Life with Two: The Beauty of Stress and the Search for Perfection

As the year hits December and starts to comes to a close, I often find myself reflecting back and trying to summarize what kind of year it has been in my mind. Truthfully, every single memory and flashback that hits me is of the kids – not of me purchasing the Type R, not about work, not about my favourite movie that I’ve watched this year – a really big change of mindset for me because 3 years ago, those would’ve been the things I thought about.

This has been another really big year for us with the addition of Rin to the family and having an infant and a toddler can really put you through your paces. Although the amount of time in a day remains the same, it feels as though it’s been cut in half because the things you used to be able to do, you’re now struggling to even remember and the things you didn’t ever think about takes more time than you would have ever imagined. Each day really feels like you’re in a controlled whirlwind – everything is moving and it feels hectic but you’re able to see it all in slow motion except you have to choose which battle you’re going to fight today because you just don’t have enough hands or energy to do it all, and you’ll just fight those other battles tomorrow.

This last year has really been a discovery year for Diana and I, and although we’re far from learning what it’s like to have two pre-teen/teenage/adult girls, they still teach us how to be better people everyday. This discovery year has been discovering the beauty of stress while searching for perfection. Every single waking minute, we aim to be perfect parents even though we know damn well it’s not possible – there’s too much room for error, too much spontaneity in two girls that don’t even know or understand what life really is yet, and too much emotional investment to be perfect – it just won’t happen. The point of it all is to try to be the best parents we can be and sometimes striving for the impossible – with the right mindset – can help motivate you do that.

The stress part – Oh… the stress part… That has been a journey all on its own. We’ve learned over the last few years that stress isn’t always the enemy – it is more of a double-edged sword and for the longest time, we thought it was something that burdened us by weighing us down but I think now that it is not a weight on our shoulders but in fact something that we wield improperly and we feel that it is the bad guy when really, we are just bad at handling it. The last 7 months have really helped us understand this with Rin in our lives – stress in our home is never really high anymore because if the two of us are handling this double-edged sword together, there’s less of a chance that we’re going to be hitting ourselves with it – feel me? In other words, it’s really just being able to tell when the other is starting to hit their limit and you just swoop in, grab the handle and continue lifting the sword… Things get better quickly as long as the both of us don’t let that sword drag on the ground because as soon as it does, disaster often follows.

Metaphorically, the sword (the stress) changes often – its size, its weight – but the one thing always remains the same – it is always double-edged. Sometimes one of us can carry it for days, sometimes we can only carry it for a few minutes or hours, but the other is always on the sidelines waiting to come help – you just don’t let it fall down.

Aria and Rin are two completely different people despite what we thought about having two girls and despite what people told us. Aria is dramatic, attention-loving, quirky and very particular while Rin is extremely relaxed, content and easy-going – complete polar opposites of each other and it makes for an interesting dynamic at home. Diana and I often have to switch between the two of them because one will tire us out and the other lets us regain our energy.

We often find ourselves talking about how we did at the end of the day so that we know how to tackle the next day and we find that it helps reset our mindset so that we don’t continue doing something that we think is wrong. Some days, it ends up being “I feel bad for saying this to Aria today” or “I think we need to try this tomorrow” and while most of the time, it’s very small things – It helps us to really think about those small things because kids don’t always care about the big things since they happen so often – they pay attention to the details. Have you ever said something once and a week later, they repeat it and you gasp at where they learned it? Their little minds are always absorbing and sometimes it’s hard to remember to watch your words – every parent is guilty, I’m sure. πŸ™‚

At the end of the day, it’s another year in the books and another year of learning. You’d think that after 32 ignorant years on earth, we’ve done all the learning we need to do but we’re far from it. We move into 2020 continuing to learn how to handle the unruly stress sword while trudging along the never-ending and impossible path to perfection. Although the new year is often seen as a time to forget about all the bad things that have happened in the previous year, it’s important to know that the next year will only be better by remembering the bad things to avoid repeating the same mistakes again. It’s by acknowledging the bad that you can start to see the good – life, like stress is a double-edged sword – it doesn’t sit on your shoulders, you just get better at wielding it.

