Category Archives: Events

Mauncho Does The Strip

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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.

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Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine BBQ

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I think this was the first time I’ve seen a twin-turbo’d Gallardo.  Puffs of smoke are a good thing, right?

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Matt and Geoff’s Grandmother was very pleased with the show as well.   Here she is checking out an R8.

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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.

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PFaff Tuning also had cars displayed indoors.  Including Erik’s Saab and Jimmy’s M3.

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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.

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H2Oi 2014 – Arrival

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VAGKraft 2014 via Gill

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VAGKraft 2014.  Every year I go to take photos.  I end up taking way more photos of non VAG cars than the name would suggest.  Luckily, Geoff will be able to cover the rest.

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I can’t pass up a photo with a Quattro, even if its stock.

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When Porsche and Audi, get into bed together.  One of the best wagons of all time.  the RS2.

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Nothing gets me giddy like a vintage Porsche.  The sights and sounds of aircooled perfection. I heard this 930 Turbo from 3-4 rows over and had to have a closer look.  The 964/930 bubble is quickly expanding, prices are really inflated, hopefully I’ll be there ready in a few years to catch one once that bubble bursts.

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I love the turbo arches, but the standard narrow body tickles my fancy too.  Dymer’s 911 is still my favourite local P Car.  It comes down to the narrow body, RS IROC (I think) bumper, t-tray wing, and dialled in stance.  I can’t see anything apart from paint, that I would want to change.  It really is the car I want.

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From Stuttgart to Munich.  Since I can’t afford a Porsche right now.  Most of my current attention is swung towards BMWs.   RWD, stick, and Euro.  What’s not to like?
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There’s more to like when its bagged.   Carm’s E30, which won the BMW category.

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The German Miata.

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The Transporter.  Alpinas are the go to wheels for the E38.

Back to Stuttgart.  Mercs are just that slightly bit more luxury oriented than BMW.  Probably why I don’t like them as much.  If only they offered more manual options in the late 80s, early 90s.  But for bombing down the autobahn, I’d choose no other.

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Manolo’s 3rd place 450SEL.  They look MONEY on the Schmidts.  One more pic below.

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If I sold drugs in the 80’s, this would be my car.  W126 with a full Keonig kit.

 

Avk4nd this would have been my “business meeting” car.

VAGKraft usually has a handful of Japanese cars.  That wasn’t the case this year.  I did find this Civic in the lot.  More coverage soon.

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CSCS August 11th

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CSCS,  show and shine, time attack and drifting.  There are no other events locally that combine these three things.  As a person who’s attention span is very very limited ,the multiple aspects to the show are welcome.  It’s hard not to be a fan of time attack and drifting when they are witnessed in person.  Even if the cars and brands aren’t up to your fanboy code.  I’m not exactly a fan of Hondas but I can watch them thrash around the track for hours.

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I rolled to the show with Adrian.  The lack of VWs was obvious.  I still don’t understand why the VW crowd does not show up.  Even the biggest of VW, rear beam fan boys, Adrian had a good time.  The main reason we went was to see Steve skid in the Scraped Crusaders X Swang Bang Money Gang E30. I don’t want to stroke his ego, but for a guy that’s only been drifting on the track for less than a year, he’s doing incredibly well.

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As a Subie fanboy, Riley’s Impreza ticks all the right boxes.  RWD and 500hp?  Yes, please.

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Dylan Sharpe was killing it all day.  Not surprised he was able to win.  More impressive, is that he drove it home afterwards.

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Kitted S13s, make me rethink me car choice constantly.

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Jover’s AE before punting Steve’s car.  Though, the damage to the Corolla was minimal.

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Innovative Tuning had my two favourite cars of the day.  Their LS3 swapped E46 M3 drift car. Purists aside, this thing is awesome.

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Their Impreza time attack car was my other favourite.  At 20 years old. this GC shouldn’t be as competitive as it is.  Watching it slide and power its  way sideways out of corners made my day.

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As an amateur photographer the intricacies of camera settings still confuse me.  So, the photos are limited to mostly the pit lane variety.   That does allow me to get way closer to the machinery, so I’ll have to view it as a plus.   Especially regarding the time attack cars.  I prefer to shoot a closer view of the aero bits, allowing me to watch the racing action without bothering with photos.

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Porsche 944, which the track announcer confused for a 928.

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Mazda’s version of the 944, the FC….bro.

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It must feel awesome when your 150hp, 1500lbs fwd Suzuki Swift is able to overtake a McLaren MP4.

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I was only able to grab a few photos of the show and shine cars.  A lot of the cars were too Dark Knights (old Toronto rice scene car show) for me.  While I appreciate craftsmanship.  I don’t appreciate the terrible taste that goes with some of them.  I don’t have to like your car because you spent money on body work.  Ugly is ugly.

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The complete opposite of ugly is this Z.

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Mike’s crazy eyed FC.  Mismatched wheels never looked so good.

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Veilside?  Brings back memories of videos I used to download off Scour/Kazaa/Limewire.   The season finale it scheduled for September 21.  Unfortunately,  I’ll have to miss it as we’re driving to H20i.

Eurokracy 2014 via Geoff

After a long delay.  We’ve been able to catch up on some Eurokracy photos we failed to post. These pics, come courtesy of Geoff.

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Polish on black.  We planned on having Bronson’s E34 here as well but he was too busy ripping up and down the strip.  So we stuck with Scott’s M135i and Chris’ Mk5.

