Just right off the bat, I just want to say that I’m a little disappointed that my “Oval Problem Equation” that I had worked so tirelessly on didn’t come to fruition this year. Maybe next time…
Driven 2018 – The Honest Coverage
But I won’t dwell on the past too much…
It’s been 4 years since this last show was held at the Olympic Oval – considered to be the OG location that really started it all for a lot of us back in the day. The last time we were there personally was in 2018 and that was about enough to go into retirement for car shows. It’s an incredibly long day and while it can be a really enjoyable time, it can really be fatiguing after a number of years. While I don’t enter my car anymore, I do like to show up and show my support to some of the groups that are doing some good things for the community. It hits home particularly for me because again, @jtooned.co wouldn’t be where it is now without them, so it is only fitting that I come and visit since I don’t really get much time to do so otherwise.
If you end up reading the 2018 recap I linked above, not much has changed between 2018 and 2022 and the 4th and 5th paragraphs sum it up well. And if you didn’t read it or don’t like retrospect, that’s fine too. (PS – retrospect is important in evolution to ensure the same mistakes don’t happen again). This year was much of the same thing – a few gems hidden in a sea of coal and rubble. I can’t expect every single car to be amazingly overwhelming, but alongside the “Approved” logos are there “Not Approved” ones too? Asking for a friend.
When you read my blogs, I really don’t want you to think I’m some kind of elitist that’s too good for everyone. I, like most of you, enjoy good things and good people and good everything. I like looking at something and knowing that the person behind this really put a lot of thought and effort into it and that their passion for something really cool is greater than their passion for clout and the dreaded “scene points”. You might be like “Man, these people are out here cause they got money to spend on $4k wheels and a $10k body kit. I’m just out here tryna have a good time and do what I can with the means that I have” and all I gotta say is “Man… So am I”. It’s just so much more than trying to compete with the guys that have more money than me. In the last several years, we were so damn close to seeing a show like this with no reps and we’ve gone full circle and a half to reps with the actual brand stamped in and fake brand decals now. Yo… what?
Anyway, this is probably the first show coverage where I didn’t take pictures of every car. The show was packed as fuck and cars were squeezed together tighter than Kim Kardashian’s butt cheeks, it was impossible to get some shots so I had to be more selective. There are about 200 pictures here – so still a decent collection of what the day consisted of but if you don’t see your car here, I simply did not capture it for one reason or another. I know, I missed a lot of good ones but I just couldn’t stand and wait for crowds to pass every time lol.
Starting off at the Tuner Decals booth – these guys are @jtooned.co’s day ones. I won’t ever stop recommending them or using them. I admire the grind that I’ve seen these guys do. There’s so many decal places around but these guys are top notch. Just the way they explain what makes them different and the extra effort they put into to being a little better than the competition – I vibe with that. Synonymous with how you build a car. Kelvin was explaining how he put together the Hashira stickers and I didn’t understand a single thing but I was like “Shit, that’s cool man and I appreciate that”. I just draw without putting thought into how to make them a sticker. These guys take extra steps to make it look just as good as the original. A+ Service.
All of their decals are drawn by themselves as well – no outsourcing or anything. Kind of a 2 for 1 deal with these guys and it’s always original art. So many shops nowadays just take a picture off google, cut it in half and call it their peeker. No bueno man. That’s like taking a wheel that looks like a TE37, then slapping a TE37SL sticker on the spoke and calling it real. Oh wait….
They were even nice enough to give @jtooned.co a side of their table to sell my stickers. Lots of OG stuff that they’re still selling and it’s crazy cause they’re the only ones – other than myself – that still have stock of the OG stuff. The new Hashira’s were there too – man, they looked so sick. Still a few left – head over to www.jtooned.com
And they made me a table plaque too sniff
Kevin’s Genesis looking cleannnnn. Just slapped on the new Advan TC’s and some carbon goodies as well. I saw they even stocked up on basically the whole line up of Car Pro detailing products to bring it all up to snuff. That’s how you do it.
