Let’s DRIVE! 4th of July Cruise from Alice’s to the Coast

This DRIVE was posted by fellow 86DRIVER Spike (Josh W.) on the FT86CLUB forum:

I know it’s a bit last minute but is anyone interested in a drive on July 4??

This would be to Pescadero followed by a potential cruise up HWY1.

The schedule would be to meet at Alice’s between 7:45 and 8AM on the 4th and leave Alice’s by 8:15AM. 30ish minute drive down to Pescadero followed by coffee/bread/other potential food items there (depending on what time/if the local store is open that day). Depending on group size and other factors we may continue the drive with a cruise up HWY1 to El Granada/Half Moon Bay with a potential lunch stop for fish and chips at one of the local eateries. From there we may split up, do the reverse trip, or whatever floats your boat!

7:45-8AM meet up at Alice’s (leave at 8:15AM sharp)
17288 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA 94062

Arrive at the town of Pescadero around 8:45 or 9ish AM.

Hang out 45 minutes to an hour there.

If enough interest, head to HWY1 and north to El Granada for some fish and chips and more hanging out.

Potential stop location address in El Granada:

2 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

There’s a parking lot across the street from this location that should be empty enough for a group to park in (usually is when I’ve been there anyway). Schedule will be flexible in case the 4th of July crowds make this difficult.


If anyone is coming from the South Bay, we can drive up to the Alice’s meetup point together.
Let’s say the Wells Fargo parking lot in Saratoga:

14428 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

Meet up around 7AM, leave by 7:15AM.

We’ll take hwy 9 to Skyline to Alice’s to meet up with whoever else.


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Cyber Monday sale on 86DRIVE gear!

86DRIVE Store screenshot

Click on the image to visit our store!

Hi guys! As the holiday season fast approaches, I just wanted to remind you all that we have some cool apparel and other merchandise available through our CafePress store, featuring the ever-popular 86DRIVE logos and other designs. Maybe you’re looking for some new threads for yourself and want to help represent the NorCal 86DRIVE community, or maybe you’re looking for something unique and stylish for the special someone in your life. Please check out what we have to offer. Remember the proceeds from our product sales benefits the club and allows us to continue having cool activities all year round. So thank you for your support, and we wish you happy holidays with your families and loved ones.

new 2016 shirt-front

Please visit our CafePress store to see what’s on offer.



We’ve reduced prices to what will probably be our lowest prices of the year.  Check out the store and grab some deals on some great looking 86DRIVE apparel and accessories!

The sale will run through Friday, November 30.

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NorCal86 Dyno Day and Food Drive – Nov 10

This year we have decided to do a Canned food drive instead of a Toy drive. We will be holding a Dyno Day and Food Drive at Mann Engineering’s shop on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

Please bring sealed non-perishable food items to donate! These food items will be given to local food banks in Northern California for the coming holiday season.

There are a limited number of dyno sessions available that day – $80 for 3 pulls – Subaru cars only — please visit Mann Engineering’s website for the details and to book a spot.


We hope you can make it out to this event!  


Jonah “Finch” Salerno, Plato “PMok” Mok, and the NorCal86 Board


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SPOCOM SF 2018 — Our photo coverage

Wow, another summer is coming to a close already (I suppose it is debatable whether September is considered to be summer or fall — but I consider it the start of fall). And with it comes the end of the car show season. We spent this weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of modified autos by the Bay at SPOCOM SF. This year it was held at Golden Gate Fields, a gorgeously scenic horse racetrack right by the Bay in Berkeley (or is it considered Albany? Yet another subject for debate — who knew this could be so controversial?). Well the place sure saw its fair share of horsepower this weekend.

GGF is no stranger to automotive events though. Years ago, I recall coming to this place to run autocross events with the SCCA San Francisco Region. Back in the day, the SCCA still had events actually IN the Bay Area at places like Oakland Coliseum, Alameda Point, Candlestick Park, and GGF. For predictable reasons (noise, costs, etc.), these kinds of motorsports events have been largely chased out of the Bay Area proper and off into the boonies — areas like Marina, Crows Landing, Sacramento, and Stockton. Areas like Alameda Point and GGF remain available to event organizers with deep pockets: some auto manufacturers still throw “driver experience” types of events at these locations from time to time. SPOCOM, triumphant after holding successful automotive events all across the U.S., managed to secure Alameda Point for the last 2 years and now grabbed the GGF venue for 2018. We are glad to be able to return to these wonderfully scenic spots which make a great backdrop for the automotive spectacle that is SPOCOM.

The NorCal86 crew held it down with a small but strong contingent lined up near the main stage.

Internet and Youtube celebrity vlogger TJ Hunt was on hand to meet fans and brought his entourage and Pandem V3.5 kitted BRZ for everyone to check out. I don’t know that much about TJ as I don’t follow too many YT vloggers but it was eye-opening to see the long lines of fans waiting to meet and take a photo with him. The lines to TJ’s tent were longer than the lines to the model lounge area! 😮

I didn’t get too many shots of the models and didn’t stay all the way to the end for the awards ceremony, but here are some shots of the go go dancers who took to the stage to entertain the crowd along with music by local DJ Teddy Rockspin.

