illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine IX – Part 2

I’m sorry guys – I had pictures all out of order yesterday. That’s a side effect of getting snipped (just kidding). Anyway, I had a bunch more photos of roll-in, so let’s finish that off before we get to actual coverage… Patience is a virtue! And besides, roll-in shots can be fun too 🙂

Rich at the booth as per usual playing sick beats throughout the show. Also a self-plug – peep that Miami Vice-inspired illmotion shirt I designed for the guys for the show. I dig it.

A quick shot of Nat for the day. She was basically JC’s co-pilot for the day to get shots as well. Obviously she was more geared up and ready than I was with her A7III and A6400… Packing too much heat.

A gangster Super Duty with custom parts galore. Again, I know nothing about trucks but it’s stuff like this that I can get down with.

It had quite the presence… Shows you how lifted and big it actually is compared to Steve standing beside it…

Something a little different… This Renault Clio MK1 was a cool sight to see!

Johannah’s S15 Spec R in a Sapphire blue. A very clean example of an aggressive and clean S15. No bolt on flares, no mangled fenders, just simple and effective aero.

Another shot of Johanna’s S15 showing the fitment.

JDM front Integra with a Mugen wing out back and on what look to be Advan Super Racing replicas? Can’t confirm.

A clean Celica on Work Equips

While I was standing around, thought I’d get a snap of all these S2000’s… Barb, Ryan and Corey…

Rocket Bunny S13 on VS-KF’s

Better shot of the whole car… Rare to see one of these without the 6666 livery. I like it clean.

@stoneyrotor’s RX7 on gold BBS’s…

Kind of interesting to see this RHD 350Z in pink on Cosmis Racing wheels. I’m genuinely curious as to why you’d choose a RHD 350Z over a LHD one that can easily be attained here… Unless of course you were really just wanting RHD…

I don’t know what the hell this is but it was one of my favourites of the show… With the “Tiffany” blue/mint colour theme, Recaro SRD’s up front in red, Work Meister CR01’s, and a colour-matched Ruckus in the back. So awesome…

Kirsten’s boosted 3SGE Altezza on Fifteen52 wheels.

You’ll notice a theme that starts to develop as we go through these posts… Brandon AKA ABG hunter starts to pop up more often than one would like. However, his goal was to find an ABG and I tasked him with getting one to take a picture with him by the end of the day… We’ll see how that goes. Here, he’s using Kya as some bait…

Better shot of Kirsten’s Altezza

Another IS300 right behind wrapped in a glitter purple and some pretty cool rose-gold CR-Kai’s…

EDIT: It’s not wrap! It’s actually painted – confirmed by the owner. It’s so bad that now when you see something that’s not your typical paint job, you assume it’s wrap. That’s what wrap has done to us… 

The custom decals Type R shop car…

Another Type R following right behind in spoon livery.

This IS was pretty wild… I’m not sure what the flares are but the wheels both front and back were wide as hell. I’d say these were probably the widest wheels at the show… More shots of it during coverage posts later…

The show brings in tons of different flavour as you’ve probably seen. This S15 had a whole bunch of things going on. I’m a GT wing lover but this is next level…

The infamous FC-powered Corolla. Hard to tell in the pic, but it also has carbon doors. Attention to detail on this thing is spot on – especially in and around the engine bay…

I think there’s at least one car every year that turns heads and makes you wonder what’s going on. This mustang was it for me this year – last year, if you recall Sharif’s pink EG that was absolutely slammed with homemade bodywork – I couldn’t help but stop and stare – neither in a good or bad way. Everything on the Mustang was just so backwards for me – the insane amount of front camber made it look like there was 0 camber in the rear…

The wing has been seen on other Mustangs before but you can see even from the rear that insane amount of front camber. Again, I’m neither hating or loving but it kind of goes to show you that there are things that can be done that you just never thought would be done…

Actual coverage tomorrow… I promise!

illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine IX – Part 1

Is this a god damn record for having a post up the same day of the show literally after everyone’s had dinner?! I think so… But also because I can’t really do anything except sit in front of the TV or computer anyway. I know, I know – some of you are all like “why does he have to talk about this for car show coverage?” and although it’s not something worth bragging about, it’s a good reason for explaining the future posts for the coverage of the show.

