86 Fest Eire: The Curious Case Of The Corollas

Exterior 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 will be subdivided a number of instances. These subcultures can usually be so completely different, that you just wouldn’t assume that all of them share a love for a similar chassis.

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

These identical drift-orientated house owners may then be categorized 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 may be 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 sometimes a fan of one-make occasions or reveals, 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 completely different approaches to the identical automotive.

It does assist that lately, different Toyotas of comparable classic have been slowly added to the combo 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 lately which have utterly put them out of the attain for the precise type of individuals they had been initially supposed for.

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I’m displaying my age once I say that I bear in mind these being sub-$2,000 vehicles (which to be truthful, 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 vehicles or their house owners, however after they begin reaching such values, then they have to be in comparison with different vehicles in the identical worth bracket and I’m undecided 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 out there on the showroom ground that supply what these vehicles do.

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

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

I’m uncertain how lengthy this development will proceed, however lengthy could it final, as a result of all ideas about values and many others. go utterly out the window while you see a Hachiroku being pushed as supposed.

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These are vehicles which I’ll perpetually be interested in, because it’s usually how they’re used that’s extra spectacular than what they really are.

I feel they’re an ideal microcosm of total automotive tradition in that regard.

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For the document – and never that anybody requested – however I nonetheless fall on the Japanese road type 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 virtually actually convert even essentially the most die-hard of 16-valve followers.

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

Properly, both relieved or terrified that I’ll make a whole meal of it. It may go both manner with me, to be sincere.

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

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

My just 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. Folks out having fun with vehicles, no matter how they take pleasure in them, is all the time going to be a superb factor.

I’ll perpetually be down with the O.P.C. (Different Folks’s Corollas).

Paddy McGrath
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