NICE! I just got my hands on a brand new Brian Crower STROKER KIT
for the 4AG engine
! I can't wait to put my engine together with this beauuuuuutiful forged crankshaft
and lightweight connecting rods
Before I elaborate on the details of my engine build, check out this new video from our friends at Brian Crower, highlighting some of their sponsored racers. I'm honored that my own AE86
is going to have a heart transplant that includes engine internals from the same manufacturer that's responsible for the success of these pro drivers! Read more...
COOL!!! Has anyone else noticed all the classic Toyotas used in the television commercial for the 2014 Toyota Corolla??? I got to see a sneak preview of this TV commercial a couple weeks ago when I was in San Diego for the 2014 Corolla’s Official Media Preview and Test Drive, and I’ve been excited to share it ever since! I’m sneaky, so I even shot a few undercover “on the downlow” videos of Toyota’s new TV commercial with my iPad Mini when they weren’t looking – just so I could show my friends! (more…)
presented by Turn14 Distribution
took over Auto Club Speedway
and attracted more than 240 Scion FR-S
and Subaru BRZ
s, 40 AE86 Toyota Corollas and over 4000 enthusiasts. 86FEST wowed its attendees with a massive vendor village, consisting of over 80 companies offering the latest advances in aftermarket performance parts and accessories, which were prominently featured in aftermarket performance Product Showcases.
Attendees got the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the brightest stars from the Formula Drift Championship
and some of Southern California’s most popular import models, as well as several fresh new faces. While spectators gathered trackside to watch the 86FEST autocross experience, most attendees were busy participating in the 86FEST Parts Raffle.
For two years running, the 86FEST Raffle has definitely remained the most popular element of the show, providing attendees with the opportunity to take home well over $15,000 in performance parts and accessories from top name brands like Hawk Performance, OEM Audio Plus, HRE Wheels, HPS Silicone Hoses, WinMax Brakes, RS-R, Cusco, Innovate Motorsports, Vortech Superchargers, Greddy, Jackson Racing, Mann Engineering, Depo, Essex Motorsports, JPM Coachworks, and Raceseng. Read more...
This past weekend at Road Atlanta
in Braselton, Georgia, the Formula Drift Championship
celebrated its Ten Year Anniversary. It's hard to believe that the sport of professional drifting has already been in existence in the United States for ten whole years! Crazy - it certainly doesn't feel like it's been ten years.
Over the past decade, there have been a ton of new faces in the traveling Formula D circus - new drivers, new photographers, new teams and sponsors, new models, and new fans. When the very first Formula Drift event was held at Road Atlanta back in 2004, drifting was very much new to the United States. Most people didn't even know what it was. Most of the drivers and teams were very grassroots in appearance; we certainly didn't see the big corporate event activations
and sponsor logos that you find at Formula Drift events nowadays.
Many of the original drivers, models, and teams from the inaugural Formula Drift event in 2004 have moved on to pursue other things. However, there are still a few OG Formula Drift heads (like me) still around. Man, we're getting old! Read more...
always holds a Preseason Technical Inspection Day
before the annual race season starts. The objection of the tech inspection is to go over each car to verify that all safety equipment and chassis modifications are fair and accounted for. When it comes to building a race car, whether its for drift, drag, road racing or rally, safety has to be a high priority for any team.
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was the host of this year's tech day. This was a free event to attend for those enthusiasts and fans who want to get up close and personal with the cars and drivers. They had food trucks, free energy drinks, and of course, lots of local car show enthusiasts and their rides in attendance! Read more...
Even if they didn't attend the jam packed Formula Drift Finale
at Irwindale Speedway
, all drifting fans with an internet connection already know that Daigo Saito
has been smashing the competition repeatedly all year, ascending the ranks of the Formula Drift Championship
and ending his first year in Formula D in First Place
as the Formula Drift Series Champion
Here's a collection of some of our favorite images captured from the event! Read more...