I got “snipped” on Thursday. 3 days before Sunday School. 4 days earlier than the doctor prescribed to be walking around taking pictures of all your cars. Did I plan it that way? No. Was I bummed about it? A little – ONLY because I take a lot of pride in getting good coverage for the show. I enjoy walking around and looking at all the hard work that you guys have to offer. Now, I could’ve just said “fuck it” and went and took pictures of all the cars by myself like I usually do but the direct result of that would be balls the size of melons and you guys sure as shit ain’t worth fucking melon balls. Instead – JC graciously offered to do the coverage for me with a 30 second tutorial of how to do it. I took the liberty of taking pics of whatever I could within walking distance, but once I remembered the words “melon balls”, I said NOPE and that was that. Anyway, maybe a little TMI but I just wanted to give a shout out to JC for doing that for me LOL!

Anyway, this post will be for the pre-show content  and a little of what I could get of roll-in. If you’re looking for your car here, you likely won’t find it unless I happened to capture you driving by… So, sorry I made you read a story of my balls first… I won’t get into details about the show until I start the coverage… Think of this as foreplay. I’ll try to get the first batch up tomorrow.

Met up with the gang at Spec R at 830AM to gather the things and roll out together. Parked next to Joe’s CTR.

Inside the shop was Daniel from Haute AG’s track-prepped M3 sitting front and center of the shop. I decided to snap some pics of it while the morning sun hit it… It’s been a long time since I last shot it – and it’s changed completely since I have.

The livery around the car is inspired by Yokohama/Advan and there are a plethora of “race car” mods on this but it comes together all so well.

Even the windows have the slider piece. A car that would be a real pain in the ass to drive daily…

Yokohama AD08R. Still the most aesthetically pleasing tire to look at IMO. Nice to see it on display.

Back to Daniel’s M3 – a headlight scoop for the engine bay…

However, the M3 is merely just a shell right now with no heart underneath… Not sure on the plans of it but I’m looking forward to whatever is next.

Out back, Joe and Trung were checking tire pressures on Trung’s Voltex S2000…

Sans Joe… lol

Signed Voltex canard by Mr. Voltex himself…

Trung switched over to Advan GT’s to be in the Yoko booth as well… As nice as the Advan GT/Yoko AD08R combo is – it’s hard to deny that the AD08R looks good on pretty much any wheel.

Some other gems in the shop… As it’s shared by Haute AG/Spec R/Alpine Autoworks. A rare Porsche 914…

I think this is Levi’s old EK but I’m not sure if it’s still his or if it’s sold… It’s my first time seeing it in person and I dig the colour!

Right beside it is an FC on mag blue TE37’s

Inside the EK… All gutted with a cross bar…

A work in progress…

Sitting on bronze Mugen MF10’s… Such a great combo.

Another Porsche hiding in the corner…

FD RX7…

I can’t remember but I think this FC was LS-swapped the last time I saw it…

A very rare TRD widebody Supra…

Out front – both of Trung’s cars ready to roll…

Once we got there, the boys went to work on setting up the tents. I basically watched because… Well… Melon balls…

James from Yokohama taking out a display AD08R…

Yokohama welcome mat… I need this for the garage hahaha

As always, the team gets blessed with fantastic weather. There hasn’t been a year with bad weather once – in fact – it’s always super sunny with no wind so everyone just gets farmer tans and sun burns…

I enjoy this view in the early morning… It’s really serene and calming and the skyscrapers add a nice ambiance to it all…

Skittles…

Starting with the roll in shots now… Slammed Civic Si coupe. This gen was a pretty rare gen to see an Si coupe around here. The revision in the headlights are the selling point for me on this gen…

Only one of many lineups during roll-in today… I’d like to add as well that the guys have pretty much mastered the art of roll-in now. I recall in our first few years, there were still some trips and falls during roll-in but man, these guys have it down to the T. Walkie Talkies and everything… It was rare to see it backed up for longer than a few seconds.

STI hatch on Gram Lights

R32 Skyline with a few bolt-on flares, canards and what looks to be a Varis GT wing.

A clean example of a Genesis…

Blue-wrapped BMW 328i on ESR wheels…

See… That morning light though…

Pretty clean Nissan Cima… Don’t see these around too often…

Noel’s S14 from Drift Squad on Work VS-KF’s… Still looks great after all these years…

Part of the Legit Society crew rolling in… These guys are mainly made up of cars from Edmonton with a few here I believe, and they always come in with heavy hitters. I think I might have said this in previous posts but they are all literally Varis/Voltex’d out… Very good examples of strong and true JDM builds.

A new one that I don’t recall ever seeing from them was this Mugen Fit. I have a soft spot for this gen because Diana had one years ago on purple Meisters and Spoon springs and it was clean as fuck. Whenever I see a cleanly modded GE8, I can’t help but admire…

BTS… Does it mean what I think it means? Cause Aria would love the shit out of this car lol.

