illmotion Sunday School Show & Shine 2013: Before The Show

Well – finally the day that everybody looks forward to every year for the last 3 years has come and gone! Since the very beginning, Sunday School has quickly grown into THE show to go to if you’re in and around the Calgary area. This is the show where everybody comes out – it’s not limited to certain makes or models, you don’t need a certain number of modifications to get in, the registration fee isn’t ridiculous and most importantly – the money that is collected and raised is put to good use and “recycled” again. What I mean is that a huge chunk of the money from everything from the registration money, water money, donations, decal sales, etc go towards a specific charity and to some, it really hits home when the charity chosen means something to them. To others, it’s important that their money is being sent for better use. What I mean by “recycled” is that the money then goes back into creating more decals and paying for future events – after all, putting on a show this big isn’t free nor is it easy. So just a reminder to everybody that came out today – whether you showed your car or not, your money goes to a good cause.

No matter who I talk to, I hear nothing but good things about it. For some, it reminds them that the car scene isn’t dead in this city. For others, it’s inspiration to build something bigger and better each year. Whatever the case, the illmotion Sunday School show & shine absolutely kills most, if not all shows every summer. This year was no different – 350+ cars in attendance, parking lot over flowing all around the Max Bell Centre, and great weather for the third year in a row. I’m burnt all over the place – I even brought sunscreen and I regret not using any of it…

I’m going to split these pictures up into multiple posts because there’s just so many pictures that it would just kill all the excitement if I posted it up in one post.

DISCLAIMER/RANT: I do this every year, but I will say it again: I try to take pictures of all the cars that I can. I will admit that I do skip some cars simply because there is no visual appeal to me personally, so try not to take it personally if you don’t see a picture of your car here. Another reason I miss/don’t have a picture of your car (and my biggest pet peeve at a show) is because the you (the owner) couldn’t help but think that standing around your car, sitting inside, leaning on it, or sitting right in front of it was a good idea. I don’t care if you don’t want a picture of your car – then do what you want. But for those that say “hey you didn’t get a pic of my car!” – it’s probably because you were too busy trying to draw attention to it – no space = no picture.

OK with that – I’ll start with a quick introduction post with a few pictures I got before the show was up and running.

Ricky stopped by in the morning to roll in together. First time I’ve seen this damn car all summer I think. What a guy.

Parked all over the place. Still setting up and figuring out positioning.

JC’s CT and Jimmy’s LS430.

Morning sun.

Getting the main tent set up.

The main lot with a few early birds.

The “shop” lot right on the other side.

Brand new for illmotion this year was the awards for the top cars of the day.

Playing around trying to get the polarizer ready. I love my polarizer but god damn, when it’s blistering hot out and the sun is out in full force, it almost makes it more difficult to shoot with. But I’m still a noob with the polarizer and it’ll take some time to get used to it.

My noob skills resulted in some pics that I’m not entirely happy with, but it’s still better than nothing. In retrospect, I wish I would have gone and done a second round without the polarizer but it was just way too hot!

I’m grateful because I still get a chance to show with the illmotion guys. I think mainly because there would be no “Mean Girls” otherwise. Thanks for having me guys!

And I’ll end it here with Brad saying hi. Things are starting to get rolling, so I’ll have that post up tomorrow…

Stay tuned!

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