On October 7th, over 2500
Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota AE86 enthusiasts from all over the Western United States converged at Auto Club Speedway
in Fontana CA for the very first 86FEST
, and the energy was just incredible!
The newly introduced Toyota/Subaru "86" platform (sold as Scion FR-S
and Subaru BRZ
in the USA) has received international acclaim as the second coming of the legendary AE86, which has a huge cult following worldwide.
With help from sponsors like Falken Tire
, OEM Audio Plus
, Turn 14 Distribution
, Whiteline Suspension
, Spec Clutch
, Mann Engineering
, Flossy Shift Knobs
, and M7 Japan
, it's pretty crazy how quickly our inaugural 86FEST came together! Just a few weeks ago, I was driving at a Volkswagen event at Big Willow, and got to talking with the Speed Ventures
organizers about how cool it would be if we could get a bunch of FR-S, BRZ, and AE86 owners together at a track day. They both expressed a lot of interest in the idea - especially since we have been thinking about ways to work together for nearly two years! Read more...
The MotorMavens Crew is once again back at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
for Formula Drift After Dark
. For those of you that couldn't make it, consider yourself lucky that you don't have to deal with the searing desert heat. Luckily it's not as hot as it was last year, but we're still baking in the sun so we can bring you imagery of whats current in Formula Drift. Read more...
With all the attention the new Scion FR-S
and Toyota GT86
have been receiving, people have been scouring the internet for photos and information on the exciting new front engine, rear wheel drive sports car platform that has been taking the world by storm
. Scion dealers around the nation have been participating in Scion "First 86" unveilings, but the good folks at Longo Toyota
/Scion have decided to be proactive in connecting with the newly developing Scion FRS owners community.
While other dealers concentrate on trying to move units, Scion salesman Jeffrey Chang
and Longo Scion
decided to sponsor the very first Scion FR-S Tour of LA
driving event! Lots of great looking cars were in attendance, but I just couldn't take my eyes off the newly built Cusco Scion FRS
, which was already outfitted with Toyota emblems, and the full line of Cusco suspension and accessories. Read more...
There really is nothing like a vintage Porsche 911
. Ever since the first time I was able to actually see and hear
an actual 1970s Porsche 911 race car running through Nurburgring Nordschleife
on my first trip to Germany, I've been lusting after a 911 of my own. Shortly thereafter, I was given the opportunity to visit the Porsche test track in Leipzig, Germany, where I got the chance to get up close and personal with an authentic 1973 911 Carrera RS
, which was wheeled out from the Porsche Museum so I could take it out on the track! I really need at least one
of these in my life.
Needless to say, I was beyond excited when I attended this gathering of Porsches in Woodland Hills, CA. There were several gorgeous cars from different model years in attendance, but none of the cars truly captured my attention like these retro race-themed 911s. Read more...
Could this be the very first Toyota GT86 that has crashed at a racing event? Everyone has been talking about the debut of the Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S/Subaru BR-Z) in Japan’s D1 Grand Prix Series. Also newsworthy is the fact that Falken Tire was making its return to D1 with this attention grabbing car, which was built by Up Garage, a chain of Japanese used parts stores. (more…)
When it comes to car shows, judging criteria is usually based on how the car looks or what kinds of modifications it has. Having attended tons of the same old car shows, our good friend Tony Lee
had an idea to make a different type of contest within the car scene.
While driving up or down a driveway may seem like a mundane everyday task for most, it obviously requires a certain amount of technique when you have a lowered car. Tony took that idea and decided to make it into a different form of driving competition, with the help of certain friends. Our own Editor-in-Chief Antonio
was selected to be the emcee of the event, while judging duties were handled by Yogi
, and ItsJDMYo's own Keychain
. Read more...
