Tag Archive: AE86

YOU WISH: Garage SunRise

By in 18-12-2008 12:30 am

Tetsuya Hibino’s character on D1 videos might be one of a rude, slang-talking tough guy, but in reality he’s anything but hard to talk to. That is, if you can understand his rapidfire “ittara” Nagoya accent and can keep up with his dictionary-like knowlege of the Toyota AE86 and how to drift it.



FEATURE: Youchi Hangai’s AE86 Trueno

By in 11-12-2008 12:30 am

Usually, mechanics spend so much time on other people’s cars, they have no time for their own. It’s amazing what results can come from a few minutes a day.

This particular Sprinter belongs to 35-year-old Yoichi Hangai, a mechanic working in the outskirts of Tokyo at the FNATZ workshop. He might technically have a job in Tokyo, but Yoichi has always lived in the eastern part of nearby Kanagawa prefecture, which is generally considered to be the slightly rougher cousin of the somewhat more refined Tokyo metropolis nearby. Running down alongside Tokyo Bay, it’s an industrial area with lots of long back streets and small mechanical workshops, where the tuners have a reputation for having some of the hardest worked street cars in Eastern Japan.



KANTO TOUGE: somewhere in East Japan

By in 04-11-2008 11:00 pm

After an entire week of D1 photos, it seems like a good time to take a break from drifting’s biggest spectacle. We don’t have much really have much choice in that matter though, since there’s not going to be another round held until the weather gets a lot colder, and then a lot warmer again here in Japan.

Touge drifting is where D1’s roots lie, so here’s a photo set from recent weeks of an unnamed course deep in the mountains. Rumour was that a certain AE86 bearing Yamanashi plates regularly seen at this touge course belonged to a D1 driver seen in the previous article.