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Berlin Klassik 2014

I can attribute the late publication of this article down to Canada’s long winter.  Those in the Canadian car community are forced to endure 5-6 months of drab, bleak, and desolate winters. All of which culminate in little to no original content within those months.  So I’ve saved a few photo sets from summer for these months.  Berlin Klassik is up first. This is my first visit to this show.  It has certainly grown since its inception a few years ago, and has quickly become one of the top 2-3 Euro shows in Ontario.  The number of BMWs, Mercedes-Benzs and Porsches is higher here than anything other Ontario venue.

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However, the bread and butter for Berlin Klassik is still VW.  And Mauricio’s MK2 is still amungst my favourites.  I’m not sure how I accomplish this at every show, but I consistantly forget to take photos of VWs.  I just tend to take more photos of other brands.  Luckily, Geoff was able to capture the VAG cars in Septemeber.  LINK.

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This Passat might be rubbing some VW purists the wrong way with its Benz wheels.  As is the CRX below.  The owner didn’t bother bringing it into the show grounds.  It was sitting pretty in the parking lot.

 

Speaking of parking lot, the highlight of the show was there as well.  A pristine 911 with Sparco seats and RSR bits.  As well as a 997 GT3 with what might be the best vanity plate I’ve ever seen. An homage to Porsche’s reknown engine designer Hans Mezger.

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Any show with 356s, 930s, 964s, 911s, 928s AND 914s is good in my books.

 

Stuttgart had a good showing too.  I loved this bagged W210. And Manolo’s  bagged W116.

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And finally, Munich’s showing.   As I am now a BMW owner, I’m able to appreciate these cars from more of a personal and snobbish outlook.


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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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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.

 

Spring Fling 2014 via Tylyr

It must have been the weather or something.  We usually have 2-3 photographers at each event.  The heat was just killer that day, I guess.   Luckily for us, Tylyr stepped up to the plate. Tyler Lenc has been in contact with us for a while now.  His photography has really gotten better as of late, so we’re happy to post these pics.

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VAG EVENT 2013

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.

Scraped.Crusaders’ B34TER Pt.1

The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter.   But then realized what’s the point in that.  Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers?  Damn right we are.

First I need to send off the Lesbowagon.  All in all ,she’s been a great car.  While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.

What I do know for sure is,  I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist.   I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out.  Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly.  It was much more than that.  Good times and good people, I was hooked.  Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels.  The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be.  We still made it work, with some nice photos.

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Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies.  I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene.  At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year.  Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me.  I took the punches and just rolled with it.  Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors.  Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.

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While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small.  The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff.  We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.

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This year turned out to be the most trying of them all.  NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues.  We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly.  As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i.  That was the low point.  I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs.  A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip.  I was able to save face for H20i.  Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down,  I was just desperate to get to OCMD.  Luckily it worked out.  To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.

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I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership.  I should really move closer to work  :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped.  So considering that,  I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues.  Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage.  She’ll be relegated to winter duty.  And possibly ice racing next year?

-Edit.  I had started the above paragraph months ago.  Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely.  Thus ice racing is not in the cards.  Instead….junkyard.

She’ll be missed,  on to the next one.  Continued…