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.
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.
Our crew always has a favourite car of the year. We never post about it. We just always have one car we talk about. And it’s always from H2Oi. Previous years include Jay’s Legacy Wagon, LooneyLow’s Civic, that boosted Trailblazer (everyone who was there, knows the one). Inevitably there would be more this year. So we decided as a group to make an award for the owner. However, some suggested that we lean towards a VAG car. We tried to oblige. Someone in a VW had to step up. About the award….2 years ago, I made the 14 hour drive back home from OCMD without a hitch. Somehow I did not fall asleep. All was well, the shitbox made it there and back.. Unfortunately on the 1 hour commute home from work the next day, this dumbass fell asleep (eastbound on Lakeshore, around Jameson for the curious locals), and curbed my RS’s. CURBED them. It was non salvageable, how it continued to hold air is beyond me. 2 years later, the beebs were gone, the lip was still around. Why not get rid of it in style? Few minutes on Solidworks, few more on a laser cutter and we had our award. Painting and assembly took longer than anticipated, but the final product we can be proud of.
It took us a few days to commit to a winner. Luckily for us and some VW fanboys, Nick Weir stepped up. It’s definitely a Volkswagen, yet it ruffles the feathers of the purists. I honestly don’t understand why all car people can’t get along. We like stance, we like drifting, we like muscle cars, we like offroad trucks, we like supercars, we like the Euro scene, we like the JDM scene. Why belittle eachother? Honda and VW fans seem to fit this bill the most. This Caddy has to satisfy everyone. Its a bagged Volkswagen car/truck with a Honda K swap and Work wheels. The colour combination of cream exterior and dark grey wheel centres really pull the project together. I would not have guessed that Meisters would work this well on a Caddy. Love the builds that are different. Much better than a set of RSs.
Mk1 VW Caddy Mk2/3 front air lift bags Custom rear setup with 4 links. Dual compressors. V2 management with alloy tank. Custom fuel tank Honda K swap with custom mounts Work Meister CR-01 wheels, 5 lug conversion
The project isn’t complete for Nick. He’s still got lots of plans for this car during the winter.
The FIA announced the other day that the season finale race will now award double points. DAFUQ? No don’t give single points for pole or fastest lap, let’s double the points for the shit show that is Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi. They also scheduled the American GP (in Texas) the same day as the NASCAR race in Texas. Genius. Who runs the FIA? Rob Ford? I’ve been an F1 proponent for years, even though I know the product is sometimes suspect. But COME ON, listen to the fans for once. We can’t go back in time for low downforce, wide, big tire’d, balls out cars anymore. But these retro liveries, liken to bygone years of smokes and retro graphics, make it possible for us to time travel..sort of.
All images produced by CdeB Design.
Citroen has released video and images of their C-Elysee already. Its now time for Honda and Chevrolet to show their cards. Honda has gone with a Civic while Chevy has chosen the tried and tested Cruze. It’s really a crap shoot picking a winner this year. Can Chevy rely on last year’s dominance to carry through? Can Honda build on last years solid campaign? Or will Citroen come in and take advantage of the new rules? I’ll wager with the later. It’ll be a repeat of the WRC year with newcomer VW becoming the juggernaut. The French squad has used the entire year as r & d while the other teams had to compete. I’ll tap Muller for the title.
Found a video comparing the 2013 and 2014 spec Cruzes. Major changes. Warning, music is terrible.
While on touring cars. Honda has chosen to campaign a Civic wagon in the BTCC. Coincidentally it has now become my favourite touring car for the 2014 season. A turbo wagon racecar. Yes on multiple levels.
This is usually the FINAL event on the Scraped.Crusaders calendar. We start taking wheels off, raising coils and/or putting our cars away entirely right around this time. It was a small BBQ event. Most likely the last time I’ll be seeing most of these cars until next spring. This year it was held at Euroline Performance in Mississauga.
I may be seeing more of E46s in the future
I THINK this EK was on toyos. He also had awesome Status seats.
Toronto’s coolest Porsche just got better. I beleive the seats are new and the RS/RSR? bumpers were added too. Love it.
Cool E92, but seriously, if you can afford this, you can probably afford real wheels.
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.
As seen by Matt.
Enjoyed this year a lot more and didn’t shoot as much, but still got enough to throw together a little video…hope everyone enjoys.
Disclaimer* Mauncho is drunk as fuck at the beginning of the video. It was taken 10 seconds after changing his clothes on my rear seats. Contemplated burning those seats.