Category Archives: Ford

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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