First time seeing a GR86 in person – this one with some Voltex goodies. Looked so clean.
Saw this at Driven last year and still looking clean.
Nice shot of some of the carbon
Voltex R35 GTR on Advan GT’s.
Voltex Hawkeye STI on Advan GT’s – this was always one of my favourite gen’s of STI’s, especially when outfitted with Voltex aero.
Annoying someone got in the way though lol
Crazy BN Sports FD RX7 painted in a matte green. I was corrected – it’s not wrap!
Oh you wide wide.
LJ’s Lamborghini Huracan with the yellow/purple colorway
And his widebody Challenger Hellcat with the new wrap.
Better shot of the wrap here. So dope. I remember tooning all his cars 2 years ago – nice to see them all in person.
Becca’s Hyundai Veloster N with the Liqui Moly livery. Really clean wrap.
Yolanda’s Ford Focus ST – looking pristine.
Mike McConnell and his business @mikescleanshop detailed this for Yolanda a few days prior and was sending me updates as proof LOL. Good job on the wheels sir – you know I would never fail you on a barrel inspection 🙂
Maggie’s Golf R on RE30’s
Mel’s Ford Fiesta ST – unfortunately the engine had blown but they managed to roll it in for the show. No one would’ve guessed otherwise.
The Redline Sorority booth. Another local group that I’ve admired over the last few years. Total honesty here – and I’ll sound like a geezer when I say it – but when I was heavy in the car scene, there was a very small representation of girls in the scene. I’m not sure if that’s because of how cliquey things were or the fact that girls just weren’t interested in cars back then but it was rare to see. When the girls at Redline came up, I wasn’t sure what would come of them – mainly because of my lack of personal experience with a group of car girls. Over the years, they’ve managed to do some really good things and embrace the car scene as it was and then pave their own way from it.
It’s enlightening and humbling. There are so many groups that it’s hard to tell whether you made a group to do stupid rowdy shit or if you’re here to do cool things for the community. They’re a bunch of really down to earth girls that just like car shit and they aren’t doing it because they got some scrub in his rust bucket trying to make them look cool.
Thanks for hooking me up with the new merch, ladies. 🙂
I’ve also had the pleasure of designing some things for them – including this new one above. I don’t know if she has a name or if they’ve named her, but I’ll just call her Redline Girl for now. This was a fun one to do and to finally see how they’ve put it together on the hoodie.
And some stickers as well. The newest one being the hentai-esque girl with green eyes asking Senpai for sponsorship. I was really close to debating whether I should give up tooning cars for hentai. Maybe one day…
Jiahao’s Evo IX wagon in yellow on Advan RG’s. Such a great color flow and combo.
Voltex kitted as well
Jason Choi’s R34 GT-R V-Spec II. I’m sorry for the shitty picture – this was literally the best I could get before Kyle and his monster hat came over and started talking about how this thing is actually called Godzilla…
Sick Odyssey – I really love these JDM Vans, man. Hard to get a shot with it so tight thoughhhhhhh
I’m not going to pretend I know about Volvo’s, so check out this sick Volvo.
R35 GTR from Alpha Rally – wrapped by Executive Wraps.
The widebody Supra MKV
Blob eye STI on some wide ass Cosmis Racing wheels. Actually kinda crazy how wide they make these lol.
Jon’s Bagged and wide G37
Super tight fitment on the works
Kinda rare to see fitment this tight nowadays… Looked sick.
Xavier’s S-Class W220 bagged so perfectly on those Junction Produce Scara’s. A perfect mix of Euro and JDM.
The trunk set up. Great work by Paul.
Caught Xavier doing some checks lol
Gabriel’s DC2 – hasn’t changed much over the last few years but hasn’t gotten shitty either. Still timeless!
Jay’s bagged VW Jetta
Rachel’s Forrester STI on ZE40’s. Great combo
Kat’s Mustang GT on BBS’s
I liked the touch of pink on the Brembos
Brooke’s Infiniti Q60 – now bagged and looking sick AF. Not too many of these around – super cool to see.