This bad ass car. I’m going to call it Mater because that’s what it reminds me of and I don’t know anything about trucks… And I’m honestly not trying to offend the owner cause I think it’s cool as hell.

@lsfodirty’s Mode Parfume LS430. I absolutely love how this looks – for a while – he was running stock aero and it looked great but the Mode Parfume just completely changed how it looks.

A little bit of a better shot – he’s also on Alfred’s old Weds Kranze Cerberus III’s that were on his Infiniti M35 years ago… It is truly an underrated wheel and I think because it’s got more ‘wild-styling’ that people tend not to go that route. That’s fair, but if you have the balls to cop ’em and rock ’em well, they are money. I believe he’s also static…

Also – I’m sorry if I don’t know some of your names – I do better by Instagram handles only because I’m exposed to it literally everyday hahaha. If I don’t know your name, I’ll try my best to at least use your username…

A pair of VIP GS300’s…

Ending the roll in with Jesse’s Supra from Lowcals…

I really wish I could’ve gotten more for roll-in, but between this and setting up cars and all the chaos that is roll-in, this was all I could get… Part 2 show coverage coming soon…

Cars x Bubbletea – August 2nd

Another awesome turnout for the 2nd Cars x Bubbletea meet! We pretty much doubled the turnout from last time which is awesome! I think by my picture count and rough estimate, we were easily at 120 cars. We ended up being in the other, smaller lot since that’s where some cars parked before we got there so we just went with it. Next time, we’ll park in the bigger lot beside it.

I missed at least 1/4 of the cars only cause they just kept on coming. I also hate shooting in the sunset like this hahaha – oh well. Enjoy!

Eric and his super clean S15.

Errol showed up in some new red TE37SL’s.

Barb and her S2000 on mag blue TE37’s

Rich and his CR-V this time but on DC2R wheels. Swapped out the Jeep wheels to get some better mileage due to the lighter weight…

Mike Salek’s Porsche – one of the cleanest and swirl-free black cars there…

R32 with carbon fenders/hood on Cosmis Racing wheels

Adrean’s IS300

Felix’s Silvia

A lot of different variety at the meet.

@YoungTokyo’s Echo

@kid.dynamo’s GX81 Mark II

Jon’s Mini Countryman

Jason Tang’s IS? Did he remove the wrap or is this someone else sporting the midnight legends banner?

Jay’s MK4 Jetta aired out

Carley’s bagged Tiguan R-line. Everything should be bagged lol

Funny – Jay and Carley never had bubbletea before this meet. Good to try something new! haha

Matte jade-wrapped R6

This thing brings back some memories. LS460 and it looks to be lowered on stock air suspension – perhaps using a controller? Just needs some big boy wheels…

AJ’s bagged F30

R34 Skyline

Golf R on some RE30’s. JDM x Euro mix.

Shawn’s Integra from Custom Decals

10th gen Civic with some aggressive livery

Lancer on TE37’s

More aggressive livery on this Focus ST

Ryan and Jackie came out too

Jackie’s Tundra on bronze TE37’s

Red Supra rolled in a little later…

And this Silvia on bronze TE37’s…

Rare to see Celica’s nowadays… Even just driving on the road…

Maybe they’re working towards the rusted hood look?

Jack’s Silvia with great fitment on those Nismos..

Danny’s bagged Allroad on a set of velvet red Rotiforms.

Probably my favourite car of the night was Rob’s bagged 740. This car has been put together so perfectly and has such a great presence. The paint is immaculate and the fitment of the Emitz is bang on. This is a very perfect example of how Euro VIP should be executed. The touch of the JDM work wheels is a nice cherry on top to his build. Absolute perfection.

I wish the length of this was easily depicted in the pics… This will have to do…

Even Dicken in his Evo showed up – don’t see this thing come out too often…

Type R gang

Jacobs’ M235i on Advan’s

Chelsea’s super clean Ultrasonic Blue 3IS lowered on RSR springs. I love this colour.

Howard’s super clean IS-F on Volk TE37’s

Jonathan’s 335i

Static GS rolling through…

Aria playing with Kona in the shade..

Showing off her bubbletea shirt that Diana made for her LOL. I drew the design quickly in Procreate and Diana cut it out on holographic vinyl. She was so stoked to wear this all day.

Even Tim in his EG rolled through. I see this thing once a year at the illmotion show and shine but I had the chance to see it before then… That’ll make it two times a year LOL

R35 GTR on bronze TE37’s. Classic look.

S2000 on TE37’s

Evo on bronze TE37’s and a Voltex wing out back. I liked this look.

