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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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MONEY GANG Update.

Just a small update on the MONEY GANG E46. I stopped by at Steve’s shop to pick up my car. I needed to replace the alternator…..that died on the way to Niagara Falls.   I also stopped by at GT Custom Exhaust to say hello to Matt.

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Now that the E46 has wheels and suspension on it’s starting to feel like a car again, and not just a shell.  Albeit, there’s no motor and tranny in yet.

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The dash, gauges and quick release wheel start to bring the drivers cockpit together.  The metal JOES Racing steering wheel is definitely a step up from previous Grip Royal scene kids wheel.

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I think this was the first time the car has been rolled out of the shop.  Steve had to check if the car actually fit onto the trailer. While the car still is no where near completion its nice to be able to check things of the list.  Keeps motivation up.

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Like a glove.  Check trailer clearance off that list.  Although, since the fronts will be a bit wider with the Nerptech arms, the trailer wheel covers might have to be modified.

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BMW influence.   I think seeing Steve’s E30 all day for the last couple of summers made the guys next door buy this.  It has bits of Steve’s old arms and suspension.

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Over at GT Custom.  This awesome Miata was making all sorts of noise.   Hoping to grab more pics of this at CSCS this summer.

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Scraped Crusaders at Money Gang: Winter Builds Part 2

Part 2 of our look at MONEY GANG, with Marin, Mitch and myself.

Marin’s always been known as some sort of Zen drift character that people can’t get enough of. Ever since his killer 2012 CSCS season, where he literally cleaned up the competition, he’s made quite the name for himself. Not many have pushed the sport in Ontario as much as he does and has in the past. Saying goodbye to his not-so-trusty SR and going to a LS turbo is a huge change for him, so we dropped by to ask him a few questions about it.

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Devo: Why LS Turbo?
Marin: Want my honest answer? Because I wanted a 1 or 2j but I happened upon an engine in a shed covered in mud at my work and they let me have it for free. I had to turbo it because of the sponsorship and yeah. I’m sick of blowing up fucking SRs.

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Devo: How man SRs have you been through?
Marin: Right now i have three completely dead blocks and three fucked up heads. All different; I screwed up a lot of shit. Even if I tried combining the three, I can’t put together a full motor. There was always something wrong when I had an SR. If its not one thing, its another.
Devo: What are you doing visually to your car for next year? Your cars probably been three different colors in the last two years.
Marin: Right now I’m trying to mix every race car into one; I want it to look like a NASCAR, a group B car and a touring car. I just want to look different from everyone else. I dont see why it has to look like a traditional ‘drift car’. Why should a drift car look a certain way? I want it to look aggressive as fuck with wings and fins everywhere.

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Devo:  What are your hopes for this season?
Marin: I want to place top 3 in US drift or qualify for FD Canada and win my FD license. I’d like to do an FD event by next year. I want to get into pro 1 and fuck up Aasbo’s door or something. That would be cool.
Devo: Do you ever look back and reminisce about how far you’ve come as a driver?
Marin: I guess, I don’t know.  Yeah, when I think about it for a while it gets weird.  I don’t know, I started this a while ago.  I never ever imagined driving a car like this before. I never thought about having a V8 before, never mind V8 with a giant Garrett turbo. What’s fascinated me more than anything else is the sport; the sport has changed so much since I started, and that’s harder to accept and adapt to that than anything else. The thousand horsepower thing is pretty crazy.

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MITCH:

There’s always a story about Mitch. Everyone who knows him has a wild story about some crazy shit he’s done on a dirt bike, or in his car. I first met Mitch in high school when he had a straight piped Genesis on cut lowering springs. Back then he also had a tubed 5.0 Litre E30 race car that he built himself. After writing off both cars, he took a break from drifting and spent time on other ventures (dirtbiking, women etc). This year though, we managed to get him back into it. After working with Mike for a while and a pretty cool two day event (that famously was cut short when he met the wall), he decided to take some time to do more fabricating for his pals, which eventually led to the creation of Mitchy’s Speed Shop. I ventured over to the cold north to see whats up.

Devo: Most kids get into drifting with old BMWs or shitty Nissans…How did you end up with a 2011 Genesis as a drift car??
Mitch: Bought it with money I got from selling coke.