All in all I think the SPOCOM event was a big success with a great turnout and some really quality car builds on display to prove that the SF Bay area’s auto enthusiasts scene is alive and thriving. Standing by the gates in the late afternoon I overheard more than one attendee asking, “when is the next show like this?” Well SPOCOM has more events planned for this summer and fall, with San Diego and Hawaii next on the schedule. Check out their site for more info at http://spocomusa.com.

more event photos below in the full gallery:

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Gizdich Ranch Pie Run 2018 – Sat Aug 18

Saturday, August 18, 2018 @ 8 AM

I feel the need … the need …. for DUTCH APPLE PIE!!!!

It’s time for our annual drive down to Gizdich Ranch in Watsonville, CA! One of our most popular destinations for some delicious apple pie or other fruit pies. You’ll want to eat a slice there and take a whole pie home with you.
Join us for an annual 86DRIVE tradition, where we get together and do a short backroads cruise before arriving at the Gizdich Ranch where delicious apple and other fruit pies await. Last year we were disappointed by them running out of the favorite Dutch Apple Pie by the time we got there after lunch, so I’m not making that mistake this year. We’ll roll out of the meeting point by 8:30AM and get there in the morning to ensure we can get the pies we want. Then we’ll be done early and you can still have the rest of the day to do whatever you want!

Meet up point for the drive:
Chevy’s – 5305 Almaden Expy, San Jose, CA 95118

Address for the Gizdich Ranch:
55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076

We’ll see you there!

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NorCal86 and 86DRIVE present 86DAY 2018 at K1 Speed in Dublin

It comes only once a year, and we’ve kind of turned it into our own car enthusiasts’ holiday: August 6, aka 86DAY. A day for all 86 owners, drivers, and enthusiasts to come together and celebrate the heritage and community of these great little cars from Toyota and Subaru. This year it falls on a Monday, but we can’t let that get in the way of a good time. We hope you’ll join us at K1 Speed in Dublin, a great venue that has opened their doors (and parking lot) to us as a spot to gather and have some casual fun. Bring out your 86, FRS, or BRZ if you have one and come hang out, show off your latest mods (or your completely stock beauty), check out everyone else’s cool rides, meet other owners, see what our community is all about. Even if you don’t currently own one, if you’re interested in them or just a fan of cool sports cars in general, you’re welcome to drop by! Everyone is welcome at this event. And if you’re the competitive sort, we’ll definitely be jumping in the gokarts at K1 Speed and finding out who really is the fastest driver. We hope to see you there.

Monday, August 6, 2018

6400 Sierra Ct, Ste B,
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 230-9502

Raffle prizes and other activities/events to be announced later…

Remember, please keep it civil and show respect to the venue! No speeding, no revving, no burnouts, no drama please. All it takes is one bad apple to ruin the event for all of us, so please don’t be that guy. We all want to have a good time and not ruin our good image in the public eye.

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Summertime is here so let’s DRIVE!

Well Summer Kickoff 2018 was a big success and we can’t believe it’s nearly July already! With all of our attention on the 86DRIVE Challenge we haven’t had much time for a good ol’ fashioned drive in the hills.

Fellow BRZ pilot spike021 posted up for a drive this Saturday, so let’s get the driving season going and take on one of our favorite roads in the Bay Area, the portion of Hwy 84 from Alice’s to La Honda and the Pescadero Creek Rd out to the coast.

La Honda Drive, Saturday June 23.
We’ll be meeting at Alice’s around 7:45AM and leaving at 8AM sharp to try and avoid most cyclists/early morning traffic. If anybody wants to stop at Alice’s for food, that’ll be afterward unless you want to do the drive separately from the main group as leaving later than 9 guarantees cyclists and much more motorist traffic. Route: Alice’s down 84/La Honda to Pescadero Creek Rd., hang out for a while (depending on when we arrive) in the little town to grab coffee and/or bread at the store, which opens at 9AM. Then take the same loop back.

If you’re coming from the South Bay, Spike is also organizing a short caravan drive up from Saratoga. Visit the Events Calendar for all the details.
Hope to see you out there!

Alice’s Restaurant :
17288 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA 94062
6/23/2018, 7:45am.

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Summer Kickoff 2018 T-Shirts available for pre-order until May 21


Official 2018 Summer Kickoff T-shirts are available by pre-order.

Deadline to order a shirt is Monday May 21!

These shirts are preorder only so make sure to get your order in. We will have them available at Summer Kickoff for pickup. If you can’t get it that day, contact Finch to arrange something or pick them up from a board member at the weekly/biweekly/monthly meets.

