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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
Eurokracy via Geoff

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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.
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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 – 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.

My Week in OCMD.

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This year we decided to stay an entire week at Ocean City.  It was well worth it.  The extra days were awesome as H20i actually felt like a vacation for once.  The house we stayed at sucked though.  I swear my stuffed nose was from mold.  No big deal, most of the time was spent mobbin up and down the strip, even before the crowds showed up on Thursday.  I went through AT LEAST a full tank while on the strip.  500-600kms+ up and down coastal.  Got damn.

By the time the weekend rolled around I had managed to pick up a nail on my front left tire.  It wasn’t leaking air, so I thought its better if I just leave it alone.  Pulling up to the Outkasts meet, it proved otherwise.  The nail popped out.  Quick call to Dan and he was there with a jack.  We did need some spare wood to get the car up though.  With the flat tire in hand we went to a local shop to get it patched. These two beauts were outside.

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The Wagon GTG was hands down the most subdued meet of the week.  It was also made up of about 90% wagons which is nice.  Ussually a meet means, 10-15 apt cars then 50 random cars.

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Taphouse was bangin all week.  Didn’t matter the time or weather.  It was packed.  Im not even sure whats meets were there.  We just showed up.

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Governors Club meet.  It was held on the morning of the actual show.  Tbh, I didn’t even know it was going down, we just stopped at the convention centre because there was a pretty big crowd.

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Left overs.  Randoms snaps from the week.

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Golden Showers.

IMG_4026 We were able to set up a few shoot with Matt over the week.  This was our first one.  Think it’s safe to say we started with the best. Us – “You sure you want to do this?” Anthony – “Ya” Us – “You should probably put your windows up” Anthony – “they don’t go up” Not verbatim, but that’s pretty much how we prepared for the fountain shots.  Sometimes you just do what you have to, to get that shot.  Glad Matt was there, as I forgot to take photos of this.

It’s a rarity for myself to be this attracted to old VAG content at H20i.  It’s dat character.  We’re glad to have met you Anthony, see you next year.   IMG_3962IMG_3960

 

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I don’t always like VWs but when I do, they’re 2 instagram queens.  @farklefitment’s green hatch and @corrrrrrigan’s red one.

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@ladeedubxo’s bagged City Golf.  Followed by the rest of my limited VW content.

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Sean Murphy’s Mk3.  The Stay Strong booth, helped raise funds for Sean who’s rehabilitating from a spinal cord injury.  More info.

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Fairly certain these are my old beebs.   Patented chipping paintjob and all.  Almost wish I kept them.

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Now on to the cool cars ;).  My favourite car was this M3.  No crazy ruined fender fitment, just a nice low stance.  Perfect.

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E39… B======D

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Inaugural Scraped.Crusaders. X Eurokracy Kruise

Our Kruise to Eurokracy had a few hiccups, but overall it was a success.  And will definitely be on the cards again next year.  As per usual, I forgot to make the most of it and did not take as many photos as I would have liked.

From the Trenton ONRoute.  We filled up the ONRoute RV parking area by accident.

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Scott (bagged e46) and his bagged buddies (R32 and FR-S, above)

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Dave, the man behind Stanceiseverything.com brought his Mazda3 and Blaire Taylor and the Taylor’d Customs A4.

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Jay’s car is dumb.  I’ve never driven a car that scrapes more subframe than this thing.  How his car wasn’t one of our vehicles to break down is beyond me (more on this later).  Dumber still, was our decision to pack 6 people in this car and have me drive to dinner.  4 drunk chicks in the back of a car seems like a fun time……no.   WORST BACK SEAT DRIVERS EVER.

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Jay, just get bags.

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Scott made it out to the Kruise all the way from London.  Man, I barely made it from Scarborough.

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My Subie wasn’t entirely out of place on our kruise.

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Mostly due to rain, I failed to provide further pics.  I do have this Instagram image from Tyler.  His Corrado hit a bridge connector with some consequences.  …..yes, it’s bagged. lol.  A quick CAA pitstop and he was back at Eurokracy for the event the next day.

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And our lineup at the hotel.  After a small detour thanks to Apple maps.  Fuck that app.  Avalon, Rob and Mauncho, Gill +1, Brian and Adrian, Talukah and Bronson, Matt+1, Jay+1, Matt, Geoff+1.  Later on joined by Dave+1, Steve, Mauricio, Dan+1 and Danny and Kristoff.  .  14 cars, 24 people strong for Eurokracy 2013.

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New Year, New Gig

Matt Berenz AKA Deathlens is now working at Pfaff Tuning as their web promotor.  These are some of the pics he’s taken in his first couple days.  Lucky duck. The Facebook pages he manages are Pfaff Tuning and McLaren Toronto.

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