New Workstation!

Part of what we’ve been doing is just getting the house in order… It’s been a mess since the wedding last year and the room for my “office” or “workstation” has been full of junk and just crap laying all over the place. I’ve been wanting to fix it up because my PC has been sitting in the living room hooked up to the TV and while that’s great for streaming shows, it’s not so great when you have to do a bunch of editing. I’ve literally been sitting on the ground or like two pillows like some peasant on the TV station getting an aching back or losing the feeling in my legs. It’s not so great…

On Canada Day, Diana and I decided to hit up good ol’ Ikea to check it out and with our luck, there was a sale! We copped everything and got home and cleaned the room up and set up. It’s no fancy station, but it’s 100x better than what I used to be doing… At the same time, we hired some peeps to do our fence so that’s going up pretty quick. The developers dropped off some shrubs so now we have to get our green thumbs on and do some planting – far from my comfort zone of suspension installs and wrenching in general. Lastly, in about a week Diana and I are headed off to Maya Riviera for our annual vacation for her Birthday. As much as I want to get some content up here for you guys, it’s really the last thing I can (or even “want”) to be doing right now…

It’s far from car related but it’s something, right?! Anyway, just some quick snaps.

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Quick shot. Pretty simple… I was able to keep my Recaro :)

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Did a bunch of wire tucks in the back.

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#lifewithjson in the corner… Of course Diana had to add her little touches – some girly pencil holder.

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Side note to all this – Diana has been talking about wanting to make some Terrarium stuff for a while now and we had some free time to go and do just that. Pretty cool if you ask me. First time I’ve ever really seen anything like it and it seems to be some sort of trend that’s catching on quick. You literally just go and buy rocks, dirt and mini plants that last basically forever and design them like so. Diana’s already convinced me to try my hand at it so when I do that, I’ll probably be posting it… It’s a nice little addition for the desk.

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Up close shot of the plant she chose. I don’t even know what it’s called but it’s cool as shit. Low maintenance. Aesthetics points. Hipster value.

Admittedly, she originally got this for the living room downstairs but once it was done, I convinced her to put it in my office where it will get more attention… This isn’t the last of Terrariums in our house…

#lifewithjson Hiatus

Sorry peeps – I actually have nothing going on right now. Summer time is an unusual time for me – it’s when all the cars come out to play and there’s cruises, meets, and opportunities for photoshoots left, right and center. At the same time, the nicer weather means I’m busy doing summer things – building a fence, BBQ’s, and just relaxing and enjoying the long days we have. Work has been crazy lately so by the time I get home I just want to chill on the couch and watch TV with Diana.

Lots of things coming up in the next few months though – first of all is the illmotion Sunday School Show & Shine which is always a winner. During the first week of August, we’ll all be cruising over to Vancouver to hang out and spend more time away from work. As far as photoshoots that are upcoming, I honestly have nothing planned yet and I barely have enough time to come online to check this to begin with.

I will admit though that almost everyday, I look forward to the end of summer because that’s when the big plans for the FRS start. I’m itching to order the parts and I can already envision it coming together… Only time will tell though. I hesitate to photoshop it and put it up here because I’ve been burned too many times. I’m not saying I’m trying to change the FRS world but it’s something I think will be unique enough to make me love it even more.

Anyway enough of my blabber – I thought I’d spend a few minutes to just give you guys an update on what’s going on. I do want to spend a quick second to thank Bill over at ThreeTwenty for making my decals for me (below). I’ve kind of been working on a design since Driven but haven’t had time to tweak it to be where it needs to be for the proper dimensions. It ended up turning out sick as hell and I love it! Just a little something for my blog!

I’ll try to have some content up soon or at least something cool to tide this over. Knowing me, I’ll probably end up scrambling near the end of summer to shoot as much as I can cause I slacked off the whole time. Don’t be strangers!

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Down N’ Out: Benji’s Bagged & Boosted TSX

The time has come!!

Finally getting around to having Benji’s TSX up and I’m pretty stoked on this mainly because I’ve been itching to shoot it since he came to Calgary for Driven a few weeks back. When JC had originally told me that a few guys from Winnipeg were coming and sent me a pic of Benji’s car, I scoffed at the idea in my head mainly because I didn’t believe anyone from Winnipeg would drive 12ish hours to come to Calgary for a car show. Lo and behold – they did, and they were crowd-pleasers at the show, without a doubt.

