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H2Oi 2014 – Arrival

The drive down was more eventful than I had hoped for.  2 hours in, Dan and I collectively obliterated a deer carcass.  It was at that exact second I realized raising your car for the drive down is a damn good decision. I took the brunt of the deer as my bumper trim and oil level sensor can attest too. Luckily a quick pit stop had it back in place.  The rest of the trip went uneventful and we arrived in OCMD on Monday evening.

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They may not have the best fitment, but these two were two of the loudest cars all weekend. Apologies to the poor guy I woke up who was trying to sleep in his buddies car.

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Arrive, lower it, wash it, polish it, drive it.  Though later on it became waddle in traffic, instead of actual driving.


After getting our cars in check, we thought some sunset pics were in order.

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Adrian was doing this more than we would have liked.  Thankfully with some JB Weld, he was able to make it back home with no problems. Happy Adrian is good Adrian.

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Before those sunset pics we figured hitting up Taphouse wouldn’t hurt.  For a Monday evening, it was waaay busier than we have every seen it.  It foreshadows the rest of the week unfortunately.  This MK4 checked all the right boxes for me.  Love the racekor look.

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Berlin Klassik 2014 via Geoff

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.

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BMWs are always abundant

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A couple of my favorite wheel and/or brake combos

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Stu showcasing his work with a booth this year

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VAGKraft 2014 via Gill

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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.

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I can’t pass up a photo with a Quattro, even if its stock.

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When Porsche and Audi, get into bed together.  One of the best wagons of all time.  the RS2.

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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.

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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.

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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?
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There’s more to like when its bagged.   Carm’s E30, which won the BMW category.

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The German Miata.

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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.

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Manolo’s 3rd place 450SEL.  They look MONEY on the Schmidts.  One more pic below.

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If I sold drugs in the 80’s, this would be my car.  W126 with a full Keonig kit.

 

Avk4nd 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.

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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.

Euronited 2014

Tucked away at the Bradley Museum in Mississauga, Euronited put on a pretty good show this past Sunday. Luckily I had enough time to grab pics, grab lunch and get back in time for the World Cup.

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Oskar’s S4.  Bagged on CCWs with a full interior done by InsideJob Upholstery.  I’m on the fence about the heckbelende though, I haven’t decided if I like it or not.

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Erik’s awesome SAAB 9-3. A damn shame, Saab, isn’t around anymore.

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Not often do we post MK3s, but I think for this one, we can make an exception.

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I assure you, there is a MK4 in this image.

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Now on to the important stuff.  The 4 (not including mine) E34’s that showed up.  First is this Japanese Import Aplina B10 3.5.  The owner, seen above, bought the car from BC with a little over 86K in 2010 and drove it back through the US.  He’s swiftly put on 26K in the time since.

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Few cars look good in retro graphics.  All of the Alpina stuff is timeless.  The same goes for their wheels.

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How does a 25 year old cloth interior look so good?  Cloth Alpina Recaros are the unicorm E34 seats,  god damn, they’re gorgeous.

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The full AC Schnitzer kit is actually nice when all the parts are fitted and not broken.  I wish I had this entire bumper rather than just the top half of it.  Even the retro side panelling is nice.  So, period correct.

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This early M5 was fresh off a track day.  The front track tires were completely worn and the rear 888s weren’t any better.  The owner also indicated some boost might be in the near future.

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Lastly, this E34 touring.  I had no idea it was even there.  I was just able to snap a few shots as he left.

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I LOVE Yas Marina Blue.  And I love the M4s more, knowing they’re underating the horsepower.   The 425HP F82 actually makes 460hp at the crank.

 

Scraped.Crusaders. X Eurokracy Kruise 2014 via Preet.

The Kruise was much less hands on this year.  Last year we tried to handle it with an iron clad schedule and wound up taking a detour anyways.  This year was much more relaxed.  The Kruise was more enjoyable.  The gorgeous weather contributed greatly.   While I was able to borrow Sam’s MK5 I quickly realized, I missed my Subaru or at least having my own car.  The trip took around 5 hours with only one hiccup (below).

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Mauricio’s top 100 show and shine entrant MK2.

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Hiccup:  @thatbaggedtdi ran into a slight rear tire wear issue.  Crazy camber and toe will do that to you.  Luckily we all made it to Montreal with no blowouts.


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Jay’s 2.7TT swapped B6 A4.  Sounded exactly like a low flying plane.  Which is to say annoying as hell when you’re driving beside it.

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While we had great fun on the Kruise, the photos didn’t turn out as well as I had liked.  The few shots I DID take ended up blurry. Luckily Preet was there to tighten the slack.


Eurokracy 2014 via Gill and Preet

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This is Canada’s Premier car show.  Let alone European car show.  We’ve been attending Eurokracy since it’s inception and have been shown open arms by the organizers Rick, Sergio and Jesse.   We definitely feel part of the Eurokracy family.  So much so, they allowed us to present our award for our favourite ride on stage.  While my time with the mic was botched by stage fright, perhaps I should have prepared some words before hand.  We ended up awarding this 1.8T swapped MK1 below.  It was super clean with an amazing swap.  It just felt right picking a Mk1 too.  The severe heat limited the number of photos we have.  The shade of our tent was very very compelling.

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Sharing the stage with Sam Dobbins and his epic food saver.

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993, with  Ruf front and rear bumpers.  The Porsche fanboy within tells me this was the coolest car at the show.

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When BagRiders bring up their own E92, you know you’re in for a great show.  You hear about the LibertyWalk Auto kit as now bring played out.   When is the last time you’ve seen one in person?  They are an impressive piece of kit.  Just because you see them online does not mean the work going into one should be downplayed.

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Bronson’s 540i ripping up the track.  Definitely one of the better sounding cars of the day. The best time I believe was a 15.4, not bad for a 3800~ lbs luxary yacht with an open diff and blown suspension.

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Chris’ Mk5, newly christened with OZ Futuras.

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Redbull gives you wings.  Seems like a little too much though.  #redbullhigh

Scraped Crusaders at Spring Fling Via Dave

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.

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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.

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Not often do you see this big of a generation gap at one event.  I’m not sure I can chose between the two.

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I might be slightly biased, but Mauricio’s Mk2 is still my favourite.

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Mk3 on reverse mounted RSIIs.  Such a different look to my old set.

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Of course I’m posting the only e34 from Spring Fling.

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David’s remaining photos.

 

 

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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FITTED 2014 via Geoff

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!

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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.

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Bagged Audi’s a plenty…

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There seemed to be fewer VW examples this year; but those that were there represented well.

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I have a soft spot for E46’s…this was my favorite BMW on Saturday.

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This white STI is just about always my favorite Subaru, if not car, at any show…now it has a (near) twin.

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A bagged Supra…that’s new.

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This was right up there as one of my favorite cars of the day, and I don’t even really like Hondas.

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