Here is the first set from our impromptu Okinawa AE86 meeting. This first of five Okinawa Prefecture Hachi-Roku’s belongs to Aaron Hartman. Aaron is a member of the United States Air Force and by the time you read this, Aaron, his family and this Kouki (late) converted Sprinter Trueno Hatch, will have left Okinawa, Japan and settled in the United States. Like many enthusiasts, Aaron didn’t know what a Hachi-Roku was until he met an AE86 crazed owner who got Aaron hooked on everything AE86 including Initial D.
This particular AE86 use to belong to Aaron’s brother-in-law but it didn’t look like the car you see here. You see, this Hachi-Roku started life as a 1985 Zenki (early) model and after a front end collision, Aaron’s father-in-law sourced a Kouki front end. The brother-in-law stripped the interior of anything that didn’t make the car faster and drove it until the early 2000’s. The car was then left at the father-in-law’s house where it sat, partially disassembled for five years before Aaron married into the family.
After making a deal with his father-in-law, which involved paying to ship the car from mainland to Okinawa, restoring the car to it’s former glory, and a promise to never sell it, the car was his. A short boat ride from Kagoshima Prefecture Japan to the southern Island of Okinawa, Aaron had his Initial Dream car trailered to his house. Prior to being put on a boat, Aaron’s father-in-law fixed the bodywork, overhauled the engine and re-installed the interior, making sure the car ran and looked like the icon millions have come to love.
ith the help of other AE86 enthusiasts, Yahoo Auctions Japan, and his loving wife, Aaron continued where his father-in-law left off. First on the list was making sure the car passed the mandatory Japanese Compulsory Inspection or JCI. Having a roadworthy car, Aaron focused on the mismatched interior. After tossing out a racing bucket seat and faux carbon fiber pieces, Aaron sourced a complete GT-V interior and got to work. Keeping the promise he made when the car was given to him, Aaron has continued to restore his 86 to its former glory with a trunk load of quality parts any Hachi-Roku owner would be envious of. Now that Aaron’s AE86 has left Okinawa, we look forward to seeing what he has in store for the car on the other side of the pond. With a son of his own, I’m pretty sure Aaron will make his father-in-law proud when he passes this car down to his son, keeping his promise and keeping it in the family.
Russ L. Crump is a Military Policeman and automotive photographer currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the United States Air Force. He has been shooting automotive photography for 17+ years and currently drives an authentic 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex. Russ lives and breathes the Japanese automotive culture.
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