Berlin Klassik 2014 via Geoff

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.

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BMWs are always abundant

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A couple of my favorite wheel and/or brake combos

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Stu showcasing his work with a booth this year

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The E34 Gets Broadway Static Equipped.

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Having ridden is an abundance of different suspensions setups, I came to realize its worth it to spend that little bit extra to purchase a better product.  Be it bouncy, harsh, too soft, or too stiff I am definitely not a fan of a poorly setup coilover system.  BC Racing was my previous choice on the Subaru.  While their product was great, I chose Broadway Static for their familiarity with BMW products and their willingness to work with us.

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You won’t be worried about the coils not going low enough.  If anything be prepared to be really slammed.   The before and after on the rear units.  I believe this is all the way up.  It ended up being a tad too low.  I’ll need a few more inches to be able to drive in the winter.  Luckily I was able to order just the rear lower mounts, with a little more adjustability.  Of course if I were in a warmer climate, this would not be needed.

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The E34 front suspenson design calls for the front spindles to be cut and welded to the Broadway Static unit (this is the case with all coilovers for the e34). Its a bit of a pain, but only BMW is to blame for that.  Dan was gracious enough to provide not only the garage space, but the welding skills to get the job done.  I rarely work on my own car as I lack to skills and confidence to complete most of the work.  However, I figured a coilover install was doable with the support of friends, beer and pizza.  All of which were plenty.  Dan, Dave, Geoff, Adrian, Talukah, Bronson, and Mauncho, thanks for the help!

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Here’s a great look at my dented rear quarter, missing side light, hole riddled bumper and replica Throwing stars.  Internet scene points, just took a huge hit.

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Cutting struts are above my pay grade and competency.  Dan and Talukah wielded the saws on that one.

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However, sitting and looking like I’m actually doing work, I have down pat.  Joking aside, it felt really rewarding installing my own coilovers. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.  It may not be an engine swap or turbo install, or something with a higher degree of difficulty, but the feeling of working on your own car was still rewarding.  Obviously, having friends who watch your every move, so you don’t hurt or kill yourself is a plus.

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Although I don’t know if that still counts after they are a few beers in.


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I wish I could explain this photo.

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Credit where it’s due.  Bronson’s car is definitely lower in the front.  To rake, or not to rake?

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Rolling the car onto the road, I realized the 100km trip back home from Dan’s house will be a cringefest.  Having not driven a lowered vehicle for around 8 months, there are many habits I developed that are not low car friendly.  I will say that driving a dumped Subaru is MUUUCCHH easier.  Oil pans and control arms were never a wear item on the Subaru.

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I’ve put on a little over 1000kms on the Broadways and I can say with confidence that the ride is fantastic.  I’ve set them to full stiff as I’m still weary of oil pan clearance.  Even at that setting its able to soak up many bumps and divots on the highway, and absorbs any imperfections I see on local roads.  Obviously, a really low coilover setup will not ride as soft as a stock setup.  But a great stiff ride can be just as comfortable.  It’s also girlfriend approved.  “I think it rides better than the Subaru”.  While Dave’s girlfriend says “comfy for a lowered car, especially of that age”.

 

Vagkraft 2014 via Geoff

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.

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Lu’s TT…now with Recaros, as if I didn’t like it enough before.

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Every year there are more and more B5’s at this show; this makes me happy.

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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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CSCS August 11th

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CSCS,  show and shine, time attack and drifting.  There are no other events locally that combine these three things.  As a person who’s attention span is very very limited ,the multiple aspects to the show are welcome.  It’s hard not to be a fan of time attack and drifting when they are witnessed in person.  Even if the cars and brands aren’t up to your fanboy code.  I’m not exactly a fan of Hondas but I can watch them thrash around the track for hours.

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I rolled to the show with Adrian.  The lack of VWs was obvious.  I still don’t understand why the VW crowd does not show up.  Even the biggest of VW, rear beam fan boys, Adrian had a good time.  The main reason we went was to see Steve skid in the Scraped Crusaders X Swang Bang Money Gang E30. I don’t want to stroke his ego, but for a guy that’s only been drifting on the track for less than a year, he’s doing incredibly well.

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As a Subie fanboy, Riley’s Impreza ticks all the right boxes.  RWD and 500hp?  Yes, please.

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Dylan Sharpe was killing it all day.  Not surprised he was able to win.  More impressive, is that he drove it home afterwards.

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Kitted S13s, make me rethink me car choice constantly.

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Jover’s AE before punting Steve’s car.  Though, the damage to the Corolla was minimal.

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Innovative Tuning had my two favourite cars of the day.  Their LS3 swapped E46 M3 drift car. Purists aside, this thing is awesome.

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Their Impreza time attack car was my other favourite.  At 20 years old. this GC shouldn’t be as competitive as it is.  Watching it slide and power its  way sideways out of corners made my day.

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As an amateur photographer the intricacies of camera settings still confuse me.  So, the photos are limited to mostly the pit lane variety.   That does allow me to get way closer to the machinery, so I’ll have to view it as a plus.   Especially regarding the time attack cars.  I prefer to shoot a closer view of the aero bits, allowing me to watch the racing action without bothering with photos.

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Porsche 944, which the track announcer confused for a 928.

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Mazda’s version of the 944, the FC….bro.

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It must feel awesome when your 150hp, 1500lbs fwd Suzuki Swift is able to overtake a McLaren MP4.

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I was only able to grab a few photos of the show and shine cars.  A lot of the cars were too Dark Knights (old Toronto rice scene car show) for me.  While I appreciate craftsmanship.  I don’t appreciate the terrible taste that goes with some of them.  I don’t have to like your car because you spent money on body work.  Ugly is ugly.

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The complete opposite of ugly is this Z.

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Mike’s crazy eyed FC.  Mismatched wheels never looked so good.

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Veilside?  Brings back memories of videos I used to download off Scour/Kazaa/Limewire.   The season finale it scheduled for September 21.  Unfortunately,  I’ll have to miss it as we’re driving to H20i.