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Cars and Coffee Season Opener

Dart, 911, 911, 911, 911, 911, 911, 911, Corvette, Corvette.  Few things have me waking up at 7am on a Sunday.  That line up will do it.

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Yesterday was the first Cars and Coffee event held at Engineered Automotive.  They’re held the first Sunday of every month in Vaughn.  The early time of 8-11am seems to deter most of the riff raff you normally see at Ertefa or rice meets in Toronto.   I could only remember a few cars that were below the level Cars and Coffee events worldwide expects at their events.  My 540i included.  Personally,  for these reasons its a meet I try to go to as much as possible.  Also the free coffee and timbits are enticing.

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As a lifetime Porsche fanboy and Ferrari hater, the exponential increase in Porsche 911/930/993, really puts a damper on my desire to ever owning one of them.  I can only hope the bubble bursts and the market settles way lower.  Even then, the idea of owning a Porsche is far fetched, but one can dream. In that dream, I’d own this.  Later 993 with the wider arches, coilovers, half cage, nice wheels, tan leather on black. The only thing I’d add is the ducktail from the 993 below.

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Porsches were out in full force.  The white 930 above, is still one of my favourite local cars.

 

Datsun Zs are a rare sight.  Seeing two beautifully modded Zs in one place was fortuitous.  I gravitate more to the white one wide WIDE wheels and flares.  But the blue example was impeccable.

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Little Red Corvette.  If I owned, this I’d be blasting Prince through the speakers everywhere I went.

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There are way more old Citroens in the GTA than I had thought.  This SM, I’ve seen before, but with the owner demonstrating it’s hydraulic suspension system you get to appreciate the ingenious design even more.  IMO, this is in the running for the best looking car ever made.   And how could you not love that one spoke wheel?  There were also two 2CVs, a DS convertible and a DS sedan.  I think EA should start offering croissants with their Timbits.

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From anaemic French hatchbacks to American muscle.   I don’t understand how so many american show car builds (link) have ugly offsets, and disproportionately huge wheels when a meaty setup like this with proportionally sized wheels look infinitely better.

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I’m typically not a fan of yellow cars that aren’t Porsches but the colour works well on this Alfa and the Viper ACR below.

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American hatchback, European coupe, Freerunner Truck, and a Japanese wagon.  The mix of cars at Cars and Coffee is the reason I’ll be back in June.  The Ford had a great livery, based on Colin’s old M-Sport Focus from the early 2000s.  The back 1 Series, is on Works this year.  A great upgrade from last year.  The truck looked like it could drive over half the cars at the show. It seemed dirty enough to assume that it actually goes off-road.   And the Honda wagon, looked so clean, its amazing that its an almost 30 years old Japanese car.

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It was a good start to May.  Hopefully, I’ll see a few of you guys out there in June.

Busy Weekend

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I had a few things on my plate this past Weekend. The Subaru Spring Fling,  errands at a buddies house in the boonies North of Pickering, Steve’s shop to mount some wheels/tires, the Eurotouch Tuning BBQ and the Krispy Kreme meet.  Unforturnatly I haven’t been able to find my camera charger and the low battery indicator meant I had to ration all of my photos.  Like a dummy, I have 5 photos of my shitbox and zero photos of actual Subarus from the Spring Fling event.  I did however grab pics of this sweet EVO 5.  It’s the first one I’ve seen locally.

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After hastily leaving  SpringFling, I made my way to Steve’s shop.   And caught up with him about the E46 build for FormulaD Canada.  The build is once again gathering steam, as it was in a bit of a lull since he was on the lookout for a motor.  The decisions to go with and M52 was a made just recently. The acquisition of a Garrett GT35r has accelerated Steve’s drive to get the ride completed.  So much so, he’s decided to unveil it at Fitted on May 23rd.  I also caught up with Danny, and his Fitted prep.  Parts of the car are getting a new white coat.  And he’s working on acquiring a few more parts.  He put a lot of work into tidying up engine bay.  You guys will be able to have a good look at that at Fitted as well.

 

The plan was to have a set of O.Z. F-1 plus wheels on this weekend but I decided that I liked the Throwing Star reps more for now.  The look just didn’t gel with me.  But I look at this in a good way.  It’s finally motivated me enough to clean up the car a bit and to put my RSs together.  They’ll be on for Eurokacy at the latest.  I did like the whole black on black look though.

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Sunday was the BBQ at EuroTouch Tuning.  I met up with Dan and Manolo for some cars and hot dogs.  I was only able to grab a few shots before the camera died for good.