CTR’s First Hibernation

Surprise! lol my only new post is that I’m parking the car for the year… And this was like two weeks ago. I’m really falling behind on car things lately. I still look at car parts, but I find that I put them on the back burner longer than usual because I end up getting a little more excited about adult things. LAME

Also, the older the kids get – the less time I want to think about working on my car or buying car parts. I just find myself wanting to spend more time with the kids than wrenching in the garage lately… They grow up so damn fast, and it seems like for every moment I’m off doing something car-related, I miss something and I hate it… Where as the car will remain in exactly the same state that I left it and I think I’m OK with that.

Although, it was a sad thing to have to put the CTR away as it is every year. It doesn’t matter what car I’m parking for winter, it’s always depressing because you know winter is coming, snow is coming, cold is coming… and a whole 7 months of it too. It’s pretty miserable. I really wanted to paint correct and apply ceramic coating before I put it away, but it’s probably better that I do it next year. Just took a couple photos of the sad event…

The last time the CTR saw the light of day with Diana’s RAV4…

Swapping the winters on. Originally, I had the all-seasons on it because I thought I was going to be driving it before I sold the FRS. Then when I ended up getting the CTR as quick as I did, I was hitting myself because I knew I basically swapped the winters to the all-seasons for nothing. Now I had to do it all over again lol

Had to swap Diana’s tires over too… Such a dreadful task the older that you get. LOL

Done. Those are Rota’s btw lol – I know some people were sending me heart eye emojis thinking they were RE30’s. I’m not gonna front – they even have last years dirt on them. It’s just to get me through this god-forsaken winter.

Sometimes I think about replacing this because it’s so damn boring but it’s just so damn reliable at the same time. Plus, it just gets beat on and put through so much shit that I don’t know if it’s worth it. Not for me anyway – I wish I was made of money haha

Doing the last few touch ups on the CTR before putting it away…

It’s only been 2 weeks but even looking at this now makes me miss driving it. 😦

Still a booty that I can appreciate.

I still think about what’s left to do on this and there isn’t much on my list to be honest… Aesthetically, I’d like some new aero but don’t know what yet. I’m undecided if I want to Varis this bitch and then have to be paranoid about it all the time. I like having this as a daily driver and not having to worry about dumb things but I also want it to look bad ass LOL.

Power wise, it’s more than enough but I also want to at least get Hondata and maybe an exhaust… Still contemplating…

Either way, I have a long 7 months to think about it… Hopefully I’ll at least have something cool for next year. Until then, my winter posts will probably be of kids and my boring ass life. LOL happy hibernation!

illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine IX – Part 6

As I end the Sunday School coverage for this year, I had mixed feelings about the turnout – nothing terrible – just that I usually have something to “talk” about but honestly, this year I don’t. In the past, I would often rant home about the plethora of replica parts and wheels – not that they didn’t exist at the show, but there was so few of them that it wasn’t worth writing about, and we’ll never be rid of them no matter how much we beg and plead. Other things that would make my eye twitch was poor paint condition (aside from ABG hunters paint – likely too busy trying to catch one than polish his car – so he gets a free pass). People actually care about the presentation of their car now – either it’s fully wrapped in Xpel/3M or it’s fully polished and topped with ceramic coating. My latest self-created award was the “dirty wheel” award that seemed to become a “meme” in our scene because of what happened at Driven 2 years ago. People are either cleaning the fuck out of their wheels or they’re asking if it’s a real award so they can keep them as dirty as possible LOL.

I’m being tagged in posts days before shows with captions like “who’s going to win @jayhoang’s dirty wheel award this year?” and that shitΒ blows my mind!Β I’m not saying I’m the reason for change at all, I’m just saying that I’m happy that people are paying more attention to detail than they ever did in the past. It’s such a welcoming change because cars are so much more than putting on quality parts and showing up – it’s about how you present those parts and bring it all together. Your car could have $30k worth of mods on it but if your paint looks like shit or your $4k wheels look like they’re professional dirt collectors – your car will ultimately kind of look like shit too. Presentation is the cherry on top – not the wax or the ceramic coat you paid $1000 for – you need to make your bitch shine from the paint to the windows to the damn valve stems on the wheels. It needs to beΒ fabulous.

So, my feelings about the show are not bad – it is a good thing and it’s refreshing.

