illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine IX – Part 3

Now we get to the meat and potatoes – the content you’ve all really been waiting for. Honestly between my inability to walk around and take pics of every car and having JC do it for me out of the kindness of his heart – there isn’t coverage of everything. I’ve tried to keep it in order but as usual, I or JC would hop around and not walk in the same direction, so if you think your car is coming up and then it gets missed… There’s a possibility that it’ll come later.

With that out of the way, I just wanted to give a big round of applause to the guys for putting on another amazing show for the 9th year in a row. If any of you were present for the awards part of the presentation, you might recall JC saying that next year will be the last show. This was honestly news to me – and quite honestly – kind of sad, heartbreaking but I also had a sense of relief wash over me at the same time. It’s sad because while I was only really a part of it during its infancy, I’ve been lucky enough to watch it grow from sort of an insider’s perspective without really being involved.

The group has grown, evolved, changed, and ultimately matured over the last 9 years for the better. I’m not speaking on behalf of them presently but on how illmotion started from the birth of the group and how it all came together. Way back then, the idea of “car clubs” was a fresh concept – it was inviting but only for the brave, it was fairly unknown territory – especially in Canada. The leading groups were those of the likes of Fatlace, Canibeat, and WrongFitmentCrew to name a few – all of which were based out of the States. One day, JC proposed the idea of having some sort of name for us to just collectively identify with each other. Very quickly, he also came up with the idea of illmotion and just as quick as that idea came up, the logo, the decals, and the website were born. We poured hours into it – from getting our first online store set up to finding content to post. We wanted to use illmotion to put Calgary on the map – something to help Canada’s car scene shine through the seemingly impenetrable barrier that existed when it came to showcasing what we had. There was so much we had to offer but nobody was paying attention. Enter: illmotion.

I’m not saying illmotion was or is the reason for anything – I’m just saying that if you look at our car scene now compared to 9 years ago (if you were around back then), look at how much we’ve changed. Look at the heavy hitters that Canada has exposed and birthed – it’s incredible. I truly think a testament to all of this – especially in Western Canada – is Sunday School. Real talk for a second – there are plenty of car shows that happen in Western Canada and plenty that happen in Calgary alone. Each one bringing it’s own type of game, but Sunday School brings out the A game. There are cars that come out to Sunday School that rarely leave their garages, there are cars that get built for showing and aim to be at Sunday School, and there are faces – not even cars – that you only ever see at Sunday School. Sunday School has become the show to go to around here and that alone means a lot.

Gone are the days of trying to gain clout on social media or trying to push decal sales online – don’t get me wrong – those things are what helped the group put stuff like this together. It’s what created the base of the success that you see today and back then, that was our hustle. I’m proud of the work the guys have done year after year – it’s not easy to put a show of this scale together properly. People like you and I just show up when they tell us to show up, park where they tell us to park and leave when they tell us to leave… A show like this doesn’t happen overnight. There were doubters and haters at the beginning but the team propelled themselves forward through the haze of naysayers and look at what it’s become.

With Sunday School coming to a close next year as their 10th and final show, I think it’s safe to say that if there’s one show you go to next year, it truly should be the final Sunday School. I’m sure there will be others that replace it – when something dies, another comes and replaces it. It’ll be hard to move on though – something that’s taken 9 years to build doesn’t get replaced easily either. Only time will tell…

Anyway, I’ll save some of my babble for other posts before this gets too wordy… Let’s just get on with it!

Starting the line off – Steve Chan’s M3 on mag blue TE37’s. Awesome colour combo.

Also – like I mentioned – no particular order…

Immaculate Porsche 997.2 Turbo S… Note – this is how to maintain a black car. It needs to look like a mirror.

Jack’s LS 240SX on Nismo LMGT4’s. Everytime I post this, I say that I will never get tired of it. So queue that again – I will never get tired of this.

Eric’s slammed S15 on SSR’s. This is perfect fitment – I’m too old for this ride height so I’ll just live vicariously through guys like Eric.

Josh’s EG on bronze TE37’s. Money money money!

Super clean Spoon-themed EK. Such a classic look that just doesn’t age…

Over in the Yokohama booth with me was Joe’s Type R in red on Yokohama A052’s

ABG hunter’s RSX-S with some new additions for the show. J’s Racing fenders, splitter and Mugen tow hook. Way back when, my dream car was exactly this. It’s been nice to see Brandon build it up to how it sits today – the white on black is perfecto!

