I’ve lost count how many shoots Matt Berenz has done for magazines with local content. This is StanceFactory’s S54 swapped E36 that he shot for Performance BMW. Its amazing how you can take bits from other BMWs and combine them to make an absolute weapon.
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.
First off, I have to credit where it’s due and say that Matt @ Pfaff did a bad ass job of putting this thing together. The cars, food truck, location and setup were all on point. The atmosphere was great and possibly most importantly; the show didn’t drag on at any point. Great work Matt. I took more shots here than most shows this summer; mostly due to the variety and quality of the cars there. Some shots of the employees’ and project cars inside.
Some of the better JDM turnout
Very impressive Euro Sports and Super Car turnout. Beginning with a 1250WHP Gallardo.
Art’s E38. Build Thread.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Cutting struts are above my pay grade and competency. Dan and Talukah wielded the saws on that one.
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.
Although I don’t know if that still counts after they are a few beers in.
I wish I could explain this photo.
Credit where it’s due. Bronson’s car is definitely lower in the front. To rake, or not to rake?
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.
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”.