06th Aug2014

Happy 8/6 Day!

by Michael Chandler
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Courtesy of Toyota

 

Ah, August 6.  A day that means nothing to most people, but holds a special place in our hearts.  Why? Because today we celebrate the most fun 106hp and a solid axle could provide: the AE86 chassis Corollas!

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Yes, the lowly mighty Corolla.  Formerly cheap, still rear wheel drive, a delightful drift car and road racer.  Able to swallow any motor, from a hopped up stock four cylinder all the way up to a NASCAR V8, these are the little cars that said “Mash the throttle pedal, ignore the brake and kick that clutch like it owes you money.  We’re gonna have some fun”

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So far you’ve just seen photos of them drifting, or emitting horses from under the hood, but they road race.  They road race hard.  In Japan they had the N2 Series, which was nothing but hopped up Corollas battling other hopped up Corollas in a blur of bright colors and box flares.  It was epic.  But it only lasted two years… in the mid 80’s.  But people kept on building the Corollas to the defunct N2 specifications.  In 1988 TRD caught wind of this, and decided to hold an annual N2 race on the legendary Tsukuba Circuit.

 

And so here we are today, discussing the long legacy of a car that has gained fame as a road racing car, drift machine, and tofu delivery vehicle.  Do you have any fun AE86 stories?  Pictures, video?  If you do, share them!  Sharing is caring, especially on this unofficial holiday.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler.

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20th Sep2013

Drift Utah 6

by Michael Chandler

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The sun rose over a chilly Miller Motorsports Park.  The rain had stopped, but the already slick surface of the west paddock was puddle ridden.  The drivers arrived and unloaded their cars, and prepared them for a full day of drifting.

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Nick and Brandon gathered the drivers for a meeting and a rundown of the course.  Some showers had returned, which made it feel even colder than it did earlier.  After fielding few questions and introducing the DJ (Joey Harrington, aka G-Type, aka The Hair, aka Trueno the Panda), the drivers went out for a parade lap.  And then the fun began

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The guys took the first few cuts somewhat conservatively.  I say somewhat, because the slick track was a bit of a trick to get used to with the water.

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The cones at the entry of the first big right hander took a beating from a few of the drivers, but then OP went on course…

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DERP!  By the way, the E36 M3 is apparently built like a tank.  His car showed no signs of damage, and he gave ride alongs the rest of the day.

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Turbo and N/A S chassis were taking cuts, mustaches not required.

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Your favorite Pro/Am drivers and the resident Formula D driver were out giving ride alongs, and showing off some tandem skills.

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Then this showed up.  Things were getting wild, crazy even.

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Thankfully a contest broke out, which calmed things down.  David Curtis took the win, and whatever prize came with the respect and adulation.  All was calm.

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Well, at least it wasn’t weird.

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What the hell?

The last and final event of the Drift Utah season is tomorrow, September 21, in the Midway at Miller Motorsports Park.  $6 to watch, $5 for a single ride along, $20 for an all day Ride Alone Pass, $90 to come take some solo cuts, $140 to dance with a partner.  Register here, and make sure to come spectate by 4pm.  Thats when the contest starts!

And as always:

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

*Article and Photos are copyright of CAMAutoMag.Com and their respective owners.
06th Aug2011

Happy 86 Day!

by Michael Chandler

 

To some today is just Andy Warhol’s birthday, but to us it’s a day to celebrate the AE86 Corolla!  Feel free to post your favorite AE86 photos in the comments or on the Facebook page and help us celebrate a cult icon. (more…)

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