With that said, we put illmotion Sunday School IX coverage to a rest with this last post. Thank you to the illmotion guys for putting together yet another stellar show that really means a lot more to the community than they might think. It’s kind of unfortunate because we’ve come so far and it’s taken us 9 years to get to this point of quality and recognition and on the 10th year, it’s done. 10 years is a long time to be doing this, no doubt, and people trip into new chapters of their lives. As much as we are still kids with cars at heart, good things have to come to an end. As I said in my first post – if there’s one thing to look forward to next year, it’s Sunday School X. I have no doubt in my mind it will be the biggest and best show that will come around for a long time… See you guys next year!

Starting off the line is Jimmy’s 3-series wagon on Volk TE37 Saga’s in the VEX booth

And right beside him, another 3-series wagon on BBS’s

Clean and boosted RX-7

Spoon-themed Type R on bronze Volk TE37’s.

Jayson Mac’s Toyota Levin with a 3SGE beams swap and ITB’s. The bronze TE37’s add to his build to really bring the iconic JDM car to life. I’ve seen this go through lots of stages through Instagram and at the VEX shop and it’s nice to see this come together. The red is also a nice change from the classic panda white/black you would typically see.

Giuseppe’s S15 Spec R on Gram Lights and a set of Endless BBK behind. Giuseppe has come a long way with the S15 in a very short amount of time. I’m not sure if this was intended, but it’s very reminiscent of his R32 with some of the aero he’s chosen and I love it.

Another shot of Binh’s Datsun 240. Tough to get photos of it that day since it seemed to be a crowd pleaser… Literally before and after this photo, it was packed with people.

Terence’s fresh K20 EK – it feels like he literally brings this car out to the illmotion show and then parks it again until the next show… LOL

Silvia on bronze TE37’s

A beautiful Porsche 993 RS 4.0 in red

Dallas’ RX7 on Volk TE37 Sagas. I believe a day or two before the show, he was rolling his fenders to get the wheels to fit nicely. Love the look. Over the last few months (maybe years now?) Dallas has been restoring the RX-7 to a more suitable and original state after the previous owner had some unwelcoming mods…

Boosted FRS slammed down on black/black Work VS-XX’s and a Rallybacker widebody. This was exceptionally clean with great bodywork.

Ryan Dandurand’s MR2 on matte black TE37’s. Ryan’s MR2 has been around for as long as I can remember. Considered to be one of the true OG cars that have stuck around and remained timeless. Ryan makes small modifications every year to keep it fresh but very little needs to be done to it for it to remain a timeless machine.

Alex Yoon’s IS-F on Volk ZE40’s. I haven’t seen Alex in years – we met way back when we were both driving Civics and being ricers. I recently reconnected with him and was stoked when I found out he ended up getting an IS-F. He had a lot of troubles earlier in the year with wheel fitments and had to basically take the hit on the first set of wheels he ordered since they were an aggressive set with basically no one around willing to take them on.

The ZE40’s were his second set and quite frankly, I think suit the car perfectly. ZE40’s are a great wheel but it’s not a wheel that looks good on every car like it’s older brother TE37 or something like the Advan GT. These sit right at home with the IS-F.

I believe this is the same GT-R that was sporting the “Top Secret” livery for a few years – and I think he’s decided to go without it now. Looks a lot cleaner this way.

Jake’s impeccably clean LS-swapped S14 on Advan GT’s. Jake’s car has been around for a while and not a lot has changed on it but not a lot needs to be changed either. His car has always been one of my favourites year after year – everything is just so nicely put together and the body is mint. The combination of JDM pieces like theAdvans and the Brides with the CTS-V brembos and LS-swap is just so good…

Ryan Dandurand’s Ferrari F355 slammed down on Work Meister S1R’s. The Italian twin to his MR2…

Zane’s full-out Varis Kamikaze GT-R on frozen carbon Advan GT’s by Bulletproof Automotive. Again, not much has changed but not much needs to change either… Always a stunner.

Another clean build in the Vex booth was this R32 on Wedsport SA-72R’s. Not a wheel you see much of, but looks great on this.

