16 December 2012

HR Annual Gathering 2012

Quite recently the guys out in Australia had their annual gathering, I approached Tim Duncan to write a few words and this is what he came up with. (ps - Im just waiting on a reply from Tim so I can give full credit to the photographers) Enjoy guys!

Honestly AE86's aren't very fast in a straight line, chicks think they are ugly, and we waste all of our money and time trying to keep them running. So why do we own and play with these silly ae86s....?

Because they are VERY fun to drive, that's why! Every year the lads that run Hachiroku.com.au in Australia (Adam and Garth) put on an awesome event now known as the 'HR annual'. The event consists of a weekend's worth of driving, with a track day on the Saturday, and a BBQ and hills run on the Sunday. Unfortunately, organising a trackday this year proved to be impossible, the boys tried their hardest but it was just not meant to be. I suggested, half joking, that everyone come down to my little corner of Australia, convinced that the alpine roads that would blow everyone away. To my surprise, the boys decided that the Snowy's would be a great idea. So this is how the annual turned out.

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Adam and Garth - the boys who put this together every year.

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Pete rolling into Jindabyne. I was patiently waiting in Jindy for everyone to get here, one by one some great 86s turned up.

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The crew stayed at the lakeside caravan park. Every second cabin had an ae86 parked out the front.

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One of the best parts of owning an 86 is getting to know the guys who share the passion. There was plenty of standing around talking about our cars and what we have done or would like to do with them. For some reason the community that surrounds these little under-powered old Toyotas is just so rad.

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2012 is the first Annual since the release of the new ZN86. It was awesome that these guys brought these lovely, new machines along. Big thanks to Will in the tofu 86 for all of these Grilo photographs.

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We set off for some alpine action through the Kosciuszko National Park.

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For me this was such an amazing event as I had been dreaming about driving these roads for close to 3 years! To do so for the first time with so many cool cars and top blokes was a real honour and privilege. The moment captured here was a huge highlight for me; chasing Adam in his insane 9500 rpm, small port 4age, with my beams roaring along, and a 20v, clean 86 staying nice and close behind, through turn after turn of uninterupted alpine road... Ah that will stay with me for a long time to come.

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As amazing as the event was, it wasn't all happy times. We had our share of toyotas breaking down, having to stop nearly every 30 min (you know what I'm talking about). One of the P plate lads had his car defected by the cops. We also had an incident with a big 4x4 and his camper trailer hogging the skinny road, and leaving one of our boys with nowhere to go.... he hit the trailer. It really sucked to see this happen! Thankfully everyone was OK.

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The weekend arrived so fast and was over even quicker but it was definitely one to remember. New friends were made, and good catch ups had with old mates. Lots of rad cars, and loads of amazing corners. So from the brothers in Australia, get out there and drive these little pieces of Toyota magic! They're no fun sitting in a garage. Thanks to all the boys who provided these photos!

Cheers to Chay for asking me to do a write up Keep an eye out for the official blog write-up on Hachiroku.com.au. Have a great one. Timmy D

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