Winter needs to end asap. This video of VAG Event 2013 brings us back to the middle of show season. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen that captures the ambiance and atmosphere of a car show.
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.
Toyota TS030 Hybrid.
Porsche 919 Hyrbid.
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.
Our crew always has a favourite car of the year. We never post about it. We just always have one car we talk about. And it’s always from H2Oi. Previous years include Jay’s Legacy Wagon, LooneyLow’s Civic, that boosted Trailblazer (everyone who was there, knows the one). Inevitably there would be more this year. So we decided as a group to make an award for the owner. However, some suggested that we lean towards a VAG car. We tried to oblige. Someone in a VW had to step up. About the award….2 years ago, I made the 14 hour drive back home from OCMD without a hitch. Somehow I did not fall asleep. All was well, the shitbox made it there and back.. Unfortunately on the 1 hour commute home from work the next day, this dumbass fell asleep (eastbound on Lakeshore, around Jameson for the curious locals), and curbed my RS’s. CURBED them. It was non salvageable, how it continued to hold air is beyond me. 2 years later, the beebs were gone, the lip was still around. Why not get rid of it in style? Few minutes on Solidworks, few more on a laser cutter and we had our award. Painting and assembly took longer than anticipated, but the final product we can be proud of.
It took us a few days to commit to a winner. Luckily for us and some VW fanboys, Nick Weir stepped up. It’s definitely a Volkswagen, yet it ruffles the feathers of the purists. I honestly don’t understand why all car people can’t get along. We like stance, we like drifting, we like muscle cars, we like offroad trucks, we like supercars, we like the Euro scene, we like the JDM scene. Why belittle eachother? Honda and VW fans seem to fit this bill the most. This Caddy has to satisfy everyone. Its a bagged Volkswagen car/truck with a Honda K swap and Work wheels. The colour combination of cream exterior and dark grey wheel centres really pull the project together. I would not have guessed that Meisters would work this well on a Caddy. Love the builds that are different. Much better than a set of RSs.
Mk1 VW Caddy Mk2/3 front air lift bags Custom rear setup with 4 links. Dual compressors. V2 management with alloy tank. Custom fuel tank Honda K swap with custom mounts Work Meister CR-01 wheels, 5 lug conversion
The project isn’t complete for Nick. He’s still got lots of plans for this car during the winter.
SRAutoGroup out of Vancouver, B.C. produced these two black beauties.
The first McLaren kit that I think actually looks good (DMC product). The stance is also nice. The wheels not so much. You can’t win them all.
Its off season for us. Not much on the docket. Dan is working away on his Caddy, Adrian on his motor build, I’m looking for a new car, Mauncho is shopping for items for his new ride, and a few other things in the works. That’s about it. Nothing major and no real progress in the last few weeks. The start of winter is usually the lull before the winter builds start going. Headed over to Dan’s in the winter beater. The Subie will not be seeing summer anymore, good riddance. Still dumped though. :)
Dan and Geoff decided to build on a smaller scale. 1/24th to be precise. I sort of wanted to join in too. But I have issues with patience….I have none. I’d end up tossing the kits out after a few days of painting, gimme Minichamps and Autoart die-casts over these any day. I MIGHT end up changing my mind later though.
Dan bought a 993 GT3, Tom Kristensen DTM car and a VW golf. Geoff bought a Mike Rockenfeller DTM car.
Not a whole lot was accomplished as time was taking up watching Pacific Rim. Engine components mostly.