Logo below will be on a black shirt (so inverted from the pic shown)

Price is $15 for S-XL; add $2 for XXL+
Paypal to norcal86@outlook.com with your name, quantity, and size(s)

Every shirt purchase gets an extra raffle ticket!


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SummerKickoff 2018 will be Saturday June 2, 2018

Be sure to mark your calendars for Summer Kickoff 2018 — NorCal86’s largest annual meet.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lake Del Valle Regional Park
Agua Vista picnic area
7000 Lake Del Valle Rd
Livermore, CA 94550

Registration Info:

Tier 1: Early bird registration (first 20) has expired.
Tier 2: $7 per person after Tier 1 expires until Monday 5/28
Tier 3: $15 per person (Paypal accepted until Friday 6/1 at 8PM, after that we accept $15 CASH ONLY at the door, there is no cell service on site)

Paypal $7 to norcal86@outlook.com before 5/28

The cost is to eat! Each individual attendee must register and pay if they would like to eat. If you are just there to hang out and spectate, the event is FREE!
*Only paid attendees will receive a raffle ticket and be eligible for the car show awards*

Every registered attendee will be entered in to the car show (FRS/BRZ/86s only). Make sure you arrive by 11am to ensure judging.

Note: There is a $6 fee to enter the park in addition to the event registration fee. This is paid at the gate and is not to us. Cash and CC accepted.

In the comments include:

Full Name
Screen name
Number of Guests


For more details and registration info visit the FT86CLUB thread. 


Official 2018 T-shirts are also available for pre-order.

Deadline to order a shirt is Monday May 21!

These shirts are preorder only so make sure to get your order in. We will have them available at Summer Kickoff for pickup. If you can’t get it that day contact Finch to arrange something or pick them up from a board member at the weekly/biweekly/monthly meets.

Logo below will be on a black shirt (so inverted from the pic shown)

Price is $15 for S-XL; add $2 for XXL+
Paypal to norcal86@outlook.com with your name, quantity, and size(s)

Every shirt purchase gets an extra raffle ticket!


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Announcing the 2018 NorCal 86DRIVE Challenge presented by GT-Radial Tires

We are very proud to announce that the premier Northern California time attack series for 86s, BRZs, and FRS now shall be known as the 86DRIVE Challenge series! We are very excited about the 2018 season, with a new name, new rules to make the series more beginner friendly, and welcome new participants. But the same spirit and camaraderie lives on!
Visit the new site at 86drivechallenge.com for the new rules and schedule and follow the new IG account @86drivechallenge for more updates.


86DRIVE Challenge is the premier, independently organized, Toyota 86/Scion FRS/Subaru BRZ Time Trial series in Northern California. Utilizing a ruleset that is specific to the platform, the 86DRIVE Challenge aims to provide a friendly, safe, environment in which 86 enthusiasts can hone their driving skills. Come join us at our events, get a ride, and experience the true capabilities of our platform in its natural environment!

For 2018, we’d like to welcome back GT-Radial as the title sponsor for the 86DRIVE Challenge! GT Radial has been a sponsor for us since the beginning, and this year, they’re continuing to generously giving away cash prizes for the podium winners of the Stock and Street classes in addition to the tire Contingency program. See below for details! Returning this year to continue supporting our series are Winmax, Elite Performance, and 86DRIVE. Each have been instrumental in the past to help build the 86DRIVE Challenge series to what it is today, and we look forward to working with these sponsors again this year!

Joining us as sponsors for the 2018 season include The Racers Line, Bluemoon Perfomance, and Verus Engineering!

2018 86CUP Rules

Visit NorCal 86DRIVE Challenge’s official site at http://86drivechallenge.com for rules, regulations, and more info. That site will have the most up-to-date schedule, rankings, and timing results. It also has an interactive points calculator to help drivers determine what class they’re in. And there will be more information about sponsors, contingency programs and awards available for participants.  Go check it out!

2018 Schedule

Date Track Config Organizer Remarks
1 Feb 24 Thunderhill Raceway East SpeedSF
2 Mar 17 Thunderhill Raceway West SpeedSF
3 Apr 28 Thunderhill Raceway West SpeedSF
4 May 26 Sonoma Raceway SpeedSF
5 Jun 16 Laguna Seca SpeedSF 86DRIVE Challenge + SoCal 86CUP
6 Jul 7 Sonoma Raceway SpeedSF
7 Sep 1 Laguna Seca SpeedSF
8 Oct 6 Thunderhill Raceway West SpeedSF
9 Oct 27 Buttonwillow 13CW SpeedSF
10 Dec 15 Thunderhill Raceway East SpeedSF

Please visit the NorCal 86DRIVE Challenge site for more details.  86DRIVE Challenge dates are also entered into our Calendar/Events pages.

For 2018 all of the events will be hosted by SpeedSF — please visit their site for more details about event registration, general track information, and safety regulations –> http://www.speedsf.com/

See you at the track.

— the 86DRIVE Challenge Board


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