This is pretty cool. Damn Mobara is a cool track!

Waz – 86 day

August 12, 2011

All that comes to mind when looking at these images is the sound of Wazzy’s Tial wastegate open, much to the delight of my ears.

The last time I saw this car out there was the Hampton skid pan day a while back and I must say it’s looking pretty awesome with the new SSRs.

The composition on this last one is a dud but I had to post one from the morning with the bumper on, it looks so good!


AE86, B120, NA6, K12

Iwai at D1 Tokyo, via Doriten. This car keeps getting more and more radical, although I still wish it ran the SSRs.

Iwai at D1 Minami, Ebisu.

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Toyopet at CCNagoya

June 4, 2011

Toyopet / Classic Car Nagoya / November, 2010


May 17, 2011

All this talk of AE86’s has given me a notch’on. In light of this, I would like to post some video of HIRO86, my favourite notch. I really think if you don’t at least like this a little then you either have mad denial issues or you weren’t hugged as a child. I think this is possibly the only AE86 that pulls XR4s, probably because he drives well and it’s low?

I’ve posted these all before but I’m sure you’ll forgive me.

yz 86 pile

May 15, 2011

Practically every track I went to in Japan has some form of AE86 around the edges. Due to Japan’s love of drift beaters (and the eventual turning of cars into beaters) it was sometimes up for debate whether they were just being stored or they were write offs.

YZ East had a healthy patch in their car park and I wondered how long some had been there. In New Zealand parts are in high demand, they wouldn’t last one night with them either being parted out or some half whit jumping the fence and commandeering parts.

What do you think? Beater or just plain beaten?

The odds of there being some damn cool wheels on the stored cars is high. Usually the older cars have either shallow Watanabes, streets or mesh but one time I saw an ‘abandoned’ zed with 13x8J Streets. I practically cried at the thought of them hanging out in a paddock with about 20 other rusting cars but overcame emotion with the “well that’s just Japan for you” thoughts. One day I’ll go back and see if they’re still around. Perfect example, ONI making me smile on the Levin above.

red runfree yz

May 15, 2011

This was from the final when the underdog AE86 bum rushed that S14 into turn two, and hugged his rear quarter like he was in to win… as far as I recall he did too. It was quite amusing watching the battles and seeing it win against some ridiculous cars. I’d have to check again but I remember him taking down an R34 with what sounded like the biggest turbo ever. Needless to say the run up to initiation was pretty one sided but as soon as there was a corner in the way it was 86 time.


May 7, 2011


A shop we have often drooled over on the Internet, it wasn’t until we drove past it on the way home from a bunch of other shops did it occur to us to seek it out. STOP THE CAR!

I can’t tell you enough how weird the feeling is of standing in the lot of a garage that you have watched for so long from across the world. It’s as if it’s not new to you, as if you’ve been there before and you’re just reliving your memory. Then you see the cars.

Out front was a short line of black and chrome which each had a slightly different take on the theme.

Let me turn the exposure up for a closer look at their pearly Celsior. Unfortunately I was to stoked to think about taking some detail shots but I can tell you the details were fine like white wine.

Nobody was around so we knocked and like most of our experiences in Japan, we were kindly greeted inside. I didn’t take any photos of what was inside the show room because we were just trying our best to communicate whilst being polite. Well… that and I was most happy just gawking at the splashes of leather between chrome and 200 layers of clear coat. I obviously wasn’t as incredibly horrible at communicating as I thought as we managed to get a look in the back.

I’m holding the business card for Mr. Shinobu Hanai but I fail to remember if this is him, either way he was really chilled and friendly. He showed us around and pointed out his favourite features of their demo car, including the LED tail lights with about 200 LEDs and combinations of flashing sequences. He was a little surprised when I asked for a photo but I think after that it was open game as we were then also asked for a photo, and blogged about too! So that’s what it feels like.

Thanks AVANTGARDE, we love your cars!