I had some extra time this weekend to edit a few more photos. More importantly, It allowed us to use our new watermark. This will be our new logo moving forward.
Early February means one thing for us…. we get to attend press day for the Canadian International Autoshow. We are privileged to be accredited media for the event. Roaming the show floor with only press minus the hustle and bustle of the general public is a totally different experience. We are allowed to take much better photos and get a more in depth and personal experience with most of the cars. We’re not in the market for a 6 figure luxury sedan anytime soon, but it’s nice pretending for a day.
The Mclaren P1 is hands down THE one car you need to see at the CIAS. It is the new bedroom poster king. Taking over from our F40, 959, Countach, and F1 posters. Pfaff also brought out their MP4-12C Spa-F and roadster to the super car hall. While the Heffner Turbo R8, Porsche 964 Turbo and Mercedes SLS Roadster were among their other display cars in their other display.
One would think racecars standing still are a sad sight. They unfortunately can`t be racing all of the time. Luckily they look just as fast standing still. Can`t get enough splitters, diffusers, wings, toe hooks, centre locks.
Road cars and concepts make up most of the show floor. The last few photos show off an awesome paint finish from Ferrari. Also great shades of blue from BMW and Subaru.
2 R8s, 2 twin turbo setups. Via Pfaff Tuning.
Many of the car show we’ve been to, the lot provides as much content as the main deal. The better the show the better the lot. The lot at the Tokyo Auto Salon should provide a few nice rides. Images are all provided by Tomochika Shibata.
The Kawashima Celica.
A stock Celica for comparison.
Loving the character of this R32.
Fender mirrors and a duckbill spoiler. A combo we never see in Toronto
Given this is Japan, this thing is probably static.
We’ve been in contact with Tomochika Shibata for a few years now. He was one of our first Japanese fans to comment on our site. It felt awesome having some fans overseas. He recently had the opportunity to go to this year’s Tokyo Autosalon aka the coolest car show in Japan. So I asked him to send along a few photos.
326Power’s insane GS. Static, obviously.
The Roberuta F40 has already made the internet blog rounds.
Of course they’d have an E30 touring. Love the 90′s feel to this car.
Kin Jong Un?
Definaetly one of my favourite Japanese rides this year. Bee Dragon’s Nissan Y33 Cima.
What could have been. I HATE the front end of the FT-1. It looks like the Deltawing. The front nose coming down as much as it does is just wrong. I don’t think it works well at all. So I hastily made a version that I think looks much better. Huge front opening, foregoing the droop nose. Oh and it’s dumped on Work wheels. :)
The B34TER, this is the aim. I wouldn’t want to butcher a clean chassis like this. Thus I don’t feel bad at all ricing the E34 I bought. Usually, those in the scene like to keep the final looks under wraps when creating a build thread, to deter others from copying. Sometimes it makes sense, like the lead up to H20i or another big show. But since this is a winter/spring slow “build”, we’ll be showing you guys everything. Also this way, it motivates me to actually build this….or get hassled by my friends for flopping.
Edited with the permission of photographer: Kevin Trower.
The car is a 1995 540i. It came sans rear bumper and a good chunk of the front bumper missing. But mechanically she felt tight and motor is really quiet. Worst case, you’ll see an E34 part out ad in the spring. The sport leather seats, leather/wood grain interior and OEM Shadowline trim should more than bring back the purchase price. Also most importantly….it has a GSM Phone. A set of 17×8 Throwing Star reps and AC Scnitzer side skirts and rear wing were included. The skirts and wheels I should be selling to fund the bumpers front splitter and rear gurney flap.
Since I’ll still be spending time trying to find a cleaner chassis, I’m keeping this car as budget minded as possible. It won’t be sprayed, the ding in the door won’t be fixed. I do hope the ding in the quarter can be popped out though. And this way I won’t get caught up trying to find Smileys, Euro tails or other Euro accoutrements. It will also allow me to go for a motorsports theme. I do not think I would feel comfortable going this route with a clean E34.
Recipe for level 5 heat score:
- BC Racing coilovers (shortened and custom rates)
- 17×10/11 Relipped BBS RSs (OEM silver)
- Nardi wheel with NRG quick release
- front splitter with black supports
- AC Schnitzer wing with big DTM style gurney flap and supports
- hood louvres (functional, well it’ll clear air, doubt its effectiveness lol)
- any black side skirts
- speedholes in the front and rear bumpers
- DTM/BTCC inspired decals
- brown skin
And if budget allows 3-4 inch straight pipe