EVENT – FORMULA DRIFT KUALA LUMPUR 2013 – WET & WILD

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Formula Drift returned to Speed City Kuala Lumpur this year with an extremely diverse line-up of drivers from all over the world. Names like Ken Gushi from the US, Daigo “the Ninja” Saito from Japan of which has remained undefeated since the beginning of the Formula Drift Series, Local Malaysian drifting royalty Tengku Djan Ley of which owns the venue turned Battle grounds for this event, Japan D1 drifter Masao Suenaga and Frederic Aasbø
of whom is piloting the beastly V8 powered RS*R Toyota 86 were just some of the star studded entourage of superstars in the Drifting game that participated. Read more

EDITORIAL – WHY EVERYONE SHOULD JUST SHUT UP AND TEST-DRIVE AN 86 OR BRZ

February 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Japanese News, Latest Articles

People should just quit their bitching about these cars already. Less than a year into production and all I hear is nonsense from people who know absolutely nothing about them. These people’s opinions are like ex’s; we’ve all had one and yet, most of what comes with the fallout is baseless trash talking. And the 86 and BRZ quite simply don’t deserve it… Read more

FEATURE – 2013 TOKYO AUTO SALON OVERVIEW

February 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Car Shows, Events, Latest Articles

280,000 people, 800 cars, 4 days, 12 hours of sleep, 1 M6 convertible, 73 cans of Redbull, and 3000 shots later, the curtain (mercifully), fell on the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. Come with me as 7Tune takes a look back at the biggest TAS in years… Read more

FEATURE – 2012 OKAYAMA HACHI ROKU FESTIVAL PART 2

Having left the paddock, it was time to get serious and train the Nikon D3 and 70-200mm on the cars and drivers as they battled it out on the track. There was an absolutely packed schedule of action going on throughout the day, right from the opening sessions at 8am and culminating in easily the biggest parade of 86′s that I’ve ever seen at 5pm. Which left me with a lot of work to do… and a lot of shots to post… Read more

FEATURE – 2012 OKAYAMA HACHI ROKU FESTIVAL PART 1

September 30, 2012 by  
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Easily one of the best and biggest 86 festivals in the world, the Okayama 86 fest provided an absolute overdose of Hachi goodness in all shapes, colors and configurations. It was quite a hike East to get to the circuit but it was damn well worth it and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started… Read more

DRIVEN – THE NEW TOYOTA 86 GT LIMTED

Finally the day arrived where I was able to put the new Toyota 86 through its paces in real life situations and I came away from the test really impressed with the car. I wasn’t blown away, nor was I expecting to be since the base model is where you start with the package but for what it is, and the price it drops in at in Japan, it makes for a compelling and delicious argument… but now I have a major problem on my hands… Read more

EVENTS – THE TOYOTA 86 GALA FESTIVAL

February 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Drifting, Events, Japanese News, Latest Articles

Mirrors on the Ceiling, Pink Champagne on Ice… No, this is not the Eagles’ Hotel California, this is the entrance to a very exclusive, invite only ‘Toyota 86 Gala.’. When Adam first called me saying we had been invited to a very special event by Toyota, my ears perked up immediately. Following several Press Conferences, Demonstrations and Motor show Events, the new ‘Toyota 86’ is just about complete and ready to purchase. What better way to put it all together than to have another final and official 86 Launch Party. Having already seen the car back last summer at Fuji, and then again at the Tokyo Auto Salon, I just can’t get enough, so had to attend! Read more

DRIVEN – THE NEW TOYOTA 86

December 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Circuit Racing, Events, Latest Articles

Let me start by putting the internet arguments to a rest. The new Toyota 86 is an epic little machine that will amaze you when you get behind the wheel and really go for it. It is also so simple and rewarding to drive on the limit and I’m certain it will be absolutely pounced upon by all sorts of people when it get’s released next Spring. Forget about it’s looks, power figure, weight and wheels for a minute and let’s just take a look at how good it is as a drivers car ( and for that matter a potential drift machine )… Read more

EVENT – M-TECHNIX AND DRIFTHOLICS LABOR DAY DRIFT EVENT

September 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Circuit Racing, Drift, Drifting, Events, Latest Articles


The grassroots scene is a different world in Japan and far removed from the corporate grip of big race weekends. It’s relaxed, playful and above all else communal. That’s a good thing because grassroots events like the one I attended at Fuji Speedway recently reminded me just how interconnected people are through the sports they love on all levels… Read more

READERS RIDES – CHRIS’S AE86 LEVIN GTV

April 22, 2011 by  
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Living between Japan and Ireland can be VERY different at times. But between the Temples, the race tracks and Shinkansen Bullet Trains of Japan, to the Green hills, Twisty back roads and even Leprechauns of Ireland, one thing both countries share is a huge passion for the Car Culture and even more so, the Toyota AE86 ‘Hachi-Roku’… Read more

READER RIDES – MAXIME’S IMMACULATE HACHI ROKU

April 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Classic JDM Cars, Latest Articles


7TUNE reader Maxime from France recently purchased a copy of the Hachi Roku Drift Tengoku April 2011 through us and very kindly attached a photo of his own steed. I’m glad he did because it’s one of the cleanest AE86′s I have ever laid eyes on! Read more

7STORE – DRIFT TENGOKU HACHIROKU SPECIAL!

April 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Drifting, Latest Articles, Merchandise


We’ve had a lot of emails about this particular magazine edition of Drift Tengoku featuring a wide range of Toyota ’86 goodness. It’s the April 2011 issue and it seems it’s a pretty hot item right now but after getting in touch with the producers of the content and letting them know of the demand, we’ve secured 50 copies to distribute among our 7tune readers. So read on to find out how to secure your copy today… Read more

Manuals: 1993 TRD AE86 Parts Manual

July 8, 2010 by  
Filed under 7tune Classics, Latest Articles, Odd Spot

I’m a bit eccentric about cars and as you get older I think you will find yourself more and more on the lookout for a particular vintage of item – something you totally identify with on any car that you cared to take note of as you were growing up. You can imagine my surprise then, when I stumbled across this original TRD parts manual from the early 90′s, a manual that catalogs basically every performance part made by TRD for the Hachi-Roku. Read more

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