Benji’s car has an extensive amount of work done to it – inside and out and it’s show car quality, but it doesn’t come without it’s consequences, unfortunately. In Alberta, there are little things that we take for granted that doesn’t go over so well with the police out in Manitoba. To quickly run it down, anything modified from stock is not allowed – plain and simple. Things like HID’s, suspension and clearance, interior pieces missing, etc – all the things that all us racers love to change and remove will net you a ticket (or many of them) and another inspection to make sure you’ve complied.

The night before the shoot, we were talking about getting ready for the shoot – time, place, etc. Late that night, around 10 or 11PM, JC got a text from Benji saying he got pulled over and was getting a bunch of tickets for his modified vehicle. Once this happens, you technically shouldn’t be driving it until you’ve gotten your inspection because you’re risking being pulled over again. Benji decided to take the risk and let me shoot it – which I’m thankful for because I doubt I’d have the same opportunity again. As I was shooting, I asked Benji about the tickets and he mentioned that the funny thing about the tickets and the law is that it says you can’t modify anything from stock, but the cops don’t know what “stock” is to begin with. One of Benji’s tickets ended up being “HID’s”… Well, we all know HID’s come stock on a TSX… How that battle will pan out is unknown to me…

Anyway, we did the shoot with no issues and then rushed off to the wedding to all get drunk together!

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We were having lunch at Moxie’s while Benji and Dan came a little later and waited for us. We rolled out shortly after…

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On the way to the Forks I tried my best to get as many rolling shots as I could but the streets were busy and there wasn’t much room. There are a few more below.

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Benji and JC lined up with us in the Van. We were ready to punch it and smoke him…

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A cool shot of one of the buildings at the Forks.

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The first location reminded me of Eau Claire back in Calgary. It was super bright out that day and not to mention, busy as hell.

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The first thing you’ll probably notice is the awesome colour – Porsche GT3RS grey. Looking real good on his TSX

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Up front is a massive Kraftwerks intercooler which hints at something pretty obvious under the hood as well.

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My favourite part (if you know me) is the Voltex wing fitted out back. It really carries the aggressiveness through to the back.

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Tucked all around are a set of matte black Advan RS-D’s.

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One more shot as we were leaving…

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One shot that we had to get quickly was on the suspension bridge.

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One more with the Forks building in the back.

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The next location was at the Investors Group Field – the new football stadium that opened in 2013. A nice spot to hide away from all that sun. But it’s a good shot of all that tuck he’s got going on.

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A closer shot of the ProjectMu BBK behind the RS-D’s. The ProjectMu teal really makes the car pop in combination with the GT3RS grey and subtle black tones. You may have noticed that Benji carries that teal colour combo all throughout the car as well.

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A few other details that I loved were the little titanium pieces Benji has added. I loved these titanium bolts that hold the endplates to the wing… I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same…

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Also replaced the bolts holding the wing stands down to the trunk with titanium.

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If you can’t read that – it says “Dannie Riel”. During Driven, Dannie was with the beyond.ca booth and she came over to our end and Benji got her to sign his trunk. Nice little momento – given that they are both from Winnipeg.

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Mugen visors – you can never go wrong.

IMG_0972 copyThere is no lack of attention to detail on the inside either – a pair of leather Recaro Sportster CS’s and Takata harnesses dominate the cockpit.

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Inside is his IG handle. Also a good look at how the interior carries the ProjectMu teal colour like I mentioned earlier – the two tone is money.

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Looks like Benji also got Dannie to bend over and sign the inside floor of his car too… (clean thoughts).

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A side profile shot – very aggressive.

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As you might have guessed, Benji is also on air – he’s got his tank and dual compressor set up mounted to the underside of the rear seat decks.

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A custom LED third brake light.

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Benji cleaning up the engine bay for some shots – he hadn’t cleaned it since he made the long drive back from Calgary and there were lots of dead bugs lol.

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Another titanium bolt.

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Inside, Benji brought some Spoon into the mix…

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A shot at the Kraftwerks set up… The colours used all throughout the car work surprisingly well when put together.

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Another shot of the Recaros and the gutted interior.

