86Fest III Details:
The deep heritage of the Toyota 86 needs no introduction. Whether it's Keiichi Tsuchiya, Katsuhiro Ueo, Ken Gushi, or even fictional character Takumi Fujiwara, one way or another the 86 has found a way into your heart. It's safe to say that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ have been the rockstars of the tuning world since debut - which is why Motormavens was proud to present 86Fest III.
Every year 86Fest gets exceptionally better. Rewind two years earlier to the first 86Fest and it basically resembled a Scion dealership with stock cars. This year's change of venue from AutoClub Speedway in Fontana to Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA was received well. The guys at 86Fest thought Irwindale was a better being the House of Drift and all.
As expected the quality of cars this year were on another level. Albeit, the creativity of some builds could be called a bit out of hand. Pointing fingers at the person who had TRD wheels on a Subaru BRZ. But I digress.
We invited our pals from Bulletproof Automotive to bring their Concept One car powered by a Powerhouse Amuse turbo kit and dressed with a Varis Spec D VSDC semidry carbon fiber widebody kit. Editor Sam Du eventually got out of bed and brought our Targa Trophy battle scarred British Racing Green Scion FR-S.
All Rocket Bunny versions were represented at the Greddy booth including the original version that Greddy used for the Pikes Peak race, the version two powered by a 2JZ motor that Ken Gushi uses to shred in Formula D and the one and only KM4SH kit in the U.S. driven by Speed Hunter Keith Charvonia. Keith Charvonia made the trek all the way from Arizona just for 86Fest this year.
Our friends at the Turn 14 booth also had an impressive display of cars with Evasive Motorsports one of a kind Scion FR-S racecar, Speed Element Devin Hui's show stopping Rocket Bunny FR-S, and Daijiro Yoshihara's 1000hp Subaru BRZ. Formula D driver Dai didn't attend though because he was breaking hearts as he tied the knot with his old lady on the same day.
The FRS 86/ Auto Tuned guys came hard with their booth. Meng Tea debuted his freshly wrapped Jackson Racing supercharged Scion FR-S and Young Tea brought out his new Release Series FR-S already dropped with some sexy Volk ZE40s.
Founder of Motormavens and 86Fest Antonio Alvendia says:
"This year's 86Fest was a huge triumph for us. We had to overcome tremendous obstacles in putting this event. There was another event promoter trying to sabotage our event and as a result we had to change our venue after we already had been promoting it for three weeks. We had to deal with a lot of new things that we were unfamiliar with, like working with city officials and police in order to lock down our new venue. Then we had to quickly send out the information about the new venue to all of our friends, followers, sponsors, and vendors."
Another highlight of the event for Antonio was finally driving his kouki AE86 simply because it was non operational for over 10 years. Robby Caballes from RSPEC was able to bring life back to the 28-year-old car.
It's endlessly fascinating how the Toyota 86 scene improves year over year. With time comes refined technology, new parts, and emptier wallets to build these cars. Nobody knows what's in store for next the 86. But one thing for sure is anything and everything 86 will forever be embedded in our souls and represented heavy at the annual 86Fest.