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86 Fest Eire: The Curious Case Of The Corollas

86 Fest Eire: The Curious Case Of The Corollas,

Outdoors of Japan, I don’t assume there’s anyplace else on earth that has as a lot love for the venerable AE86 than Eire.

There’s such an outpouring of affection right here for the ’80s icon, that AE86 tradition in Eire may be subdivided a number of instances. These subcultures can typically be so totally different, that you simply wouldn’t assume that all of them share a love for a similar chassis.

86 Fest Eire: The Curious Case Of The Corollas

For instance, your typical fan of Japanese drift-style Hachirokus would have little to zero curiosity in automobiles that are ‘UK-spec.’

These identical drift-orientated house owners would possibly then be categorised as both Toyota engines solely or open to the concepts of engine swaps from different producers into the AE86 chassis.

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Even when they’re Toyota-engine-only types of individuals, they is perhaps wholly dedicated to the 4A-GE, and dismiss the idea of the likes of a 1UZ-FE or 2JZ. Even then, in the event that they’re 4A-GE purists, they could contemplate themselves as 16 or 20-valve types of individuals.

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It’s a wild automotive subculture which I completely adore.

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I’m not usually a fan of one-make occasions or exhibits, however 86 Fest – which supplied the backdrop for this story – is the one I make an exception for. That is purely as a result of there’s a lot selection on supply, with numerous totally different approaches to the identical automobile.

It does assist that in recent times, different Toyotas of comparable classic have been slowly added to the combination as nicely.

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Nonetheless, what I wrote in 2016 nonetheless stands, and is perhaps extra related now than it’s then.

It’s not a scenario distinctive to the AE86, however their values have continued to skyrocket in recent times which have utterly put them out of the attain for the precise type of individuals they have been initially supposed for.

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I’m exhibiting my age after I say that I keep in mind these being sub-$2,000 automobiles (which to be honest, was utterly undervaluing them even on the time), however now you can simply add a zero to that quantity for a comparatively good instance.

Pristine UK-specification GT coupe fashions can go for nearer to $50,000.

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It simply doesn’t appear proper, does it? I’m not taking something away from the automobiles or their house owners, however after they begin reaching such values, then they have to be in comparison with different automobiles in the identical worth bracket and I’m unsure they fare all that nicely.

An AE86 or an E46 BMW M3? I’ll allow you to reply that one yourselves…

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Within the AE86’s defence, these values solely replicate the truth that there’s nothing accessible on the showroom ground that supply what these automobiles do.

Ever-evolving rules round security and emissions just about assure that we’ll by no means see the likes of those automobiles being provided once more. What’s on the market now, is probably going all that can ever be.

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With that, it brings me nice pleasure to see so many individuals nonetheless driving the automobiles like they’re utterly disposable.

I’m not sure how lengthy this development will proceed, however lengthy could it final, as a result of all ideas about values and so forth. go utterly out the window if you see a Hachiroku being pushed as supposed.

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These are automobiles which I’ll without end be interested in, because it’s typically how they’re used that’s extra spectacular than what they really are.

I believe they’re an ideal microcosm of general automobile tradition in that regard.

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For the report – and never that anybody requested – however I nonetheless fall on the Japanese road model of the AE86 equation. Adrian Walsh’s all-black Levin could be very a lot the type of factor that excites me.

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A constructed 20-valve with Toda cams and a customized Hemi Race exhaust manifold making the higher a part of 200hp would nearly definitely convert even essentially the most die-hard of 16-valve followers.

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These of you that recognise this automobile, and know the story behind it, will probably be relieved to know {that a} function has lastly been shot and will probably be coming at some stage over the following few weeks.

Properly, both relieved or terrified that I’ll make an entire meal of it. It might go both manner with me, to be sincere.

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It’s not the one Corolla function within the pipeline both, though once more, they could as nicely be two totally different automobiles contemplating the totally different approaches and tales behind every of them.

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The non-AE86s at 86 Fest have been assorted, with out being so prevalent to remove from the day’s theme.

My lately discovered lust for X81s has not abated within the slightest since LZ Fest both, once more for these of you who didn’t ask.

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All in all, 86 Fest 2022 was one other good time out with good individuals in suspiciously sunny circumstances. Individuals out having fun with automobiles, no matter how they take pleasure in them, is all the time going to be a superb factor.

I’ll without end be down with the O.P.C. (Different Individuals’s Corollas).

Paddy McGrath
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paddy@speedhunters.com

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