 November

That’s right boys and girls! After much research (and arm twisting) we are going to Tasmania for the HR AE/KE Annual!

Previously we have been to Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne and last year Adelaide, and each time the Toyota fanatics  have put on a good show for the outsiders and taken us all to some of Australia’s best driving roads.

So now, we are heading to possibly Australia’s best driving state to see what the Apple Isle has for us!

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When You Hear It…

Sixteen valves at then thousand revolutions per minute. Godlike!

I Love My AE86!

Low Brain TV are onto something with their ‘I Love My AE86’ series of videos features some of the world’s AE86 owners waxing lyrical about their affinity for the mighty little Hachiroku. Hit the jump for more.

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AE86 Owners are Crazy!

Proof! Thanks to Casey at shirtstuckedin Check it out for more AE86 goodness!

FT-86 ver.3: Scion FR-S

The name should say it all, FR-S. Scion says it stands for ‘Front engined, rear wheel drive sport’ and they aren’t kidding. Equipped with a six speed ‘sports-manual’ transmission (with optional paddle shift controls on the steering wheel for you F1 enthusiasts on a six speed auto) and a limited slip diff, the FR-S  really holds up to its name.

Based on the past history of manufacturers putting ‘sports’ monikers on otherwise standard cars with only a small up in power and some half-assed attempt at aero,  the new FT-86 concept variant from Scion really wants to show us it’s hachiroku heritage.

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AE86 + BEAMS 3S-GE = Win

Not many videos on the YouTubes of an NA Altezza BEAMS powered AE86 on the circuit it seems! This rare find shows a racer hachiroku strapping the ass off lots of different makes and models around Okayama International Circuit.

The Second Coming: Toyota FT-86 II

Our brothers over at The Motor Report have some tasty image galleries and details of the new revision of the FT-86 Concept that was unleashed at the Geneva Motor show this week.  If you’re like me, you might not be as in love with this variation as the original or G’s and here’s why:

When compared to the original FT-86 concept, the second-generation is larger in almost every direction. Wheelbase remains unchanged, but width has grown by 35mm to 1795mm, and height by 10mm to 1270mm. The original concept is shorter also, measuring just 4160mm long.

When compared to an AE86, the ‘II’ is more like an RA28 Celica in size and wheelbase: Longer and sleeker. While this variation is definitely still a looker, my love still remains with the G’s concept from last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon. Let’s hope Toyota go two ways with the final release, show and go!

Tec-Art’s New 7AG Black Limited TURBO!

Here’s the new powerhouse from N2 heavy hitters Tec-Art’s! Quite the special car to choose as your workshop demo! Hotness indeed.

Have a read (if you can) of the magazine article from the latest G-Works. Page One. Page Two. Page Three.

New Sh*t!: WORK Meister CR01

New for 2011! Nostalgic competition racing style! Check em out at the WORK website here.

2010 AE86 Matsuri!

Dino @ SPEEDHUNTERS blog has got the photos of the last 2010 AE86 matsuri up, so check em out in all their racing glory!