ARCHAEOLOGY> Tecart's AE86 at Tsukuba Circuit

Today, I was looking through one of my old USB hard drives that contained some images from one of my Japan trips in like… 2004 I think? Or maybe 2005. Anyway, I stumbled upon this photo I shot with my old Canon 20D camera.

Even though Canon’s current product offering makes me think the 20D is a POS now, I gotta give it props because that’s the camera I had with me the longest… I shot with that thing for like FOUR years. That includes constant travel with at least one event per weekend, meaning I would shoot a minimum of 1000 images per weekend, using a “non-pro” bodied camera with a less durable shutter. In fact, my shutter did eventually fail on me at Road Atlanta last year. Thank God for good homies like Cody Wellons from S3 Magazine and John Choi from Falken, who let me borrow their DSLRs so I could finish shooting the event. Even though I was pissed about the broken camera, some of my other photographer friends thought it was cool – they said, “man, your camera broke because you took too many photos with it? That’s dope as hell… and your 20D has been all over the world with you!” True, I didn’t think about it that way!

So back to the subject matter, check out this purple Tecart’s AE86 Levin 2-door drifting at Japan’s famous Tsukuba Circuit. In the photo, the car is in a mid-drift transition and is about to be flicked to the left to continue through the D1 course… however, this photo was NOT taken at a D1 event!

This photo was actually taken at one of the legendary Battle Magazine “Battle of Drift” Competition events, which Japanese people nicknamed as “BM Cup” or “BM Hi.” For those who aren’t familiar with “BM,” Battle Magazine (now defunct) was very well loved by many Japanese drifting enthusiasts because it was the only magazine out there that really featured the cool grassroots drifting movement as it was happening in Japan.

I think most American and European drift fans nowadays only know about drifting from what they see in a “professional series” like Formula D and D1 Grand Prix. However, for guys like me, who have been following Japanese drifting since the 1990s, it’s all about the privateer efforts… back then, it was all about the super dope Japanese grassroots drivers who drift with their everyday street cars, battling different drift teams from different regions of Japan, etc. That’s what it’s all about.

By the way, did anyone notice the Japanese “team sticker” on the rear quarter window? It comes from one of my favorite AE86 teams… “Go Maru Japan.” More on this subject later – you better stay tuned to Motor Mavens!!!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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9 Responses to “ARCHAEOLOGY> Tecart's AE86 at Tsukuba Circuit”

  1. This AE is hotness…

  2. whitemugen86 says:

    DOPE AE86 true oldschool in our days of modern driftcars ! But still capable of super battles …

    p.s are the rims work equip’s ?

    AWESOME post ! as always Antonio …

  3. YUP!!! You guessed it!

    Work Equip 03, 3piece in gold. Just from looking at it from this angle, my guess is they would be 15×9 or 15×9.5

    Can anyone guess what kind of aero kit and hood he has on the car? and the mirrors?

  4. La Carrera says:

    cool story man. i dont like the fenders on that car though, they look like they’re gonna fall of.

  5. Pat Daly says:

    20D FTW!!! Soon enough mine will fail me and I can say it’s because “I wore it out” instead of admitting to the faultiness of the shutter over time.

    Next time I’m in California you need to take me drifting. These Michiganders prefer to go in a straight line and I want to experience drifting forreal!

  6. Felixxx says:

    more Tecarts shit!

  7. kOOpA says:

    sickkkkk, can’t wait to get aero on my coupe ^^

    not sure what the kit on that one is, a lot of 86 aero is way too close to the same for me to tell.

  8. Andy Sapp says:

    Old school and AWESOME! :D

  9. Mike Brewster says:

    gorgeous!

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