86DRIVE will be at SPOCOM Alameda on Sep 23!

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On Saturday, September 23 SPOCOM returns to the Alameda Point location for another day of fun in the sun. Some of you may remember our photo coverage from last year’s event. This year, we’re getting involved by trying to bring 86DRIVE members into the show! 86DRIVE co-founders Jessie and Plato will be showing their cars at this event and we invite you all to join us as well.

Website: http://spocomusa.com/
Click to Register here .
If you want to participate in the show, register and post that you registered here. As a group, you can fill this section out with YES for “…vendor booth?” In the box “If yes, which booth?” type in 86DRIVE. SPOCOM will then organize an area for us.

Show Registration is $43.50 now but will go up next month. Includes car, driver, and one passenger. Sorry no group discounts.

If you would rather just come in as a spectator, tickets are available now, they are $15 at the Presale price. Go to their website (above) and use code “SPOCOMSF”. General Admission will be $20 at the door.

Misc info for those registering in the show:
* The event is from 1pm – 7pm. We may want to get there early for prime group parking and [minimize] the long line.
* Your car has to stay inside the car show from entry to 7pm. No in-n-out privileges for your car.
* If you are already committed to another vendor/group, then you are already committed.
* Bring in your own food, BBQ, cooler, chairs, table, tent, etc. It’s an outdoor event and there’s a limited amount of shade!
* Volunteering is always welcome. Sorry no discount though but how better to kill time by spending some time behind “backstage”.

Whether you register to enter the show or just come to spectate, We hope to see you there!

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Our New Summer 2017 86DRIVE T-Shirts Are Coming!


We’ve teamed up with local designer and BRZ owner Jonathan Tipton-King to come up with a fresh new design for this Summer’s t-shirt! We think he’s put together a wonderful design that will definitely catch the eye and proclaim your love for the 86 platform, for the whole world to see. We will have a limited run of these shirts available for purchase, and they will make their debut at NorCal86’s 86DAY Hosted by Mann Engineering. Come on out and celebrate the 86 heritage and enthusiasm on August 6! Come look for our 86DRIVE table inside Mann Engineering and check these out in person, or just say hi!

T-Shirts will be dark charcoal gray with a two-tone orange and white printed design.
Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
Limited supply of shirts available, first come first serve.

$20.00 each

also be sure to check out our other items for sale:
86DRIVE stickers
86DRIVE keychains

Posted in Announcement, For Sale, Shopping

86DAY – Dyno Day and Block Party at Mann Engineering


Our next big event planned is 86DAY on SUNDAY, August 6th, 2017.

When: Sunday August 6 @ 10AM
Where: Mann Engineering
970 George Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054
This year we will be throwing a Block Party and Dyno Day at Mann Engineering in Santa Clara! We have our permit and have the street all to ourselves.

The event is FREE for everyone to attend.

For more info visit our NorCal86 page:

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Gizdich Ranch Pie Run 2017 – July 22, 2017

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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. We’ll meet up in San Jose at noon and take some backroads down to Gizdich Ranch. The plan is to head out for the Ranch at about 12:30PM. Final destination is Gizdich Ranch, 55 Peckham Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076. If you just want to meet us there we’ll be there probably around 1:30-2:00PM.

Start/Meeting point: Chevy’s Mexican, Almaden Plaza Shopping Center, 5305 Almaden Expy, San Jose, CA 95118
Meeting time: 12:00 PM
Departure: 12:30PM

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Summer DRIVES are under way!

Not to state the obvious, but summertime is here and the weather is great! Our summer DRIVES are well under way with something going on almost every weekend. In fact last week with the July 4th holiday we ended up having 3 drives in a week. And this past weekend we participated in drives on both Saturday and Sunday morning.
Be sure to keep an eye on our events calendar in the coming weeks, for more driving events and meets! Hint: keep your calendar clear for Aug 6 😉

Here are a few videos from the recent drives for you to enjoy, or see what you’ve been missing.

July 4 DRIVE

July 8 DRIVE

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Our coverage of NorCal86’s Summer Kickoff 2017

Story to come, enjoy the pictures for now.

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Watch this video of some highlights from the event by our friend and fellow 86DRIVER Scott Grasso — thanks Scott!

And also check out this cool video by WetttMedia shot in 4K also covering the Summer Kickoff event!

