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AE86 Trivia: the amazing Levin & Trueno AE86 drag-coefficient

With the arrival of the fifth Corolla and Sprinter, the Levin and Trueno AE86 featured two distinct body styles: a sporty looking two-door and a slippery looking three-door. This was different compared to the previous generations. In the fourth generation the Levin and Trueno were only a (top of the line) trim level on the three-door. The new Levin and Trueno had a very different appearance where the Levin retained fixed headlights and the Trueno gained popup headlights. I wondered how this would influence the drag-coefficient of both models and both body types. Time for another AE86 Trivia post!

Fixed or popup headlights

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Why I picked up blogging again

This is a more personal posting than anything informational on cars and other things that interest me. Like the title says, I picked up blogging again. As you may recall the blog posts became less and less frequent and that was because of a reason.

When I created my first proper (edited) videos back in 2015, I never intended them to take over the blogging. I reckoned it would be additional information to the blog because I would be able to add more information in the videos. If I would have to explain each and every variant of the 4A-GE and what their differences were, I would end up with a 30 minute read and it would look more like Wikipedia than a blog article. A video would give me the little edge to make it visually and transfer knowledge quicker, like this video on the Carina A60:

My earlier videos were all kind of experimental to see what would work and what not. As time progressed, my videos started to become more professional over time. I could say I’m a perfectionist and I really hate it to see some error I made in a video. This meant that creating informative videos would take more and more time from me. I would say my video about the Toyota AE86 Sports Package probably took me about a month to produce. Naturally this wasn’t full time as I was doing these videos in my spare time. However, total number of hours spent on that video would easily be 40-ish hours. That’s a full work week for me!

Like I said earlier, I’m creating these videos in my spare time. When I started doing them, I was working as a freelancer and had plenty of time to spare. When I returned to my ordinary desk-job again, I had to travel back and forth between home and the office for about 1 hour one way by train. This meant I had about 2 hours of time per day to dedicate to create videos and other projects. I could write the script during commute on Monday, record the voice over in the evenings and then edit the video the remainder of the week and post it up on Friday or Saturday. Then Covid-lockdowns happened.

As soon as the first lockdown happened, I was stuck at home with my kids and no “spare” time left. This meant I couldn’t post videos for a while and have my channel lose its momentum. I was able to churn out maybe one video per two or three months. How hard I tried, every consecutive video I posted got next to no views.

I did create my videos to share information with others, help others and hopefully make people smarter. Having next to no views at all isn’t very motivating to continue to make more. Naturally I started to create less and less videos. I made a total of 172 videos so far, but I have taken down many of them in the past months because they were either silly, too personal or I thought were of too low quality to remain online.

At the same time, as a side project, I decided I should better invest my time in writing a book and share my knowledge on the AE86. I started writing about two years ago and this coincided with the biggest churn in posted videos. I think I’m at 80% done with the book, so don’t start searching on Amazon yet!

So you may wonder why did I started blogging again? That’s a good question! The main reason is knowledge sharing. Stupid, weird or bizarre stuff I run into on a daily basis. Preserving information that otherwise might get lost. All these things could be turned into a video, but investing 10 hours on a 2 minute video that nobody will watch is a waste of time. It takes me perhaps 30 minutes to write down my thoughts. Another 10 to 15 minutes to re-read, re-write or re-phrase. So therefore I blog. I write down. I hope you all appreciate it.

Carina Sightings: My German Carina TA60 twin!

My Toyota Carina TA60 isn’t unique by itself. But over the years I have tweaked it a bit to my own liking by adding fog lights at the front, 15 inch Celica Supra rims all around and a few more bits and pieces as well. I was browsing earlier today through some photos taken by Eelco at the Japan Classic Sunday 2023 earlier this year. All of a sudden I spotted my very own Carina TA60, but then in blue instead of white!

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Retrospective on 2011

Just had a quick recap on 2011 and here are some of the highlights:
Move to WordPress
The decision to ditch Drupal in favor of WordPress took me almost a year, while the switch itself was only a matter of converting the content to the new format. I must say that WordPress is a lot easier to post with, but Drupal was more flexible in just creating any content.

I went to a couple of meetings, made some pictures and met some people around…
April: Drift&Charity event @ Infineon Raceway (US)
May: JAF2011 (Japans Auto Festival) @ Zandvoort (NL)
July: JCS2011 (Japanese Classic Sunday) @ Gemert (NL)
November: Wangan Warriors 10 @ Oosterhout (NL)

The event at Infineon Raceway was just mind blowing, especially because it was such a unique chance going there. I enjoyed JAF, JCS and Wangan Warriors meeting more because I meet some of you guys at those meeting and had a good opportunity to make pictures.

Apart from a couple of meetings I also went to Bali and Irian Jaya / Jayapura where I saw what the difference in climate actually means: higher rate of survival. ;)
Toyota KE70 in Bali

Most popular page top 3
1. Fuck the 86: this is the real deal!
2. Ebay treasures: Almost new red panda Levin AE86!
3. Carina Sightings: Carina Firevan at Hellaflush FISCO
1987 red panda Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
As you can see AE86 content is still immensely popular and I’m quite happy a Carina (the Firevan) made it to the top 3 as well!

Most commented page top 3
1. Wangan Warriors meeting 10: the oldskool
2. Ebay treasures: Almost new red panda Levin AE86!
3. WTF: Hotwheels Skyline KPGC110 GT-R Christmas bargain
oldskool Suzuki Swift

Thank you all for visiting this year and hopefully I’ll see you again sometime next year!

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