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One thing that you might have noticed is that he’s rocking a Spoon bumper up front – which is my favourite bumper for the TSX with the J’s Racing bumper following closely behind that. It fits nicely with his build and you don’t see too many Spoon-fitted TSX’s around…

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A closer shot out back with the Voltex Type 5 wing… And Dannie’s signature of course.

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And to end it off – a nice shot of the Winnipeg duo together.

The week has been crazy busy so I haven’t had time to shoot much more lately, but hopefully I’ll have something up soon! PS – if you’re looking for a shoot, let me know and we can book something! My camera is at your disposal :)

24k: Dan’s Acura NSX

One of the cars of Winnipeg that I was able to shoot was Dan’s red NSX on gold Regamasters. A pretty nice combination if you ask me…

Who would’ve thought cars like this could come out of Winnipeg? I know I sound like a hater because I know nothing about the car scene out East, except for in Toronto, but GG Winnipeg… GG.

Some quick shots while we were also shooting Benji’s TSX that you may remember from some of my pics at Driven. That’s coming soon… We were running tight on time because this was in between Ryan’s ceremony and dinner. We picked up some lunch at Moxies then headed out.

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We were at the Forks for our first location – it was hot and sunny as F, so consequently it was also busy as F. We didn’t get many pics here but it was a nice location. It was like the equivalent to our Eau Claire in Calgary. This was a quick shot as we were getting ready to leave.

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The gold wheels stand out anywhere… You got all the primary colors in one shot here lol

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Dan and Benji ahead of us while we were in our Town and Country lol.

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A closer look at the gold plating.

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Stanced nicely with a little poke in the rear.

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Stoptech BBK also in red behind the gold.

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One last roller… Unfortunately, I didn’t get as many shots as we were running out of time. A lot of the time was focused on getting shots of Benji’s car because that was what we had originally planned… Glad I got some shots of Dan’s NSX though.

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Just a little teaser of what’s to come. Some of you may have already seen the shot I posted on my Facebook page that shows Benji’s TSX a little more clearer… But for those of you that haven’t seen it, you’re going to want to check it out.

3rd Annual Scion BBQ Meet

This was kind of a last minute thing for us – JC messaged us in the morning and said that there was a Scion BBQ at Country Hills Toyota and it  was a nice day so we thought to go and check it out. A pretty decent turn out but a fun few hours nonetheless. How can you complain when there’s free BBQ, drinks and snacks? You can’t.

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Washed my car for the first time in a few weeks. Fresh wax is so good.

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Arif’s Civic right beside me.

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Mario’s Focus ST laying low.

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A C63 AMG

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Terence’s BRZ – although I didn’t see him there at all lol. It seems to make an appearance without him most times.

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Kelvin’s 1.6EL looking aggressive as ever. K20 swap, Air inlet on his headlight, Spoon calipers, massive Voltex wing out back. I love it.

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One more shot

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The ying yang pair lol.

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Kelvin’s white RSX on white TE37’s. Exactly how I’d build it.

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Brandon’s black RSX on Regas

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Derrick’s Integra looking clean.

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Tried to get a shot of the white Mustang but buddy on the right there was sitting on his front the whole time. When I skipped him, he stood up and started mean mugging me. Too bad – it was a nice Mustang on Volks too. Note: modeling your car = no pics.

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This little dude was running all over the place. I’m thinking he wanted a pic in front of the RC-F.

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A few more shots. I love the RC-F from the front… but I feel like the rear is not bulky enough to match.

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Front spindle grill is awesome though.

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Peep the couple doing the Salsa on the right. Not awkward for me.

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Autodream’s boosted FRS

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I feel like the owner could’ve washed his car a bit before showing up… but who am I to judge…

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Joe’s FRS on a full TRD kit and CE’s. Clean.

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xB with a whole bunch of model xB’s on the inside…

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A lineup of tC’s

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Iron Man themed tC

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Gopesh’s GTI – so good.

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Ricer angle to this pic.. Meh

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Gopesh and Diana talking about Naruto and Attack on Titan. (not joking).

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Behind them was a super mint 240. Pretty rare to see.

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JC showed up a little later and started breaking necks.

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This one was probably my favourite at the show. An xB converted to the JDM Rumion and rebadged. Super clean look. A little lower and this would be awesome.

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From the rear quarter.

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RB RX7 showed up later too…

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Still one of my favourites… Mainly because it’s so rare around here. Very well done!

That’s it for this! Nice little day to get sunburned!

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