Category Archives: Mazda

Topp Drift Throwback

The first Topp Drift event is coming up fast.  It’s scheduled for April 12th at Shannonville.  To get us in the mood for drifting again, we’re posting pics from an event last year.

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Steve’s E30 has been decommissioned for this season.  He’s moved on to an E46 chassis.  Link to his build, HERE.  And in order to  free up some needed funds the E30 was parted out.  The chassis still lingers, maybe we’ll see it out in the future.  As for Steve he probably won’t be sliding on the 12th, at least not in his own car.

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Danny is the only model we can afford.

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We’ve posted Mike’s car with the kit on before.  Sliding around sans kit and wheels you get to see how much of the car was really cut out.  Expect MANY changes from this car through out this season.

 

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I’ve always been a fan of zip tie stitches.


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And police car inspired liveries.

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Spotted in the wild.  One of the handful of clean S13’s in Ontario.  I had to be super fast to capture this moment.

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DONK,  To be honest, I’d probably drive that.

 

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The wall taps at the final corner was the spot to be for spectators.  There isn’t another place in Ontario where you can get this close to the cars. Unfortunately, there’s always an idiot that ruins it for the rest of us.  A huge wing and an overzealous fan almost resulted in  Ontario’s first hand amputation via carbon fibre.  We’re not allowed there any more.  Be safe, see you guys at Shannonville in April.

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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 1

The weather is cold. It’s actually fucking freezing here. Across the street from my destination, the armpit of Southern Oshawa (a bar called the Down Omer) is almost vacant; Nothing surprising at 3 O’clock on a Thursday.  Sandwiched between a 24 hour Mac’s Milk gas station and a privately owned drab Office Supplies Depot, you will find GT Custom Exhaust. A shop ran by Michael Catell and one of the main reasons the Money Gang Drift Team actually exists. Every one of the team members’ cars have been here at some point for one reason or another, and the shops casual yet busy environment makes it easy to drop in and say a quick hello. It’s here that I found a spare fifteen minutes of down time near the end of the day and some new film rolls to talk to Mike one on one to see what he’s been up to.

MIKE CATELL:

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Devo: Hey Mike, whats up?
Mike: Just on Tinder right now.
Devo: Whats going on with your car?
Mike: Getting a single turbo setup for Marin’s new LS.

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Devo: Is it hard to do?
Mike: Yes it is very challenging
Devo: How so?
Mike: The motors not made to be there, and now it is. They don’t sell a kit for this car. You have to make everything fit.


Devo: 
How long have you had the shop?
Mike: Two years in February. I’ve been doing this kind of stuff for five.
Devo: Whats going on with the FC?
Mike: The FC is on the back burner right now
Devo: Why’s that?
Mike: Bills to pay my dude
Devo: What are your plans for it?
Mike: Just making the car that I’ve always wanted. Build a car that I’ve always wanted to build; 1jz and a sentimental chassis. I’ve always wanted a JDM influenced slammed and stylish car thats fun. Not necessarily a race car, but a fun car. I want to be able to drive this thing every day; i like to admire my work. Its me. My car is me. Its the most accurate representation of who I am.

KRISTOFF HEMET:

I’m half way through my first roll of film and have no clue how it’s going. It’s Monday evening and the daylight is already almost gone by the time I get to Kristoff and Steve’s place. Steve is at the shop, and Kristoff is working away in the garage on his E36; The car looks like its in a million pieces.

 

Devo: Hey dude whats going on?
Kristoff: I literally just said that I need to go get food
Devo: What are you doing with your car right now?
Kristoff: Sanding, prepping for paint, disassembling subframes… basically getting in over my head with no plan. A friend of mine just outside of Chicago named Chaz Edwards from Nerptech is making me some control arms and tie rods and tie relocation blocks to push the front track width out and get lots of angle.
Devo: What were some issues last year that you’re taking care of?
Kristoff: On the 17s I had clearance issues in the front with bone stock steering lock; no spacers, rack spacers or anything. The original plan was to just go for E46 stuff for the added track width and a little bit of extra steering lock, but then I started talking to Chaz and he offered me a deal I couldn’t resist. I don’t know, the thing with the steering mods; I felt I was already driving past the max potential of the stock BMW. Sure, I could have gone with more casual modifications like rack spacers as opposed to the full angle kit, but Chaz’s kit is super solid and the chance to get my hands on it was definitely an opportunity i wanted to pass up. It’s all stuff I wanted to get in the future anyway.