With all the new A90 Supra talk happening, I’ve yet to see one in person but the classic 90’s Supras don’t get old either. Still undecided on how much I like the new ones, but I do love me a clean A80…

Rhys’ Ferrari F430 also sitting low… I thought moving onto Porsches was the next step but maybe Ferrari’s are? I’ll never get there LOL

Another shot of Tommy’s R34 GTR Sedan…

Honestly – if there was one pic I wanted to take the most, it was of Nick Prah’s RX-7. Nick has been working on his RX-7 for a very long time and months ago when he helped me with restoring the FR-S back to stock, it was still in pieces at the shop. I know he said he was trying to get it ready but was unsure because of some of the extra side work that he took on…

For those of you that don’t know – Nick is a bodyshop guy and does all his own paint and modifications. He’s also probably one of the most detailed and biggest perfectionists I’ve ever met. I don’t know Nick much more personally than talking to him and having do work on my car but between the level of perfection he’s put into my car and the amount of time and work he’s put into his own – Nick is next level.

I spent a good amount of time walking around Nick’s car and there’s just so much that can be missed and appreciated if you didn’t really know much about him or the car. From the molded TCP Magic kit to the paint faded vents on the hood and on the Ganadors… There’s a level of complexity to things like this that you really need to just look at and take in slowly because it’s just that good…

Between the small details and the absolutely perfect paintjob he’s done – Nick also took home one of the honour roll awards which understandably is and was the most deserved award of the whole show. Not a single swirl on the paint, not a body gap too big or too narrow… This is what perfection looks like to me and is at a level that not even I can begin to imagine getting to simply because I don’t think I’m as patient as Nick is.

It’s builds like this that make you truly wonder if you’re building your own car right. Makes me proud to be able to say that Nick was the one that made the FR-S as good as it was simply because of how good a job he did on it. There are other examples in the city that display his work which were not in attendance at the show that I know of, but to have the “Nick Prah” touch is an honourable one for sure.

Garett’s dumped Miata on Work E-Wings. One of my favourite Miata’s to date – simple and clean…

Garett was one of the individuals that tagged me and asked who was going to win the dirty wheel award this year so I just double checked… Definitely not him. You could eat sushi off that lip – despicable. (LOL jk – glad you cleaned your wheels :D)

God damn I love a good Datsun… It’s really hard not to love this body style – it’s so classic and retro but just screams “JDM!!” to me

Another classic – Hakosuka GTR. What a lineup over at the entrance to the lot… great builds fellas…

Who loves dumped wagons? I do.

Derek Harvey’s super clean FRS on Gram Lights. I had to take a few minutes to check this thing out in person – lots of cool stuff going on here with Derek’s build and I only get to really see it on Instagram most of the time. I’m glad he decided to stick with the stock body – those hips are too nice to mess with.

In the engine, he’s got a V-mount – something you don’t see everyday on an FRS/BRZ and some titanium goodies as well. Super clean and well done.

Travis’ static VIP LS430 on Weds Kranze Cerberus sporting the Mode Parfume kit. I really really really love this look…

That IS from roll-in with the crazy kit and wheels…

A shot of the rear wheel – like an insane amount of lip – probably a good 7-8″ worth.

Another shot of the Spoon-themed Type R…

Silvia on VS-KF’s…

Another one of my favourites was this Mugen GE8 Fit with a K20 swap in the Legit Society line up. Like I mentioned in my earlier posts – the GE8 will always have a spot in my heart and this is a super clean example of a well done Fit. I wish there were more Fit builds around here – they have a lot of potential to look really good and go decently fast if you have the moola…

A very clean Varis Evo X on ZE40’s with the super concave face.

Another Varis Evo X but widebody this time wrapped in a sort of cream white wrap.

Eric’s VIP Sienna on Advan GT’s from Zokusha Tuning. Another one of my favourites just because it’s so niche and make some people go “what”. The VIP Van scene is just not big here and it’s likely because there isn’t a lot of choices to go with… Unlike Asia, we don’t have the choices of Vellfires or Alphards. If those ever came, I would cop one so fast…

Kriss Martin’s Varis widebody Evo X on bronze Volk TE37’s. This was black until a few months ago – I dig the new colour.

Another 3IS on Work Kiwami’s in a high polish. I love ultrasonic blue.

Another new one to me is this yellow Varis widebody STI Hatch on a set of Racing Green TE37’s. Two very extravagant colour choices but surpsingly combo well together.

