Following on from our recent coverage of the Toyota 86 Racing Series LaunchToyota Australia invited us to cover their now-regular #Festivalof86.

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It was clear on arrival, that these owners were very serious about their 86s, and not just there out of convenience.

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Attendees were treated to the worlds first public viewing of the Toyota 86 Shooting Brake Concept.

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I didn’t totally hate it, but the internet was very divided in opinion over it. [Matyi: the ass reminds me of a CRX!]

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Toyota’s Design Chief, Nicolas Hogios who is responsible for its birth was floating around on the day posing for the occasional photo.

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Even more exciting, was that Tetsuya Tada AKA Tada-San, the Chief Engineer behind the 86 had flown in from Japan to attend the festival.

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You could tell the man was having a great day, not minding having his photo taken and taking in all the unique variations on his creation…

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Even stopping to sign interior and exterior pieces for fans!

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Once we’d got the catch-ups and introductions out of the way, it was time to venture out and have a look at was was on display for the day. It’s safe to assume that the driving simulator was well used through the day.

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Skidpan rides were raffled off throughout the day…

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Various traders had their cars and parts on display…

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As well as some thoroughbred Toyotas.

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Of course there were also a small handful of AE86s there…

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and even sneaky Subarus.

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Clever plates paying homage to Initial D, from which made the original 86 quite famous.

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Some wanted more wing than others…

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While for some, a ducktail was enough.

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There was no shortage of personalisation.

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Undoubtedly, the Rocket Bunny variations turned the most heads on the day.

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Towards the end of the day, various awards were handed out for categories like: distance traveled, vehicle stance, appearance and level of modification.

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With all of the presentations and speeches over for the day, all the attending 86s including the track-built versions were allowed to cruise the track together.

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The day ended with a group photo…

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With Tada-san standing most proud.

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Many thanks to the team at Toyota for having us on the day!

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