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Devo: For cereals?
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Oh for real. I had an FC Rx7 that I was planning to build as a drift car. Eventually I ended up acquiring one as a daily driver and after a track day with it (the FC) and a few weeks of driving the car on the streets I realized it was uncomfortable and too small for me; so I got rid of it and decided to go after a bigger chassis. I was after a gs300/400 as a new chassis when I came across this Genesis. It had 30000 km, was all original and was at a price that I just couldn’t pass up. So I jumped on it, stoked on having an absolutely rust free practically brand new chassis.
Devo: That’s sweet. how does it drive? what are your plans for it in the future.
MITCH: I stripped it, welded the diff and went out to drive TOPP Drift Hallowbash with it. Remarkably, it worked very well and felt very peppy for such a big car I felt right at home in it (till I got a little close too the wall haha) Next year I’m planning on keeping the factory 2.0L Turbo motor and Transmission.  The chassis will be completely caged, and since it’s such a new car there’s not many choices on angle/handling products so I will be working on developing and designing some suspension products for some better handling and extreme angle next year

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Devo: How is Mitchys Speed Shop coming along? What are some challenges you face in making cages and stuff for cars?
Mitch: It’s going very well! I’m super busy and am booked up for a few months. It was really fun being able to do an all out cage for Steve that he’s going too be travelling around with very often and showing off all around the States!

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Gill: Devo what have you done since the last season?
Devo: I noticed a ton of issues with the car last season, the most prominent being worn bushings. Daily driving a car with shot bushings really sucks, and at one point it was so bad that I could kick the back wheel and it would move. So I focused mostly on doing that, just solid bushings and new multilink all around to just tighten the chassis up. I dont really want more power, I dont see a need for it yet. I put a 248 cam in mostly for the cool Idle hahaha

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Gill: How long have you wanted to drift?
Devo: Honestly, when i first heard of drifting back in year 2000 when i was six years old, I thought it was the stupidest sport ever. I totally thought it was the most backwards waste of tire and resources to ever happen to anything, and thought sliding around a corner was wrong. As cliche as it sounds, It wasn’t until 2003 when I saw Fast and Furious 3 Tokyo Drift in theatres that I got stoked on it. I became obsessed after that; I remember I used to save up pennies and buy Modified Mag and other tuner magazines to read about cool drivers like Samuel Hubinette and drivers alike
Gill: Why an S14?
Devo: It’s a pretty sentimental car to me actually, I’ve always loved S14s. I remember when I was 6, walking to my aunts house and I happened across a Zenki S14 and I fell in love. I’m not really sure why, It’s a super hideous car; but I guess that’s where the beauty is. The owner let me sit in it, run through the gears and rev it and shit. I don’t know why he was so cool about it, but I fell in love with the car. Its my earliest memory of being around a true sports car, and from then on I decided that I needed to own one. I made it a personal goal to have one before I was 20. Its contradictory, almost paradoxical but I don’t know, I just love these ugly ass cars.

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Gill: What are your goals and ambitions for next season?
Devo: I would like to get good at it but its just a for fun thing. Personally i think once you get to a certain level, it sucks the fun out of it. Competing doesn’t seem fun to me, it just seems like a ton of stress and financial pain. And I am not about that shit.
Gill: What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into drifting?
Devo: Just do it. Everyone can come up with a bag of excuses as to why they can’t, but if I could get it done on 12 hours a week at Starbucks, anyone can. The sport is too fun to sit on the sidelines.


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That was our look at MONEY GANG DRIFT TEAM.  Enough pics of all these cars sitting around. Shannonville can’t come soon enough.

Year in Review 2014

We look back at some of our fondest memories of 2014 (in no particular order).  This year has been a bit of a lull for us.  A few of us moved further apart, new jobs, new cars, we just didn’t have our coverage up to par from years past.  We’ve made a few changes to get coverage quality up next year.  We did however hand out a few of our custom made awards.  It is very satisfying presenting awards at some of the biggest modified car event sin Canada.  As a social tool, we’ve used the site to garner new friends, and cement the relationships with friends we have in place already.  In that regard it has been our most successful year to date.  What’s the point of bolstering social media likes when you know none of these people where it matters?  ..in person. We look forward to further relationships with the people at Fitted Lifestyle, Eurokracy, Airsociety, Stanceiseverything, Ivy League East, Broadway Static, and Seven Automotive.  I sincerely apologize to anyone I forgot.

