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Cars and Coffee Season Opener

Dart, 911, 911, 911, 911, 911, 911, 911, Corvette, Corvette.  Few things have me waking up at 7am on a Sunday.  That line up will do it.

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Yesterday was the first Cars and Coffee event held at Engineered Automotive.  They’re held the first Sunday of every month in Vaughn.  The early time of 8-11am seems to deter most of the riff raff you normally see at Ertefa or rice meets in Toronto.   I could only remember a few cars that were below the level Cars and Coffee events worldwide expects at their events.  My 540i included.  Personally,  for these reasons its a meet I try to go to as much as possible.  Also the free coffee and timbits are enticing.

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As a lifetime Porsche fanboy and Ferrari hater, the exponential increase in Porsche 911/930/993, really puts a damper on my desire to ever owning one of them.  I can only hope the bubble bursts and the market settles way lower.  Even then, the idea of owning a Porsche is far fetched, but one can dream. In that dream, I’d own this.  Later 993 with the wider arches, coilovers, half cage, nice wheels, tan leather on black. The only thing I’d add is the ducktail from the 993 below.

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Porsches were out in full force.  The white 930 above, is still one of my favourite local cars.

 

Datsun Zs are a rare sight.  Seeing two beautifully modded Zs in one place was fortuitous.  I gravitate more to the white one wide WIDE wheels and flares.  But the blue example was impeccable.

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Little Red Corvette.  If I owned, this I’d be blasting Prince through the speakers everywhere I went.

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There are way more old Citroens in the GTA than I had thought.  This SM, I’ve seen before, but with the owner demonstrating it’s hydraulic suspension system you get to appreciate the ingenious design even more.  IMO, this is in the running for the best looking car ever made.   And how could you not love that one spoke wheel?  There were also two 2CVs, a DS convertible and a DS sedan.  I think EA should start offering croissants with their Timbits.

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From anaemic French hatchbacks to American muscle.   I don’t understand how so many american show car builds (link) have ugly offsets, and disproportionately huge wheels when a meaty setup like this with proportionally sized wheels look infinitely better.

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I’m typically not a fan of yellow cars that aren’t Porsches but the colour works well on this Alfa and the Viper ACR below.

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American hatchback, European coupe, Freerunner Truck, and a Japanese wagon.  The mix of cars at Cars and Coffee is the reason I’ll be back in June.  The Ford had a great livery, based on Colin’s old M-Sport Focus from the early 2000s.  The back 1 Series, is on Works this year.  A great upgrade from last year.  The truck looked like it could drive over half the cars at the show. It seemed dirty enough to assume that it actually goes off-road.   And the Honda wagon, looked so clean, its amazing that its an almost 30 years old Japanese car.

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It was a good start to May.  Hopefully, I’ll see a few of you guys out there in June.

 

Busy Weekend

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I had a few things on my plate this past Weekend. The Subaru Spring Fling,  errands at a buddies house in the boonies North of Pickering, Steve’s shop to mount some wheels/tires, the Eurotouch Tuning BBQ and the Krispy Kreme meet.  Unforturnatly I haven’t been able to find my camera charger and the low battery indicator meant I had to ration all of my photos.  Like a dummy, I have 5 photos of my shitbox and zero photos of actual Subarus from the Spring Fling event.  I did however grab pics of this sweet EVO 5.  It’s the first one I’ve seen locally.

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After hastily leaving  SpringFling, I made my way to Steve’s shop.   And caught up with him about the E46 build for FormulaD Canada.  The build is once again gathering steam, as it was in a bit of a lull since he was on the lookout for a motor.  The decisions to go with and M52 was a made just recently. The acquisition of a Garrett GT35r has accelerated Steve’s drive to get the ride completed.  So much so, he’s decided to unveil it at Fitted on May 23rd.  I also caught up with Danny, and his Fitted prep.  Parts of the car are getting a new white coat.  And he’s working on acquiring a few more parts.  He put a lot of work into tidying up engine bay.  You guys will be able to have a good look at that at Fitted as well.

 

The plan was to have a set of O.Z. F-1 plus wheels on this weekend but I decided that I liked the Throwing Star reps more for now.  The look just didn’t gel with me.  But I look at this in a good way.  It’s finally motivated me enough to clean up the car a bit and to put my RSs together.  They’ll be on for Eurokacy at the latest.  I did like the whole black on black look though.

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Sunday was the BBQ at EuroTouch Tuning.  I met up with Dan and Manolo for some cars and hot dogs.  I was only able to grab a few shots before the camera died for good.

 

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This B6 was tucked away in the back, but it caught my eye with the pretty sweet colour combo.

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Manolo’s Benz doesn’t really go anywhere without being seen.

