Wanted to give a quick shout out to Mike McConnel for taking these shots for me. You see a ton of people with cameras but you never see the pictures. Mike takes exceptional shots and I always enjoy seeing his automotive work.
Thanks for the shots Mike! Take a look at his photostream and the rest of the shots at Driven here:
With my wheel and suspension set up all done (for the most part), I’m looking for more things to add to the car that can help add some individuality to the car. My goal with the LS is to stay as true as I can to the way Japanese VIP styling is done and to bring it together so that it’s not only somewhat different, but acceptable in terms of taste and so that it can stand the test of time.
While I do love the aggressive styling of the Black Pearl-1 or Aimgain GT kit, I feel like it’s not something I could love in a few years. And if I don’t love it in a few years, who else would buy it? If it was a $1000 kit, I’d be all over it but unfortunately the VIP scene isn’t cheap by any means. I’m still searching for something that can stand the test of time and still be awesome. K-Break, Mode Parfume, and Aimgain are enough to make the car look different, but subtle enough to stay classy.
I always like to look to the Japanese VIP scene for inspiration and the best way for me to do that is to look at TAS coverage from places like Speedhunters, Stance:Nation and other sites that have that kind of coverage. Even looking back to old TAS posts, we’re barely at that level so it’s something I want to bring into the LS. These pics are courtesy of Speedhunters from the 2013 TAS. Oh what money can do…
Last post for Driven 2013. See the side bar on the right to see all the other posts if you just tuned in. Just finishing the last of my shots with the wide angle and I walked around quickly to take shots with the 50mm. I said it before the show and I’m hitting myself because I’m saying it now – I should’ve taken more shots. X_X
It’s just such a long ass day of loud music and taking pics that by the end of it all, I don’t feel like even picking up my camera anymore for a few days. Oh well, I got some good captures. Let’s go ahead and end Driven 2013 officially.
Some ratchet stuff going on over by the ZR auto booth. All the dudes on the right snapping some pics… lol I wanted to get a full pic of them, but that would be too obvious. I actually probably look just like those guys.
I didn’t get as many pictures from the Autodream booth as I had hoped. For some reason all their cars were facing inwards and then groups of people were all on the inside so it was awkward to take pics. I did manage to get this clean 240 – unfortunately from the back – but still clean.
A quick shot of my trunk set up. I threw in my LV belt for extra brownie points for the show LOL. Steve and Barb are making their way to Hong Kong – so I asked them to pick up a pair of LV belts for me there to strap the tank down permanently. Right now, it’s held down with cheap fabric belts I got at H&M lol.
Derrek’s Louis Vuitton shift boot. It’s actually a real Louis Vuitton bag that was cut up to make it. He said his mom’s bag was getting old and started to rip, so he sat there with a stitch ripper and took out all the original stitches and stitched it back together into a shift boot. I told him he should’ve brought the cut up bag for proof that it was real since it’s an older pattern. Love it.
Reggie’s Type R. This is another amazing car that you have to see in person to appreciate. I wish I got more shots of it. The decals and the placement all works so well. There isn’t a single thing about his car that I didn’t like.
Thanks for sticking around! Apologies to those that I missed shots of. I’m looking forward to next year and hoping that everyone comes out even better than this year. I know I’m already looking for new parts to help complete the big booty sedan.
Is it wishful thinking that I hope there are no more just-wrapped cars entered into the show next year? Or is there any bets on a new trend? I’m hoping that the VIP scene grows from now until then. I just hope it doesn’t grow into something where everybody thinks they can buy an big body sedan and then slap some Rota’s or Varrstoen’s on them and think they have a VIP build. We’ll see I guess…
Until next time!
Let’s start part IV right away! Again – out of order, and not in the mood to really put them in order, so if it looks like it skips, you’ll most likely see it somewhere near the bottom or middle of this post somewhere. Everyone just wants to look at cars anyways
Jimmy’s LS430 with his Accuair trunk set up. Congratulations to him for winning best VIP that night! I’m super stoked to see someone else locally do VIP up how it should be done. I spoke with Jimmy for a good half hour to 45 minutes that day bouncing ideas off of each other for ideas on building a VIP platform. A great build for sure.
Danny’s STI Hatch. This IMO had the BEST paint in terms of absolutely no swirls or marring at all. Danny did a great job putting this together and is by far one of my favourite hatches with a legit Chargespeed carbon lip kit and TE37SL’s. So good.
A very nice Evo X from 780 Tuners. His wing was also demonstrating it’s capability to move up and down. I forget the name of the wing, but I did look into it when I was looking at getting one for my STI back then but the “look” of it didn’t do it for me, even though it’s great wing.
Part V should be the last of it… Coming tomorrow!
Part 3! Continuing on with the goodness. About half done now!
I will say this – after wandering outside the illmotion booth, I noticed that there are a handful of cars that are done exceptionally well from the wheel choice, to their aesthetic mods, right down to the paint condition and cleanliness. The reason I say that is because I saw a comment on one of the forums that this show is not that great for two reasons: 1) if you’re a registrant, you’re paying $45 to park with the same group you park with at the Beyond meets at Chinook every Wednesday, and 2) if you’re the audience, you’re paying $17 (or something like that) to come see the same group you could see at the Beyond meets at Chinook every Wednesday.
That kind of attitude is pretty bad, but the premise is legitimate and I totally get it. There are some cars that were totally stock except maybe tint or painted stock wheels. That’s still stock – regardless of whether you’re car was over the “$45,000″ retail or whatever that excused you from having modifications. Personally – I could go to the dealership to see them if I really wanted to. But at the other end of the spectrum, we’re all car guys and I get that too. Everybody starts from the ground up, but I wouldn’t put my car in if I was still on the ground, if you know what I mean. It was slightly annoying taking pictures of cars that had a full wrap done on stock suspension and wheels – that seemed to be the common trend this year – and not because it’s a bad thing, but because it doesn’t generally interest me and it’s not interesting to edit and post.
Blah anyways – I sound like a hater again. But really – don’t mind what I say. I am just trying to speak from a different perspective and I would like to see quality cars with time, effort, (and money) put into them if I’m paying something like $20 to come see them. Nonetheless, the quality is slowly getting better year by year, and it’s great to see. Just think – if you’ve saved $1000 for your Rota’s, then you gotta save just a little longer for some Volks. Maybe.
*Note: Kind of out of order since I uploaded them. But it doesn’t really matter lol.
Part IV tomorrow!