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Devo: Why are you painting your car?
Kristoff: Team swag. Hahaha. I just want the car to look good for competitions; I want to do a lot of CSCS (Canadian Sport Compact Series) next season and don’t want to go in with a car that has 20 year old paint and dings. Repping the Money Gang well is important to me, maybe i’ll even attract some sponsors and other supporters. It was a group decision, so yeah. We’re all painting our cars grey so that’s a major factor.
Devo: How do you think your first year went?
Kristoff: i think it went pretty well. Everything I set out to do more or less in terms of personal driving accomplishments I got done and then some. Yeah, I think it was a super successful year to me and I enjoyed it.
Devo: Yeah your cars still here so..
Kristoff: Yeah, that too, the cars still here so yeah. I gave myself different goals each event to work on, and I made sure I got them done. Linking certain sections, trying different setups and learning to tandem are all super cool things I got done this year. I also hit the wall once or twice (the good way) and was still able to drive my car to work the next day. So that’s cool.
Devo: Any advice for beginners wanting to get their feet wet?
Kristoff: Buy an E36.

STEVE VAN SLUEWEN:

Steve’s E30 both inspired and pissed off many enthusiasts last year with its total makeover and transformation into a drift car. It sparked tons of interest and controversy all over the internet. After killing the Canadian Sport Compact Series Drift competition, his sights set on US Drift. I decided to meet Steve at Mitchy’s Speed Shop in the middle of fucking nowhere to check in on his progress in caging his new 2015 chassis: A BMW E46.

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Devo: What made you decide to ditch the E30 and move onto the E46?
Steve: Uh, a ton of reasons but mostly the ability to be able to run more tire in the back, and E46s have a superior suspension design for more rear grip.

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Devo: Whats been going on with the car since we saw it last?
Steve: I’ve bee in the lame process of stripping and caging it.

 

Devo: Where’d you get it caged?
Steve: Mitchyspeedshop. North of Mosport in a super tiny town in the middle of nowhere called Burketon
Devo: That’s pretty out of the way
Steve: Originally I was thinking of doing it myself but it wasn’t feasible with my budget. Mitch offered to Help me out and support my 2015 program and do my cage, and I’ve seen his work before with tubs and tube work so I knew he did good work.
Devo: Are you pleased with how it turned out?
Steve: Yeah above and beyond. The way it turned out, I wouldn’t have done it on my own. Incredible welding, and he was super smart with how he placed the pipe. The cage is so tight to the roof that the halo is welded to the roof, and the main hoop is so tight we had to remove sunroof structure. He listened to everything I wanted and did it super well and with ease.

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Mike, Kristoff and Steve form part one of our look at Money Gang,  Marin, Mitch and myself coming up in part two. 

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
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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.
Berlin Klassik via Geoff
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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Mauncho does the strip

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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.

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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Boonies Bash 2014

With the festivities of Eurokracy taking over the entire Canada Day weekend, we were unfortunately unable to make it to Boonies Bash 2014 at Shonnonville. Luckily our friend Lucas from FTN Auto was able to capture the sights and sounds.  We’re posting pics of 3 of our good friends.  Steve Van Sluewen’s E30, Mike Catell’s FC and Kristoff Hemet’s E36.

More pics can be found here: FTN Auto Boonies Bash.

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Fitted 2014 via Matt

It has been years since I have been to a Fitted event…in fact, it was Stretch and Poke the last time I went.

This year I finally had a free day, and could not wait to check out how much the show has grown. Seeing the incredible quality of cars present, booths, music and food available, this things has come such a long way since that meet at Humber Park.

The main reason to visit a show like this, the variety.

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This thing caught my eye almost immediately. Nothing crazy, just simply, and damn cool!

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Something about a bagged RX7 would have a lot of people scratching their heads…me, well…you know how I feel about bags.

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Natalia’s car had me rolling with the under glow…apparently it’s back…seems legit.

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