My heap in the Yokohama booth. Again, huge thanks to James with Yokohama Canada for having me in the booth with them. It’s one thing to be sponsored by them but it’s another thing to have a sick rep behind the name too – super cool guy.

Chris Sun’s CTR sitting on KW coilovers and Volk ZE40’s. I think he’s the only CTR owner I know that isn’t on springs. LOL! We’re all pussies.

Danny’s Porsche – I didn’t even know he had one – maybe it’s new. Last time I talked to Danny was probably when we shot our STI’s together… LOL!

Trung’s Voltex S2000 in the Yokohama booth. Sorry for the rear wheel shadow Trung! Car still looks gangster lol

Jackson’s Porsche 911 sitting on Advan TC3’s and a newly fitted GT wing out back. I don’t know if Jackson wants anyone knowing this but he broke one of his endplates with his back days before the show and he taped it back on for the show. LOL! Sorry Jackson – it’s a story worth telling – and now he’s looking to get them remade in Vibranium… If anyone has any leads on that… Let him know… 🙂

Nick’s 911 GT3 sitting on Volk TE37’s and a Voltex wing out back as well. Always a head turner…

Ryan’s 2JZ Supra in the Spec R booth

Kasem’s Porsche GT3 on Advan GT centerlocks. Such a great look… You really can’t go wrong with Advan GT’s…

JC’s IS sporting the CR-Kiwami’s in bronze

Kyle Ho’s/Spec R’s CTR sporting pylon marks and everything. This thing gets heavy track time…

Rich’s IS300 on Wedsport SA70’s looking clean!

Trung’s CTR on CE28’s. Great fitment and colour.

Barb’s S2000 on mag blue TE37’s.

Ryan’s S2000 on Mugen MF10’s. Another combo that will just never get old…

Corey’s S2000 on bronze CE28’s… The trend here is that bronze will always be timeless.

Jason Tang’s newly boosted Varis/Aimgain BRZ. A few parts from my FRS live on in Jason’s BRZ… I’m just glad they went to a good home.

Aldo’s 4Runner on TE37’s. I keep making fun of him for not having a fun car but this is still bad ass. I’m actually just jealous because I wish I could afford to fuel this thing up all the time LOL

Alfie’s cavalry blue 4Runner also on TE37’s…

Acura NSX in thermal orange. Quite the colour in person… Hard to capture in pictures nicely.

I think at this point, JC took over and most of the shots going forward are from him. Just thought I’d give credit where credit is due!

Lowered MDX A-Spec looking bad ass as hell.

Binh’s Datsun 240 – kind of considered a unicorn… Except during Sunday School lol. See what I mean about bringing out the A-game?

Tommy’s 4-door GTR on bronze TE37 Sagas. A super rare sight all around and an exceptionally clean build.

A Focus RS with wild livery and what looks to be hydrodipped front wheels.

We’re entering the LGUV (lifted gangster utility vehicle) section…

Lifted Lexus GX with a C4 Fab bumper and a TGT winch

Romel’s lifted GX on display… I kind of wish he brought his Celica out too but I believe it was out of commission for the show…

Another 4Runner in Barcelona Red and gold wheels.

Kyle’s bagged Nismo Juke.

Nice and simple BRZ…

An RSX-S with some JDM goodies

A very mint S14 on TE37’s. I always love seeing S-chassis’s unmolested and done up clean…

Another bad ass lifted truck. One day, I want to drive one of these just to see what it’s like knowing that you could drive over any one on the road…

Ryan’s JZX Cresta from Outlawz

AJ’s bagged BMW 335 from Outlawz

A pretty simple and bagged STI on gold VS-XX’s

Once again, Brandon AKA ABG hunter showing up in the pictures somehow. Keep in mind, most of these pics are taken by JC – so at some point, ABG hunter asked for a photo but I still don’t see any ABG by his side. Also looks like he lost the bait (AKA Kya) and got a scooter instead… I’m not sure the tactics are the correct approach but we’ll see…

Ending this part with this super mint CRX – everything is pretty much mint and original. Even the owner is the first and only owner – I think a few people asked if it was for sale but no dice…

Stay tuned for the next chapter!

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!