Damn son.

Original Gangster Rice: Peck’s Track Equipped AE86 Levin.

Some have called us, Mayday Garage, the unofficial preservers of 90’s Japanese tuning, and while we love the way that title sounds, we can’t take that credit. It is not just our close group of ricers that glorifies this golden era of tuning, but individuals such as Peck Panichapong from Houston, TX that help educate newcomers to the import scene to appreciate this style.

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Peck Panichapong moved to Houston about 12 years ago, and quickly began his search for a RWD project car. He found it in a SR5 model which also carried out his daily duties. Much like a certain famous tofu delivery driver with a similar car, Peck found himself driving the little Corolla 100-plus miles everyday for work through the streets of Houston. The more he drove the car, the more he fell in love with each mile clocked into the odometer. He soon began collecting different AE86 Corollas, and thus began his addiction.

OER ITB's!!

OER ITB’s!!

This bay may not be "clean" but it's super functional

This bay may not be “clean” but it’s super functional

Peck isn’t alone in his addictions. Like all AE86 car enthusiasts, he turned to many Japanese DVD’s such as Hot Version N2 races and he just knew that he would want a track 86 for himself one day. Unfortunately, the reality of building a custom track inspired AE86 Corolla, a car that is well over 30 years old, comes at a cost, and more importantly, time. Time and money is always a constant uphill struggle when you add an expecting child into the mix. Even still, Panichapong began to slowly collect rare track parts for his beloved chassis, with the hopes of one day completing his dream car.

The Reverse Mesh life.

The Reverse Mesh life.

Showing the N2 rear flare, exhaust, TRD wing, CWest GT wing and Miracle X bar all in one shot

Showing the N2 rear flare, exhaust, TRD wing, CWest GT wing and Miracle X bar all in one shot

As luck would have it, two years ago, Peck found an online listing in sunny California from an importer who had already imported the car you see before you through the 25 years and older exemption law. With only a few photos and a promise that the car ran and drove (barely), Panichapong took a major gamble on the Toyota and purchased it. The 86 needed some work, and Peck methodically planned out what parts he would need to make it perform like it once had on the Japanese circuit tracks. To restore this once great track star to it’s former glory, Peck had to fund it by selling most of his rare parts that he had collected over the past decade, a sacrifice that was needed to get it to where he wanted it.

Pecx's all business interior

Pecx’s all business interior

All dem bars!

All dem bars!

It's a miracle.

It’s a miracle.

Some people will probably point out that the car has “dated” technology and may even find that some of the modifications are hokey, but as Peck states, “I believe this car has been built for its purpose and all parts have been carefully picked by the Japanese builder.” He goes on to tell me that he is trying to only restore the Corolla to what it once was, and wants to keep the 86 ‘Period correct’. We absolutely love how period correct Peck’s AE86 is, and are super stoked to see something that we have only seen on dated DVD’s come to life before our very eyes in it’s 80’s/90’s glory.

Damn son.

Damn son.

Photos by Khiem Pham

Peck Panichapong’s Official Mod List:

Exterior

N2 Flare kit
CF hood + FRP Hatch
C-west GTwing

Suspension

Tokico HTS/TRD Springs
Nagisa Auto Traction Bracket
Front and rear TRD sway bars
Cusco LSD
Mazda FC calipers+Adapters
Car Care Office master cylinder reinforcing bracket
SSR mesh 14×8
Beatrush Under Panel
AIBA Works Front strut bar
Nagisa Auto Shakitto plate
Nagisa Auto Gacchiri Fender brace
Jubiride rear seat bar
Jubiride center bar
Next Miracle X-Bar
FET Sports rear strut bar
Cusco Safety 21 6point cage
Crossmember spacers

Interior

OMP Rally Steering Wheel
Nagisa seat rail
Prodrive WRC seat
Bride old school bucket set
Bride seat rail
TRW/Sabelt harness
TRD shift knob + short shifter
Omoni oil pressure/temp gauge
Tomei A/F meter
Omoni Tachometer

Engine

4AGE 16v
Toda Camgears + Camshafts
Toda ECU with Apexi Super AF-C
OER SK Sport Injection body ITB kit
OER fuel rails
Sard Fuel regulator
Silk Road Section Header
Kakimoto Exhaust system
1G-GE starter adapter
Omori Meter Oil Filter Relocation Kit

Tomorrow is 8/6/14, aka 8-6 day throughout the world. We, the unofficial ambassadors of rice, will be having a special AE86 gathering at our Ricer Wednesday event at our food truck, The Rice Box, located at 1638 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77006 (Westheimer and Dunlavy) tomorrow night from 7p-11p to celebrate the Toyota Corolla AE86, and invite everyone to come check out this N2 Levin hatchback as well as a few other AE86 machines over a nice hot serving of General Tso’s chicken!
We’ll see you there!

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

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Testing… Testing… 1… 2…

Yes, we have our very first batch of Car Shop GLOW LED tail lights for the FD3S RX-7, and we gave them a go on one of our FD’s and brought it out to last night’s Ricer Wednesday meet at our Food Truck, The Rice Box. The lights are in original OEM Mazda Housings super polished to bring out the original black housings that extra special shine, and are properly sealed to avoid condensation. We are currently taking detailed photos of the lights in our studio, as well as photos of the lights compared with OEM/JDM lights in both direct sunlight and not. First impressions are very good, and you’ll be able to see that in the photos. Each set will come with a warranty card signed by Car Shop GLOW as well as a few high quality stickers. Videos will also be shown so you can see for yourselves.

We have had our inboxes blown up with people wanting to secure the lights for themselves, so to answer what most of you are asking, the price is set at $999USD not including shipping. We ARE going through a change on our site and we WILL have a new online store for you to be able to purchase these much sought after lights. Please be patient with us as we are wanting to do this the right way, and not take any shortcuts. In the meantime, check out the first set of CarShopGLOW x MaydayGarage LED taillights in the USA!

Photos by Dennis Nguyen

You guys should see it when the brake light is actually applied

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

Not Something You See Everyday.

You would think that with the Bugatti’s, Lambos, Ferrari’s, Fiksers and Maseratti’s, most people would just skip over a small hatchback. The problem with that is we see these exotics more often than not. When we came across this Renault Clio V6 (Phase 2) hatchback at last weekend’s Houston Cars & Coffee, our jaws dropped. This truly unique car made an appearance and we noticed that most people walked right past it. Maybe it’s the small stature of this seemingly normal looking hatchback or maybe it’s the fact that it’s silver with no decals or giant badges to indicate that it’s a rare model, but it certainly looks utilitarian. That is, until you look in the hatch. No luggage, no groceries, no spare tire. Just an engine behind the front seats in this Midship engine Renault. At 255bhp, this hot hatch hauls serious ass.

It’s these types of cars that bring us to Houston Cars and Coffee every month.

No, those are not XXR wheels.

The OMP steering wheel should make you question if this is a normal car or not.

Or it's the dual center exit exhausts combined with the wide fenders and functional side scoops that will give you a hint.

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X