Friday Video: TOMs Corolla G5 at the 1984 JSPC (Tsukuba)

August 15, 2014 in video

I really enjoy watching races, especially if they are old races from the early 80s when there were little to no limits. Just like this second round of the 1984 JSPC at Tsukuba (shared by RocketPencil) it is just crazy to see how fast these cars are!
Now most of the Group C cars are already crazy wind tunnel proven designs, but in this particular race it gets even crazier: TOM’s entered an ex Super Silhouette (Group 5) race car to compete in this race: their TOMs Corolla G5:
TOM's Corolla G5 at Tsukuba 1984 JSPC
After abolishing the Super Silhouette Formula (Group 5) at the end of 1982 some of the cars of this group started to compete in the JSPC (Group C) as this was meant to replace the Group 5 and Group 6 class. However as the cars did not necessarily needed to resemble real production cars anymore quite quickly they were replaced by the more aerodynamic Dome and Lola build body and chassis. Naturally the old Group 5 cars became a rare sight in these races.

You can watch the 13 minute video below: Read the rest of this entry →

AE86 Trivia: AE86 and AE85 Gauge clusters

December 29, 2012 in AE86 Trivia

Earlier I featured the AE86 GT-Apex Digi Dash and obviously it raises many AE86 enthusiasts hearts. This time I’d like to feature the normal AE86 cluster versus the AE85 cluster.
AE86 Trivia header

If you ever owned an AE86 (or watched too much Initial D) this cluster should be quite familar:
AE86 Trivia: Toyota Levin AE86 gauge cluster
It is the standard JDM kouki AE86 cluster for RHD cars. Difference between the kouki and zenki cluster are the the white vertical lines and white needles that replaced the old orange needles.
Difference between JDM and UKDM gauge cluster is the speedo that reaches 150mph (240km/h). Unfortunately I haven’t found a picture of that cluster yet…

Difference between JDM and continental EUDM gauge cluster is the mirrored layout and speedo that reaches 240 km/h. Read the rest of this entry →

Brilliant: best vintage bed imaginable!

July 14, 2012 in brilliant

This kyusha wheel collector seems to have found the best vintage bed imaginable!
Vintage wheel bed
He seems to have a favor for the TRD Tusco and TOM’s Igeta design. Maybe they are softer than others? ;)

Found at Minkara

Carina Sightings: Carina GT-R coupe AA63

October 7, 2009 in carina sightings

Some time ago I posted a really nice Carina GT Coupe TA45 which I found at Japan Vintage. I also found a Carina GT-R Coupe AA63 on their website but never actually posted it…

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

As you can see it is a very beautiful Carina coupe sitting on a set of Toms racing wheels and PIAA foglights!

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

As you can see, the pictures were taken at the same setting as the Carina GT TA45 coupe. Somehow that background makes those cars look even better!

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

Exhaust is not that special, but you can see from its bumper and taillights that it is the late type model. You could also have deducted that from the fact that it is an AA63! ;)

I also uploaded the video that was on the advertisement:

Nice TRD sticker on the side, but most probably only the springs and shocks are TRD.

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

When viewed closer these Toms rims are looking good. Also the lip is a very nice aftermarket one!

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

Once upon a time… this car was a red car… :D

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 coupe on Japan Vintage

And the interior looks pretty clean. However there are some dashboard parts missing: Right speaker cover is missing, pedals and steering wheel have been swapped, an ugly foglight switch on the center console and an ashtray has been mounted on the drivers door… Not as immaculate as the interior of the TA45 coupe…

All in all a very nice looking car. Obviously this car has been tuned for street usage which left its marks on the car itself. The price is 4300 dollars which is way too much for a 24 year old 168000km car with powersteering and aircon.

The car can be found here:
Carina GT-R Coupe AA63 on Japan Vintage