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Even though this Civic was parked on the street, Dan and I wanted to take a closer look.  Before getting back into a MK3 Jetta, Dan was in the process of modifying an EJ/M coupe.  So he knew this front bumper is actually JDM.  I just thought it looked cool on Works.   Show season is starting to get some steam.  See you at the next local event.

BMW True North 2015

Although the weather this week disagrees, show season in Toronto is slowly getting under way. The first show of 2015 was the BMW/Mercedes True North BBQ held at Eurocharged.   It was in North York so the drive out wasn’t too bad and I was able to convince Danny and a few others to come out from the east end.   The turn out in early April seemed really good.  There was a good mix of both BMW and Mercedes and a good variety of cars within those brands.

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Popping hoods at car event is the universal sign to get people over to your car.  It doesn’t even have to be anything special, people will always come by if you hood is popped. Luckily for Danny, the 1.8T under the hood of his E30 keep people on their feet.  If you want to grab a closer look at this swap, it’ll be at our booth at Fitted on May 23rd.

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The styling of the i8 seems so far ahead of every other car available today.  It looks more at place on the set of the next future cop movie than North York.  These set of black and blue ADV.1s really fit well on this colour combo.

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The new M4 might be the best looking BMW in the last decade.  I LOVE how aggressive they look.

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Budget “builds” brought to you by yours truly, Brian (e36) and Sil (Ti).  Sorry Sil, Bron and T, I refuse to like 318Tis but I’ll be nice and post the pic up any ways.  And Brian,  you need some new damn tires man.  And I need a new MK3 lip, some new fenders and a whole lot of dent repair :(

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No this isn’t Mauncho’s car.  I’ve mistaken this car before for Mauncho’s, rolling up to the Scraped meet in Pickering one night.  But quickly came to my senses.  Mauncho on summer wheels?  never.

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Dany’s E46. Definitely the hardest parked car there.

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A few other brands showed up to the party too.  Dan’s Cayman is looking as good as ever.  The colour and wheel combo are on point.  Having driven a base Camaro before, I can tell you how crappy they are but when GM turns one into a racecar that’s faster than a GTR, you tend to overlooks things like rear visibility, interior quality and panel gaps.  I WANT this car.

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BMW owners ten to stick to the OEM+ mantra.  Just nice wheels, a few Euro bits and a nice drop.  IMO, thats all most cars need any ways.

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The E34 amd E32 have such similar front ends.  We were second guessing ourselves on the Alpina.  Well, I knew it was an E32 but others, who shall go nameless, needed a little convincing.

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You know what really grinds my gears?  As I was leaving the show after most of it seemed to wind down.  I was greeted with a handful of really nice BMWs heading to the show.  Its these same people that will complain about how the show wasn’t that good and the attendance was bad.  Maybe if you arrived there on time…..   As for myself, I had a good time catching up with a few friends and checking out some nice cars.

TOPPDrift Season Opener

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Grassroots drifting in Ontario has one major hub.  Shannonville.  Its not the best facility, it’s in the boonies, its muddy,  drivers act like dickbags in the pits but it’s where the majority of the Ontario drifters show up.  The chicken fingers and poutine are actually pretty good though.   Steve, nor Danny nor Devo had the opportunity to drive this past weekend so the 5 of us, including Brian, packed into Danny’s company van and headed east to Shanny.  We were later joined by Mauncho, who drove from Ottawa, CPT as usual.  Mike Catell brought his new E46 to slay so we joined him in the pits.

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Somehow, 4 people were convinced to get into the car with Mike for some track time. No deaths, and the car looked way lower with 800+ lbs of meat in it.

The Quebecors seem to do everything to the nth degree when it comes to cars.  Somehow even with the stricter laws, crappier roads and shittier winters, they comes through with the craziest builds, cars and attitude. Guillaume is a prime example.  His Dodge Ram lipped FC Rx-7 is Quebocoix Qrazy.  “I wanted the front lip to look stupid.”

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I’m surprised the E36 chassis isn’t more popular.  They’re priced the same as 240s now and offer more power and more stock steering angle and less rust.  This fully caged and boosted example will hopefully convince more people to buy E36s.

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This 240 desperately needs a way to dissipate the smoke. His problem seemed significantly worse than the other cars.

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I’m not too good at capturing action drift shots so I like sticking to the pits.  There are cool cars there too.  Mauncho was somehow able to capture some good actions shots though.  And Danny grabbed a few as well.

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Topp Drift Throwback

The first Topp Drift event is coming up fast.  It’s scheduled for April 12th at Shannonville.  To get us in the mood for drifting again, we’re posting pics from an event last year.

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Steve’s E30 has been decommissioned for this season.  He’s moved on to an E46 chassis.  Link to his build, HERE.  And in order to  free up some needed funds the E30 was parted out.  The chassis still lingers, maybe we’ll see it out in the future.  As for Steve he probably won’t be sliding on the 12th, at least not in his own car.

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Danny is the only model we can afford.

