Jakub “Musk” Tatara, the owner of that crazy bagged E38, and his other BMWs.
We look back at some of our fondest memories of 2014 (in no particular order). This year has been a bit of a lull for us. A few of us moved further apart, new jobs, new cars, we just didn’t have our coverage up to par from years past. We’ve made a few changes to get coverage quality up next year. We did however hand out a few of our custom made awards. It is very satisfying presenting awards at some of the biggest modified car event sin Canada. As a social tool, we’ve used the site to garner new friends, and cement the relationships with friends we have in place already. In that regard it has been our most successful year to date. What’s the point of bolstering social media likes when you know none of these people where it matters? ..in person. We look forward to further relationships with the people at Fitted Lifestyle, Eurokracy, Airsociety, Stanceiseverything, Ivy League East, Broadway Static, and Seven Automotive. I sincerely apologize to anyone I forgot.
Our year started off by watching Steve and company slay some tires at TOPP Drift. The crowd on the wall, gets VERY involved.
We’ve been great friends with the boys over at FITTED Lifestyle since their second ever event 4-5 years ago. Their event is more or less the season opener in Toronto, as well as being its biggest and IMO the best. Its where most of the top tuner/show/stance cars come out of the winter sheds. It was extra special for us, as we were able to present Richard with our Favourite Ride Award. Its the first time we’ve handed out an award of our own at a big event.
More friends and awards at Eurokracy. I may have botched my time with the mic at the Eurokracy award ceremony but just being up there was more than we’d ever expected. The event is at a scale that is very hard to imagine. There are so many cars,that walking around to see all of them was a tough ask. Getting to the event is an adventure on its own. As our Kruise was in full effect this year.
Getting rid of the Subaru meant I needed new suspension on the BMW, and also Mauncho’s E36. We called upon Broadway Static for some help. So far its been a great 3-4 months, with many more months ahead. Hopefully next years update will include some RSs for me and Modenas for Mauncho.
My first Lowrider show, was an eye opener. The stance scene isn’t really know for its extensive builds. While the tuner scene has some thorough builds, few if any are as comprehensive. Polished suspension and engine components, engraved sub frames, metallic pinstripe paint jobs, etc. I can’t think of any other car subculture that spends more effort into looking good.
I was lucky enough to make it out to a handfull of CSCS events. No other local event combines show and shines, judged showing, time attack, and drifting into one big experience. The sound of 500+hp Imprezas and sideways E30s make the blistering heat more bearable. Looking forward to more on track action in 2015.
Who knew, we’d be a part of the inaugural Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine? Matt asked us to create a custom award for the show, which we kindly obliged. Geoff and Mauricio both had their cars in the show so it was decided the best option was to leave the judging to the staff at Pfaff as I’d be biased towards their cars. Fortunately for Mauricio, they felt his car was best in show anyways.
Pfaff Tuning via Geoff.
Pfaff Tuning via Gill
Another staple in our year is Vagkraft. You can’t have a crew of mostly VWs without going to VK. Having moved to Brampton this year, the trek to VK was a short 10 mins. If you’re a local VW fan, you need to be here every year.
Vagkraft via Geoff.
Vagkraft via Gill
Berlin Klassik. Apart from the long drive to Kitchener, BK turned out to be a very pleasurable show. I think it on the cusp of overtaking VK as the go to Euro show in Ontario. Certainly the BMW and Mercedes content overshadows that of VK.
Berlin Klassik via Geoff
Berlin Klassik via Gill
And the big one. Our year has always been focused around the weekend of H2Oi. The strip, the friends, the show or the time off from work add up to my favourite week of the year. Traffic definitely put a hamper on a few things but I now view H2Oi as the place I get to unwind and have a good time with friends. Be it meeting up with friends of years past or make new friends. Regardless of the shenanigans, we’ll be at H20 2015. We hope to see many of you there. Happy new years!
I can attribute the late publication of this article down to Canada’s long winter. Those in the Canadian car community are forced to endure 5-6 months of drab, bleak, and desolate winters. All of which culminate in little to no original content within those months. So I’ve saved a few photo sets from summer for these months. Berlin Klassik is up first. This is my first visit to this show. It has certainly grown since its inception a few years ago, and has quickly become one of the top 2-3 Euro shows in Ontario. The number of BMWs, Mercedes-Benzs and Porsches is higher here than anything other Ontario venue.
However, the bread and butter for Berlin Klassik is still VW. And Mauricio’s MK2 is still amungst my favourites. I’m not sure how I accomplish this at every show, but I consistantly forget to take photos of VWs. I just tend to take more photos of other brands. Luckily, Geoff was able to capture the VAG cars in Septemeber. LINK.
This Passat might be rubbing some VW purists the wrong way with its Benz wheels. As is the CRX below. The owner didn’t bother bringing it into the show grounds. It was sitting pretty in the parking lot.
Speaking of parking lot, the highlight of the show was there as well. A pristine 911 with Sparco seats and RSR bits. As well as a 997 GT3 with what might be the best vanity plate I’ve ever seen. An homage to Porsche’s reknown engine designer Hans Mezger.
Any show with 356s, 930s, 964s, 911s, 928s AND 914s is good in my books.
Stuttgart had a good showing too. I loved this bagged W210. And Manolo’s bagged W116.
And finally, Munich’s showing. As I am now a BMW owner, I’m able to appreciate these cars from more of a personal and snobbish outlook.
