Flashback: T3’s Drift ’86

Here’s a blast from the past!. Back in ’04, one of the first in depth track oriented Hachiroku build-ups from the USA was that of the TechnoToyTuning (T3) Trueno on the Club4AG Forums. It consisted of the development of an already running car, then a full ground up re-shell when previous car experienced the wraith of the notorious Irwindale banks at a Formula D drift event.

The car was also driven by Tsuchiya himself at Willow Springs Raceway for the filming of “Best Motoring: American Touge 2″ . The build up was lost when Club4ag was refreshed but has now been reposted on the Al Lagura’s (the driver of this beast) personal website for the world to see once again.

Click HERE for the thread.

Source: www.phuckdrifting.com, Club4ag, TechnoToyTuning

AE86’s Invade Ebisu Circuit

Courtesy of JDMTAS, these pics from Ebisu Circuit show that not only is the Japanese AE86 scene in no danger of slowing down – it’s actually getting even bigger with the majority of the cars on track on this day being top-spec hachi roku’s!

Check out a few AE86 related pics from the day after the jump!

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Project D Drift/Skid Pan Day July 22nd!

It’s that time again for Project D to hold one of there very exciting Drift days at Oran Park Skid Pan – Where the courses are set up with the drifter in mind not the insurance company! Its is on July 22nd Sunday and the day  kicks off at 9am but you’ll wanna get there at about 8am to sign on and get your car checked over by Eric the resident scrutineer!

Spectators are welcome! But let’s try and see some of us Toyota boys out there to show those dirty Nissans what the 4A-GE is capable of!

$150 for Non-Members.

$130 for Members.

For more details please visit the Project D forums as this is a direct link to the day in question.

5th Sydney HR Meet-Up – Old Pac Run!

Well I think this months event had to be the most fun and included some of the best people in the Sydney community!

We met up at Bobbin Head BBQ area among the mountains of smelly children, golf shirts and big sunglasses. We enjoyed a few brews (cokes of course) and some huge snags! Supplied by this months organiser and royal devourer of fish eggs… Adam!

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In Search of Perfection

This car is amazing! The fit and finish is simply breathtaking! If there was such thing as a perfect bodied AE86, this might just be it!

Miguel Newera, a Japan-Based UK import & parts specialist (and owner of an equally hot AE86 himself) gives us the rundown of his customer Atsushi’s brand new car as well as a selection of Photos from none other than Dino Dalle Carbonare.

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Flashback: Runfree Kouki Trueno

Back when I was pimply faced teenager I use to religiously buy every modified car related magazine that was available on the local newsagent shelves. A real favourite of mine was magazine called SPEED (which unfortunately no longer exists), and they happened to feature a car that was previously unknown to me. Once looking over the 4 page spread of this unknown car and reading every word over and over, I knew that one day I would have to own one of these cars.

The car happened to be a kouki Trueno hatch owned by the founder of Run Free, Koichi Yamashita and ironically the article and photos were written by Antonio Alvendia, the person responsible for bringing the original (not the current knock-off) AE86 Driving Club to the western AE86 scene.

See the amazing article after the jump:

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’86 Takes Out F16 ARC Rally QLD!

Ben and the crew at Cullen RallySport have successfully completed ARC Rally Queensland taking top honours in the F16 Championship and also the ‘Quickest 2WD Car’ at the end of the event.

Despite some minor starter issues throughout the weekend the little ’86 ran flawlessly, getting quicker and quicker throughout the event! Despite their main competition falling foul of the fast and tricky roads, the Sprinter took the win all the while reaching nearly 180 km/h on some of the faster sections of the rally.

The team now has a break before the next round planned round of the ARC, Rally Melbourne for some much needed car upgrades to the engine and braking systems which will help maintain the lead they currently have in F16 Championship.

VIDEO: Unbridled Joy of AE86

This guy seems to be having the best damn time ever. Can you really blame him?

Flat out down Ebisu straight with a clutch-kick at the end is simply pure insanity.

Source: YouTube

How To: T-50 Refresh!

The trusty T-50 residing in most of our 86’s are reaching the 25 year old mark. Where most people have treated their 25 year old 86s with some nice and tasteful modifications,  i’m damn sure that the good old gearbox has received nothing more than a lot of hard years of clutch kicks and flat changes if not much worse!

So we thought we would give you the know how to show some much needed love to your gearbox, with an in-depth “how to” showing everything from replacing worn out syncros and bearings to refreshing the gears themselves. All this magnificent knowledge is thanks to Andrew (aka assassin10000 on most 86/Toyota forums)

Click here to see all things T-50.

Source: Assassin10000, ectoyotas.com

Sydney HR BBQ & Drive. THIS SUNDAY!

That’s right folks, another Sydney HR Montly Meet is upon us! This Sunday we’re out and about with a BBQ at Bobbin Head for lunch then for a drive through Galston Gorge to Wisemans Ferry, along Peats Ridge to Cowan through to Brooklyn to Hornsby where we will be ending the day at the pub for good times good food and great beer!!

Sausages and drinks will be provided at the BBQ so all we ask is a minimum gold coin donation to cover costs.  Bring money for HR stickers if you want the latest and greatest designs coming off Beau’s sticker cutter!

WHERE: Bobbin Head Park, in Ku Ring Gai National Park

WHEN: 12pm Midday on the 29th June (THIS SUNDAY!)

ROUTE: Galston Gorge to Wisemans Ferry, along Peats Ridge to Cowan through to Brooklyn to Hornsby.

WHAT YOU NEED: A full tank of Petrol, yourself and your car! Bring your friends but remember to be wary of the public please, as we will be in a national park and there will be other people there enjoying themselves. Also, bring some money for afterwards if you wish to stay for the pub, or might stop along the way for a drink break.

Any questions head over to the forum an check out the NSW Events section for more info! Otherwise, see you there!