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Money Gang Steve – Early in the Build

Go big or go home.   In somewhat contrast to our last article, Getting lost in the Build, we take our first look at Stephen Van Sleuwen’s extensive E46 drift build.  The difference with Steve, is that we know he’s well within his capabilities, and he’ll have a complete car for this summer.  If not, the E30 still drives.   This 4 door E46 will be the chassis for his foray into the USDrift circuit, having previously campaigned his E30 in CSCS drifting competitions, he’s taking a big dive into semi-pro drifting..  When Steve decides to do something he really gets into it.  We originally thought drifitng the showcar E30 was just a cool weekend warrior venture.  It’s quickly turned into a full fledged deal with a trailer, truck (Yukon xl),  some sponsors and a part time crew of Danny, Kristoff, Mike and Nick.

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The project is only a few weeks old.  It’s just passed the strip down stage.  A LOOOT of metal and glass has been jettisoned for tube front and rear end and lexan.  Doors, hood and rear trunk now consist of just their metal skins.  As its a totally new chassis only a few part were able to swap over from the E30, this include the carbon fiber Megan Racing wing and the eBay special universal flares.   Filling those flares will be Cosmis Racing wheels, who’ve come aboard for the drift season.

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If you’re going semi-pro, you’ve got to look the part.  Therefore proprietary skirts are currently in development.  Note these are v0.1 mockup skirts.  More info on these will be made available in the near future.  As of now I can say plans for E46 skirts for the sedan and coupe are in full swing with E30 and E36 versions in the pipeline.

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It’s not a drift car without the doors shaved and lanyard door pulls.

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Drifitng is all about function over form.  Gone are the BMW gauges in with the VDO replacements.

 

The car sat at Steve’s shop on some jack stands.  Thus we were not able to move it around.  We will we try to get some more pics within the next few weeks to show the development of this ride.  The only things i can reveal so far is that he is currently looking for more sponsors and the BMW lump is out, will it make way for something else? JDM, German, domestic?  Italian?? Or will it go back in with some upgrades?

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Much to the chagrin of this guy, the old E30 risers were ditched for these more sweptback uprights.  They were a hit on instagram, so we know the angle is right.

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To offset the CF wing, you also need CF mirrors of course.   This was our first look at the Money Gang Drift Team’s E46.  We will have a few more updates through the winter to show the cars development.  Also more info on the side skirts and engine choice will be available soon.  If you want to get involved in this team as a sponsor or in some other capacity.  Please feel free to contact Stephen at stephen.vansleuwen@gmail.com or on instagram at @moneygangsteve.

SWANG BANG MONEY GANG.  //

 

 

Getting Lost in the Build

You’ve just done your first drift day. You’ve had a great day and spent a lot of time setting up a mild tune in your early-mid 90s Nissan, Toyota, BMW or whatever. You got yourself some good-ass coilovers, some extra wheels, a track oriented alignment and a bunch of tires with similar compounds–the whatever’s free or cheap compound. Engine mods are minimal because you want to learn how to move the weight of the car; you’re doing everything right. Learning how the track and your modestly setup car fit together. You start to get a hang of the racing line, braking zones, and even ramped up some cool entry speeds in there.  At the end of the day, your car is one piece (mostly), you’re looking at several tires you’ve just murdered, you can’t get the shit-eating grin off your face, and you’re hooked. You’ve just completed your first successful  drift day.

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The next logical step would be to continue to drive this car and replace parts as they break, or as they need to be upgraded. E.g “My car rolls too much around that corner. I am going to do some research and possibly buy sway bars to prevent body roll.” Doing this after every track experience is bound to create a nicely balanced track setup. Unfortunately, here is where a lot of new drivers get confused – Maybe its the product of constantly searching and reading epic builds, telling tales of unheard of engine swaps, and tubes; maybe they just like fabrication and problem solving- nonetheless, said driver will now take his or her car off the road to “build” it.  In theory and with moderation, there is nothing wrong with that; after all, in places like Ontario we get five months of winter to build our daily/track toys. This can be a benefit as it gives us the opportunity to completely rip a car apart and worry about putting it back together later on–we can pick away at it.  During this time, it would be appropriate to tie up some ends that went loose at the end of the season. Things like worn ball joints, brakes, bent inner/outer tie rod ends, replacing multilinks, and bushings are all things that are usually addressed; especially in a beginner’s track toy.

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What I have been noticing more and more, though, are beginners who have driven one or two track days (if that) and then proceeding to take their cars off the road for ‘pro-like builds’. People driving one or two drift days, getting the hang of it, and instantly getting a roll cage, truck and trailer and pulling the car’s plates for tubs and a crazy swap with a huge turbo (or LS v8). They skip the whole process. They will usually document it, showing off to all their peers about their fully customized powder coated and reinforced sub frames, decked out with SPL and PBM parts (or another manufacturers equivalent), stating they only spend money on the best of the best- doing it right.

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I haven’t been around drifting much, but what I noticed even before I got my car was the consumerism of the build has started to take away from the actual driving experience. It has gotten to a point where people who have never even driven at a track are going around buying rolling shell 240s and spending all of their time and money building a complete monster that drivers with more experience would have trouble actually driving to its full potential; this is wrong. This is not how you enjoy a car. This is however, a great way to ruin a lot of hard work.

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Personally, there is no time I resent my car more than when I am working on it. There is no enjoyment in ruining whatever clothes you are wearing, working on the ground of a cold-as-balls garage (if you’re even privileged enough to have access to one) to install a set of rear upper control arms or something like that. I only ever do stuff like that because I need to upgrade or replace it, and as I said earlier that’s the way it should be: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. A car should be upgraded as a driver grows. A driver that is more advanced than a car is always cooler to watch than a car that is more advanced than the driver. There needs to be a seat-time to build-time ratio taken into consideration when taking up these projects. A car owner will never have as much fun building a car than they will beating the hell out of it. Cars are meant to be driven. #drivingnotbuilding

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Written: Devaughn Dunbar @devocat
Edited: Ronnie Fung  @ronniefung
Photo: Lucas Stanois – flickr.com/lucasstanois  @lucasstanois

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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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.
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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.
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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!

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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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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.