For some information on the progress of my 86 order (and a list of everything I have for it to date) click through.
Another week, another lot of parts arriving for the 86. This time, 3 pieces direct from Japan.
First up, a little novelty item. I bought a Cusco antenna so that I can tell people that I have a Cusco antenna.
Secondly, a set of OEM Toyota Japan door handle grips. As far as I know these aren’t available from Toyota Australia, so it’s a cool little touch that should make the interior a bit more individual and should work in nicely with the red accents on the GT seats.
Finally, a genuine TRD boot spoiler pre-painted in Pegasus White. Check out how the lines on the side of the spoiler are exactly the same as the lines on the AE86 TRD N2 spoiler. So cool.
The first actual piece of my car, when you think about it…
I’ve ordered some more parts, but they might not arrive for a couple of weeks. I’ve decided on my strut braces, intake kit and exhaust, along with a couple more accessories. I’m still researching speakers, which will come soon, and no doubt a few other things will come up in the meantime.
Note: I’m trying to find a new image hosting service that’ll allow me to link directly to larger versions of my images like I used to. Photobucket has change so that I can’t do it there anymore. In the meantime, no big images. Sorry.
The first parts arrival for the new ZN6 86. Click through for more.
Things have been super quiet around here lately. I thought I should update you on why, and what’s next. Bear with me, it might end up being long.
After Japan I was burnt out. Ebisu was a pretty major bum out and, as it turned out, a turning point. The drift scene and everything around it had run its course for me and I needed to take a bit of a break to reassess where I was with this hobby.
It became apparent that I needed to go in a different direction. I still love the culture, but I think that now I find myself in a different part of it. I’m tired of the way everything has become so competitive. The Sydney scene, especially, with the way groups like “All Stars” hype up the “debut” of cars that are all money and trend and no soul. How everything seems to be aimed at gaining attention and internet fame.
I’m done with that. It’s a no win. Sure, you can build something that’s the “best”, but it’ll be like that for 5 minutes before someone else comes out with something newer & fresher & trendier and you find yourself being criticised for being “played out”.
It’s so far away from the essence of what can make the car culture great that it’s almost demoralising.
So it’s time to move on. Soon, my Galant will be up for sale. It’s been an amazing car and I still love it, but it’s time for something new. If you’ve ever looked at the car and thought it’d be nice to own it, stick around because it could be yours just as soon as my new car arrives.
In its place I’ve ordered a brand new 86. It’s a car I’ve followed since the first concept, and recently I kind of realised that I can actually afford to own one. After test driving one I knew it was right, and that was my next car. It’ll be a car I can just drive, no hassles, no stress, just get in and have some fun. It’s also a car that’s been designed with the sort of passion I’m desperate to recapture. I literally can’t wait.
So I’ve put my order down, I’m hoping to get one by May, and now I’m in the parts gathering phase. I have some awesome plans for this car and I hope you guys can stick around and check it out. I’ll be updating the blog as parts arrive so you can share a bit of the excitement.
It’s a new era, but in a sense we’re just going back to where it all started. Before all the politics and hassles and bullshit. When the car culture was about building something you loved and then driving it as much as possible, not about who was the lowest or who had 300kw or who had the coolest shit. Remember when it was all about the innocent, naive joy of owning and driving your car? When the world was your oyster as soon as you got behind the wheel? That’s what I’m going back to.
If you feel it, stick around. If you’re more interested in what’s cool or in fashion, check out the rest of the internet…