Photo Gallery — click on an thumbnail to open a larger view.

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Skidpad Day at Thunderhill

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Earlier this week a handful of us 86 enthusiasts got together at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA and rented the skidpad for a day. We chipped in about $150 per car and had the wide open asphalt lot all to ourselves for a good 8 hours and the freedom to set up whatever course we wanted with a stack of cones. To our pleasant surprise, the rental also included access to a portable building overlooking the skidpad — this would prove invaluable for us later in the day when the temps got hotter. Our friend Chris, who booked the track for us, set out a basic figure-8 course with 6 cones and did the honors of being the first to christen the track with his tire rubber.

Our friend Bryan, who recently sold his BRZ brought out his new daddy-mobile and toy, his bright blue Ford Focus RS. Hitting the Drift mode button on his console, he made it look so easy to screech and slide around the course. In our RWD 86s however, holding a drift without spinning out wildly proved to be a lot more difficult than it looks.

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Our unofficial track photog and videographer Scott also came out to hang with us and take some shots of our antics. But we weren’t going to let him leave without having him do some donuts and drifts around the course too! Be sure to visit his site at scottgrassophotography.com where he will have more pictures from the day up soon.

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In the meantime here are a handful of photos I shot in between sessions. It was a fun day of just messing around and pushing our cars to the limits and beyond in a safe controlled environment. None of us are drift experts just yet, but the event really gave us a good opportunity to experience what our cars feel like when you exceed the grip of your tires and we were able to play around with both understeer and oversteer situations. Wish it was a little bit cooler in the afternoon, but otherwise it was a great time and we’re already thinking about coming back and doing it again sometime in the fall or winter. If you have the chance to do a skidpad day I highly recommend trying it!

Some video I shot from my phone:

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Announcing NorCal86’s Summer Kickoff 2017 on June 3!

This is the event everyone’s been waiting for, the Summer Kickoff is set to take place once again at Lake Del Valle on June 3!

This is NorCal86’s largest annual meet and it gets bigger and better every year.  You won’t want to miss this one.  Registration is now open.

Read on below to find out how to register and pay for your entry in advance.

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When: June 3, 2017
Time: 10am
Where: Lake Del Valle – Arroyo Mocho picnic area
7000 Lake Del Valle Rd
Livermore, CA 94550

Registration: $7 per person before June 3
Price will be $15 (cash only) per person at the event if you do not pre-register

To pre-register: Send Paypal to norcal86@outlook.com or contact a NorCal86 Board member at a local meet if you’d like to pay in person

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 the event is FREE! *Only paid attendees will receive a raffle ticket*

Every registered 86/BRZ/FRS will be entered into the car show!

Note: There is an additional $6 fee to enter the park. This is paid at the gate and is not to us.

In the PayPal comments please include:

Full Name
Screen name
Number of Guests


Beer and wine is allowed. This is a car event so please DRINK RESPONSIBLY if you choose to.

If you behave in a fashion we feel represents NorCal86 in a negative light you will be told to leave.

BBQ includes:

Sirloin burgers (veggie also included) and Polish Sausage/Hot Links, sides, water, and soda.

Car Show Categories:

Best Exterior
Best Interior
Best Engine Bay
Most Functional
People’s Choice
Best in Show
Best Female Owned (must have at least 5 female owners signed up by 5/15 for this category)

For more up-to-date information visit the FT86CLUB forum thread.

An event t-shirt is available for pre-order now, visit the T-Shirt Preorder thread for more information.

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The 2017 GT Radial NorCal 86CUP competition has begun! Round 1 photo coverage

Feb 18 MRLS 86CUP Rd 1-79

A wet and slippery track awaited our 86CUP competitors as they rolled into Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca on the morning of Saturday, February 18. Heavy rain in the preceding days had started to subside by mid-day, but even as I surveyed the paddock area around lunchtime, large puddles of water were pooled around here and there, and a steady stream of water could be seen running across turn 3. It wasn’t going to be an easy day for these drivers. As I watched, a flatbed tow truck came in off the track, bearing a dark blue BMW that had pushed a little too hard and found itself in the sand trap.

