So myself and a couple of other AE86 owners met up at the local gas station and hit the back roads to Fuji Speedway. The touge route is toll-free and offers a nice cruise through the mountains…much more interesting than the expressway. Here is the story all about how….we went to Fuji86 Style…
We weren’t. The main parking/show area was full, so we had to go over to the secondary parking lot which filled up shortly after we arrived. Just a tip, if you drive something other than an AE86/GT86/BRZ to a Fuji 86 Style meet, be prepared to move it when you park next to the 86’s (the guys that came with us know what i’m talking about)
After parking our 5-man AE86 parade (and waiting for the Skylines and Altezza’s to re-park) we headed into the show.
Walking into the main area you first see all the famous AE86 from the notable JDM tuning companies. Here is the Crystal Body Yokohama (CBY) demo car.
Auto Factory also brought out there N2 race car.
I’m not sure who built this but it seems to have a Tec-Arts built 7A-G engine judging by the tag on the spec board.
This drag-spec AE86 was sporting an awesome engine setup(or their dyno could be in need of a calibration).
Keiichi Tsuchiya was behind the stage signing autographs and taking photo’s with the kids. I tried to get a photo with him but a blind kid jumped in front of me, not much I can do in that situation. Tsuchiya’s helper dragged him into the tent immediately after…the blind kid won.
This was probably my favorite privateer car of the day. All white with black bumpers, flares, perfect fitting watanabe’s, all of his trim was either carbon or carbon wrapped, the roof had a carbon overlay, a carbon hood, and carbon gas door. This guy loves carbon fiber.
The engine is what really sold me. Everything was spotless.
This Trueno was wild. The fenders look a little bigger than TRD N2 units but look awesome all the same. I cant even think of a category to put this in. Time attack? This guy loves aero.
Tsuchiya’s world-famous Kouki Trueno was also on display. If you want to know the specs…google it. They’re posted on tons of websites I’m sure.
Makes me want to get my car re-done in solid white.
As I walked around to the paddock side of the track I spotted all the tuned GT-86’s getting ready for their little 3-lap battle. Hot Version was getting into position as well in the Hiace camera car.
I just love me some good functional negative camber with a racing wheel/tire setup (ie: not overly stretched). I think this BRZ was setup by GoodYear Japan as it was at their booth and covered in Goodyear stickers.
That GT wing looks sick mounted on the rear of this GT86. I should have taken notes as I don’t recall which shop this vehicle belongs too. If you know…post it in the comments.
The tuned cars finally hit the track.
The sounds were awesome. Its not a normal boxer sound…and not a inline 4 sound…but I love it.
A few AE86 drivers got to hit the track a little early. Lucky.
With the weather quickly heating up, most of the people in my group were ready to go around 1 so we ended up cutting it short. Overall the event was cool but I really think an AE86 event should have more driving, more action, and more noise. AE86’s are drivers cars and should be treated as such. A big swap meet would have been good too. I don’t regret going at all but I can’t wait to see what Hachirock has in store later in September.
To be honest…I felt the drive to the track through the mountains was more fun that the event itself, but that’s just me.
A huge thanks to Alex Archer for supplying me a ton of photos from the event. Check out his Flickr HERE.