Category Archives: Ford

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.

Canadian International Autoshow via Gill

Just got around to editing the few shots I took at the Autoshow.  Not often…or ever are the stars of the show from Ford.  The Ford GT and Mustang GT350R were by far the most noteworthy cars there.  One is a legit supercar built in Canada the other is a factory V8 track.  They both looked great in blue.

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I LOVE the new Miata.  I think it looks great, and its a huge step up fro the old NC.

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Wide?  Because frame rails.  It is what it is.  Drifting is all about angles.  There’s no cost effective way around this.

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There was also this Pagani thing, that Pfaff brought out.

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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.

 

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!

Megaspeed 2014 by Geoff

As Gill mentioned this event provides something for everyone; and we can certainly appreciate all Megaspeed had to offer, I even entertained the idea of trying to get my car there next year :)

Can’t argue with the rat rod look, it suits certain cars so well.

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Some of my favorites from the “tuner” section above.

Many of these old school builds put just about everything else to shame :(

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Megaspeed 2014

This was our first visit to a Megaspeed/Performance World show.  I felt it was a good kickoff to show season.  Though the chilly weather outside did nothing to agree. I did see some facebook statuses at the smaller show size this year.  However for new visitors like us, we did not notice such.  What we did notice was the nice mix of hot rods, muscle cars, drag cars, imports and tuner cars.

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Love me some Toyota VTEC.

The stance on this 300C was spot on.  And KJohn’s MazdaSpeed3 looked great with the flares and Boso exhaust.

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I heard Dreamworks’ Turbo movie was based on this car.
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Something tells me @hoowybrow won’t be needing that wax any time soon.  Natural patina at it finest.

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If you don’t have time for a natural patina, just paint it on. It was however very well done.

 

Impressive V8 Debut

The Clipsal 500 at Adelaide is a formidable race to make a series debut at.  The old guns of Holden and Ford are up for any challengers.  NIssan and Mercedes were easily dispelled in their first season last year.  I had figured Volvo S60 would be in the same boat this year, but after Race 2 at Adelaide the pecking order in V8 Supercars needs a shakeup.  Volvo has jumped to a podium finish.  Scott McLaughlin, the 20 yr old 2013 rookie of the year, had an epic fight with THE V8 Supercar hot shoe, Jamie Whincup and won out.  Is there a better looking touring car currently turning laps?  I don’t think so.

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Race 2 Highlights

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