F1 is just a few months away. The constructors will be unveiling their cars all throughout the next two weeks. So i decided to post these concepts for the 2015 season my Humber College Industrial Design professor Bruce Thomson. He’s ok I guess. More of his work can be found HERE.
I can attribute the late publication of this article down to Canada’s long winter. Those in the Canadian car community are forced to endure 5-6 months of drab, bleak, and desolate winters. All of which culminate in little to no original content within those months. So I’ve saved a few photo sets from summer for these months. Berlin Klassik is up first. This is my first visit to this show. It has certainly grown since its inception a few years ago, and has quickly become one of the top 2-3 Euro shows in Ontario. The number of BMWs, Mercedes-Benzs and Porsches is higher here than anything other Ontario venue.
However, the bread and butter for Berlin Klassik is still VW. And Mauricio’s MK2 is still amungst my favourites. I’m not sure how I accomplish this at every show, but I consistantly forget to take photos of VWs. I just tend to take more photos of other brands. Luckily, Geoff was able to capture the VAG cars in Septemeber. LINK.
This Passat might be rubbing some VW purists the wrong way with its Benz wheels. As is the CRX below. The owner didn’t bother bringing it into the show grounds. It was sitting pretty in the parking lot.
Speaking of parking lot, the highlight of the show was there as well. A pristine 911 with Sparco seats and RSR bits. As well as a 997 GT3 with what might be the best vanity plate I’ve ever seen. An homage to Porsche’s reknown engine designer Hans Mezger.
Any show with 356s, 930s, 964s, 911s, 928s AND 914s is good in my books.
Stuttgart had a good showing too. I loved this bagged W210. And Manolo’s bagged W116.
And finally, Munich’s showing. As I am now a BMW owner, I’m able to appreciate these cars from more of a personal and snobbish outlook.
For the first time in the 4 years I’ve been going to H2Oi I finally have some of my own photos to show off. Although all these photos took all of 15 mintues to take while we waiting for our table to eat lunch I’d say they came out pretty good. This years show was very different from the previous years. Traphouse was boycotted, the cops were towing cars on Tuesday, and the rain wouldn’t let up until Thursday. Once the rain let off everyone who had been waiting to hit the strip all week took the chance to do just that. The problem was the strip was PACKED. Cruising like we used to do 3 years ago was not an option this year. So I did what I do best, drink beer and chill with friends I get to see once or twice a year. Apart from all the bullshit with the OCMDPD and the strip being the way it was. This year was the best H2Oi I have attended yet. I got to find the real reason this event is the way it is. It’s all about friends, that you have made through the cars.
This was our second year a Berlin; personally I like this show due to the wide variety of Euro cars. I did a little more shooting than previous shows this year but unfortunately without the use of a polarizer some are a little…bright.
I always try to get as much Audi coverage as possible but there weren’t that many..sadly.
BMWs are always abundant
A couple of my favorite wheel and/or brake combos
Stu showcasing his work with a booth this year
This Sunday in Brampton is what I look forward to most each summer; thankfully we had some summer weather. I didn’t get as many shots as I should have, but between spending hours detailing my car and trying to avoid excessive sun; it didn’t happen. I’ve been following this car online for some time now; it all started with wheels that didn’t fit…they do now.
Lu’s TT…now with Recaros, as if I didn’t like it enough before.
Every year there are more and more B5’s at this show; this makes me happy.
VAGKraft 2014. Every year I go to take photos. I end up taking way more photos of non VAG cars than the name would suggest. Luckily, Geoff will be able to cover the rest.
I can’t pass up a photo with a Quattro, even if its stock.
When Porsche and Audi, get into bed together. One of the best wagons of all time. the RS2.
Nothing gets me giddy like a vintage Porsche. The sights and sounds of aircooled perfection. I heard this 930 Turbo from 3-4 rows over and had to have a closer look. The 964/930 bubble is quickly expanding, prices are really inflated, hopefully I’ll be there ready in a few years to catch one once that bubble bursts.
I love the turbo arches, but the standard narrow body tickles my fancy too. Dymer’s 911 is still my favourite local P Car. It comes down to the narrow body, RS IROC (I think) bumper, t-tray wing, and dialled in stance. I can’t see anything apart from paint, that I would want to change. It really is the car I want.
From Stuttgart to Munich. Since I can’t afford a Porsche right now. Most of my current attention is swung towards BMWs. RWD, stick, and Euro. What’s not to like?
There’s more to like when its bagged. Carm’s E30, which won the BMW category.
The German Miata.
The Transporter. Alpinas are the go to wheels for the E38.
Back to Stuttgart. Mercs are just that slightly bit more luxury oriented than BMW. Probably why I don’t like them as much. If only they offered more manual options in the late 80s, early 90s. But for bombing down the autobahn, I’d choose no other.
Manolo’s 3rd place 450SEL. They look MONEY on the Schmidts. One more pic below.
If I sold drugs in the 80’s, this would be my car. W126 with a full Keonig kit.
And this would have been my “business meeting” car.
VAGKraft usually has a handful of Japanese cars. That wasn’t the case this year. I did find this Civic in the lot. More coverage soon.
Spring Fling this year was bigger than we anticipated. I do not remember the last time the venue filled up so quickly. Though, the weather forecast helped. I think its about time a new venue is used. Photos by David Morgan.
I for one felt my stock E34 was better suited across the street. Since I had the car straight piped the day before, a few ricer flybys were in store…..worth. The rest of the crew was relegated to the far grass as Adrian’s newly turbo’d Mk2 was acting up.
I might be slightly biased, but Mauricio’s Mk2 is still my favourite.
Mk3 on reverse mounted RSIIs. Such a different look to my old set.
Of course I’m posting the only e34 from Spring Fling.
David’s remaining photos.
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.
This thing caught my eye almost immediately. Nothing crazy, just simply, and damn cool!
Something about a bagged RX7 would have a lot of people scratching their heads…me, well…you know how I feel about bags.
As Gill mentioned there are few shows (local especially) that offer such an eclectic mix of high quality cars. We were fortunate enough to have a booth set up in the main building; I will start my coverage with that. More to come later!
Euro first (I’m biased)
You don’t see too many RS cars of any variety this side of the pond; try as I might to replicate the cool bits on my A car, nothing compares to the real thing.
Bagged Audi’s a plenty…
There seemed to be fewer VW examples this year; but those that were there represented well.
I have a soft spot for E46’s…this was my favorite BMW on Saturday.
This white STI is just about always my favorite Subaru, if not car, at any show…now it has a (near) twin.
A bagged Supra…that’s new.
This was right up there as one of my favorite cars of the day, and I don’t even really like Hondas.
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
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.
Continuing the bagged coupe theme is this awesome RX-7.
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.
A Y O G R L.
Mark’s freshly painted and Beebed S2k.
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.