Oh whaaaaat!!! The rumors are true! Just released today – it seems that D1 Grand Prix Champion driver Daigo Saito will be joining good friend Robbie Nishida at Bridges Racing to campaign a two-car team in the Formula Drift Championship. I suppose the question everyone has on their minds NOW is which car will Daigo be driving? (more…)
2011 was a pretty spectacular year of drifting for me. Being a Canadian, I got to see a whole heck of a lot of America this year – not only from all the different rounds of Formula Drift that I and the rest of the Drift Posse participated in, but also as a result of a tour that saw me flying around the country for three months. (more…)
It’s official. Team Yellow is the most awesome grassroots team there is. With at least eight running/driving/drifting/awesome cars at any one time, drivers from all over Scandinavia, and several tracks to lay down ridiculous amounts of smoke, these guys get sh!t done. They’ve got an SR powered AE86, and all their other cars are 2JZ powered. There’s never a dull moment with Team Yellow. Huge thanks to Lars and Dag Harlem for inviting Joe and I over multiple times and even allowing us to drive their 1JZ MarkII. We heart Team Yellow.
) is a local motoring forum here in Northern Ireland
. The site was set up by Andy Cooper
many moons ago to showcase ICE installations but, as the popularity of the forum grew, it became one of most popular motoring forums in Ireland. I have been a member since late 2006
when I was losing heart with my rallying exploits and RMS was just the fix I needed.
The site and its members have been very good to me in the last few years. I have made many great friends and have had very special times going to car shows and meet-ups. Now, in its tenth year, Graham Curry
, who is the RMS resident photographer and a good friend of mine, decided that the milestone should be marked with a Birthday show. So, after months of planning, we found ourselves at Junction 1
- where all sorts of fun ensued! Read more...
As you witnessed in the first part
of coverage from the Bay Area AE86
meet at One Toyota of Oakland
, the gathering was a great mix of both hachi roku
s and other machines. While more and more cars rolled in, it became harder to pay attention to each car individually. And, although it seemed as if there was almost an equal ratio of AE86s to dope non-AE86s, everyone remembered what car the day was commemorating. Read more...
August 13th marked the coming of one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Northwest. Xtreme Drift Circuit
was coming to Pacific Grand Prix
! This was a chance for the locals to put on a great show with the already talented list of drivers that follow the series.
XDC is known for their raw and mixed make series - making it an interesting change from the more serious Formula Drift. If there ever was an equivalent to the MSC
drift competitions that are held in Japan
, XDC would be it. Read more...
Took a brief look at my files and thought I'd contribute to 8-6 day! Above is a shot I did for 9K Racing back in February. Read more...
Happy Hachi Roku Day!
Its no secret that the MotorMavens Crew are huge fans of the Toyota Corolla AE86, and a bunch of us even own them. So I thought I would share one of my favorite pictures of my car from about 4 years ago. Lots has changed since then but this phase of the car is still one of my favorites. The raw street driven style is what I loved about it. Read more...
For August 6th, 86 Day, I thought I’d post up a snapshot of possibly my favourite AE86s of all time – the twin red AE86 Toyota Truenos from drift team Running Free in Japan! (more…)
In continuing with our celebration of 8-6 Day, I wanted to bring back this shot I took of Taka Aono at Road Atlanta earlier this year. Seeing this car still compete at a top level in professional drifting really adds to the excitement and the theater (theatre?) of the event. As much fun as it is seeing two high-horsepower Goliaths battle it out, replacing one of those monsters with a David only makes things more interesting. This might be why the AE86 is still a crowd favorite, well over 20 years after its inception. Read more...
There is probably no better way to introduce myself to you guys than by sharing with you, on 86 Day
, a recent shoot I did of a friend's Toyota AE86 Levin GTV
. As Daniel Bridle
has shown you with the Team Tekno
article, the AE86 is alive and well here in Ireland
Usually the AE86 comes in two different guises: the Japanese drift spec with drift body kits and crazy camber; and the UK spec with Superlites
spot lamps. However, there is another type that is rarely seen on these shores and that is - the grip spec AE86. Read more...