Our year started off by watching Steve and company slay some tires at TOPP Drift.  The crowd on the wall, gets VERY involved.
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We’ve been great friends with the boys over at FITTED Lifestyle since their second ever event 4-5 years ago.  Their event is more or less the season opener in Toronto, as well as being its biggest and IMO the best.  Its where most of the top tuner/show/stance cars come out of the winter sheds.  It was extra special for us, as we were able to present Richard with our Favourite Ride Award.  Its the first time we’ve handed out an award of our own at a big event.

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FITTED via Matt
FITTED via Gill

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More friends and awards at Eurokracy.  I may have botched my time with the mic at the Eurokracy award ceremony but just being up there was more than we’d ever expected.  The event is at a scale that is very hard to imagine.  There are so many cars,that walking around to see all of them was a tough ask.  Getting to the event is an adventure on its own.  As our Kruise was in full effect this year.

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Eurokracy Kruise via Preet
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Getting rid of the Subaru meant I needed new suspension on the BMW, and also Mauncho’s E36.  We called upon Broadway Static for some help.  So far its been a  great 3-4 months, with many more months ahead.  Hopefully next years update will include some RSs for me and Modenas for Mauncho.
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My first Lowrider show, was an eye opener.   The stance scene isn’t really know for its extensive builds.  While the tuner scene has some thorough builds, few if any are as comprehensive.  Polished suspension and engine components, engraved sub frames, metallic pinstripe paint jobs, etc.  I can’t think of any other car subculture that spends more effort into looking good.
Majestics BBQ.

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I was lucky enough to make it out to a handfull of CSCS events.   No other local event combines show and shines, judged showing, time attack, and drifting into one big experience.   The sound of 500+hp Imprezas and sideways E30s make the blistering heat more bearable.  Looking forward to more on track action in 2015.
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Who knew, we’d be a part of the inaugural Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine?  Matt asked us to create a custom award for the show, which we kindly obliged.  Geoff and Mauricio both had their cars in the show so it was decided the best option was to leave the judging to the staff at Pfaff as I’d be biased towards their cars.  Fortunately for Mauricio, they felt his car was best in show anyways.
Pfaff Tuning via Geoff.
Pfaff Tuning via Gill

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Another staple in our year is Vagkraft.  You can’t have a crew of mostly VWs without going to VK. Having moved to Brampton this year, the trek to VK was a short 10 mins.  If you’re a local VW fan, you need to be here every year.
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Berlin Klassik.   Apart from the long drive to Kitchener, BK turned out to be a very pleasurable show.  I think it on the cusp of overtaking VK as the go to Euro show in Ontario.  Certainly the BMW and Mercedes content overshadows that of VK.
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Berlin Klassik via Gill

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And the big one.  Our year has always been focused around the weekend of H2Oi.   The strip, the friends, the show or the time off from work add up to my favourite week of the year. Traffic definitely put a hamper on a few things but I now view H2Oi as the place I get to unwind and have a good time with friends.   Be it meeting up with friends of years past or make new friends. Regardless of the shenanigans, we’ll be at H20 2015.  We hope to see many of you there.  Happy new years!

H2Oi Arrival
H2Oi BMW Meet
H2Oi Leftovers
Mauncho does the strip

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H2Oi 2014 Leftovers

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The last few shots from our H20i trip consists of the multitude of visitors and random cars that came by 75th.   Most of whom stopped by to see Brian Arthus who seems to know everyone with a car in the U.S.   Including @farklefitment.

@blowin_bags’s A8L

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@jdmodz`s BestJDM winner at First Class Fitment

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I’m now a bit biased on big body black BMWs.

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Clean Impreza, stopped by for the views.

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Fellow feathered Canadian brethren stopped by too.

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H2Oi 2014 – BMW Meet

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After last years pretty successful E30/early BMW meet, we decided to replicate the meet but on a smaller scale.  It was now 5 series oriented, since Bron and I both drive one.  We had only planned on having 10-15 cars as we were both just looking to meet other e34 owners.  But it quickly grew on Instagram and we knew we were getting a bigger meet then initially planned. The plan was to hold the meet at the lot behind BJ’s restaurant.  However the owners were none too please.  So Rose’s seemed like the best alternative.  Predicably we were swiftly kicked out of there too. :(

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@see_trees, @patrickw5 and @saeed87    e34 Instagram brethren

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When I made it back to 75th after Rose’s our street was pretty packed with BMW.  I was told by Mauncho this was on the light side.  A few minutes earlier he was hard at work rerouting cars to Rose’s while dealing with the owner’s of BJs.  All in all, in was poorly planned on our part.