Bagged STI on bronze ZE40’s. That fitment was TOIGHT. Looked real good.

Another Euro on RE30’s… Probably one of the only JDM wheels that look better on a Euro car than a JDM car… IMO…

Sonic Grey FK8.

Dicken’s Evo X.

Paul’s Accord wagon aired down on Superspeed RF03RR wheels. Such a good look for his car. Glad he was able to make it out despite not liking bubbletea XD

Had to get another shot of Rob’s 740… Phew…

Subie trio

Spencer’s WRX

Pat’s 1JZ IS300

Adrian and his K20 EJ Civic on bronze CE’s. I love shooting red cars…

Let this be known that whoever is in this picture is the one that popped your hood pins, Eric… I’m not going to name names but I heard he goes by ABG hunter…

Some crazy wrap on these wheels… As she was rolling through the sun, I swear the wheels were lighting up and flashing. hahaha

Black on black Tundra

Josh and Punit. I swear every time, at least one of these guys try to poke my OCD and do something I hate taking pictures of… Y u no straighten wheel, Josh?!

From this angle, you can’t tell Punit didn’t wash his car…

At least from this angle, the turned wheel works…

Bill came in his new S15 – still a work in progress – but good progress so far! I’m glad he was able to get his dream car finally.

Tim’s EG on black TE37’s with Spoon brakes peeking from behind…

Joe brought out his CTR this time over the Porsche…

Haider’s FRS on RPF1’s

That GTI from earlier where I thought the wheels were putting on a lightshow… Pretty clean!

Rin fell asleep for most of the meet with Diana…

Quick overhead shot of half of the lot…

The last shot on my camera was Jesse rolling in with his R32…

Great turnout! So good to see a nice, full meet again… See you guys in 2 weeks!

Yokohama x lifewithjson

Pretty excited to share this news with you guys – if you follow me on Instagram, then you would have already seen it but last week I had Yokohama Canada reach out to me and offered a sponsorship to me for supporting their brand. I had never been sponsored nor have I ever tried to get sponsored only because A) why does any big brand care about me and B) it screams “look at me, I’m too cheap to buy things myself so give me free things instead” to ask brands to sponsor you. (Also… Don’t do that).

Over the course of building the cars that I have, I’ve been approached by a few brands but have always declined. It was just never worth my time because the proposition would always be super exciting like “hey we want to sponsor you…” and then you’re like “well damn, sure! what’s in it for me?” and they’ll hit you with the “we’ll give you a 2% discount if you slap our decal on your car but you also have to pay for shipping and any conversion fees from USD! Excellent right?!”

No, mate. No it is not. That’s just like giving me free pennies for you to get free advertisement. No bueno. I also may have exaggerated the amount of discount – it was actually 5% (truly) which is still like saying “we give literally zero fucks about actually sponsoring you and just want you to rock our decal”. After a few of these types of approaches, you start to get this bitter taste in your mouth about sponsorships and think that there is no such thing as a good sponsor – so who gives a shit about them. I certainly didn’t.

Let me preface this by saying this didn’t actually start the way I’ve outlined it above. It all started with Kyle Ho from Spec R messaging me one morning asking if I’d like to be in the Yokohama booth for the illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine because Yokohama Canada saw my car and wanted it. “Sure”, I said. I don’t mind repping a sick brand for the show – and it just kind of ended there. A few weeks later, James from Yokohama Canada connected with me directly and we started talking a bit about the car and being with the booth. One thing lead to another and this is one of those situations where a brand decal is on my car for a better reason than just thinking it looks cool. We ended up meeting officially in person at our last Friday cars x bubbletea meet as he was in town and decided to come out. James is apparently also a follower of the blog so that’s super exciting for me LOL! It was nice to meet you James!

i’m still debating how and where to put the bigger Advan decal – I need the placement to be perfect. I think about it in my sleep sometimes… LOL

I will also say this – the pictures, the words, my actions – none of it is paid, because I know some of you are thinking that. They don’t pay me to rep Advan/Yokohama and they don’t pay me to say nice things about the brand. I think that’s the great thing about a company that truly wants to sponsor you. A saying that’s been with me for much of my real-world, corporate career has been “support those that support you” and it really translates to real world circumstances too. It’s tough to find that in the world of big corporate names and brands.

Support (cause that’s what this really is) is more about backing the ideal and the vision that another is working towards and less about trying to get freebies or discounts. A brand that’s willing to help you in your build is a brand worth supporting.

Anyway, I’m super stoked that Yokohama Canada chose me to back in this oh-so-large community of tuners and gear heads. Good things come to those who aren’t looking.  Thanks for listening/reading!