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Carina Sightings: Carina GT-R AA63 on Speedhunters

Some of you may already have read it, but Mike Garrett wrote about the HPI Tsukuba meeting on Speedhunters and wrote about a black Carina GT-R

Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit
Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit in the paddock

Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit drifting
Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit drifting

As you can see the Carina is pretty bashed up and misses its front airdam, grille, side indicator lights, and a foglight and one normal light on the left side. The driver must really use the car extensively. :)

It is also very nice to see something different than the mainstream white color.

And what I like most about the report is the following comment by Mike Garrett:
This AA63 Toyota Carina was part of the drifting group. These cars are fairly unknown as far vintage rear-drive Japanese cars go. I’d love to own one someday.
I hope that as well! :)

Images are courtesy of and were posted here earlier:

Car feature: Original AE86 cup racer from Holland Part 1

Some days ago Speedhunters posted some info about a 24 hours Spa Francorchamps AE86 and a BTCC AE86 Touring car. It made me remember that we still have an original AE86 cup racer here in Holland.

AE86 cup racer, image courtesy of Paul van Rooij

During the 80s there was an AE86 cup driven in Holland and Belgium. Most cars did not survive but some should still be hidden in sheds, just like this car from IJmuiden. After the driver( Mike van der Raadt) retired the car was cherished by one of it’s sponsors/creators put on display for almost 20 years. Only a short while ago it got sold to it’s current owner who is racing with it happily on Zandvoort.

Here is a video of the car starting:

More info about this car and the ae86 cup will follow next weekend. ;)

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