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Boonies Bash 2014

With the festivities of Eurokracy taking over the entire Canada Day weekend, we were unfortunately unable to make it to Boonies Bash 2014 at Shonnonville. Luckily our friend Lucas from FTN Auto was able to capture the sights and sounds.  We’re posting pics of 3 of our good friends.  Steve Van Sluewen’s E30, Mike Catell’s FC and Kristoff Hemet’s E36.

More pics can be found here: FTN Auto Boonies Bash.

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Great Weekend, Hopefully the First of Many.

Saturday:
My 540i was purchased with a full custom exhaust.  For whatever the previous owner though 2 Cherrybomb glasspacks would have a great muffler.  They do not.  They’re rusted and unsightly. So I did what any guy would do and went full straight pipe (cats are still there though).  A quick stop at GT Custom and she was done.  I’ve always wanted a turbo, so I can let that BOV go off at every opportunity.  A few seconds after driving around in the straight piped 540i, I’m now about that V8 life.

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T his is Bronson’s car not my B34TER.  Chris’ OZ were test fitted for shits and giggles.  Giggles turned into bonarz.  Also shown is a LS, 5spd swapped Belair…glorious.

Sunday:
We always make it out to Spring Fling.  I feel the show is out growing its Hansa Haus location.  The lot filled up way earlier than it usually does.  And with most of our guys showing up late, they were forced to the grass behind the building.  :(

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Pfaff Tuning’s 911 Targa.  I LOVE the basket handle.  Classic 911 on Fuchs in bright red.  There are few greater combinations.

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Scott’s M135.  We’ll be needing a wide angle lens to shoot this thing in the future ;)

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FITTED 2014 via Gill

We have two commitments in Canada FITTED and Eurokracy.  These are the two events that we attend no ifs, ands or buts.  Now on its 5th year, the show decided to ramp up the quality over quantity.  I can’t remember another show in Toronto where the competing cars were of this caliber

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Scraped.Crusaders. Favourite Ride at Fitted Lifestyle presented by Broadway Static Suspension

After much deliberation we chose the W114 owned by the mustachioed Richard C. We didn’t have certain criteria to go by. We didn’t hold prejudices against Euro, Domestic or Japanese rides. We simply chose the car that we loved, that had that je ne sais quoi.

An Old Merc, bagged on RSs coloured matched to an awesome cream interior. Finished off with blue centre caps. It’s not an extensive build. But its a build that was built with all the correct choices.

Bravo, Richard.

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I’ve always preferred static over air but with the first 5 rides pictures, i can’t help but love air.   Johnathan Prem’s Best of how winning 240sx.


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Continuing the bagged coupe theme is this awesome RX-7.

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Scott had a bagged white E46 M3 last year.  He now owns THE most unassuming 450hp+ car I’ve ever seen.  This is phase 1 for his 135.

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Tyler Griffin’s freshly redoine Corrado.  Fresh as in, out of paint and final assembly being complete mere hours before the drive to FITTED.

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A Y O G R L.

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Mark’s freshly painted and Beebed S2k.

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I didn’t spend too much time outdoors as I haven’t adjusted to the warm weather yet.  However there were some great example of cars that could had easily been displayed indoors.  Including that EF civic, the Teknotik EVO and Jay’s 2.7TT swapped B6 Audi.

 

Fitted 2014

There are 3 shows we never miss.  Eurokracy, H2Oi and Fitted.   We do everything that was can to help Dave put on a great show.  We will once again have a booth setup with stickers and tees on offering.  Geoff’s A4 will be featured in our booth. We are also hoping to get a few more cars into the indoor venue  The venue will take place at the Brampton Fairgrounds, and it is booth indoors and outdoors. The indoor section will be offered to the chosen and is much bigger than last year.  The registration and selection process are already underway.  LINK.

There were some complaints about the gravel last year.  However with the indoor section being that much larger this year, if your car is good enough to be inside, it probably will be.

Show info.

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“FITTED™ is an aspirational event created originally in 2010 to promote, foster, and expand the Automotive Lifestyle community. Over the span of five years, we have successfully hosted and expanded our event to converge all cross-cultural elements which this audience prescribes to. FITTED™ is not just a car show. It is a community built upon custom-crafted awards, unique activities, giveaways, sport, fashion, positive relationships, and most importantly, fun! As enthusiasts, we understand and live the lifestyle not from outside the culture but amongst you, our peers. We look forward to bringing you another successful year and thank you for your interest in FITTED™!”

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Doing the Splits

I’ve decided to run a front splitter on the B34TER.  And I managed to convince Mauncho to do the same on his E36.  It was easy, it took one text.   Now that that decision is made, we need to figure out how to actually building them.

We’ve chosen to go with the popular grassroots option of plywood.   Before you consider that to be ghetto fab or doing it wrong.  I assure you, any track day or time attack event will have a multitude of amateur and semi-professionally prepared vehicles sporting plywood splitters.

This Evo for example sports a great wood splitter.  DIY thread link.

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Birch wood provides the right combination of flexibility, rigidity, and strength.  It is also very cost effective as it can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowe’s.  If money is no object, you have the options to use carbon fiber, alumilite or Tegris (NASCAR splitters).  Slightly cheaper options include ABS plastic. For our purpose, of providing mostly aesthetics and the possibility of some track time, the use of plywood made sense.  Moreover, the addition of a splitter could improve your mileage.  Hence I’ve dumped the idea of canards attached to the bumper.  Instead I will have canards/winglets on the splitter near the sides to direct the air around the car. Repeated layers of urethane and sanding and a couple of coats of paint, will yield a finish on the plywood that will be very close if not identical to painted plastic.  Considering the cheap cost of plywood and urethane, I was slightly surprised by the cost of splitter supports.  The shock type supports seem to have extremely huge markups on ebay.  $60-80 a pair? No thanks.  I think a look through a McMaster-Carr catalogue will yield alternative solutions. I’ve also seen the use of steel cable and fittings used. We might have to resort to this if cheaper supports are not found. Since the e36 and e34 have relatively square bumpers.  I’m fairly certain both cars will have identically shaped splitters. Supports and bolt location will undoubtedly change however the templete used to cut out the splitter will hopefully be applied to both.  Allowing us to easily build a replacement splitter once they wear down.  And wear down, they undoubtedly will. Amir’s red E36 posted by Stanceworks has a great splitter design.  And it is one we will lend cues from.  It does not appear to be made of plywood but I digress.

Stanceworks Source.

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Mike’s taken his time to do things right.  It looks like his Subaru powered Ghia is really close to ticking over for the first time.  Fingers crossed.


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