Event : 86 Matsuri at Tsukuba Circuit
The 2012 Hachiroku (86) Matsuri was held last Sunday the 16th at Tsukuba Circuit (Home of Time Attack).
We took our USDM FRS there for the event, to showcase a new product. Yes it was strange to see a LHD Japanese car in Japan.
This is the tunnel that allows track cars to access the pit paddock area. This tunnel goes under turn 1.
Here’s how our booth looked.
We had our FRS at the front with the all new Expreme Ti Titanium Cat Back prototype on display.
There were many awesome dedicated track cars ready to race in the N2 class. Many who are also using Tomei products.
Like this N2 racer which has our Cam Gears, Camshafts and more.
There was even a group of BMW cars there too. They had their own race class and track time.
There were a few awesome looking BMWs.
The Panda look is still the most popular look.
Here’s an AE86 that doesn’t look like an AE86.
This full hard-core build looks more suited for time attack. The engine has been moved way past the usual firewall location. The firewall has been customised with the drivers seat relocated further back too.
The suspension geometry has been completely customised as well. A super wide stance with slick rubber tires wrapping those Rays Wheels.
A full pipe frame rear with the Super GT style suspension setup too.
A number of 86 / BRZ demo cars were also on display.
Ours was attracting a number of enthusiasts.
The old and the new. The original AE86 still has great physical presence. Especially the noise that these track screamers produce, it’s impossible NOT to notice them.
Other manufacturers were there too.
Lots of interesting setups and looks.
Our customer, CBY (Crystal Body Yokohama) won their class and took first place.
This car looks awesome.
Fast and well balanced.
Taro from Techno Pro Spirits came 2nd.
Families were there with their kids too. Regardless of age, everyone still enjoys the AE86.
Will we see this at next years World Time Attack Challenge?
Not everyone was there for grip, some like to slide.
So there was a drift class session as well.
The long day also gave us a long detour back due to the traffic congestion in Tokyo.