On Friday just gone I received the gut wrenching news that site member Jason Betson (Jay) passed away. Jay has been a member of AE86irl since our very first year way back in 2006 and contributed hugely to the site especially in the early days.
There is not much that I can say about Jay which hasn’t already been said but I feel a short story of one of my own experiences with Jay sums up the type of guy he was … About 3 years ago I got stuck in Tullamore with a flat battery outside the NCT centre of all places – Knowing Jay lived close by and that he was always willing to help I straight away thought to give him a call to see if he had a set of jump leads or a booster pack I could borrow, When I rang he had nothing on him and was stuck in work until 6, Any other man would have left it at that, but not Jay, he rang around his family and friends until he found someone with jump leads who could come down and meet me and sure enough someone arrived within 10 minutes, When I rang him back to say thanks he wouldn’t hear any of it.
It was the same story anytime I went to him for tyres – he would always insist on meeting me somewhere closer to save me the extra trip out to him and it truly is a testament to him that everyone who was lucky enough to have met him has a story to tell about how helpful and good natured he was.
Of course we can’t write a tribute to Jay without mentioning the mother of all crashes which he had when drifting his AE86 at Mondello….. After investing massive time and effort into his car he couldn’t be blamed for being pretty pissed off over it, But Jay being Jay he laughed it off saying ‘I just got a bit too cocky’.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to know him throughout the years and you could not meet a more genuine AE86 fan and enthusiast.
On behalf of myself personally and all at AE86irl – I would like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to Jay’s family and friends at this terrible time and we hope that you can take some small amount of comfort in knowing that his contributions within our community will live on for long to come.
AE86irl are proud to welcome AE86 World to our site, Founded by our very own site member Chris Gray AE86 World has gone from strength to strength with close to 30,000 AE86 fans from all over the globe on their facebook page, aside from providing constant updates and information about the latest goings on in AE86 culture they can supply some of the most unique and hard to find AE86 parts and accessories and you can buy with the confidence of knowing that your parts are sourced and provided by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.
You can check out their section on the site right here In the meantime here are some words from Chris about what AE86 World is all about…
AE86 World is a Worldwide Society and Culture for all things Hachi-Roku. With many great Websites and AE86 Clubs, we decided to create a Worldwide movement, branching out from Japan, to Europe, Australia, America and beyond. Running a successful Social Network Page, we have managed to get AE86 World Members from all over the world under one roof. It’s a place to Advertise , share your Photos, Events and Experiences but more so for AE86 related Clubs, Websites and Companies to get the networking exposure they deserve, for Free! Having Years of personal export experience, we can also offer those rare and hard to find Parts from Japan, as well as direct Worldwide followers to the right place and company, such as JDM Auction Watch, Impulse AE86, Tec-Art’s and more. The idea is for everyone in the AE86 World to be closer and help eachother! Our Goal is to see more and more AE86′s being recognised and enjoyed all around the world, and hopefully wearing AE86 World stickers! UNITE!
Just like to say a big Happy Christmas to all AE86irl members and fans, wherever in the world you may be… And all the best for 2014 and remember an old Toyota is for life, not just for Christmas
Well its that time of the year again … forget, presents, santa and the season of goodwill, its time pull your AE86 out of the shed one last time in 2013 for our annual Xmas meet in Tullow Co. Carlow, We haven’t had a meet in a while so we are going to go all out to make this our best one yet and send out 2013 with a bang.
And lets face it what could be better than a day of checking out some of Ireland’s and the world’s finest AE86′s to the backdrop of buring nangkangs! Followed by the usual mayhem at our after party in Carlow.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Had to share this video, production is excellent… if you like AE86′s you will like this !
Long Live The Eight-Six from BOWLS on Vimeo.