I actually love the Racing Green on the TE37’s… Not sure it’d be easy to pull off on any other colour but this works great.

Carlos’ Varis widebody V2 WRX on bronze ZE40’s. Carlos’ car has been through several variations and this is by far my favourite. A mashup of tried and true JDM pieces with great execution. I get wet when I see super concave ZE40’s…

Marino’s ultra rareTRD widebody Supra…

Another STI sporting the Varis bumper on Gram Lights…

Kai’s 86 sporting the TRD lipkit and fender fins, Voltex swan neck, craftsquares and Volk ZE40’s. I really dig the final outcome that Kai came up with – it’s a mixture of OEM+ using the supremely underrated TRD kit for the 86’s with hints of GT using Voltex and Craftsquare. Another 86 that’s remained stock body and should be appreciated…

Iain’s Genesis coupeon Rotiforms…

I’ll be the first to say that I’ve been a longtime naysayer for the Golf R. Let me back that up by saying that it’s not because I hate VW or anything – it’s just that for a car that goes for the same price as the STI/Evo/CTR – it just looks generally underwhelming. Scratch that – it looks extremely underwhelming. Now I’ll also admit that I don’t know a shit ton about VW’s or euros so my opinion is likely unwelcome but if someone took the “R” badges off and showed me a Golf R – I wouldn’t know it’s a Golf R. LOL

On the other hand, take off the Type R batch or STI or Evolution badge off their respective cars and most would be able to probably guess it’s not a normal Civic, Impreza or Lancer. I know, I know – you are all saying “it has AWD and is superior to the CTR!” or “It has the same power and more potential!” – I get it. I understand it. I just can’t fork out that type of money for a car that looks like it’s base model brother (in my eyes).

HOWEVER, this Golf R – this one I can get behind. If the Golf R came with this lip kit and hood, then I’d be all for it. I saw this and said – “fuck, I love this Golf R”. All I’m saying is that VW kind of seemed a little lazy after they decided to make it AWD and have 300hp… They looked at the exterior and said “meh good enough”. lol

Mike Salek’s pride and joy Ducati – I’ve seen this thing go from frame to bike on Instagram and just like Trucks and Euros – I don’t know much about bikes – but I do know what is dope and what is not dope LOL.

The level of detail on Mike’s bike is amazing. From the Alcantara seat, to the custom paint… Truly a work of art down to the last bit.

Even pieces of dry carbon surround the bike…

At the end of the day, the tradition of giving out raffle prizes and honour roll awards begin… Lily – Prashants’ daughter chose the winning tickets. We seem to always get a comment that it’s rigged because the same people always win… It truly isn’t rigged and if you saw the amount of tickets that the same “winners” bought, you’d realize there was either no hope for anyone else or they just had a higher chance than everyone else.

Keep in mind that those individuals (who will not be named) put in literally hundreds of dollars in for raffle tickets where as a cheap ass like me would buy 1 or 2… The money goes to whatever foundation is chosen each year so it’s not like it gets recirculated or anything…

JC calling a winning ticket…

The crowd waiting anxiously on directions on how to leave the lot properly – it seems some don’t know how to…

To think – this is the 2nd last time I’ll be photographing all your beautiful faces in the crowd…

That’s a wrap for Sunday School!

illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine IX – Part 5

Onto part 5…

This will kind of be a mix of photos from JC and myself. When I came back to the show later in the afternoon, I decided to try and make a slow walk around to check out some cars and snap some that caught my eye, so there may be some repeats. During my (slow) walks, I sometimes caught a bit of conversations that people were having while I was composing a photo or trying to find a good angle and lots of the chitter chatter was how Sunday School was probably the best show in a long time. Others said that it’s the only show worth going to that doesn’t seem like a cash grab. On the other hand, conversations were straight up about cars (naturally) – what kind of engine swap is best, which profile tires they tried that didn’t cause rubbing, what offset their wheels were…

It really illustrates two things – 1) that my thoughts about the show are not wrong and that people really do recognize Sunday School as more than a “show” and 2) it brings together like-minded individuals in a very community-esque way. People have booths up, maybe they have their lawn chairs out to just take a break, some are working their hustle, but no matter what it is you’re doing – everyone is here for the same good time. Sharing tips, specs, ideas – in case you’ve forgotten, the show was meant for a way to put the local car scene on the map – not to give away awards or bragging rights (although it is a bonus). It’s where you see the true OG’s come out to play and share what we’ve all looked up to for so long. It’s the grounds for inspiration, really – you could walk around all day and find something that might be right up your alley or something that might completely turn you off – but that’s OK.