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@mandi_mkvi ‘s MkIV.    I should make more of an effort to remember people by their actual names, than their Instagram tags.  #firstworldproblems

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Yet again, Stance Culture was holding it down with the best booth of the event.  Nice clean and black, with black casting couches.  ;)

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Manolo = bags. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in a car without bags.  I remind myself of this car whenever I complain about gas.  Automotic, 4.5L v8, and nearly 5000lbs.

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As much as I like white and clack cars.  I feel red with gold wheels is the best combo.

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Love the fender work.  Its really wide yet its still subtle.

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The guys in the LowLevel crew are insane.  That S2K on Quebec roads should not be able to mix.  Yet they find a way, even to travel to Toronto for FITTED.

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I have a long distance love hate relationship with Corrados.  Such an awesome looking are,  yet so much wasted as it lacks RWD or AWD.  Its a coulda woulda shoulda situation.

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VIP x USDM X Euro.  The Passat CC is a car we need to see more often.

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Euronited 2014

Tucked away at the Bradley Museum in Mississauga, Euronited put on a pretty good show this past Sunday. Luckily I had enough time to grab pics, grab lunch and get back in time for the World Cup.

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Oskar’s S4.  Bagged on CCWs with a full interior done by InsideJob Upholstery.  I’m on the fence about the heckbelende though, I haven’t decided if I like it or not.

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Erik’s awesome SAAB 9-3. A damn shame, Saab, isn’t around anymore.

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Not often do we post MK3s, but I think for this one, we can make an exception.

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I assure you, there is a MK4 in this image.

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Now on to the important stuff.  The 4 (not including mine) E34’s that showed up.  First is this Japanese Import Aplina B10 3.5.  The owner, seen above, bought the car from BC with a little over 86K in 2010 and drove it back through the US.  He’s swiftly put on 26K in the time since.

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Few cars look good in retro graphics.  All of the Alpina stuff is timeless.  The same goes for their wheels.

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How does a 25 year old cloth interior look so good?  Cloth Alpina Recaros are the unicorm E34 seats,  god damn, they’re gorgeous.

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The full AC Schnitzer kit is actually nice when all the parts are fitted and not broken.  I wish I had this entire bumper rather than just the top half of it.  Even the retro side panelling is nice.  So, period correct.

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This early M5 was fresh off a track day.  The front track tires were completely worn and the rear 888s weren’t any better.  The owner also indicated some boost might be in the near future.

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Lastly, this E34 touring.  I had no idea it was even there.  I was just able to snap a few shots as he left.

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I LOVE Yas Marina Blue.  And I love the M4s more, knowing they’re underating the horsepower.   The 425HP F82 actually makes 460hp at the crank.

 

June Jitter Bug via. Tylyr Lenc

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This was my first time attending June Jitterbug but I can tell you this definitely will not be my last. The warm sunny weather, The drive up on the highway littered with slammed dubs and even parking in Firemens park. Everything was perfect. There were a lot of quality cars there that caught my attention. Between being distracted by staring at cars, talking to the owners and walking around with friends I managed to take some photos every now and then. After all, there is nothing better than everyone getting together enjoying what we all enjoy most.

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Scraped.Crusaders. X Eurokracy Kruise 2014 via Preet.

The Kruise was much less hands on this year.  Last year we tried to handle it with an iron clad schedule and wound up taking a detour anyways.  This year was much more relaxed.  The Kruise was more enjoyable.  The gorgeous weather contributed greatly.   While I was able to borrow Sam’s MK5 I quickly realized, I missed my Subaru or at least having my own car.  The trip took around 5 hours with only one hiccup (below).

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Mauricio’s top 100 show and shine entrant MK2.

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Hiccup:  @thatbaggedtdi ran into a slight rear tire wear issue.  Crazy camber and toe will do that to you.  Luckily we all made it to Montreal with no blowouts.


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Jay’s 2.7TT swapped B6 A4.  Sounded exactly like a low flying plane.  Which is to say annoying as hell when you’re driving beside it.

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While we had great fun on the Kruise, the photos didn’t turn out as well as I had liked.  The few shots I DID take ended up blurry. Luckily Preet was there to tighten the slack.


Eurokracy 2014 via Gill and Preet

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This is Canada’s Premier car show.  Let alone European car show.  We’ve been attending Eurokracy since it’s inception and have been shown open arms by the organizers Rick, Sergio and Jesse.   We definitely feel part of the Eurokracy family.  So much so, they allowed us to present our award for our favourite ride on stage.  While my time with the mic was botched by stage fright, perhaps I should have prepared some words before hand.  We ended up awarding this 1.8T swapped MK1 below.  It was super clean with an amazing swap.  It just felt right picking a Mk1 too.  The severe heat limited the number of photos we have.  The shade of our tent was very very compelling.

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Sharing the stage with Sam Dobbins and his epic food saver.

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993, with  Ruf front and rear bumpers.  The Porsche fanboy within tells me this was the coolest car at the show.

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When BagRiders bring up their own E92, you know you’re in for a great show.  You hear about the LibertyWalk Auto kit as now bring played out.   When is the last time you’ve seen one in person?  They are an impressive piece of kit.  Just because you see them online does not mean the work going into one should be downplayed.

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Bronson’s 540i ripping up the track.  Definitely one of the better sounding cars of the day. The best time I believe was a 15.4, not bad for a 3800~ lbs luxary yacht with an open diff and blown suspension.

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Chris’ Mk5, newly christened with OZ Futuras.

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Redbull gives you wings.  Seems like a little too much though.  #redbullhigh