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@willem’s bagged M5 trailering an e30.

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Tetanus.

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Unfortunately, the meet was not how we had hoped.  We should have chosen a much bigger lot.  We also should have made a proper back up plan (other than Rose’s).  Let’s hope next year goe better.

The E34 Gets Broadway Static Equipped.

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Having ridden is an abundance of different suspensions setups, I came to realize its worth it to spend that little bit extra to purchase a better product.  Be it bouncy, harsh, too soft, or too stiff I am definitely not a fan of a poorly setup coilover system.  BC Racing was my previous choice on the Subaru.  While their product was great, I chose Broadway Static for their familiarity with BMW products and their willingness to work with us.

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You won’t be worried about the coils not going low enough.  If anything be prepared to be really slammed.   The before and after on the rear units.  I believe this is all the way up.  It ended up being a tad too low.  I’ll need a few more inches to be able to drive in the winter.  Luckily I was able to order just the rear lower mounts, with a little more adjustability.  Of course if I were in a warmer climate, this would not be needed.

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The E34 front suspenson design calls for the front spindles to be cut and welded to the Broadway Static unit (this is the case with all coilovers for the e34). Its a bit of a pain, but only BMW is to blame for that.  Dan was gracious enough to provide not only the garage space, but the welding skills to get the job done.  I rarely work on my own car as I lack to skills and confidence to complete most of the work.  However, I figured a coilover install was doable with the support of friends, beer and pizza.  All of which were plenty.  Dan, Dave, Geoff, Adrian, Talukah, Bronson, and Mauncho, thanks for the help!

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Here’s a great look at my dented rear quarter, missing side light, hole riddled bumper and replica Throwing stars.  Internet scene points, just took a huge hit.

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Cutting struts are above my pay grade and competency.  Dan and Talukah wielded the saws on that one.

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However, sitting and looking like I’m actually doing work, I have down pat.  Joking aside, it felt really rewarding installing my own coilovers. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.  It may not be an engine swap or turbo install, or something with a higher degree of difficulty, but the feeling of working on your own car was still rewarding.  Obviously, having friends who watch your every move, so you don’t hurt or kill yourself is a plus.

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Although I don’t know if that still counts after they are a few beers in.


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I wish I could explain this photo.

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Credit where it’s due.  Bronson’s car is definitely lower in the front.  To rake, or not to rake?

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Rolling the car onto the road, I realized the 100km trip back home from Dan’s house will be a cringefest.  Having not driven a lowered vehicle for around 8 months, there are many habits I developed that are not low car friendly.  I will say that driving a dumped Subaru is MUUUCCHH easier.  Oil pans and control arms were never a wear item on the Subaru.

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I’ve put on a little over 1000kms on the Broadways and I can say with confidence that the ride is fantastic.  I’ve set them to full stiff as I’m still weary of oil pan clearance.  Even at that setting its able to soak up many bumps and divots on the highway, and absorbs any imperfections I see on local roads.  Obviously, a really low coilover setup will not ride as soft as a stock setup.  But a great stiff ride can be just as comfortable.  It’s also girlfriend approved.  “I think it rides better than the Subaru”.  While Dave’s girlfriend says “comfy for a lowered car, especially of that age”.

 

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.

NextMod Mississauga X Scion Meet.

This was a last minute meet I heard about through Instagram. I checked the forecast to see if there would be rain, clears skies ahead they said.    So I made my way down to Mississauga, to meet Dave from Stanceiseverything.com.  Unfortuntely, it started to rain within 20 minutes of my arrival.  Back to Brampton I went.  I was only able to grab a few shots.

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Chris’ Rocket Bunny Scion is definitely one of my favourite Tra Kyoto builds.  The charcoal silver and black wheels work very wheel together.

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Navin’s Rocket Bunny FD.  Whats not to like about an RX-7?  I’m not sure any other car has aged as well is the FD.

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Mathew’s S14.  Cleanest S chassis around.  While I love S chassis that live the drift slut life a clean S is so damn refreshing.

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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.