Hot Import Nights 2015: Calgary

Finally starting to catch up on coverage! As much as I’d like to postpone them a little longer (just to buy myself more time), it’s a little different with show coverage since it can get old quick and most people want to see the photos sooner rather than later. Now that we’re through HIN Vancouver, we’re back home for HIN Calgary.

The same things I said about HIN Vancouver pretty much translate over to HIN Calgary. The major difference is that the Calgary show was much bigger in quantity but really didn’t match the quality that Vancouver brings. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of well-built cars in Calgary and a ton of new builds that really just came out of no where. My personal opinion is that shows like this that need to live up to at least half the hype that is expected need to filter through the cars and not accept everything. It starts to become a very thin line when you do that because then people get upset. If you’re upset, that means you’re car isn’t up to par yet – there shouldn’t be any hard feelings.

At the end of the day, it’s a car show – not a meet. I know some of you might be saying “well, what about illmotion’s Sunday School”? In my books, HIN and Sunday School are in two different categories. HIN is – as I stated in the HIN Vancouver post – an all out show that really cuts no corners. It is all out and it’s really something Calgary hasn’t had in a long, long time due to whatever reason. Sunday School is, and always has been a way to bring the automotive community together – it was to recharge the scene and to get people excited about it all over again. No big admission fees, no stages, no lights and models… It was all for a good cause, with donations and proceeds going to a different charity every year.

One thing that I was kind of surprised about was the lack of advertising for HIN, considering the reputation and all. I personally didn’t see anything on social media regarding HIN – no registration dates/times, no location, no nothing. I heard it mentioned here and there but nothing solid was ever established. It is certainly possible that I’m not as connected as the rest of the crowd is or I’ve just been out of the loop, but I didn’t know there was even something happening until just a few days before the show. The date chosen was probably not a good idea since it was the same day as Chasing Summer – where all the hippie, raver kids like to go (all like 15,000 of them from surrounding areas), and it was the day before Sunday School which was announced a long time ago. Two car shows back to back is hard to do if you’re part of both of them…

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We showed up a little later in the afternoon to check the show out. It ended up being at Deerfoot Inn and Casino down south… I personally didn’t register for two reasons: one, as stated above – I didn’t know about it… And two, even if I did know, I don’t like how my car looks right now so I hate taking it to shows if I don’t have to lol.

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We started at the beginning and made our way around – Rob’s 240 on Meister S1’s from Low Cals.

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Another angle. Nice red.

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A G35 starting the Low Cals group off…

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Nissan Pulsar GTi-R

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Black on red Rota D-forces

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Evo on WedsSport SA55M’s.

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Kenji’s S15 on Work CR Kai’s

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Mario’s Ford ST still looking clean with a new lip addition.

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A very nice LHD Supra T-top on Meister S1’s. Very clean.

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This Mazda3(speed?) from 403Media and the wide flares are pretty unique.

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Steven’s STI sedan on TE37SL’s

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@itsbirdy’s FRS

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Another FRS going with the white/black tone.

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This truck was dope as fudge. Probably one of the best there IMO…

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Trunk set up was unreal. 6 compressors and a huge tank with hard lines running into it nicely. The rear struts were visible with custom spiders on top of each strut. I wonder how fast that tank fills…

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On the other side, some shenanigans going on in the back of a truck… No hate though, if I had a truck, I’d probably put a bunch of girls in it and take a picture too…

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A clean GLI aired out on BBS’s

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Ron’s R32 Skyline. His skyline is incredibly clean on bronze/bronze Meister S1R’s.

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A lime green wrapped Rocket Bunny RX7 on Weds Kranze LXZ’s. Those rears are massive in person…

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S14 with an S15 conversion

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Dustin Mak’s S15 on velvet blue Gram Lights 57xtremes

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Kaylee’s S14 in a nice midnight purple on Work CR Kai’s

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Matte blue wrapped Evo on TE37SL’s

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This STI Hatch was super clean – I love the blue and I love the Meisters.

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A very aggressive track set up on this STI with meaty tires, canards and GT wing.

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Cool Seeing an MR2 there – I remember back in my adolescent days of reading Import Tuner and Super Street, this MR2 was my dream car lol.

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Brooks and his rootbeer coloured Evo 9 – they always make their way over for car shows from Saskatchewan.

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Josh’s FRS still looking good since I last saw it in Edmonton.

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This was new to me – haven’t seen it around before and I enjoyed the execution of it. I think a full paintjob would do this thing wonders since it’s fairly clean already.

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Autodream’s Skyline’s came out to play as usual.

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This was another cool truck to see – a Hakosuka Sunny truck.

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Aired out Prius.

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Variskitted Evo on Gram Lights.

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R34 on ZE40’s. Looks good.

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3/4 Rocket Bunny FRS sans the front lip.

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Jimmy’s Datsun 240z

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Another STI on TE37’s. Popular choice of wheel this year lol…

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Jimmy’s M3 on some new shoes – Wedssport SA55m’s in full black

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This was a favourite of mine from the CH Toyota BBQ – Scion xB/Rumion.

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Pretty clean Yaris RS… Don’t see too many of these around…

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Noel’s S14

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Carlo’s WRX

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Super sick Miata.

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One of my favourites from this show as well as Sunday School was this V8 swapped Corolla with ITB’s. Sounded crazy.

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Another car that was nice to see was this Varis/Voltex kitted Evo on Work CR Kai’s.

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Aired out STI with a Varis CF lip kit.

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Bag barn and their dumped trucks…

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This one is always a winner in my books…

That’s a wrap for HIN Calgary! The sun was shining, it was hot as fudge, I heard it was a long day from 11AM-9PM or something like that… But kudos to those that tried to put on HIN in Calgary. It still brings cars out and a good enough crowd to make it worth while. Next up is Sunday School coverage… And there are a TON of pics for that so I’ll be breaking them out into parts… Stay tuned.

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