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.
Many of the car show we’ve been to, the lot provides as much content as the main deal. The better the show the better the lot. The lot at the Tokyo Auto Salon should provide a few nice rides. Images are all provided by Tomochika Shibata.
The Kawashima Celica.
A stock Celica for comparison.
Loving the character of this R32.
Fender mirrors and a duckbill spoiler. A combo we never see in Toronto
Given this is Japan, this thing is probably static.
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.
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.
The B34TER, this is the aim. I wouldn’t want to butcher a clean chassis like this. Thus I don’t feel bad at all ricing the E34 I bought. Usually, those in the scene like to keep the final looks under wraps when creating a build thread, to deter others from copying. Sometimes it makes sense, like the lead up to H20i or another big show. But since this is a winter/spring slow “build”, we’ll be showing you guys everything. Also this way, it motivates me to actually build this….or get hassled by my friends for flopping.
Edited with the permission of photographer: Kevin Trower.
The car is a 1995 540i. It came sans rear bumper and a good chunk of the front bumper missing. But mechanically she felt tight and motor is really quiet. Worst case, you’ll see an E34 part out ad in the spring. The sport leather seats, leather/wood grain interior and OEM Shadowline trim should more than bring back the purchase price. Also most importantly….it has a GSM Phone. A set of 17×8 Throwing Star reps and AC Scnitzer side skirts and rear wing were included. The skirts and wheels I should be selling to fund the bumpers front splitter and rear gurney flap.
Since I’ll still be spending time trying to find a cleaner chassis, I’m keeping this car as budget minded as possible. It won’t be sprayed, the ding in the door won’t be fixed. I do hope the ding in the quarter can be popped out though. And this way I won’t get caught up trying to find Smileys, Euro tails or other Euro accoutrements. It will also allow me to go for a motorsports theme. I do not think I would feel comfortable going this route with a clean E34.
Recipe for level 5 heat score:
- BC Racing coilovers (shortened and custom rates)
- 17×10/11 Relipped BBS RSs (OEM silver)
- Nardi wheel with NRG quick release
- front splitter with black supports
- AC Schnitzer wing with big DTM style gurney flap and supports
- hood louvres (functional, well it’ll clear air, doubt its effectiveness lol)
- any black side skirts
- speedholes in the front and rear bumpers
- DTM/BTCC inspired decals
- brown skin
And if budget allows 3-4 inch straight pipe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…