Lots of nice touches that flow throughout the car too – like the flower valve stem cap
Matching the same pattern on the door sills
A door holder piece with her Instagram cut out.
And the pattern flows right into the trunk on the air tank as well. Perfect.
Alyssa’s RS5 debuted her new look with a purple wrap and rose pink wheels.
Same thing here – lots of nice transitions of color throughout to maintain the theme.
And the front end. A very different transition from the Grey and Fluorescent orange wheels she previously had.
Rear shot of Becca’s Veloster N.
Justine’s FRS in fluorescent green/yellow and super bright pink Gram Lights. Man, this was probably the hardest car to photograph because of the colors LOL
Check that sparkle.
Yo, good job on the barrels though. Worth the broken nails – could eat sushi off of em.
Jynelle’s Mazda Miata ending off the Redline lineup
Loved this color. Cleanest wheels award to this guy.
Super clean and bagged Mini
Derrick’s 4Runner in the new Speedfactor booth.
Jackie’s Tundra looking mad clean
RWB Porsche on all bronze Works
Ben’s MKV Supra on Bronze TE37’s. Dis a good look
Red M3’s always get me.
Purple-wrapped S15… I think I have a front shot later on…
Stewie’s Spoon/Voltex/Mugen FK8. First time seeing the MF10’s in person and in the FK8 spec – looks real nice.
Especially with the blue center caps.
Isaac’s completed FC RX7… Or is it? I think Errol said your badges are missing LOL
Roel’s full Varis FK8. As good a shot I could get with every opening open LOL
33 Ten’s Rocket Bunny RX7 – no stranger to local shows, but also always a looker.
This was what my day consisted of mostly LOL
There you go
Another familiar face – Varis STI in hyper blue on bronze ZE40’s
Lowriders. Because Cool.
Slammed oldschool 7 series in a rootbeer brown. Looked great but failed to get a good full shot…
So here’s some interior VIP shit instead. Shit has leveled up since I had my LS460L lol
Lowkey want to get back into another VIP car though…
Gerald’s widebody WRX
Loved this M3 and the livery.
Not sure if these are the owner’s kids but if not, this is mad disrespect… If you’re gonna take your kids and your nieces and nephews and Lola’s and everyone else in your family to the show, please make sure to teach them to respect the cars…
A proper shot…
Man, I really loved the whole theme of this truck. So rad
Crazy Supra with an insanely clean engine build.
Deserved to be somewhere better tbh lol
Check those barrels. lol
Gerard’s full Spoon FK8.
John’s freshly finished Mugen RR FD – probably one of my favourites of the show. Obviously not real Mugen RR parts because it’s practically impossible to get but he did a really great job at fitting everything and ensuring it all flowed. Such nice execution and attention to detail.
Right down to the fog lights and bading.
The FD was always a car I wanted back when I had my FG. Still wouldn’t mind one…
Carbon accents on the hood…
Inside – some really nice details like the Recaro RS-G’s
Mugen Wheel set up
Full Mugen RR rear
Even the cluster was swapped out to Mugen. Great job!
Right beside was this Spoon FD – looking equally as good.
Bride x Cusco seats on the inside and a Type R cluster.
RB FRS – haven’t seen these in a minute even though they used to be all the rage just a few years ago lol
This bad ass Mugen Odyssey slammed on Work VS-KF’s… Phewwwww
And that fitment too. MAN, I need a JDM Odyssey. STAT.
Ah here’s the front of that S15 from earlier 🙂
Slammed DC5 RSX – it’s so rare to see these modded nowadays too. Such a great platform.
Birdy’s MKV Supra with the Street Hunter kit.
Lots of things going on with this… Did TE37 Saga’s come 4 lug and a sticker? I thought they were engraved? Wait a second…………………………….
370Z on Meisters
Another familiar entry for the KMR booth is the widebody IS – I think this was nicknamed Killmonger from Black Panther – not sure if he still calls it that though lol.
