Picture of the Week: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 at Paris-Dakar in 1984

May 10, 2015 in picture of the week

In 1982 and 1983 Masahiro Uchida and Masaru Kubota joined the Paris-Dakar rally in a Toyota Carina ST A60. The year after they chose a different beast: a Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 coupe. And they stuck to that formula the next two years as well.
Picture of the Week: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 at Paris-Dakar 1984
I have no idea who is posing next to the AE86, but surely that is neither Masahiro Uchida nor Masaru Kubota.
This is a zenki Levin, so it is not the same as the kouki the team used in their famous 1986 video.

Now there are a couple of things odd in this photo: first of all the exhaust is modified in a way that became fashionable in the mid 90s on Opel Calibras and Volkswagen Golfs. Probably they tilted the exhaust tip upwards to prevent it hitting rocks and bumps.
Second of all the rear axle appears if it is IRS and leaning on the stack of tires. Could it be they converted the live axle to IRS to increase ride height? I watched the 1986 video two times in a row but could not see a similar modification on the kouki Levin AE86 they used in 1986…

Via: Forum-Auto

Old Footage: touge drifting in 1996

January 20, 2014 in old footage

If you think you are having a deja-vu you are entirely correct! I posted largely the same video five years ago: Old Footage: touge drifting in 1996
Old footage: touge drifting in 1996
This video has been posted in the past but AE86Lan polished up the video and it looks much cleaner now and there is even a two minute bonus with in car video of a Nissan Laurel C33 with a RB20DET and a Nismo R200 LSD!

You can watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

Japanse Autosport Festival: the hachi-rokus

May 5, 2012 in jaf2012

This year there were six hachis on the paddock! It has been doubled within only one year!

First of all Ibrahims hachi was part of the group I joined:
Two of a kind: AE86 hatchbacks
Next to his hachi is a yellow hachi on Victorian plates. Bozu lived in Australia for a few years and decided to ship his hachi to the Netherlands. AFAIK it has Dutch plates, but these plates were one of the coolest you can get!

His zenki hachi is in an excellent shape: Read the rest of this entry →

Hachi Rock 2011: The first pictures have arrived!

September 20, 2011 in hachi rock

I have been searching on the interwebs since last sunday and patiently waiting for any photo of the best yearly meeting ever: Hachi Rock Festa!
The first photos arrived this morning when Chillin and Hachiroku posted up his trip to this meeting.
Hachi Rock 2011

As you can see from the length of the line of AE86s he wasn’t the only one attending: Read the rest of this entry →

AEU86: OEM sticker copies

August 22, 2011 in aeu86

Just received new stock of the AE86 OEM sticker reproductions we sell through the AEU86 shop
AE86 OEM sticker reproductions
I know it is a shameless plug for the webshop, but it serves a greater goal I guess. 😉