86 HACHIROKU FESTIVAL
86 HACHIROKU FESTIVAL IS ONE OF THE MOST OVERLOOKED EVENTS IN JAPAN
Japan isn’t the number one choice for car enthusiasts to visit in December. Most of us are home for the holidays or we wait a few more weeks until January’s Tokyo Auto Salon. But if there is the slight chance you find yourself near Tokyo in the middle of December, then there’s one event that won’t leave you disappointed— the 86 Hachiroku Festival.
Dress warm because temperatures will be in the 30s. But if you forget your goose down jacket, don’t worry. A couple hundred of Japan’s best drift and raceprepped Toyotas will heat you right up. The 86 Matsuri (which means “festival” in Japanese) takes place every year at Tsukuba Circuit 50 miles north of Tokyo. It’s been a tradition for longer than we can count, and was renamed from AE86 Festival in ’12 after the new 86 and BRZ became the hotness; however, you’ll notice the majority of participants are true to the original hachi.
We only have enough room to give you a taste of what 86 Hachiroku Festival is all about, but we can promise you there’s much more goodness where this came from. With five different run groups and plenty of Toyota legends on hand, it might even be worth changing your holiday plans to a place called Tsukuba. View the complete gallery at superstreetonline.com.
››Team Running Free putting on a show with Weld owner Hiroaki Yamashita bringing up the rear in his Sr-powered AE86.
››One of our favorite rides was Kazuhiro Fukuda’s Levin dressed with HKS “Turbee” livery, the same look used on NOB Taniguchi’s D1GP S15 Silvia.
››The One Make Race is a sight to see.
››Family-run TEC-ART'S is a regular at this festival.
››Major Force & 4AG Clubsugiyama!
››Shoutout to Ueno Takakuni and Tomokazu Sugiyama!