Pearl white IS
Midori Green Integra. Man, this was kind of like a blast from the past – you literally don’t see DC2’s anymore. Midori Green is probably one of my favourite colors ever. This was pretty clean!
Slammed Celsior on Weds
This one F’d up my white balance and I wasn’t about to try to fix it LOL – greens and yellows and blues all over the place. I think the fake Brembo caps might have been the issue though.
I have to applaud the amount of work that went into this FK7 – a bunch of honeycomb weaved carbon pieces and the interior is just done to the 9’s. Not my thing but fairly good execution.
Classic. Another platform you don’t see all that often anymore…
Lots of stuff going on here …
Lowrider. Because Cool.
Seeing a lot of Miata’s pop up lately too. Smiley face roadster is all the rage.
Two-tone G35 and widebody flares on some super wide Weds Kranze Vishunu’s. Owner was cool to even ask if I wanted him to put the hood down for a pic. Thanks man – that’s the attitude. You been here before?
Of course, I politely declined because this was worth showing lol.
A pretty crazy FD RX7.
Toyota Chaser in Orange
Supra on TE37SL…..
… Or not? I was thoroughly confused for a little bit because the stickers caught my eye real quick so I had to take a quick look. To be honest, I’d much rather see dirty wheels than this.
Bill’s S15 looking clean as always on the Advan Super Racing 3 split spokes.
It has come a long way for sure from when he first got it
I had to give him a hard time on the wheels though and he was fully expecting it lol. Not easy to restore the chrome on these wheels after some lack lustre care from the previous owner. The faces were still minty though!
Miracle bar installed just before the show – a great addition to the interior.
Sue and her extremely rare, all original and unmolested 240SX going on to win the OG award and also as the first female winner of the award. Well-deserved!
The beauty of this is not that it has been restored perfectly or anything like that. The beauty is that this is how she found it and how it will stay. The paint has stood the test of time well and she went ahead and made sure that it continues to do so – the car is fully polished and paint corrected and then wrapped completely in PPF to prevent further oxidation. The trim and the wheels show aging but, as Sue says, that’s kind of how she wants it and how it should be rather than ripping it apart trying to make it brand new again.
It may not tickle everyone’s fancy because it isn’t slammed or has a body kit but it truly is something to look at and really embrace the fact that this is how these cars were really meant to be driven and enjoyed. We’ve just changed that definition ourselves by defining “better” as “upgrading”.
Pretty clean 86 – pretty rare to see those TRD carbon fender trims nowadays too. One of my favourite pieces on my old FRS.
Clean tank set up as well
A slammed Fiesta with a wrap and embossed vinyl underneath
Upclose of the designs
Another slammed Focus hatch right behind it on Enkeis
This was really cool – love the simplicity and the wheel/colour choice. Every muscle car needs to be slammed lol
Impreza STI on Meisters and a rather controversial intercooler spray on… That’s Driven for ya lol
Another Miata with aggressive aero
S14 on Works… Carbon Nardi wheel? I dunno mangggg
Mint/Tiffany blue Genesis slammed on Weds LXZ
And right beside it was a slammed 350Z with even more camber. Maybe its just me but 350Z look hella dope when they go this wide and low. Not really functional, but still looks cool lol.
Tucked and driving on the sidewall
Another one of my favourites was this Toyota Crown in a dark/emerald green on Weds Kranze Magiss (I believe?)
Super clean and I’m loving seeing all the Crowns pop up.
Great work on the execution of this. The finishing touch would be to just slam it right down to the ground.
Nismo 350Z in a root beer/gold wrap. Love these.
Rear of that crazy flared out 350z
Lotus in matte purple with the Shadow Rizen group from Manitoba
Ethan and his FD RX7 in matte red and TE37SL. Looked great!
Evo X on gold Advan GTs
S14 in green and a super clean engine bay to go with it. Not wrapped either.
Clean wheels to boot 🙂
NSX on matte candy blue TE37s sporting a Funky Garage livery up front.
