In 2013 at WTAC Beau Yates and many HachiRoku fans around the world feared they had lost an iconic car for good. We were in disbelief that a car that had performed flawlessly without any major incident could go from skidding Eastern Creek South Circuit to suddenly be sitting on the side of the track with it's front wheel torn off in it's final outing.
How does this happen, and the answer is rather simple. A bogan driving a Ford Falcon after looping it decided to try and impress the crowd with a static burnout in the middle of the track. We've all heard the during the drivers briefings how burnouts are not permitted during drift events over and over again. The end result seeing both Beau Yates and Anthony Cece (Jaustech Automotive) coming into heavy contact with the Falcon.
To use an Insurance Term both cars were "A write off".
Eeryone was in disbelief, as the AE86 should not have even been at the track as the new Toyota 86 was destined to make it's debut. Some issues with the Quad Cam VVTI and other niggling issues with the build which caused the car not to run that day. After long silent trip towing the car home, the car was let sit in the corner of Beaus garage whilst he concentrated on the new GT86 and making it competitive.
Many tears where shed around the world as we thought the iconic car was gone for good.
After 3 years of sitting collecting dust the AE86 was dragged out to start the restoration process. At the time, Beau knew once restored, Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya would be driving it at World Time Attack 2016. Having DK see your car is a dream shared by many AE86 owners. But the thought to him driving on the international stage was beyond Beau's wildest dreams and provided the motivation required to begin the long road ahead of him.
The car was placed on a custom made jig and over many long nights straightened and the new strut tower fitted. A rotisserie was then utilised to paint the under neath of the car white as it was silver for all these years. The finish under body finish on the car is as good as the top. Once the paint work was in order, the car was shipped to the amazing team at Hypertune. The small team of metal fabricators worked alongside Beau to resurrect the car from the ground up for its big day at WTAC 2016.
And boy did the car live up to it's expectations and impressed DK immensely.
Check out the in car video thanks to Car Advice of DK enjoying Beau's Car here
This long weekend, 3 Forum Members Sam Futch, Joe Nathan & Steve Pembrey are competing in the DCA King of Asia round at Raleigh International Raceway.
Please join me in congratulating them on their achievements so far and that they have the best of luck in their battles today. More importantly, I'm sure they will enjoy the competition and getting up nice and close to fellow drivers.
If you wish to represent our Club please send me a PM and i'll organise some decals.
Please join me in welcoming Bridgestone Australia to our community. They bring years of R&D in Tyre manufacturing to our community.
Please have a look at this Thread for the amazing giveaway they are currently running. A once in a life time chance to drive some of the most exciting roads in the world and the world famous nurburgring.
Once again, please join me in welcoming Bridgestone.
It is rare to see such a car built with as much enthusiasm and pride as what Davey and Riki did with this KE70.
The VY SS Commodore driveline, transmission tunnel with a R31 Diff and Adaptronic engine management put down a respectable 250kw at the wheels. Being in such a small / lightweight car this is more than enough to just stick it in any gear and still bake tyres.
The Tubbed front end, kelway roll cage , custom valved Shockworks suspension and loads of AJPS goodies ensure it corners extremely well.
The list of modifications is too long to list here, but it is safe to say that anything you would do to this car has been done. Since being converted to the V8 this car has only had a handful of outings due to the new business they established R&D Mechanical and the commitment required to run a new business.
I know it pains Riki and Davey to sell this car having put so much time and effort into it. As for a price, what do you put on a car of this nature? Whatever it sells for I can tell you , it will be worth it.
Around 60 of our members gathered last weekend April 27th - 29th to hang out and drift at Raleigh Raceway Coffs Harbour.
It was a great weekend, many tyres baked, beers drunk and much shit talked.
One of the highlights from the weekend was Paul Sampsons or as we know him Mumbles AE86.
Prior to seeing this I was thinking what a waste of a good shell but putting a rotary in it, but after seeing it being wrestled around the track and hearing that raspy rotary sound echoing throughout the valley I now want one and love it.
Over all thanks guys for a great meet, it was awesome to see the generosity of fellow members offering to take axles out of their track cars to those who drove to the track so they could get home.
A limited edition Scion FRS is due to be released later this year from Toyota.
It will be prepared at the TRD Factory and sport a Yuzu-colored body, which people from Melbourne would associate with being a Taxi.
It will also feature HID headlights and LED daytime running lights. The push button start that is present in the Toyota 86 GTS will retained.
The gear shifter will feature the embossed TRD badge and will feature the build number of the car, which is strickly limited to 1500.
A TRD leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob will be installed along with lowered TRD springs. The arse end of the car looks hot and has the TRD quad tipped exhaust and Aero Kit.
Flyingboy Films have released a really in depth Documentary on Taka Aono and his open view on the evolution of D1 Drifting and where the sport has gone. A true gentleman and an inspiration to many world wide including myself.
Matty Styles is a Film student from Victoria who has decided to get behind Drift within Australia to produce a documentary to help promote our sport. The documentary is titled Drift Is Life and will feature drift at grass roots levels, as well as at the highest level within Australia.
This documentary will help our sport gain the exposure it needs, so please donate what you can afford to this great cause.
Those who attend the Vic Drift days, would know Matty is quite handy with the camera and has produced some amazing footage of drift events. Check out his vimeo page here
This is absolutely your last chance to get a hold of a copy of the AE86DC 2011/12 Calendar. Any orders not made by Wednesday 1st of June 2011 won't be printed... The only exception made will be if you ask us to put your copies aside until you can pay for them.
Well, after all of the hype about the release of the FT86 Concept II at the Geneva Motor Show, I don't think it has failed to tease a lot of people with the photos posted over the past few weeks by Subaru...
My personal opinion is that I want to see it in a lighter colour to see all the curves (black absorbs light and makes it harder for your eye to pick the styling lines in the body shape. Can't wait to see a photo of this one in a colour like red.
The discussion has already turned to "filling that grille with intercooler" and I can't wait to see a photochop of that ! I don't think you would have to go overboard, just a tasteful intercooler that spans the entire grille area will make it look like a beast!
Hi Guys and girls, just a quick update to let you all know whats happening.
We are in the initial stages of planning our first official AE86DC Track Day in Brisbane. This will be our pilot to see if the "all-day" Track Day format we have planned actually works. If all goes well, we will roll it out to other states later this year. For more information on that one, please have a quick read of the EOI thread here ...
2011 CALENDARS WERE A NON-EVENT... SORRY ! - Due to my November & December (2011) being stuffed up completely by random "real life" stuff the AE86DC calendar did not happen. Since it doesn't really make sense for a calendar to begin in February / March, I am still trying to find an interesting way to make this happen.
We may actually phase the calendar in mid-year (starting in say July) and running 12 monthly - like many things, that time of year (August - December) just gets away on us every year and to be blunt, it is damned hard to make it happen under normal circumstances anyway. So stay tuned, just because the calendar didn't happen doesn't mean there won't be one in 2011 !
On that front, we will also be having a clearance of all current merchandise as we have heaps of t-shirts that need to find a home. I am just finalising pricing, but you will be able to pick up some really cheap AE86DC Gildan T-shirts really soon. Keep an eye on your email PLEASE ADD firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book, so we don't announce this offer to your spam box ;)
It is good to see you all back from the New Year holidays... Thanks as always for your support!
Well, we once again find ourselves just days out from christmas. I don't know about the rest of you, but this year has definitely flown by really quickly!
On Behalf of AE86DC, we wish you all the best over this festive season. May your holidays be long and fun, and your travel on the roads be safe (lookout for the idiots, and PLEASE don't drink & drive).
We look forward to seeing you all back here soon (drunken posting on the forums is apparently OK, thanks Biggo!)