As a resident of lower Ontario our summer car season is a scant 5-6 months. For the last few years, Oktoberfest has been the last event we’ve shown up to during the season. This years edition had a good amount of cars. All of which I won’t see for 6 month
The rareness that is Alpina.
Alan’s sweet E30.
Its refreshing seeing a mk3 without rusted rockers.
Shayan’s B5 A4 Wagon. Its a big deal up in Canada.
I haven’t been to a show where I’ve seen one of these cars by themselves. These guys go everywhere together.
The last few shots from our H20i trip consists of the multitude of visitors and random cars that came by 75th. Most of whom stopped by to see Brian Arthus who seems to know everyone with a car in the U.S. Including @farklefitment.
@jdmodz`s BestJDM winner at First Class Fitment
I’m now a bit biased on big body black BMWs.
Clean Impreza, stopped by for the views.
Fellow feathered Canadian brethren stopped by too.
For the first time in the 4 years I’ve been going to H2Oi I finally have some of my own photos to show off. Although all these photos took all of 15 mintues to take while we waiting for our table to eat lunch I’d say they came out pretty good. This years show was very different from the previous years. Traphouse was boycotted, the cops were towing cars on Tuesday, and the rain wouldn’t let up until Thursday. Once the rain let off everyone who had been waiting to hit the strip all week took the chance to do just that. The problem was the strip was PACKED. Cruising like we used to do 3 years ago was not an option this year. So I did what I do best, drink beer and chill with friends I get to see once or twice a year. Apart from all the bullshit with the OCMDPD and the strip being the way it was. This year was the best H2Oi I have attended yet. I got to find the real reason this event is the way it is. It’s all about friends, that you have made through the cars.
We finally got around to posting more photos from the Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine. It took place the week before H2Oi so we were all a tad pre-occupied. It was still a great show, with an array of different cars. Matt Berenz did a fantastic job of organizing the entire day. I’m certain next year’s edition will be bigger and better.
Where else would you see a MK2 Golf and an Aventador at the same lot? With Mauricio’s MK2 winning best of show no less. The Best of Show award was presented by us, however the judging was conducted by Pfaff employees. It was the best way to avoid any biased decisions.
I was told this Callaway Mk1 was very rare. We also saw the Mk1 on our way back from H2Oi. Glad to see the owner puts some good mileage on it.
If you see an Alpina Sedan in Toronto, it’s probably owned by Sia. He’s got a handful of them now. This E28 however is his s54 swapped 525i. It took home the award for Best Engine bay and was also featured in PBMW a few years back. The E39 below was the first B10 Alpina to be imported into North America. He also has another E28, and e32, e34 Alpinas in the stable. I think he has a problem.
The front of the Pfaff building was where most of the action took place. Porsche GT3, Rocket Bunny GTR and RX-7 along with a few others.
I think this was the first time I’ve seen a twin-turbo’d Gallardo. Puffs of smoke are a good thing, right?
Matt and Geoff’s Grandmother was very pleased with the show as well. Here she is checking out an R8.
Sony Canada, had a big booth for the event along with raffle prizes. I was fortunate enough to win one of those AS100 cameras. Which I immediately sold to Matt after H2O, I think he’ll get way better use out of it than I will.
PFaff Tuning also had cars displayed indoors. Including Erik’s Saab and Jimmy’s M3.
The 991 below stands as my current dream daily. Every bit as good as the 991 GT3 but with a stick shift.
As with every car show the parking lot still has some nice vehicles. Erik’s boosted Probe is a prime example.
After last years pretty successful E30/early BMW meet, we decided to replicate the meet but on a smaller scale. It was now 5 series oriented, since Bron and I both drive one. We had only planned on having 10-15 cars as we were both just looking to meet other e34 owners. But it quickly grew on Instagram and we knew we were getting a bigger meet then initially planned. The plan was to hold the meet at the lot behind BJ’s restaurant. However the owners were none too please. So Rose’s seemed like the best alternative. Predicably we were swiftly kicked out of there too.
@see_trees, @patrickw5 and @saeed87 e34 Instagram brethren
When I made it back to 75th after Rose’s our street was pretty packed with BMW. I was told by Mauncho this was on the light side. A few minutes earlier he was hard at work rerouting cars to Rose’s while dealing with the owner’s of BJs. All in all, in was poorly planned on our part.
@willem’s bagged M5 trailering an e30.
Unfortunately, the meet was not how we had hoped. We should have chosen a much bigger lot. We also should have made a proper back up plan (other than Rose’s). Let’s hope next year goe better.
The drive down was more eventful than I had hoped for. 2 hours in, Dan and I collectively obliterated a deer carcass. It was at that exact second I realized raising your car for the drive down is a damn good decision. I took the brunt of the deer as my bumper trim and oil level sensor can attest too. Luckily a quick pit stop had it back in place. The rest of the trip went uneventful and we arrived in OCMD on Monday evening.
They may not have the best fitment, but these two were two of the loudest cars all weekend. Apologies to the poor guy I woke up who was trying to sleep in his buddies car.
Arrive, lower it, wash it, polish it, drive it. Though later on it became waddle in traffic, instead of actual driving.
After getting our cars in check, we thought some sunset pics were in order.
Adrian was doing this more than we would have liked. Thankfully with some JB Weld, he was able to make it back home with no problems. Happy Adrian is good Adrian.
Before those sunset pics we figured hitting up Taphouse wouldn’t hurt. For a Monday evening, it was waaay busier than we have every seen it. It foreshadows the rest of the week unfortunately. This MK4 checked all the right boxes for me. Love the racekor look.