Ah, where to begin…. if you didn’t know this by know, Ireland has a very very impressive AE86 following, when the flood gates from Japan opened back around 00, we pretty much imported any type of AE86 we could get our hands on and this continued for about eight years, right up until the country’s economy shat itself. Any proper day like the one that is somewhat annually held at Mondello brings some of the most awesome pieces of Japanese steel from around the country and this was as good as it gets.
What I love about Japfest is the amount of racing and activities that are on throughout the day as well as the show thats inside the paddock. It can be a somewhat overhwleming task to cover everything as you have time attack, Prodrift, drag racing and track time on all at the same time. There’s something for everyone.
So we decided to get a bunch of friends together and have a Juicebox BBQ, a sort of thank you to everyone who has been down for the website and what we are doing over the last year or so. Things have been growing strongly with the site and its scary to think of just many people are down with the Box. The weather was on our side in what has to have been the worst summer in a very long time but we managed to get a good cross section of cars which that pretty much represented what the website is all about. As someone stated in the comments from the heatwave coverage, here at Juicebox were all about Photoshopped wheels on second hand cars from a dealership. Take a look and you will see what we mean.
This is complete madness, no janspeed or superlite shit here. Turn up and enjoy the insanity that is Japan….
Happy AE86 day! What better way to celebrate this day then with a car like this. The Levin you are looking at is probably one of the most impressive builds I have ever witnessed with an AE86. These days people seem to have the mentality of adding a set of wheels to a car and stance and a couple of stickers and suddenly there car is something special or different. What I love about this car is the fact that pretty much every inch of the car has been changed, replaced or refurbished. This car wasn’t built to be put on a stand at a car show or to be king of the internet. Many people didn’t even know this 2 door even existed, for the people that did it was like an urban myth hearing what was being done and how much was being spent. The biggest thing I love about this Levin is how it was built to be driven and personally enjoyed, the fact Jerry wasn’t bothered if it was exposed to the world or not is pretty awesome.
This Saturday will be the celebration of the Hachiroku otherwise knows as the AE86. We have been holding this car off for quite some time but are very proud to celebrate Hachiroku day with one of the nicest examples of this chassis I have ever seen. A car that you may have seen in this video, where a friend talked about the car costing almost 70k, a build where pretty much every single part of the car was replaced. Not built by a company or a garage but by a normal guy in a shed with friends who just wanted this car to be done right.. to be fully restored not to a standard factory model, instead an amazing combination of both brand new factory parts combined with incredible aftermarket goodies, to create something I’m sure you’ll be happy to see.
Stay tuned this Saturday for something special to celebrate one of the best chassis ever built.
The one thing that never gets old about Ireland, is the quality of cars that are hiding in this country. Just when you think you’ve seen most of them you always hear about something new and are amazed and want to know more. I’m glad we could bring you another installment of yes another shed filled with awesomeness. Heading up a back road in the middle of nowhere and then watching the door slide across to reveal an n2 arched 2 door Levin really is something. The iconic look of an 86 wearing a Dunlop sticker up front is the first thing to hit you. Its great to see true enthusiasts and the place where they pretty much spend most of their free time. Here is another peek into a shed packed with more Toyota goodness.
Scrolling through the usual bullshit on Bookface and this magically appeared and made me smile….If it wasn’t for the Irish reg on the Trueno behind this Levin you would probably think its somewhere in Japan because of the infamous petrol station photos we always see. Such a perfectly executed AE86. I know there has been two posted today but whose complaining?
Such an awesome capture
Everybody who has been in the car scene for a long time either has some sort of place to keep stuff they have hoarded over the years or work on their cars. The first time I got a chance to go out to this shed I was amazed at how much was going on. There was just such an interesting collection of random bits and bobs and that was before you even started to look at the cars.
With the weather being so crazy lately it was nice that on the day this meet was organized, there was a cold winter sun on a nice crisp day. This meet was held in Portlaoise. They had set up a Gymkhana course where you could have a little fun if you wanted. Its great to see that Ireland still has a strong following of the 86 and other early RWD chassis from Toyota and a decent amount of cars made an appearance.
Ive always kept an eye on these two Hachi’s. They were two of the nicest cars rolling around the streets back a few years ago when everyone was on the Max Power buzz. Over the years the cars have gone through different stages growing with the owners and they can still hold it just as well today. The most amazing thing about these cars is they can still look as fresh and have the same appeal as they did back when they were new. Just after both cars had been torn down resprayed and rebuilt I felt it was right to feature them. I decided to feature both cars together as both friends had bought their cars roughly around the same time and have gone in two different directions with their cars and have each models of the AE86 and when the time came both of them decided to give the cars a nice bit or restoration. If your wondering why we’ve called this thunder vs lightning, well its because Trueno translates into thunder, and Levin loosely translates into lightning. These names couldn’t suit the cars any better, especially the two examples here.
I was going crazy I missed this last year, so this year I made sure my weekend was free to trek up to the AE86 track day. It had been raining all week and was looking bad, which is typical in Ireland. Somehow the rain decided to take a break only for that Saturday and mother nature even showed us a bit of sunlight which is always a treat.
Chris Gray just got back from an interesting trip to the infamous Tec Art’s garage in Japan. For those of you who don’t know who Tec Art’s are they are probably one of the most well known ae86 tuners in Japan. Tec-Art’s is a small family-run shop in the outskirts of Tokyo, a place that over the years Kamata-san and his brother have turned into one of the most respected hachiroku shops in Japan, They’ve built some infamous cars, we recently had this video on the site of the Eco 86 which Tsuchiya drove around Tsukubu in video option.
This Hachiroku was undoubtedly one of the most well known in this country. The car just had that vibe which made it stand out. It looked so fresh for its age. Being 27 years old the car didnt look one year of it. With its fresh coat of metallic red over black and some shiny work equips with some insane dish on the rear, this car oozed everything an ae86 should carry.
And check that uphill section its fucking cool
And why not aye. Id love to live there.
Seen this a while back but didn’t have the site going to post it. So if you havent seen this enjoy.. and lets hope she drives it hahaha
Hey. The sites up. its simple and stuff and kind of blank for now. I’m just going to start chucking stuff up each day so be sure to check back.
Ive got some pics up on my computer from the last year that i am going to stick here of track days events etc.
Here’s a few from a track day in Mondello in 09
Love the stance on Dayos Levin hach.
This was featured in option.
4 minutes in team t50. Good stuff
Check this beast in better quality. hopefully they dont enhance the plates.
This would be nice to stroll up to a meet with hahaha.
These are the new te37v from rays. They looks amazing, and they only weigh a measly 5.3kg EACH! Check it
They look relly nice sitting on The hachirokus from impulse
For a modern wheel it sits really well, The v supposedly stands for vintage and and the wheels come in 114.3 in 4 stud drill pattern and will be offered in 7.5 up to 10-inches wide in two colors only which is a shame. The Endless mono block brake looks amazing lurking behind these wheels. Cant wait to see them on other cars…
The new FT-86 isint the nicest looking car. It really seems to look like a 370z or a smaller version of the new lexus lfa. I really thought they would have borrowed the looks from the older hachiroku but i guess they didnt.
This cover of option has the car with some watanabes and the panda paint job and it actually doesent look half bad.