It’s been two years since the last time I have been to an 8/6 event. That one was also hosted by Machine Lush when it was over at Mitsuwa. It has since moved to the Paul Miller Toyota dealership in West Caldwell, New Jersey. A huge shout out goes to Jonathan Chin and everyone over at Machine Lush that volunteered and contributed to a fun and memorable event for enthusiast celebrating one of the most iconic Japanese chassis.
The day was stupid hot. We’re currently in a heatwave out here in NYC and this is quite a long one thats lasted throughout the summer. It set the backdrop to enjoy good bbq and spectate at what different owners interepreted what the 86 means to them. From what I’ve read and seen in person with this chassis I feel it reflects the automotive culture perfectly its either you are into show or race. Is one better than the other? No because its subjective. Who are you to base judgement on how others enjoy motorsports? My rule is if your car makes you happy then that is all that matters. Your tuning philosophy shows how you put together a car build just like Lego blocks brick by brick.
The staff did a great job in organizing the lot through a color structure. It was neat that there were different sections of 86s in their respective colors. JDM cars were also able to park within the areas. There was also another section where Blessed was located that made for an interesting line up of a fitment oriented section.
WHITE HACHI ROKU SECTION
It’s hard to deny how beautiful the color white looks on the old generation 86 and the new generation.
BLUE HACHI ROKU SECTION
I actually attended this event with Steven. His car is the ZN6 on white Rays 57CR with a Tomei Type 80 exhaust and HKS coilovers in the pictures below to name a few with his JDM themed build. I thought it was no coincidence that the blue section for the newer Hachi Rokus, particuarlly had a good selection in JDM parts for the platform. It was a tie between this and the white section for the newer models.
RED HACHI ROKU SECTION
You don’t get to see red iterations of this car too often. This was the first time I have seen this many clean examples in person. I’m so proud of the owners that were out for the event showcasing our taste in car modifications in the region.
BLACK HACHI ROKU SECTION
The examples of black 86 were just A1. For example the car below with the Keiichi Tsuchiya gloves, Boss Coffee and Hyper Rev in the back made for some nostalgic memories to those that grew up on Hot Version, Initial D, Gran Turismo, Tokyo Xtreme Racer and Drift Tengoku.
SILVER HACHI ROKU SECTION
I noticed silver wasn’t that popular with the colors. I know it may seen mundane to people for a sports car but the color to me determines whether or not the bodylines of the car are gorgeous.
Fitment matters the most at the end of the day. I love street tuned vehicles and this can make or break your ride. It’s an art to find the perfect fitment. There are so many things to consider from the offset, wheel choice, wheel color just to name a few factors. I thought the examples out showcased some great examples of it being an artform.
To combat the heat and cool off you could head over to the dealership showroom to take a look at three cars that caught everyones attention as soon as you walk in. The first being a MK4 Toyota Supra with the original cellphone still in tact! To the left of it was a Initial D themed Hachi Roku and a Black widebody ZN6.
THE OTHER JDM ALL STARS IN ATTENDANCE
It was not just 86 in attendance but we had other people that also love the chassis. I thought the section below had a great line up of rare cars. I think looking back 5-10 years down the road or rather sooner its going to be tough getting a AE86, NA, Cappuchino, Series 10 FRS? R33 GTR in one photo. I didin’t even mention the MK4 Supras, R34, Hawkeye STI, FC and an NSX to name a few that were at the event.
I always like to see the other enthusiast that spectate themed events that are not for their make since it shows you people with other interest but share a common ground for celebrating good cars.
This event would have not been possible without the hard working crew of the following people. You made the event great and your hard work is appreciated! Shout out to:
Brakes & Brisket: