On August 11th, 2013, Auto Club Speedway hosted the second annual 86FEST – the largest gathering of Scion FR-S, Toyota AE86, and ZN6 chassis enthusiasts in America. With literally thousands of people in attendance, the event was a great opportunity for fans of the platform to see how its aftermarket has grown in the year since the release of the FR-S, and check out some of the new parts being offered by the vendors in attendance.
One of the vendors in attendance at 86FEST was GReddy, who are responsible for operating Ken Gushi’s Formula Drift vehicle. The GReddy Racing Scion FR-S was on display at their booth, giving visitors a chance to get up close with the car before it heads out for competition next month at Texas Motor Speedway.
Ken’s personal Scion FR-S was also at GReddy’s booth, on display next to his competition car. If you caught Ken’s post on our blog about his Firestorm Scion FR-S earlier this year, you’ll notice that it’s looking pretty different these days. If you’re wondering why, it’s because he’s moved from his original FR-S into one of the new Scion 10 Series FR-S models, released just a few months back.
The man himself was also hanging out at the GReddy booth, stopping to take photos with the many FD fans at 86FEST. If you’ve spent any time looking through the #86fest or #kengushi hashtags on Instagram over the last week, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen him pop up more than a few times.
Ken’s GReddy Racing Scion FR-S wasn’t the only car affiliated with Scion Racing on display at 86FEST. Daniel Song’s Scion FR-S GT, the car that was the 2nd runner up at last year’s Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge at SEMA, also made an appearance at the event.
We’ve made previously mentioned this on the Scion Racing blog, but the Scion FR-S GT was one of our favorite Scion Tuner Challenge builds on account of the fact it was the only one that was clearly race inspired. In fact, we even named it one of our 5 best Scion FR-S builds of 2012.
While we can certainly appreciate seeing professionally built cars at events like this, 86FEST is really about all the owners and enthusiasts who make events like it possible. Row after row, we saw all sorts of FR-S’ and AE86s, stock and modified, that reflected the various tastes and personalities of each of their owners.
The AE86 Toyota Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno are historically significant cars, and more and more, it’s looking like the Scion FR-S was the perfect vehicle to takes its place as the Toyota sports car of this generation. Judging from the turnout at 86FEST, you might be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees.
Big thanks to our photographer Andrew Bohan for the photos from 86FEST. See more of his work at www.andrewbohan.com.