In the last 9 years, if I were to use the show as a gauge to illustrate how much this scene has changed – boy, are we far from home. The coolest thing about photographing this show for 9 years straight is the fact that you can see almost exactly where in time trends shifted for us. Perhaps a good idea for a post for another day – but the point of it is that we’re far (but not gone) from the replica parts phase and we’ve maybe jumped too much and are now in overkill phase. There is such a thing as “too much” and in the past, I used to yell “Needs a bigger GT wing!” but now I’m screaming “Make the GT wing smaller!” at the top of my lungs, or the classic “Those wheels need to be wider/have lower offset” and now we’re at the “no, no, no – make them fit properly!” We were so close to that balance but missed the mark and maybe the illmotion retirement creates the lull in the scene to bring us back to our senses until something new comes along…

Food for thought… Let’s get on with part 5.

GR STI Sedan on bronze ZE40’s under some fender flares. I dig these flares – not too flashy and just enough to work well with the sedan’s lines. It’s not super easy to get the wicked concavity in the ZE40’s unless you can run a really wide wheel.

Gabriel’s timeless turbo GSR on CCW’s

RHD Forester STI on Gram Lights

Decked out Tacoma. I don’t like camping, but I’d camp with this..

A clean 240SX in the 403Media booth…

I looped around again to Brady’s STI sedan just cause I had to see it in person. Such a beautifully put together build… Those TE37 Sagas are money.

Another angle to look at the kit and fitment of the wheels.

Logan’s STI Sedan again…

Rob Hartson’s STI hatch absolutely dumped on Work VS-KF’s. He rides like this static as well.

A pretty bad ass Veilside RX7 in green/black. If you knew about Veilside before Tokyo Drift, you might have a better appreciation for the kit but nonetheless, still a bad ass kit…

The green colours make their way into the engine bay as well…

Lexus RC-F – I think the only one at the show. I’m surprised it never really became a popular chassis to mod – I’m not sure if it’s due to the price or just the lack of aftermarket parts for it… Still a decent looking car though.

Once again. Don’t know anything but I love this…

RHD MR-S. I haven’t actually seen one up close in person – this used to be my dream car way back in high school. I remember seeing my first one in a copy of Import Tuner and I dreamed about it constantly, trying to find ways to get one…

Kirsten’s Altezza on Fifteen52 wheels

The glitter purple painted IS300 on a rose-gold set of CR-Kai’s. After I was corrected that this was in fact not a wrap, I immediately had a greater appreciation for it. I hate myself for assuming something that isn’t your typical paint job is wrap – it’s straight up disrespect and I don’t mean it. I think I’ve just gotten tired of going up to check to see if it’s paint or wrap because 99% of the time… It’s wrap LOL. Good job sir!

The Renault Clio from roll-in. Super mint…

Another shot of Aaron’s R32 GTR

A wicked BN sports widebody RX7 with a RB26 swap. When it was first rolling in, the bumper had what looked to be saran wrap all over it but from a distance, it looked like a really bad paint job and I was severely disappointed. When he rolled closer, I was relieved LOL! This was another one of my favourite builds at the show – never seen this around before…

LS-swapped FRS! I wish I heard this thing rolling through…

Mugen FD2 on CE28’s

Gerick’s Lexus RC350 with a RB kit on TE37’s. At one point, he did have the RB wing as well, but looks like he’s opted to run clean.

a 3IS with an ARK Solus widebody fitting super wide Work Meister S1R’s. It sports a gold/black colour theme throughout the car and goes by the nickname Killmonger (black panther for those not in the know). The colour and vinyl design looks much better with the widebody now than it did with the stock body. Super aggressive.

Bill’s Grand Prix – still in amazing condition as usual. I don’t believe it gets much seat time with all the other cars Bill has in his stable, but it’s nice to see that he’s still bringing it out to shows.