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We’ve posted Mike’s car with the kit on before.  Sliding around sans kit and wheels you get to see how much of the car was really cut out.  Expect MANY changes from this car through out this season.

 

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I’ve always been a fan of zip tie stitches.


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And police car inspired liveries.

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Spotted in the wild.  One of the handful of clean S13’s in Ontario.  I had to be super fast to capture this moment.

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DONK,  To be honest, I’d probably drive that.

 

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The wall taps at the final corner was the spot to be for spectators.  There isn’t another place in Ontario where you can get this close to the cars. Unfortunately, there’s always an idiot that ruins it for the rest of us.  A huge wing and an overzealous fan almost resulted in  Ontario’s first hand amputation via carbon fibre.  We’re not allowed there any more.  Be safe, see you guys at Shannonville in April.

MONEY GANG Update.

Just a small update on the MONEY GANG E46. I stopped by at Steve’s shop to pick up my car. I needed to replace the alternator…..that died on the way to Niagara Falls.   I also stopped by at GT Custom Exhaust to say hello to Matt.

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Now that the E46 has wheels and suspension on it’s starting to feel like a car again, and not just a shell.  Albeit, there’s no motor and tranny in yet.

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The dash, gauges and quick release wheel start to bring the drivers cockpit together.  The metal JOES Racing steering wheel is definitely a step up from previous Grip Royal scene kids wheel.

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I think this was the first time the car has been rolled out of the shop.  Steve had to check if the car actually fit onto the trailer. While the car still is no where near completion its nice to be able to check things of the list.  Keeps motivation up.

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Like a glove.  Check trailer clearance off that list.  Although, since the fronts will be a bit wider with the Nerptech arms, the trailer wheel covers might have to be modified.

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BMW influence.   I think seeing Steve’s E30 all day for the last couple of summers made the guys next door buy this.  It has bits of Steve’s old arms and suspension.

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Over at GT Custom.  This awesome Miata was making all sorts of noise.   Hoping to grab more pics of this at CSCS this summer.

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Canadian International Autoshow 2015 via Geoff

We’ve been heading to the Autoshow as a group for about 4-5 years now.  It’s not quite as good as it was back in the hay day when the show included the Skydome but it always has its highlights.  This years highlight was undoubtedly the cars at Ford.  Not often are we excited to see the blue oval.   But the GT and GT350R had us drooling

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The car was designed with the intent of racing in GT2 spec competition.  Hence why the V8 was not retained.  Is it worth it to hamper the car aerodynamically just to fit in a bigger motor to appease the audiophiles?  No, winning takes priority over everything else.  Also the intrinsic advertising value of Ecoboost motors winning races is worth the change to boost alone.  More importantly for us Canadians, the car will be build at Multimatic.

 

For the V8 fan there is still this.  Fords “affordable” track car.  Built to compete with the Camaro Z28 it brings big brakes, magnetic ride, big aero, big motor, wide tires and Recaros.

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We’re still BMW fanboys here.  The F30 is in white is about as good as a midsize sports sedan can get.

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If not for the Ford GT, the Pagani Huayra is THE car to see.  The raw carbon body, intricate interior, intensely detailed engine bay is at the top of the hypercar world.

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We could have spent the entire day looking at the details of the Huayra and still would not have caught them all.

 

The LaFerrari was suprisingly lackluster in person.  It seemed to lack presence the Macca has.

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In my books no other company has a more competitive and comprehensive racing history than Toyota.  WRC, Le Mans, F1, Super GT, Indycars, NASCAR, Dakar amoung others.  The TS040 was a small electrical fire away from winning  Le Mans.  The fight with Porsche, Audi, and Nissan this year should be EPIC.

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The Lexus RF-C in GT3 trim.  We should see this in WEC and USCR in 2016-17 hopefully.

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More pics from the CIAS shortly.

 

Scraped Crusaders at Money Gang: Winter Builds Part 1

The weather is cold. It’s actually fucking freezing here. Across the street from my destination, the armpit of Southern Oshawa (a bar called the Down Omer) is almost vacant; Nothing surprising at 3 O’clock on a Thursday.  Sandwiched between a 24 hour Mac’s Milk gas station and a privately owned drab Office Supplies Depot, you will find GT Custom Exhaust. A shop ran by Michael Catell and one of the main reasons the Money Gang Drift Team actually exists. Every one of the team members’ cars have been here at some point for one reason or another, and the shops casual yet busy environment makes it easy to drop in and say a quick hello. It’s here that I found a spare fifteen minutes of down time near the end of the day and some new film rolls to talk to Mike one on one to see what he’s been up to.

MIKE CATELL:

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Devo: Hey Mike, whats up?
Mike: Just on Tinder right now.
Devo: Whats going on with your car?
Mike: Getting a single turbo setup for Marin’s new LS.

