Friday video: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 “Next One” campaign

January 30, 2015 in video

Just hot from the press: Toyota released three mini movies (3 minutes each) called The World Is One in their Next One campaign featuring the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 in three continents: Japan, Africa (South Africa) and Australia.
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
The movie really feels like following the Initial D vibe: two high school students, the nerdy one falls in love with a girl, works his ass of to get a license and a car and then buys a zenki Toyota Corolla Levin AE86. They both go for a ride in the AE86: drifting/hooning off and then cruising along the shores. There the girl is found with another guy and see for yourselves the ending in all three parts. It is really well made!

Japan: Read the rest of this entry →

Wrecked: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 GTV

December 13, 2013 in wrecked

What else to post on Friday the 13th than a wrecked Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 GTV?
Wrecked Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Basically this one owner Levin AE86 bought it in June 1986 and wrecked it six years later. Judging from the damage the car would have been saved nowadays but back in those days a hefty repair-bill of 500000 yen was a bit too much to get it back on the road.

Via Minkara

HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013: Mekaru quad headlight Levin

November 2, 2013 in hachi rock

This is the last of the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 postings. Not that there is not more to show, but actually there is so much to show that I could continue for a good two weeks. :P

Anyway, the last highlight is this kouki Levin AE86 by Mekaru:
HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 Mekaru quad headlight Levin
When I saw the picture above it hit me like a bomb! Bam!

For some reason quad headlights never made it on Toyotas after 1983 and as the E80 family arrived in 1983 Toyota probably wanted to show it was all modern with the one-piece headlights. But what is there not to like about this quad headlight setup? Read the rest of this entry →

HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013: the TE37v pattern

October 30, 2013 in hachi rock

When you start browsing several galleries with many many of the 250 hachi rokus present at the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 you start to see patterns evolving. Take for instance this perfect Black Limited:
HaCHiRock Festa 2013: Trueno AE86 on TE37v
It is bone stock apart from the TE37v rims.

When you look at the kouki two door Trueno AE86 parked next to it: Read the rest of this entry →

HaCHiRoCK FESTA 2013: The first impression

October 29, 2013 in hachi rock

A couple of weeks ago I already suggested people to attend this years HaCHiRoCK Festa, but looking at the pictures I kind of regret that now. I hope the ones attending did not get too soaked!
HaCHiRoCK!! FESTA 2013
Yes it was raining cats and dogs!

For those unfamiliar with HaCHiRoCK!! Festa: it is an annually organised festival for hachi-roku (AE86) owners to attend. The reason why it is so popular is the number of cars: there is a limit of 250 cars maximum and in general they are sold out way before the festival starts. So if you are an AE86 enthusiast and going there will guarantee that you will have a good time!

For me it is always an issue going there as I simply do not live in Japan and unfortunately presenting stuff on conferences around my job does extend to Japan… So I’ll just have to do with scraping Minkara and other Japanese resources for photos and videos.
HaCHiRoCK!! FESTA 2013

I’ll post more interesting/weird/wet/ae86/levin/trueno/whateverdrawsmyattention pictures in the upcoming days!

Photos via: Minkara and Minkara