Celebrating 86 Day The Right Way

Celebrating 86 Day The Right Way


To outsiders, AE86 lovers could look like a bunch of elitist madmen that spend method an excessive amount of money and time on their small capability, rear-wheel drive ’80s Toyotas. However when a ardour runs this deep, there have to be one thing about them that you simply simply can’t get anyplace else.

Now don’t let that intro mislead you – I’m an AE86 fanatic by means of and thru – however I wanted to jot down one thing relatable to attract you in, proper? As you possibly can think about then, after I was invited to affix a trio of pristine white Corolla Levins for a touge run, I fortunately accepted the provide.

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On a brisk autumn morning at a 7-Eleven on the outskirts of Tokyo, I used to be greeted by the candy sounds of three 4A-GE-powered vehicles buzzing in direction of me within the distance. Anybody aware of Japanese automobile tradition can be fairly accustomed to seeing modified vehicles parked in entrance of in style conbini (comfort) shops, and it’s a sight that by no means will get outdated. This explicit morning, I used to be joined by Umino-san, Shunya-san and Kaname-san, every of their respective AE86 Levins.

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After grabbing some breakfast to go, it was up into the mountains in direction of Ōmugishiro Parking Space, a preferred place for automobile nuts to assemble on weekends. It’s additionally a gorgeous place to absorb the views that Lake Okutama has to supply.

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Following some gentle mingling, we made our method by means of numerous Okutama’s stunning winding roads, stopping for a photograph break exterior the enduring Showa Restaurant.

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Now, there are many well-known driving roads in Japan, such because the well-known Hakone Turnpike, Skyline and Happohagara, however the roads that hint by means of the mountainous area of Okutama are true hidden gems. Surprisingly devoid of the standard weekend crowds, this touge is the proper setting for a spirited drive.

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Roads like this create an virtually film set-looking backdrop if you’re working with a bunch of AE86s, made even simpler when there may be little to no visitors impeding on the shot.

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While all Levins, every of those 86s are fairly completely different from each other. We’ll kick issues off with Shunya-san’s completely easy, white-on-black-bumper notchback. The steadiness of a kouki entrance bumper on the zenki chassis and RunFree flares on all 4 corners creates what in my view is the proper avenue stance for a Hachiroku. 

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Shunya-san has saved true to the roots of the 86, retaining the 16-valve 4A-GE with the added necessity of ITBs and a TRD-style header.

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Inside, the interval right fashion continues with a pair of Bride Brix seats, Nardi Traditional steering wheel, and an compulsory cup holder within the centre sprint vent.

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If interval correctness is the secret, Kaname-san has nailed it, along with his virtually fully inventory panda hatchback. The modestly fitted SSR MK-IIIs and full kouki equipment make Kaname-san’s automobile unmistakably an 86, even to the informal fanatic.

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Kaname-san has additionally retained the manufacturing unit 16-valve 4A-GE with a easy consumption and exhaust improve.

It’s simple to go above and past if you’re constructing an AE86, however when roads like these are your step, it turns into abundantly clear that simplicity and seat time are the one crucial substances for a very good day trip.

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Final, however so removed from least, we’ve Umino-san’s white kouki notchback. For this automobile you’ll have to attend, because it deserves its personal submit the place we are able to dive into the nitty-gritty of what’s an unbelievable restoration. Whilst you wait, I’ll go away you with this sneak peek at Umino-san’s consideration to element…

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After a very good few hours and some hundred corners, we looped again round and into Okutama Parking Space and posted up in entrance of the Showa era-style retailer.

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All so comparable however every with a totally completely different character and look is what makes capturing three of the identical make and mannequin so particular to me. With the primary AE86 variants turning 40 this 12 months, it’s secure to say that just about each mixture of engine, gearbox, styling and inside has been achieved on these vehicles. However because the business begins to creep increasingly more right into a world of automation and disengagement, the motion again to simplicity and seat time-inspired builds is evident, particularly in these three.

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Residing in Japan for over a 12 months and spending nearly all of your waking hours exploring workshops, circuits and automotive occasions makes it simple to turn out to be barely numb to happenings that may excite even probably the most apathetic automobile fanatic, but it surely’s moments like this the place I’ve to cease and pinch myself. Having the ability to observe three perfectly-built AE86s driving by means of the Japanese mountains was a surreal expertise – one which I needed each automobile fanatic might take pleasure in.

Preliminary D and web hype apart, I implore anybody that will get the possibility to leap behind the wheel of an AE86 to take it.

Glad 86 Day!

Alec Pender
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