 

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This B6 was tucked away in the back, but it caught my eye with the pretty sweet colour combo.

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Manolo’s Benz doesn’t really go anywhere without being seen.

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Even though this Civic was parked on the street, Dan and I wanted to take a closer look.  Before getting back into a MK3 Jetta, Dan was in the process of modifying an EJ/M coupe.  So he knew this front bumper is actually JDM.  I just thought it looked cool on Works.   Show season is starting to get some steam.  See you at the next local event.

TOPPDrift Season Opener

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Grassroots drifting in Ontario has one major hub.  Shannonville.  Its not the best facility, it’s in the boonies, its muddy,  drivers act like dickbags in the pits but it’s where the majority of the Ontario drifters show up.  The chicken fingers and poutine are actually pretty good though.   Steve, nor Danny nor Devo had the opportunity to drive this past weekend so the 5 of us, including Brian, packed into Danny’s company van and headed east to Shanny.  We were later joined by Mauncho, who drove from Ottawa, CPT as usual.  Mike Catell brought his new E46 to slay so we joined him in the pits.

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Somehow, 4 people were convinced to get into the car with Mike for some track time. No deaths, and the car looked way lower with 800+ lbs of meat in it.

The Quebecors seem to do everything to the nth degree when it comes to cars.  Somehow even with the stricter laws, crappier roads and shittier winters, they comes through with the craziest builds, cars and attitude. Guillaume is a prime example.  His Dodge Ram lipped FC Rx-7 is Quebocoix Qrazy.  “I wanted the front lip to look stupid.”

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I’m surprised the E36 chassis isn’t more popular.  They’re priced the same as 240s now and offer more power and more stock steering angle and less rust.  This fully caged and boosted example will hopefully convince more people to buy E36s.

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This 240 desperately needs a way to dissipate the smoke. His problem seemed significantly worse than the other cars.

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I’m not too good at capturing action drift shots so I like sticking to the pits.  There are cool cars there too.  Mauncho was somehow able to capture some good actions shots though.  And Danny grabbed a few as well.

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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

Oktoberfest 2014

As a resident of lower Ontario our summer car season is a scant 5-6 months.   For the last few years, Oktoberfest has been the last event we’ve shown up to during the season.  This years edition had a good amount of cars.  All of which I won’t see for 6 month :(

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The rareness that is Alpina.

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B4 S2.

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Alan’s sweet E30.

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Its refreshing seeing a mk3 without rusted rockers.

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Shayan’s B5 A4 Wagon.  Its a big deal up in Canada.

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I haven’t been to a show where I’ve seen one of these cars by themselves.  These guys go everywhere together.

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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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Mauncho Does The Strip

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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.

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Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine BBQ

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We finally got around to posting more photos from the Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine.  It took place the week before H2Oi so we were all a tad pre-occupied.  It was still a great show, with an array of different cars.  Matt Berenz did a fantastic job of organizing the entire day.  I’m certain next year’s edition will be bigger and better.

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Where else would you see a MK2 Golf and an Aventador at the same lot?   With Mauricio’s MK2 winning best of show no less.  The Best of Show award was presented by us, however the judging was conducted by Pfaff employees.   It was the best way to avoid any biased decisions.

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I was told this Callaway Mk1 was very rare.  We also saw the Mk1 on our way back from H2Oi. Glad to see the owner puts some good mileage on it.

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If you see an Alpina Sedan in Toronto, it’s probably owned by Sia.  He’s got a handful of them now. This E28 however is his s54 swapped 525i. It took home the award for Best Engine bay and was also featured in PBMW a few years back. The E39 below was the first B10 Alpina to be imported into North America.  He also has another E28, and e32, e34 Alpinas in the stable.  I think he has a problem.

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The front of the Pfaff building was where most of the action took place.  Porsche GT3, Rocket Bunny GTR and RX-7 along with a few others.

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I think this was the first time I’ve seen a twin-turbo’d Gallardo.  Puffs of smoke are a good thing, right?

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Matt and Geoff’s Grandmother was very pleased with the show as well.   Here she is checking out an R8.

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Sony Canada, had a big booth for the event along with raffle prizes.  I was fortunate enough to win one of those AS100 cameras.   Which I immediately sold to Matt after H2O, I think he’ll get way better use out of it than I will.

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PFaff Tuning also had cars displayed indoors.  Including Erik’s Saab and Jimmy’s M3.

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The 991 below stands as my current dream daily.  Every bit as good as the 991 GT3 but with a stick shift.


As with every car show the parking lot still has some nice vehicles.  Erik’s boosted Probe is a prime example.

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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.