Video: The very first Best Motoring Hot Version

February 17, 2014 in video

Last week I discovered Ka Ko (via Rocketpencil) who posts Best Motoring videos on an almost daily basis! :)
One of the gems he posted last week is the very first edition of Best Motoring Hot Version:
Video Best Motoring Hot Version first volume
As you can see there is a thrilling battle in this episode: the infamous Keiichi Tsuchiya battles with an (almost stock) Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 the (back then) brand new Toyota Corolla Levin GT Apex AE101 featuring the new 20 valve Silvertop 4AGE. The battle is very very close even though the AE101 has a lot more power under the bonnet!

What else can you expect from Best Motoring Hot Version Volume 1?
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 vs Toyota Trueno GT-Z AE101 vs Honda Civic EF
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (superstrut) vs Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (non-superstrut)
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (superstrut) vs Toyota Levin AE86
- RX7 Drift vs Grip
- Group A Nissan Skyline GT-R cup with Keiichi Tsuchiya drifting his Taisan GT-R R32 on a wet Fuji Speedway!

So I collected all four videos and composed a playlist out of it:
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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

September 20, 2013 in Events

I kind of forgot about this meeting until I realized that it is already September. And September is HaCHiRoCK FESTA month, right?
Well it isn’t…
HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013
It will take another month *before* we can actually drool over all the photos of those beautiful hachis… Or actually get the hell over to Japan and visit the Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest on the 20th of October…

And they actually made another effort of surpassing the awesomeness of the 2012 flyer. Well done guys!

More info here: HaCHiRoCK 2013