30 November 2013
22 November 2013
27 October 2013
With a few months delay... here is a selection of pictures taken during the Porto Historic Grand Prix.
Team Caetano Racing KP61
Pedro Alves, TCR driver and national celebrity, part of a very famous portuguese comedy duo and big Toyota collector, from AE86s to TA22s, he's had them all!
The Starlet's interior. Been trying to photograph this car in detail for ages, but it seems to be very elusive.
Last time I visited TCR the little 3K engine was going through some extensive work.
I can't end this feature without apologizing to all the Corolla Brotherhood followers for the lack of updates recently, between working on our cars and juggling our day to day lives, there's is few little time to dedicate to the blog. As you may have noticed our image suffered a revamp and we hope to focus a bit more updating the blog with what went down in the summer, now that the rainy days are here. Stay tuned y'all!
12 August 2013
Here's a bit of what went down yesterday at the 3rd Corolla Brotherhood Annual Gathering. Massive thanks to Brother Chaydon for the effort of putting this together, to Mark Sweeps and the Maxxis British Drift Championship for the track time, and all the brothers that showed up!
5 July 2013
It is with great excitement that I am able to finally reveal the details for this years Annual Gathering!
Brother Sweeps (Mark Buckle) has been kind enough to allow us to hold our event at the Lydden Hill round of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.
More information on the drifting can be found here:
Camping is available on site for those who are travelling from afar, or there are hotels nearby:
As the flyer states.. it is £15.00 to get in on Sunday. This covers the entry to the Maxxis BDC event and also the track session for any retro toyota which joins us! This is inclusive in the price. We will confirm more closer to the time, but we are hoping to run a 15min grip and 15min drift session. It will largely depend on the amount of people and cars in attendance.
The last two events held at the Ace Cafe in London have been a great success and while I can appreciate that this is in quite a remote location, it allows those travelling from mainland Europe to join us as well.
Please share the digital flyer around guys, we hope to see you all there!
Click attend on the Facebook event if you can make it: CLICKY
28 June 2013
So it is with a heavy heart that I do this… but I think the time is right for a change.
I have loved every single moment of owning this car, without sounding overly melodramatic it has well and truly become a massive part of my life.
This is not a normal for sale advert because its not a normal car for sale. It’s more akin to a best friend than car.
I’ve poured blood, sweat and even man tears into this car and it has taken me to loads of places and I’ve made lifelong friends through its ownership. Along with owning the car I also run a worldwide Corolla enthusiast website and facebook page (www.corollabrotherhood.com and www.facebook.com/corollabrotherhood)
The reason for the sale is because I’m looking to downscale to one car instead of a daily and a weekend car. This has not been an easy decision and its one that I’ve mulled over close to a year.
So firstly, a bit of a history on the car itself. I feel its important to add this, but if you have the attention span of a small child who’s ingested a whole bag of Skittles.. skip to the end.
Originally built by a small tuning company in Japan based outside Tokyo called Garage Shapple http://www.shapple.co.jp/
Some photos and information on the car can be seen here: http://www.shapple.co.jp/CARSALE_51.htm
The car was also featured in 86 Super Tuning Magazine Volume 3 in Japan
Following this, the car was imported by a good friend of mine, James, in early 2006 into the UK.
The car needed a new sill due to rust, which was replaced with a genuine Toyota repair item in late 2006. The engine which came in the car also proved to be a bit of a nightmare with reliability so James fitted a stock 4age and ECU.
Fast forward a few years and the car was midway through a respray when James had to sell to fund a house purchase. Conveniently I had not long sold my Levin and was after a more track focused 86.
So I bought the car.. and pretty much drove it in the same state for over a year, few track events and just carrying out any maintenance required.
Then decided the car needed painting and for some unknown reason elected to do it myself. It took ages, its not perfect, im not going to lie. But with a decent cut and polish on the paint it would come out way better.
And then proceeded to drive it… a lot. I’m not the type to wash and polish my cars.. I drive them. After all, that’s why they have an engine!
The car has provided me with some amazing oppourtunities over the last few years. I’ve met some amazing people and the car has been featured on various websites, most notably Speedhunters on numerous occasions. The highlight having the car picked as one of the first #FEATURETHIS cars from which it received this feature:
Also had a feature in Japanese Performance Car Magazine last year.
It was also snapped at Japfest 2011, 2012 and was on the Speedhunters Stand at Japfest 2013 as well as Players Classic at Goodwood Circuit recently.
So onto the actual spec of the car.
Martelius R1 Ultimate Manifold, TRD radiator cap, electric fan to thermostatic switch, aluminium pulleys, cone Intake filter, uprated plug leads, custom manifold back exhaust (sub 96dB for trackdays), Odyssey drycell battery
N2 wheel arch flares, N2 front lip spoiler, GoodLine rear hatch with moulded in wing, GoodLine fibreglass ducted bonnet, bonnet raised at the back edge to aid static cooling, later spec front and rear bumper, fuel tank filler relocated to the boot
SSR Reverse Mesh split rims refurbished (spotless!) with gloss black powdercoated
barrels and satin black centres, stainless hardware, 15×8.5 – 21offset front, 15×9 – 27 offset rear, Kuhmo Ecsta 205/50/15 with less than 2k miles on them.
