Category Archives: Toyota

Megaspeed 2014 by Geoff

As Gill mentioned this event provides something for everyone; and we can certainly appreciate all Megaspeed had to offer, I even entertained the idea of trying to get my car there next year :)

Can’t argue with the rat rod look, it suits certain cars so well.

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Some of my favorites from the “tuner” section above.

Many of these old school builds put just about everything else to shame :(

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Megaspeed 2014

This was our first visit to a Megaspeed/Performance World show.  I felt it was a good kickoff to show season.  Though the chilly weather outside did nothing to agree. I did see some facebook statuses at the smaller show size this year.  However for new visitors like us, we did not notice such.  What we did notice was the nice mix of hot rods, muscle cars, drag cars, imports and tuner cars.

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Love me some Toyota VTEC.

The stance on this 300C was spot on.  And KJohn’s MazdaSpeed3 looked great with the flares and Boso exhaust.

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I heard Dreamworks’ Turbo movie was based on this car.
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Something tells me @hoowybrow won’t be needing that wax any time soon.  Natural patina at it finest.

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If you don’t have time for a natural patina, just paint it on. It was however very well done.

 

Fitted 2014

There are 3 shows we never miss.  Eurokracy, H2Oi and Fitted.   We do everything that was can to help Dave put on a great show.  We will once again have a booth setup with stickers and tees on offering.  Geoff’s A4 will be featured in our booth. We are also hoping to get a few more cars into the indoor venue  The venue will take place at the Brampton Fairgrounds, and it is booth indoors and outdoors. The indoor section will be offered to the chosen and is much bigger than last year.  The registration and selection process are already underway.  LINK.

There were some complaints about the gravel last year.  However with the indoor section being that much larger this year, if your car is good enough to be inside, it probably will be.

Show info.

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“FITTED™ is an aspirational event created originally in 2010 to promote, foster, and expand the Automotive Lifestyle community. Over the span of five years, we have successfully hosted and expanded our event to converge all cross-cultural elements which this audience prescribes to. FITTED™ is not just a car show. It is a community built upon custom-crafted awards, unique activities, giveaways, sport, fashion, positive relationships, and most importantly, fun! As enthusiasts, we understand and live the lifestyle not from outside the culture but amongst you, our peers. We look forward to bringing you another successful year and thank you for your interest in FITTED™!”

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Tokyo Autosalon Parking Lot by Tomochika Shibata

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.

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A stock Celica for comparison.

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Loving the character of this R32.

Fender mirrors and a duckbill spoiler.  A combo we never see in Toronto :(

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Given this is Japan, this thing is probably static.

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Scraped.Crusaders. Toyota FT-1

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.  :)

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WEC 2015 Blockbuster

We are upon the dawn of a spectacular sportscar era.  If you thought Audi vs.Peugeot or Toyota was good.  Wait til 2015 comes around.  Joining Audi, Toyota, Porsche (2014) will be both Ferrari (strong rumour) and Nissan.  The latter of which just announced a full factory effort for 2015.  So thats around 10 works cars gunning for top prize.

Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro.

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Toyota TS030 Hybrid.

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Porsche 919 Hyrbid.

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Nissan.  Never won Le Mans but had some of the fast Group C machinery.

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Ferrari.  Last won Le Mans in 1965 with this 250LM.

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Continental Tire Series

There are very few racing series left that harken back to true production based machines.  Even WTCC and V8 supercars used highly modified vehicles.  Trick motors, trannys, diffs and tons of body work.  The US based Continental Tire series however,  is one of the few true production based series left.  The GS class consisting of sportscars with large displacement 6 or 8 cylinder engines, or boosted 4 cylinders.  Including the  Chevlrolet Camaro, Porsche 911s, Subaru Impreza WRX STIs, Ford Mustangs, BMW M3s, and Aston Martin Vantages.  The ST class supports smaller displacement 4 or 6 cylinder coupes, sedans and roadsters.  This includes Honda Civics, Mazda Miatas, Hyundai GenesisPorsche Boxsters, Mazda RX-8s, BMW 330is, VW Golfs, Mazda Mazdaspeed3s, Kia Forte Koups, and BMW 128is, I’d love to see the FIA fund and promote a true worldwide showroom stock series. Imagine adding Audi S5s and S3s, Mercedes-Benz C63s and A-Classes, Mitsubishi EVOs, Lexus RC-Fs and ISs, Renault Meganes, Lotus Evoras, Jaguar F-Types.  An abundance of full works teams battling it out on big name tracks?   It would bring back the win on Sunday sell on Monday sales pitches.

Return of The Rising Sun?

Toyota’s TMG (Their German based racing division, also building the LMP1 car) has confirmed to be constructing a Yaris based WRC spec car for the 2014 season.  It will be used as an evaluating platform for a full factory effort in the short future.  They seem relatively certain of future rallying programs.  VW and Hyundai are full fledged factory WRC programs.  M-Sport is a privately funded team running Ford Fiestas.  Citroen will be scaling back their WRC commitment with their WTCC endeavor taking first stage.  The addition of Toyota is a dose of good news the FIA will take.  They need the car count.