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...
On the 25th of April, the legendary Ace Cafe
was home to the first Retro Toyota Gathering
. Organised by The Corolla Brotherhood
, the meet was held to bring together some of the sweetest Corolla AE86
s and other classic Toyotas from around the UK and even Europe!
I'm a big fan of Toyota's little AE86 (and I know a lot of MotorMavens
readers are too) so, when I first heard about the plans for this meet earlier in the year, I knew I had to go! Let's take a look at some of the great cars that turned up! Read more...
Guess who got some new kicks? This is Henry Nguyen‘s shakotan S12 200SX sure is breaking hearts with its shiny new shoes. Forget those played out Bapes, kid… it’s all about the classic Japanese styling of Speed Star Wheels.
More specifically, 15x9J (-17) SSR Mk3 up front, and 15x9J (-27) SSR/Longchamps XR4 wheels out back. With the front chin spoiler, and rear wing. Definitely a Heartbreaker, damn son.
:: Antonio Alvendia
Lowdown Heartbreaker S12 200SX
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While I was walking around the sea of nostalgic Japanese goodness
at the Japanese Classic Car Show
last year, a particular S12 Nissan 200SX
caught my eye. To be completely honest here, I've never been the biggest fan of S12s. Most people pretty much disregard the S12 as far as "cool Nissans" go... to most people, the S12 is definitely the red-headed stepchild of the 1980s Nissan family, especially when you compare it in popularity to S13s, Z32s, and Z31s... hell, even Nissan Sentras
are more popular for some reason* than the S12 200Sx. (*Well... I think one of the reasons the Sentra was so popular for racing is because of all the R&D that Mike Kojima
did with them when he was still working for Nismo as a race engineer) Either way though... I'd way
rather have an S12 than a Sentra. There's no question about that... especially after seeing Henry's S12?! This has got to be the dopest looking Nissan S12 I've ever seen in my entire life.
So what was it about this particular 200SX that caught my eye? It just had to be the style
in which it was built up. Let's take a closer look... Read more...
In celebration of our beloved "Hachiroku Day" today (8/6/2009), I thought I'd post up some photos from my archive of AE86 photos. I have sooooooo many AE86 photos in my hard drives and photo albums it's ridiculous. So many in fact, that I could start an AE86 only blog site if I felt like it! But no time for that right now, as right now we're concentrating on building Motor Mavens and telling the whole world about our site!
I wasn't sure if I should categorize this as "Point&Shoot" or "Archaeology" since these pics seem to fit into both categories. I just decided on "Point&Shoot" since these pics are more that style anyway... they aren't artistic or photographically dope, but it doesn't matter. The subject matter is off the hook!
These pics are three years old - they were taken back in spring of 2006, to be exact. I was in Japan for a "work/vacation," just hanging out with Team Orange, and I decided to roll up to D1 Sugo with them. When we arrived, the lower division D1 qualifying had just ended, and I was so happy to see all these dope AE86s around! I must have looked ridiculous as hell, taking a million photos of these AE86s on their loader trucks... the owners of the cars laughed at me, probably thinking "damn, this guy is going bananas taking all these photos! Read more...