Let’s make this happen: Initial D legos

September 15, 2014 in brilliant

Yesterday I received an email (sent to AEU86) from Denil Oh if we could run his Initial D legos box proposal on our forums. Of course we could, and even better: we’ll promote the heck out of it as it needs 10000 supporters to get it to reality and that sounds like it would be doable!
Initial D Legos idea
The Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 complete with Takumi Fujiwara and the Fujiwara Tofu Shop the box would be an excellent starter for both kids and adults: adults (like me) remembering the series and buying the box for their kids to enjoy! ;)

This legos box proposal is so brilliant, the car is a really simple yet stunning design: Read the rest of this entry →

AE86 Trivia: all Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited facts

December 14, 2013 in AE86 Trivia

It is time to dig a bit deeper into the AE86 again and this time I had a specific model in mind: the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited!
AE86 Trivia header
A total of 400 Black Limited AE86 were made in 1986 and all of them are Sprinter Truenos, so no Levins were available in the Black Limited edition! All Black Limited cars were graded as GT Apex.

This is the official brochure from 1986:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

Fast forward 27 years and this is how some examples by Carland AE86 look today:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

What are the key differences between the normal kouki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and the Black Limited?

  • Black (duh!) paint in colorcode (204) that was not available on the normal lineup.
  • Gold painted 5.5JJ x 14 inch rims (aka Snowflakes)
  • Kouki tail lights with a Black Limited mid section
  • Black Limited gold livery on the doors with a gold pinstripe
  • Golden Trueno grille logo
  • Black/grey/orange gauge cluster
  • Black/grey/orange leather GT steering wheel
  • Black/grey/orange leather gearshifter knob
  • Black/grey/orange interior

A very good example of the Black Limited orange livery: Read the rest of this entry →

HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013: Illest Trueno

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:
HaCHiRock Festa 2013 Illest Trueno 13B Project
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 →

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