Those of you that are new here might wonder what a Grand Prix is doing in the middle of all these modified imports, euros, and trucks and it earns a special spot in the show for those of you that know Bill and his family. Bill’s father passed away a few years ago and this was his toy – bought brand new in 1993. It was daily driven for 16 years and Bill later bought it from his Dad for $1.00 when he passed it down to him. Bill and his Mom, Sue, both attend every dang illmotion show and event when they can and have literally been both mine as well as illmotion’s number 1 supporters from day one. They are the two faces I will try and come say “hello” to at shows because they’re just so welcoming and open to literally everything.

Bill continues to work on the GP whenever he can and continues to honour his Dads legacy by maintaining this car. Something I think all of us would do if we were in the same boat – it is simply a way of continuing to remember to not forget.

Bill’s 2nd car is his Ford Focus sedan with an ST engine swap. I remember when Bill first got this car – he said nothing too crazy. Then he went and did the engine swap, and then lowered it more, and then put fender flares on it and so goes the story of “I’m keeping it stock”… I’ve been there…

And finally, Bill’s 3rd car is his S15 – a dream car of his that I know he’s been longing for for so long. He’s been working on restoring it to a more presentable stage as I understand some of the previous modifications were a little tasteless and some of the paint needed some work. In due time, I think we’ll see his S15 looking even better…

Sue’s Focus sporting new fender flares as well. They got this done days before the show.

Wicked black Focus RS. These things look mean as hell. I’ve been really digging the overhaul Ford has been making to all their vehicles. Incredibly more aggressive and bold.

Another Focus hatch

Derricks’ Fiesta ST

Another shot of Jeevs’ CTR on MF10’s

Another angle of Pat Tan’s 1JZ IS300 on Regas…

FC-powered Corolla GT-S

Another Forester STI in WRB on bronze ZE40’s. Honestly a colour combo that will just never get old. I kind of want this for winter now…

Super minty RX7 in the VEX booth…

Porsche on Advan GT’s in the Vex booth…

It was at that point that I turned around and was greeted with ABG hunters hood. I literally almost fainted when I saw it. If any of you are keeping track, you know that Brandon is on the hunt for an ABG and he’s been tasked to find one so I can take a picture of them by the end of the day.

He lost Kya because I’m sure Kya knew there were no leads (or he had no chance), he obtained a scooter instead but perhaps failed to notice that only one person can fit on said scooter, so no ABG was going to bite on that. And now I find that he has seemingly wiped his car with what looks like Vaseline from who knows what (but you know) creating hazing and swirls basically all over the car. Recall back to my comment about how if you own a black car, it needs to look like a mirror? It needs to look like a damn mirror so ABG’s can do their damn make up! So far, the points aren’t adding up for Brandon…

Calling @gpomp AKA Duncan for paint correction services…

So what does Brandon do next?

He says to me “take a picture of me next to Kasem’s car for my tinder profile”. I say – whatever will help you get that ABG picture man…

Then he goes “wait! One more with Jackson’s car too just for good measure”. I hesitantly agree, but a good friend does what a good friend should do. That also means that I won’t only take a picture and post it on my blog and possibly lose followers, I’ll give you a quick bio on Brandon for any girls currently reading this (Paging: Import Dolls!)

Brandon measures two things in life – how much he can lift and how much he can lift after he lifts whatever he lifted the first time. His deadlift PR is something like 810lbs give or take, so rest assured that he can sweep you off your feet. Legend has it that he once sat for 8 hours straight, 2 days in a row for that tattoo sleeve you see on his left arm – he’s got tough skin and can take all your shit. He just got his bike license which means you’ll get the ride of your life. That gold chain around his neck? It’s not just for looks, it’s for you to pull him in closer if you know what I mean. Brandon has a baby face – girls love baby faces (look at the BTS army) – no stubble means no rug burn, and no rug burn means more “love you long time”.

If I didn’t sell you at how much he lifts, hopefully I sold you at the no rug burn part. I apologize in advance of any dirty underwear that I may have caused during this last part of my coverage – I’m just trying to help a brotha out. His instagram is @btl.88 – go slide in his DM’s. ABG’s or ABB’s are welcome.