Suspension & Chassis
Front Revolver Coilovers, Garage Shapple front triangle strut brace, Cusco adjustable Top mounts, Negative Roll centre adjusters, TRD 8 way adjustable “blue” shocks – rear, TRD springs – rear, Cusco rear strut tower brace, completely polybushed, refurbished Non P/S Rack with Quaife internals and Ueo style inner tie rods (2.5 turns lock to lock). Plywood lower splitter (if its good enough for race teams...)
Standard AE86 calipers front and rear, New Mintex pads (sub 300 miles) with ATE Superblue fluid, Goodridge braided brake lines
Safety 21 roll cage, spreader plates located at mounting points, completely stripped of carpet, headliner, sound deadening, sprayed statin black, adjustable side mount seat rails, T3 3 inch wheel spacer, Sabelt 4 point harnesses
TRD 2 way LSD, 4.7 final ratio from Weir Performance, rebuilt with new bearings and seals less than 1k miles ago.
If you know your Corolla’s.. you’ll know that items such as the Goodline bonnet and bootlid are nigh on impossible to get hold of in the UK and the wheels are even more rare in these sizes.
You’ll also note that the seats, gearknob and steering wheel in the photos will not be included in the sale. I will be replacing these or will considering reducing the price in consideration of this.
Car will have at least 11 Months MOT on it and around 4-5 months road tax.
Negative points: This car is nigh on rust free, bar a 1 inch section where the drivers floormat is and some surface rust in the spare wheel well. The chassis rails have been crushed (suspect this is from being picked up with a forklift in Japan, a common occurrence)
Its loud inside – the interior is sparse. No carpet, no radio, no plastics, no rear seats ect.
The car has some road rash and as mentioned, the paint isn’t perfect by a long shot but would buff up very well.
So the bit that you’ve been waiting for… the price. This is set at £7500.00. Yes this is a lot for a car that’s 30 years old. But this is not just any car that’s 30 years old. Taking into consideration the condition of the car, the rarity and the parts fitted I feel this price is justified. I’m not opening this to a debate. If you feel this car is overpriced.. go buy a cheaper car. If however, you wish to have a proper conversation as adults discussing the price, we can do so over private messaging or a phonecall.
Stupid offers will get stupid answers.
Will you sell me the (insert part here) separately? NO.
Is it a Delorean? NO
Will this be faster than my mates (insert car which is more likely than not faster here) ? NO
Will it be more fun? YES
Will you take £4000? Depends how hot your sister is and if she is offered in p/x
Can I take it for a test drive? Only if I have £7500 in my hand and the agreement that I can sell your organs on the black market if you so much as scratch it before signing the V5.
PS - This doesn't mean I'm giving up on the blog, not by a long shot!
26 May 2013
Having your car stolen must be one of the worst feelings ever... So in the hope that someone, somewhere reads this and this car gets returned to the owner, I'm putting this post up. Please share it to all your local forums/pages/blogs.
This car was stolen from the Hampshire area of the UK around 10:30PM on Tuesday 21 May.
If you have ANY information or are offered any parts which you think may have been off this car, please get in touch.
So another post thats a few months late... at least im consistent, right? Long hours at work and the final push to get my car roadworthy are to blame. But f*ckit, late photos are better than no photos right?
After having such an awesome time last year out at Mondello, it was decided to make the trip again this year, only doing it for the day this time. Queue Brother Ad and myself getting up at 4am to get a 6:30am flight to Dublin Airport.. getting a Renault Scenic as a hire car (big pimpin!) then heading over to see the Tekno boys again to follow them up to the event. Sadly my 28-300mm lens broke so I didn't get many photos of the track action going on but I tried to make up for this with shots from the paddock area.
This year Kevin and Killian's track car would take a back seat...
As Killians 20v Levin was back on the road!
Killian had run the car in over the last few nights, buzzing up and down the motorway to put the miles on it ready for the trackday!
Kevin's Trueno was ready for action as well...
First stop was the local carwash for a quick wash and to brim the cars fuel tank's.
Upon arrival at the track, the noise of 4AGE's was already cascading off the paddock building and surrounding structures.. unfortunately this is the only photo I got on track that day before my lens packed up...
So back to the paddock! Wheel swap and quick check over before heading out..
The contrast on the day was huge with everything from this, which looked like it had been pulled from a lake..
.. to cars which looked like they had come straight from a local drift comp in Japan.
Team Tekno giving the one-fingered salute before heading out on track.
This KE70 was spotless.. a credit to the owner and the hard work put into it.
I have a strong desire for a coupe... ideally a Trueno one. but this black one and the red one below it were on point. Perfect execution.
A NEW CHALLENGER EMERGES! EK9's are awesome cars.
Not a common colour choice but it works
Amanda's Starlet was one of the trio parked together on the day. Like a pack of skittles, all we needed was a red one!
Adrian Walsh's car has come a long way since it was a Shino Kouba car in Japan. Now that Adrian has decent sponsorship lined up, expect him to be out a lot more!
Towards the end of the day the crowds slowly started heading home, but I managed to snag this shot from the 2nd floor of the paddock building..
And to end off the post, a few shots of (one of!) Patrick Murray's AE86's... this one is his track hack powered by a SR20 which he's using to compete in the Irish Drift Championship this year.
Hope you guys have enjoyed the photos.. I urge anyone based in the UK to head out to the event next year! We only went out for the day and with car rental and flight it genuinely wasn't so expensive. I for one, will definitely be there next year!