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But inside the garages, drivers discussed lap times and shared information about the changing conditions as they came in from the previous track session. “It’s drying off in some sections”, one said. “There’s still a river across turn 3”, another driver added. “The braking zone for turn 2 is tricky, you have to brake early, ease off the brakes as you cross the wet zone, then get back on the brakes hard just before turning in.” Our friend Scott Grasso, who was shooting video from trackside, shared a brief clip he caught of an M3 drifting around the wet hairpin of turn 2.

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But by the late afternoon, the rain had stopped, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, and the surface conditions began to look more promising.  Out on the track they went, and the lap times started decreasing. The morale in the garages picked up, and people were already talking about the next round of competition coming up, scheduled for March 4-5 at Thunderhill Raceway. By the end of the day people were looking satisfied with their times, and as they packed up their cars the clouds moved in again and the rain began to fall. Another day at Laguna Seca, completed.

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About 86CUP
86CUP is the premier, independently organized, FRS/BRZ Time Trial series in North America. Utilizing a ruleset that is specific to the platforms, the 86CUP 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 2017, we’d like to welcome GT-Radial as the title sponsor for the NorCal 86CUP! GT Radial has been a sponsor for us since the beginning, but this year, they’re upping the ante and generously giving away cash prizes for the podium winners of the Stock and Street classes in addition to the tire Contingency program.

Want to learn more?

GT Radial 86CUP programs => http://www.86cup.us/gtradial
NorCal 86CUP info => http://norcal86cup.mkivsoopra.com/
Join the Facebook group

More photos in the gallery below! (includes non-86CUP participants too)

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Photos from Our Private Track Day at Thunderhill

dec28-thillwest-1Last week I had the opportunity to join a few friends at a private Test & Tune day at the Thunderhill West track along with a few folks from Elite Performance and The Racers Line. Since I had the week off from work I packed the BRZ, grabbed my helmet and set off for the track at an ungodly 5AM. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive up to Willows, CA and with stops for food and gas, I arrived at the gates a little after 8:00 AM. It was a chilly 36F outside when I pulled up next to our host. Eventually 7 cars rolled in and after a comically brief drivers’ meeting (essentially “2 cars out at a time, don’t crash, have fun”) we started taking turns going out on the 2-mile West course. The track staff essentially left us alone with a wide open course and minimal supervision.  With only 7 of us there and an open track available until 4:30PM, we knew we were going to have loads of track time.


Jami’s supercharged NSX was an eye-catcher and sounded amazing on track.

Our friend and performance tuner Eric “BigM” Lin from Elite Performance brought out his FRS to play and was blisteringly fast around the West course.

Our buddy Neal from The Racers Line took his Hot Lava FRS out and by the end of the day had smashed his previous best time by a second.

Here’s Neal’s best lap video:

This gorgeous and low-slung Alfa 4C was a joy to watch whipping its way around the 2-mile course.

Brandon’s BRZ showed us that an E85-powered NA-tuned car can still hold its own on a technical track like this one.

As for myself, I had a blast going out on track and the total lack of traffic and ability to just focus on the course as well as the luxury of staying out as long as you wanted to, was fantastic. I continued to build up confidence in myself and my car, and managed to cut about 2 seconds off my previous best time to a 1:33.9 by the end of the day. I was probably the slowest one out there at the track that day, but everyone was super supportive and complimented me on showing considerable improvement through the day.

My best lap:

We commented to one another that with so much track time and so little traffic, we might have spoiled ourselves for any regular track day. Going out for 4 or 5 short sessions and sharing the course with 30 other people at a time just won’t sound that appealing anymore. But the pricing to rent the track for a private day is normally much higher and until we win the lottery and become filthy rich we can only enjoy this kind of discounted pricing during the unpopular winter months when the track is under booked. We did luck out though as the weather was cooperating and we had near perfect conditions: sunny and cool with a dry track.


At the end of our lunch break we even paused the action for a little while and lined up the cars for some group photos. It’s an awesome feeling being able to get out of your car and walk around on the race track, as well as have access to areas you wouldn’t normally get to be in order to take photos.


Anyways we all had a great time and it was a rare opportunity to get loads of driving time for a reasonable cost. Most of us were able to get a lot more familiar with the challenging West course and improve on our previous best lap times. And if the chance ever comes up for you to take part in such a day, jump on it! Highly recommended experience for any driving enthusiast.

More photos in the gallery below.

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