What Does The AE86 Mean To Me?

My problem, and it’s not a bad one to have, is that for as long as I can remember I’ve been what most would consider an ’86-head’. Everyone for whom the AE86 has managed to get under the skin of will

The Ultimate AE86 Festival (That’s Not In Japan)

At a small race circuit in Kildare, Ireland (around 45 minutes from Dublin’s city centre) 210 AE86s gathered last weekend. It’s a significant number, as it’s almost certainly the largest gathering of

20-Valves & An LSD: Does It Get Any Better?

But I have what is perhaps an embarrassing admission to make; I am not much of an Initial D fan. I somehow managed to completely miss the first North American wave of popularity for the series, and

Ode To The King & Finding Respite In An AE86

During this long and arduous time, he sought refuge in distraction, and found respite in his passion embodied: Initial D. Many car fanatics are familiar with the story of Takumi in his ‘Hachiroku’ or

More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Whether you view them as some old shitbox from the ’80s, or as some machine worth endless praise, they’ve spawned quite the fanbase all the same. If you’ve ever talked to someone who’s into old

An AE86 Which Shows How Simple Is Best

For the record, I do admire unique approaches and ingenious design solutions as much as the next person, but I also recognise that sometimes the best solutions already exist. And often for a reason,

Heel Up, Wheel Up, Bring It Back, Come Rewind

Since I haven’t published any stories on Speedhunters in quite a while, and since the website continues to attract new readers every month, I thought it would be a good idea to reintroduce myself and

The Irish Love Affair With The AE86

I figured enough time had passed since I publicly declared that I would never buy one, to re-visit and see what was happening within the Irish ocht sé community. My fascination and respect for the