Category Archives: Citroen

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.

Cars and Coffee 2014 Opener.

Cars and Coffee is underway.  They are now held once a month at Engineered Automotive’s shop. Siince I’ve moved to the west end, I like the new location much more :)  it also has the added benefit of allowing people to have a look into the shop floor.   Which turned out to be of much relief as the weather was chilly.  I knew we were in for it when we had those heat spurts early in the year.

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I think they like Porsches at EA.


What i love about C & Cs.  You can see a 2CV then a few Porsches then a Ford GT.

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You don’t see curves like this any more.

Hope to see you at the next one.  The first Sunday of every month!

WTCC Combatants

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Citroen has released video and images of their C-Elysee already.  Its now time for Honda and Chevrolet to show their cards.  Honda has gone with a Civic while Chevy has chosen the tried and tested Cruze.  It’s really a crap shoot picking a winner this year.  Can Chevy rely on last year’s dominance to carry through?  Can Honda build on last years solid campaign?  Or will Citroen come in and take advantage of the new rules?  I’ll wager with the later.  It’ll be a repeat of the WRC year with newcomer VW becoming the juggernaut.  The French squad has used the entire year as r & d while the other teams had to compete.  I’ll tap Muller for the title.

Found a video comparing the 2013 and 2014 spec Cruzes.  Major changes. Warning, music is terrible.

While on touring cars.  Honda has chosen to campaign a Civic wagon in the BTCC.  Coincidentally it has now become my favourite touring car for the 2014 season.  A turbo wagon racecar.  Yes on multiple levels.

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WTCC Testing

I’m liking these new Citroen WTCC cars more and more. Big wheels, big wing, big flares.  Our kind of recipe.  It really is looking like supertourers 2.0.   I’m not sure they’ll be as fast, as they are no where near sophisticated.  But it’s a definate step up from S2000 or NGTC spec.  Also what’s not to love about throwing sparks under braking?   I assume they’ll eliminate that eventually, its just awesome watching it now.  The glowing centre exhaust ain’t half bad either.

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The 2014 season if the World Trouing Car Championship is shaping up.    Citroen has announced a full 3 car factory team lead by NINE time WRC champ Sebastian Loeb.  He will pilot the new C-Elysee saloon car.

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Honda is currently the only other confirmed factory squad.  Lada are assumed to have a 2 car outfit with a new model introduced in 2015.  Subaru and Renault are considereing a factory team as well. The blue and gold NEEDS to be racing again.  It’s been too long.

The video also shows us the upgrades the new 2014 cars will receive.  The new cars are 100mm wider, increase wheel size to 18 from 17s., will allow more aero development and will allow a huge rear wing (parralell to roof height).  Unseen are the inclusion of Macpherson strut setups, flat floors, an increase in hp to 380hp (from ~320-330hp) and a shedding of 50 kilos.  I don’t think they’re as cool as the supertourers with modified suspension pickups, lowered engine mounts, trick differentials, trannies add electronics, dumped on 19s

Cars And Coffee: July 22nd

Geoff, Matt and I sucked it up and headed to Cars and Coffee yesterday morning at Bayview Village.  The turn out wasn’t the best tbh.  But it made up for it in quality.  Porsche 911, 928, 997 GT3RS, Ferrari 355, Jag E Type, swapped BMW E28, E30 M3s, Lotus Esprit, 7 and Exige, Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz AMGs. That’s all I can remember, there was more though.  We’ll most likely be heading back next week.

Super clean 911.   MMMMMMmmmmmm.
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Ferrari 355.  20 year old beaut.  Still sounds great.

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E-Type.  Series II?  Not sure.  Do know it’s not a Series I though.

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This is the same S54 swapped E28 that Matt shot for PBMW.

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Citroen Ami.

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This dude is winning at life.

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2013 Rally Mexico

So are we handing the title to Ogier already?  Jebus.  From one dominating Frenchman to another.    He leads heading into Day 2.  Fun Fact:  This is Ken Block’s only rally of the year.  He’s doing quite well.  For a guy that picked up rallying as a hobby late in his 30’s, to be even on the same page as a WRC regular is amazing.