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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think this was the first time I’ve seen a twin-turbo’d Gallardo. Puffs of smoke are a good thing, right?
Matt and Geoff’s Grandmother was very pleased with the show as well. Here she is checking out an R8.
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.
PFaff Tuning also had cars displayed indoors. Including Erik’s Saab and Jimmy’s M3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BMWs are always abundant
A couple of my favorite wheel and/or brake combos
Stu showcasing his work with a booth this year
This Sunday in Brampton is what I look forward to most each summer; thankfully we had some summer weather. I didn’t get as many shots as I should have, but between spending hours detailing my car and trying to avoid excessive sun; it didn’t happen. I’ve been following this car online for some time now; it all started with wheels that didn’t fit…they do now.
Lu’s TT…now with Recaros, as if I didn’t like it enough before.
Every year there are more and more B5’s at this show; this makes me happy.
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.
I can’t pass up a photo with a Quattro, even if its stock.
When Porsche and Audi, get into bed together. One of the best wagons of all time. the RS2.
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.
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.
There’s more to like when its bagged. Carm’s E30, which won the BMW category.
The German Miata.
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.
Manolo’s 3rd place 450SEL. They look MONEY on the Schmidts. One more pic below.
If I sold drugs in the 80’s, this would be my car. W126 with a full Keonig kit.
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.
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.
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.
Erik’s awesome SAAB 9-3. A damn shame, Saab, isn’t around anymore.
Not often do we post MK3s, but I think for this one, we can make an exception.
I assure you, there is a MK4 in this image.
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.
Few cars look good in retro graphics. All of the Alpina stuff is timeless. The same goes for their wheels.
How does a 25 year old cloth interior look so good? Cloth Alpina Recaros are the unicorm E34 seats, god damn, they’re gorgeous.
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.
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.
Lastly, this E34 touring. I had no idea it was even there. I was just able to snap a few shots as he left.
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.