Importing an AE86 from Japan! [part two]

January 29, 2017 in Imports

Welcome to the second part of importing an AE86 from Japan series!
Importing an AE86 from Japan
In the previous part I had five tips on what you need to do, preparing yourself for getting a car from Japan before rushing over to the first exporter you can find. In part two I will have another five tips, but this time on getting an agreement with an import/export company in Japan.

Importing an AE86 from Japan

Here are the tips that I cover in this video:

  1. Buy a car from an auction or dealer
  2. Who can you trust
  3. What is the fee you have to pay
  4. How to pay for the fee and auction
  5. What is the paperwork you need to fill in

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

OMG! I bought an AE86 from Japan!

January 24, 2017 in Imports

Yes, you are reading that right: I bought an AE86 from Japan! Well, actually it will be AEU86 (the company, not the forums) that will get the car from Japan. The plan, so far, is to get the car from Japan, fix it up and resell it after a few months. I know for sure I will regret selling it…
Getting an AE86 from Japan (part one)
The whole idea of importing an AE86 has been going on for a few months already. I don’t have a bucket-list, but if I had one this is one of those things you want to get off it. In timelines I reckon the whole process from start till end takes about four months, but that’s something we’ll have to see and experience. It took me quite a lot of work to figure most of it out upfront, as not many people have documented this process from start till end. So I’m also planning to share this experience back to you in a couple of vlogs.

If you haven’t seen it already, I made two videos on this topic so far. The first video is an announcement video: Read the rest of this entry →

JDM Trivia #2: Ridiculously long car names

December 5, 2015 in JDM Trivia

Welcome to JDM Trivia #2!

For some time now I have been pondering about the ridiculously long car names for the 80s and 90s JDM cars. I gathered data from various Japanese car manufacturers, made a potential selection of models, looked up their brochures and wrote down the name as advertised.
JDM Trivia #2: Ridiculously long car names
What I did was probably not a very good scientific approach but for a long shot this probably will do and I may have left out two or three ridiculously long car names this way. As I’m a database guru I put everything in a database and made my calculations based on that.

This is probably what you are waiting for: why I put those particular five cars in the teaser. Well that’s because they are the top five longest car names. So here we go from five to one. Read the rest of this entry →

Reverse Fetish: LHD Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 in Japan

August 10, 2014 in Retro, reverse fetish, WTF

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so naturally in the US and Europe we love the JDM cars and RHD is actually a novelty. It is no different in Japan: they love USDM and EUDM car: in the past I’ve posted a few other reverse-fetishes. In this case it is all about a left hand drive (LHD) Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 at the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2008:
LHD Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
Seen from the dash it is an USDM model (tachometer on the left, speedo in miles), the seat has the inflatable lumbar pump (as seen on the Celica XX) on the driver seat and the body style is a JDM Trueno or USDM GT-S. The source only has this particular photo so it is unclear whether an existing RHD has been converted to LHD or this car is actually a genuine USDM Toyota Corolla GT-S imported into Japan (most probably), so we’ll probably never know for sure…

Found at: Minakara

WTF: Nineties stickerbombed Trueno AE86

July 9, 2011 in WTF

Proof that stickerbombing is not some new craze at all:
Nineties stickerbombed kouki Trueno AE86
Nineties stickerbombed kouki Trueno AE86

Okay, not entirely true: the stickers are perfectly aligned to each other (just like the late 90s/early 00s TFNF fashion) but the whole car is covered…

Found at: [El & BB Miyazaki]

Events: Hachi Rock Festa 2010

September 21, 2010 in Events


Last weekend the Hachi Rock Festa 2010 was held at the Sagamiko resort. I already did find some really nice pictures of this largest AE86 event!
Hachi Rock Festa 2010
Hachi Rock Festa 2010

Sure does look like they had fun! Wish I could have bought one of those vintage wheels…

And what about this crazy smallport 4AGE blacktop with ITBs?
Smallport 4AGE blacktop?
Smallport 4AGE blacktop?

And how about an updated modern hachi like this?
Led cornerlights and HID lights?
Led cornerlights and HID lights?

Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but it surely looks modern enough!

You can find more amazing AE86 pictures in these Minkara galleries:
HACHiRoCK?10 ?
HACHiRoCK?10 ?
HACHiRoCK?10 ?
HACHiRoCK?10 ?
Hachi Rock @ private garage krf
Hachi Rock @ ????????