Hi guys... We have a little bit more downtime to come in the next few days due to the fact that we are totally maxx-ing out the "temporary" webserver's limits. We have another one lined up, but it is going to be another couple of days mucking around and access will be on-and-off until it is all sorted out again. My apologies for any issues that this causes you while I start the move to the new webserver. We will back online ASAP. Thanks -Nick
So you've just busted your ass for a month to afford shiny new anodised parts for your car and lived on mi-goreng noodles to help save every penny possible. The postie shows up and your hard earned (and well deserved) parts are in your hot little hands... You spend the best part of a week under the car in an effort to have it ready for the track.
So you line up for your run, what happens next is less an issue of skill or talent... It is an issue of - "I purchased my (genuine) parts from a reputable supplier" or the (more and more common) "Why spend $1000 for something you can get for $250 off ebay".
So this is the part where the hero (or noob) of our story comes home with the trophy, or comes home on the back of a towtruck...or lets seriously hope the less likely "body bag" option.
All of this has come from a thread that was posted in an effort to work out whether some "cheap" Cusco branded parts were the real deal or not. Sadly, not everyone is always wise enough to ask for some second opinions before hitting the "Buy it Now" button...
I would like to make it crystal clear that whilst 75% of what comes out of China is a grey-import that can come direct from the factory and just as good as the "store bought" item... a lot of the rest of the stuff from China is a sad tale of scams and fakes and is just going to end up in the junk.
Now with online forums and "importers" and "resellers" so prevalent in our community, it has never been a better time to re-iterate the famous phhrases : "BUYER BEWARE" and "IF IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT PROBABLY IS".
And with the level of detail in counterfeit parts now, without having a real item and a fake side by side, it would be virtually impossible to even know what you've got yourself into. And lets hope that it isn't too late when you find out that safety items (harnesses, seats, suspension, rollcages brakes etc) aren't up to the task.
Without rabbiting on a lot about this issue, I will leave you with some images and links to do some further reading. And as a few of our members ahve already found out - as simple as posting a thread is, it is MUCH better to look naieve in retrospect than to purchase a counterfeit. Full stop!
The best way to stop these things from flooding the market is BUY GENUINE. It is as simple as that. If there wasn't a market for cheap counterfeits, and the people stupid enough to pruchase them, there wouldn't be a problem in the first place...
Ever since Toyota was rumoured to be releasing a modern design based around a Toyota Chassis and Subaru Boxer engine, the critics and fanboys have been on a mission to pick the car apart and tell the world that it is an unforgivable combination.
Discussion has been very up and down on our own forums in relation to the "Toy-baru" subject. The thread can be followed here
However, some of us still think that it is a fantastic fusion of a torquey, low center of gravity engine capable of being "hotted up" and being the next best Toyota since rear wheel drives were pretty much dumped in the mid to late 1980's...
One of the bone of contention has been that Toyota have been unable to confirm that the rumoured $20,000 pricetag will be able to be kept intact and if the current rumours are to be believed, Toyota will be making a "Baby FT86" or to the rest of us, a more "no frills" and mildly-tuned version of the FT86 to keep the pricing down around the $20K mark like we have been hearing. Meanwhile the full-blown FT86 will be up around the $30K mark.
Update : The Baby FT86 may be 300mm shorter compared to its bigger sister, and also is rumoured to potentially be sporting the toyota 3SZ-VE engine, a 1.5-liter inline-4 that produces 109 bhp.
Whatever happens, some of us are waiting patiently to see what design is revealed for the Australian market, since the AE86 has such a huge following, it won't be long until the modding begins... We are waiting to see.
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Just a quick update to let you know that the homepage of AE86DC isn't broken... It is under construction and shortly news posts made on the forums will be displayed directly on the homepage.
We are hoping to have the basics of the homepage sorted out by the end of this weekend.
Please welcome, to the AE86DC Administration team :
Silver Styler (Jon)
Many more changes will be happening to AE86DC over the next couple of months and we will be keeping everyone updated from now on with all changes with as much notice as possible.
Tonight we held a quick meeting to discuss the future of AE86DC and we have a few things planned that will be revealed shortly.
Thanks guys for your assistance in keeping AE86DC real.
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