October 31, 2013 in hachi rock
In the category of the reverse fetishes: Japanese nowadays love the USDM look and this Illest Trueno on HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 proves it:
The whole car breathes Illest, Fatlace, hellaflush and any other style that emerged from the United States.
On the left side deep dished bright green RS Watanabe (rear) rims: Read the rest of this entry →
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:
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 →
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!
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.
I’ll post more interesting/weird/wet/ae86/levin/trueno/whateverdrawsmyattention pictures in the upcoming days!
Photos via: Minkara and Minkara
October 25, 2013 in Commerical time
The Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE92 only had one drawback: progress!
With the E90 platform of the Corolla and Sprinter Toyota finally moved to FWD only. Even the sporty Trueno and Levin coupes were now front wheel drive, or should I say wrong wheel drive?
I must say the AE92 lines are really a refinement of the ones we had seen on the AE86 and the GT engine options were excellent: you could choose from the small-port 4A-GE or the super charged 4A-GZE, so if only Toyota stuck to RWD… Read the rest of this entry →
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…
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