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Devo: Is it hard to do?
Mike: Yes it is very challenging
Devo: How so?
Mike: The motors not made to be there, and now it is. They don’t sell a kit for this car. You have to make everything fit.


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How long have you had the shop?
Mike: Two years in February. I’ve been doing this kind of stuff for five.
Devo: Whats going on with the FC?
Mike: The FC is on the back burner right now
Devo: Why’s that?
Mike: Bills to pay my dude
Devo: What are your plans for it?
Mike: Just making the car that I’ve always wanted. Build a car that I’ve always wanted to build; 1jz and a sentimental chassis. I’ve always wanted a JDM influenced slammed and stylish car thats fun. Not necessarily a race car, but a fun car. I want to be able to drive this thing every day; i like to admire my work. Its me. My car is me. Its the most accurate representation of who I am.

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I’m half way through my first roll of film and have no clue how it’s going. It’s Monday evening and the daylight is already almost gone by the time I get to Kristoff and Steve’s place. Steve is at the shop, and Kristoff is working away in the garage on his E36; The car looks like its in a million pieces.

 

Devo: Hey dude whats going on?
Kristoff: I literally just said that I need to go get food
Devo: What are you doing with your car right now?
Kristoff: Sanding, prepping for paint, disassembling subframes… basically getting in over my head with no plan. A friend of mine just outside of Chicago named Chaz Edwards from Nerptech is making me some control arms and tie rods and tie relocation blocks to push the front track width out and get lots of angle.
Devo: What were some issues last year that you’re taking care of?
Kristoff: On the 17s I had clearance issues in the front with bone stock steering lock; no spacers, rack spacers or anything. The original plan was to just go for E46 stuff for the added track width and a little bit of extra steering lock, but then I started talking to Chaz and he offered me a deal I couldn’t resist. I don’t know, the thing with the steering mods; I felt I was already driving past the max potential of the stock BMW. Sure, I could have gone with more casual modifications like rack spacers as opposed to the full angle kit, but Chaz’s kit is super solid and the chance to get my hands on it was definitely an opportunity i wanted to pass up. It’s all stuff I wanted to get in the future anyway.

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Devo: Why are you painting your car?
Kristoff: Team swag. Hahaha. I just want the car to look good for competitions; I want to do a lot of CSCS (Canadian Sport Compact Series) next season and don’t want to go in with a car that has 20 year old paint and dings. Repping the Money Gang well is important to me, maybe i’ll even attract some sponsors and other supporters. It was a group decision, so yeah. We’re all painting our cars grey so that’s a major factor.
Devo: How do you think your first year went?
Kristoff: i think it went pretty well. Everything I set out to do more or less in terms of personal driving accomplishments I got done and then some. Yeah, I think it was a super successful year to me and I enjoyed it.
Devo: Yeah your cars still here so..
Kristoff: Yeah, that too, the cars still here so yeah. I gave myself different goals each event to work on, and I made sure I got them done. Linking certain sections, trying different setups and learning to tandem are all super cool things I got done this year. I also hit the wall once or twice (the good way) and was still able to drive my car to work the next day. So that’s cool.
Devo: Any advice for beginners wanting to get their feet wet?
Kristoff: Buy an E36.

STEVE VAN SLUEWEN:

Steve’s E30 both inspired and pissed off many enthusiasts last year with its total makeover and transformation into a drift car. It sparked tons of interest and controversy all over the internet. After killing the Canadian Sport Compact Series Drift competition, his sights set on US Drift. I decided to meet Steve at Mitchy’s Speed Shop in the middle of fucking nowhere to check in on his progress in caging his new 2015 chassis: A BMW E46.

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Devo: What made you decide to ditch the E30 and move onto the E46?
Steve: Uh, a ton of reasons but mostly the ability to be able to run more tire in the back, and E46s have a superior suspension design for more rear grip.

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Devo: Whats been going on with the car since we saw it last?
Steve: I’ve bee in the lame process of stripping and caging it.

 

Devo: Where’d you get it caged?
Steve: Mitchyspeedshop. North of Mosport in a super tiny town in the middle of nowhere called Burketon
Devo: That’s pretty out of the way
Steve: Originally I was thinking of doing it myself but it wasn’t feasible with my budget. Mitch offered to Help me out and support my 2015 program and do my cage, and I’ve seen his work before with tubs and tube work so I knew he did good work.
Devo: Are you pleased with how it turned out?
Steve: Yeah above and beyond. The way it turned out, I wouldn’t have done it on my own. Incredible welding, and he was super smart with how he placed the pipe. The cage is so tight to the roof that the halo is welded to the roof, and the main hoop is so tight we had to remove sunroof structure. He listened to everything I wanted and did it super well and with ease.

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Mike, Kristoff and Steve form part one of our look at Money Gang,  Marin, Mitch and myself coming up in part two.