March 8, 2017 in banpei weekly, toyota ae86, toyota carina
Welcome to the eight episode of the Banpei Weekly!
This week we have a Toyota AE86 in Lisbon, the Paris-Dakar Carina found in someones back yard, learn how to read Japanese using your phone, a Toyota Soarer Super Gran Turismo MZ10 and many more things about the AE86!
As I visited Lisbon for work I was also able to meet up with Luis. Luis registered on AEU86 as Pack a few years ago and owns a black Toyota Corolla AE86 that got a Trueno makeover. Since it is black it also is made in honor of the Black Limited theme.
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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.
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…
February 21, 2015 in carina sightings
Almost seven years ago I posted about Masaru Kubota’s and Masahiro Uchida’s Toyota Carina ST joining the Paris-Dakar rally in 1982 and 1983 and today I stumbled upon this amazing photo of the very same Carina:
To be honest: I’m speechless here. So much awesomeness being pushed out of that boxy four door sedan by team ACP!
I think the photo is part of an unknown Toyota and/or Carina brochure as it states “…across the burning sands of the Sahara…” and underneath that “turn to center pages”. This indicates there are some center pages (brochures?) with more of this. I hope I will somehow uncover this in the future.