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.
My 540i was purchased with a full custom exhaust. For whatever the previous owner though 2 Cherrybomb glasspacks would have a great muffler. They do not. They’re rusted and unsightly. So I did what any guy would do and went full straight pipe (cats are still there though). A quick stop at GT Custom and she was done. I’ve always wanted a turbo, so I can let that BOV go off at every opportunity. A few seconds after driving around in the straight piped 540i, I’m now about that V8 life.
T his is Bronson’s car not my B34TER. Chris’ OZ were test fitted for shits and giggles. Giggles turned into bonarz. Also shown is a LS, 5spd swapped Belair…glorious.
We always make it out to Spring Fling. I feel the show is out growing its Hansa Haus location. The lot filled up way earlier than it usually does. And with most of our guys showing up late, they were forced to the grass behind the building.
Pfaff Tuning’s 911 Targa. I LOVE the basket handle. Classic 911 on Fuchs in bright red. There are few greater combinations.
Scott’s M135. We’ll be needing a wide angle lens to shoot this thing in the future 😉
If championships were based on beauty, the 2014 V8 Supercars trophy would be handed to Volvo already. Volvo’s new S60 V8 Supercar is now my favourite touring car for the 2014 season. Since all of the V8s are based on shared architecture, the learning curve should be less significant than of years past (prior to 2013). As with most of Volvo’s previous racing programs, the engine and prep will be undertaken by Polestar. The first test at Sydney on February 27th will have FIVE (Ford, Holden, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo) factory efforts in the V8 series. Touring car is on the rise on a global scale.
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.
AE Performance was Paul Walker’s shop. You know he was a legit car guy when you see multiple E36 M3 LTWs, 850CSI, a BMW 2002 Touring Alpina and a Volvo 1800.
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.
These trucks actually look pretty low. But I think I’m more impressed with Van Damme’s stance in this video.
This year we decided to stay an entire week at Ocean City. It was well worth it. The extra days were awesome as H20i actually felt like a vacation for once. The house we stayed at sucked though. I swear my stuffed nose was from mold. No big deal, most of the time was spent mobbin up and down the strip, even before the crowds showed up on Thursday. I went through AT LEAST a full tank while on the strip. 500-600kms+ up and down coastal. Got damn.
By the time the weekend rolled around I had managed to pick up a nail on my front left tire. It wasn’t leaking air, so I thought its better if I just leave it alone. Pulling up to the Outkasts meet, it proved otherwise. The nail popped out. Quick call to Dan and he was there with a jack. We did need some spare wood to get the car up though. With the flat tire in hand we went to a local shop to get it patched. These two beauts were outside.
The Wagon GTG was hands down the most subdued meet of the week. It was also made up of about 90% wagons which is nice. Ussually a meet means, 10-15 apt cars then 50 random cars.
Taphouse was bangin all week. Didn’t matter the time or weather. It was packed. Im not even sure whats meets were there. We just showed up.
Governors Club meet. It was held on the morning of the actual show. Tbh, I didn’t even know it was going down, we just stopped at the convention centre because there was a pretty big crowd.
Left overs. Randoms snaps from the week.