Liberty Walk Maserati on air
RWB Porsche in matte blue. I still like these no matter what anyone says lol
S15, Ganadors, Weds and dumped.
Loved the display going on here. So dope.
A very light matte pink-wrapped R32
Blackhouse Cinema showing their rig fitted onto the 5-series wagon. Pretty gangster stuff.
I want to say this is Pat Tan’s old IS300 but not sure. Looks like it though.
I think this might be Michaels (@Mingan.nef) Pandem MX5 from Toronto? I tooned this a while back – I just never thought I’d see it in person unless he moved or had it brought all the way over here for the show! Too cool. This was the start of the Infamous Aero booth with Jesse.
Daniel Kowall and his M3 sans the Advan livery he was sporting for a while. It’s now all matte black which is pretty clean but I do kind of miss the Advan look.
Hard to get a shot with it being so tight. The rear is even more aggressive…
Daniel told me not to look at his wheels but luckily for him this is as close as I could get LOL. Looks dece from this angle, sir!
Carbon fender vents. So good.
Daniel Nguyen’s rally EVO – I first saw this last year at the MNRU meet in Edmonton. Lots of titanium goodies on this and he actually drives this thing the way it should be too. Also tooned this for him – loved the details on this.
On the other side of the Infamous Booth was this GTI slammed down sporting some of the Infamous aero bits as well. Jesse has come a long way with his shop and clever ways of working with carbon and creating custom pieces for cars. Happy to see it going well!
Another super clean IS300
With clean wheels… lol
That area by the Infamous booth had mad traffic pretty much all day – took forever to get these shots lol. But this bugeye STI on chrome Kiwamis was great. So clean.
Yo, I couldn’t leave the show without taking pics of Yoko stuff. AD08Rs peeking through behind the A052. Perrrrrf
And of course the Racing Titanium Blue Advan GT
As I made my way to the end again, my last shot was of Jonathans S2000. Lots of rare and custom bits on here but man, I think this might have been the only S2000 at the show… Or at least the only one I recall seeing. Maybe it’s those crazy S2000 prices that have made everyone want to hoard it and keep it hidden to protect that resale value lol.
Good job on the wheels too LOL – you guys are way too hilarious about stressing and cleaning your wheels but honestly its so awesome at the same time. Believe it or not, it really makes a difference when looking at cars. A dirty barrel is such an eyesore especially when you’ve just spent hours cleaning literally every other inch of your car. Take the time, clean your barrels… You’ll thank yourself later. Even with all the bruised and cut up knuckles. LOL
On my way out I happened to see this shirt – I don’t know the guy personally and his face is out of the picture, so no copyright (I hope LOL). I’m not going to make this post about Custom Decals or what this means and I’m not going to pretend like I know what it means… I’m too far removed from the drama in the local car scene and I don’t much care about it either, but this is some next level shit lol.
All I have to say is if a group/business/clique/gangbang is doing some shady shit, I am on the side of making sure everyone knows that their gangbanging isn’t pleasurable. On the flip side, if someone is saying “Fuck JTOONED”, I’d be trying to figure out what the hell I did wrong so I could at least try to salvage my reputation before anyone else wanted to hate on me and ruin what I’ve worked so hard to build up. Did I forget to add carbon to the lip spoiler that you can barely see anyway? Man, shoot me a DM and I will make that shit bigger and carbon-ier. Did I not properly depict your custom one off root beer coloured wrap? Shitttt son, lemme at it again. I never say “Thank you come again!” Until the customer says “Fuck, that’s cool”.
Anyway, just my two cents as a guy who is hustlin just like everyone else out there trying to make a dime. Maybe my two cents is worth nothing, but that damn shirt is worth everything when its about how your paper rolls in.
Driven 2022 TLDR – reps return, steelies are the new forged, winter tires perform just as good if not better than summer tires, and groups hate other groups because of shady inner workings. You didn’t miss anything if you used my post as a review.