Toyota Festival of 86
G’day Automotive Fans? Car Fans?… Let me work on that, but you’re definitely Fans! It was another weekend of awesome cars for me, although not quite in the environment I’m use to. I had the privilege of being invited out to the second annual Festival of 86 by Toyota Australia.
I’ll kick this post off by saying I have a bit soft spot for the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ. My first non-motorsport magazine feature shoot was of a Subaru BRZ. So when Toyota asked if I’d like to come along and check out the event, I said absolutely. It was great to see such a large collection of 86’s, BRZ’s and AE86’s out in the Sydney’s sunshine.
Because this is a slightly different event for me, I thought I’d take a slightly different approach to this blog post. It’s not going be so much about my favourite photos, but more about the different things that caught my eye during the course of the day.
Toyota picked an amazing venue for the event, the White Bay Cruise Terminal. But it’s not just a great spot, Toyota has some significance to this location as well. White Bay Cruise Terminal is located on the old shipping docks, where new Toyota’s being shipped in from Japan would first arrive in Australia up until a few years ago.
I was greeted by a very familiar face arriving at the White Bay Cruise Terminal, the Tunehouse WTAC Club Sprint spec Toyota 86 parked in prime position in front of terminal building.
Tetsuya Tada, Chief Engineer of the Toyota 86 project, and passionate motoring enthusiast, was on hand to not only see the cars on show, but also discuss with 86 owners how they had taken his platform and made it their own.
It was an awesome day in Sydney and there and amazing collection of cars on show. This whole car park was filled with Toyota 86’s and Subaru BRZ’s, each with their own unique styling and modifications. A very impressive turn out.
People who know me well, will know my slightly unhealthy obsession with the colour green. So this mint green 86 definitely stood out to me. I should have asked if it was up for sale.
Beau Yates’ Drifting 86 was on display as well. Fresh off his own mad month of motorsport, which included Formula Drift. Check out my Formula Drift post to see Yates in action.
Beau Yates and Tetsuya Tada discussing the intricacies of drifting the 86. Tada-san was very keen to hear how Yates had progressed in the development of the car since their discussion last year while the car was still under construction.
Time for some detail shots of the 86. Again there were so many great cars out there, these are just a few of the shots that grabbed my attention.
Everyone in attendance lined up for autographs, from the Tetsuya Tada. It was a great group of 86 enthusiasts, all wanting to share their own 86 experiences with Tada-san.
It wasn’t all just modern cars on show, here’s a piece of Toyota and Australian Motorsport history from the 1989 Bathurst 1000.
They might have been well and truly outnumbered by their modern counterparts but there was a very nice collection of Toyota AE86’s as well.
Toyota ambassadors Neil Bates and Beau Yates discussing their motorsport and 86 experiences with Neil Crompton and all the fans.
86 owners and fans enjoying the discussions on the main stage.
A group of pristine white 86’s all in a row, glistening in the sunshine.
No rest for Tetsuya Tada is he worked through the rest of the many eager fans wanting more autographs and selfies.
Tetsuya Tada announcing his dream of an 86 based one make series to race in Australia to match those running else where in the world. Toyota Australia advised they were looking at having this on track in 2016. I’m quite looking forward seeing this eventuate. Something I’d very keen to get involved with.
Tetsuya Tada also enjoyed his cake cutting responsibilities.
Samantha Jade, also a Toyota ambassador, put on a great show for the all the crowd at the end of the day.
If you are interested, I’ve put some more photos together and a short article over at MyDrive as well. You can check that out here: http://mydrivemedia.com.au/taking-sydney-festival-86/
That wraps up the Festival of 86 for me, it was great to get out to a different type of automotive event and experience a different part of the motoring culture. As always if you’ve seen a photo of mine that you’d like to use for any reason, or want me to cover an event for you, make sure you get in touch either via social media of my contact me page. As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve got plenty more interesting things coming up for the rest of the year so make sure you keep an eye on my social media profiles – Twitter, Facebook or Google+ for all the latest updates.