illmotion Sunday School Show & Shine 2017 – Part 1/2

The show we arguably all wait for each year has come and gone again. It stuns me how big this show has gotten… From the first year being in the tiny lot just around the corner to filling up the larger lot below and selling out within 10 minutes each year. Like every year, the show brings the best of the best out and even those that are just getting started in the scene – lots of variety, lots of styles, lots of everything for everyone pretty much and it’s great!

I don’t know if I’m just getting old and complacent lately but I did notice this year was fairly unchanged in terms of the builds that came out. It feels somewhat like a lull in our local car scene because everyone just built things so fast. Just a few years ago, I was saying that everyone was on Rota’s and suspension… Today, everyone has aero, widebodies, GT wings… The works. You barely hear the word Rota anymore and we’ve made such a huge shift in the quality of builds. That huge shift happened so fast though that it almost seems like things are just put together for the sake of having something “put together”. There is a certain lack of attention to detail that often gets overlooked and ultimately undermines certain builds that otherwise deserve more praise. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy seeing the legit shit – it excites me, it inspires me to keep building my own car and seeing friends build theirs. Things like how an overfender was put on – was it put on properly with proper hardware and care? Or just rattlecanned, home depot-bolted in, and some black rubber lining to hide the gap? Other things I saw lots of was yellow, cloudy headlights – really? We have products now that you just wipe on and wipe off to fix that. And one of the most basic things – swirls in paint. My god, the swirls in paint. You spent $1000+ on your coils, $3000 on wheels, and whatever other sum of money on your car but not on the paint care. At least a quarter of the cars in attendance on Sunday could have used a simple polish to really shine. I don’t know – am I being petty? Maybe. Am I being too judgemental? Probably. But if no one complains about it, no one knows right? So I guess that’s what I’m here for – just to offer some thoughts – attention to detail. You guys spend the money on expensive things – take care of them.

Anyway – rant over. Lets get onto the pics! I split this into two parts to make it easy and I know every one wants a pic of their car. If you don’t see a pic of your car, I probably didn’t get a pic of it. I’ll explain at the beginning of my second post as to why I didn’t capture a handful of cars… But onward!

Barb’s Lexus RC-F on bronze TE37’s. That blue though…

Corey’s S2000

JC’s CT200h. Those wheels are becoming more and more Rose Gold every time I take a picture of his car. Custommmmmmm

Punit’s Lexus GS450h. It doesn’t get old, folks.

Steve’s GTR on TE37’s

The dad mobile. Meh.

Ryan’s EP3 on ZE40’s

Aldrich’s Element. I dig the retrofit.

Arif’s EK on CE28’s with a ProjectMu BBK. Also outfitted with the new carbon splitter that Adrian created for him. Looks great!

Devon’s new pick up – replacing his EG. This shell is mint! A big reason he made the switch was because of how immaculate the paint was with no rust.

Inside Arif’s cockpit.

Added a steering wheel hook. Clever…

Chaser on Works

Jon’s bagged B7 Avant

No bystanders were hurt on Sunday… This ‘stang laid low…

R32 on Wedsports

I got a chuckle out of this one. This dude always has the wildest things going on with his car. One year, he had his pet pig chilling around it. Now it’s fitted with yellow wrap and a “Fake Taxi” decal lol. Most guys would probably know what it is… Especially if you know what Casting Couch is. The LOLz…

Hands down my favourite of the show. I didn’t even know such a thing existed anywhere nearby. Varis fitted R35 GTR on TE37’s. Just incredible. I drove down Deerfoot all the way home with him behind me and this car is goals. I don’t ever say that, but I want this so bad. Kudos to you man – whoever this guy is – tell him I’m his fan.

One more…

Here’s a good reason I didn’t take pics of many cars… But I took this one to show you why it annoys me.

Widebody Genesis – still love that colour!

Carlo’s Varis WRX on CE28’s. Very clean.

STI on TE37’s

Berry’s Varis Widebody FRS.

Li’s freshly finished FRS from Edmonton. One of the first KM4SH kits I’ve seen locally. There haven’t been many around since they did the collaboration but it’s a fairly simple kit that adds a little flare to the FRS. Also fitted with an Amuse exhaust as well – I wish I could’ve heard it more in person, but this was definitely a very clean build. Well done.

Daniel’s newly acquired Q60. I love BLUE.

STI laying low.

Voltex Evo on CE28’s

Lester’s K20 swapped Mini… HOW COOL IS THIS?!

2JZ no shi…. Look at the piping on that thing. Holy.

2JZ swapped FC RX7. So clean. Also hitting myself for not adjusting polarizer on this shot. Sorry for the headlight and windshield glare…

Kasem’s newly acquired Porsche 911 GT3

Ryan’s F355 laying super low on Meister S1R’s.

M&M widebody Civic. Punit filled me on the backstory behind part of this build… The owner had almost the exact same looking build prior to this sans the M&M widebody kit. I guess it got hit with some bad hail and messed up the whole shell. They acquired a new shell and began basically bringing everything over from the old one to the new one – no easy task but it was done on time for the show. The new shell has a wrap I believe, where as the previous shell was fully painted the battleship grey (?). Nonetheless – a very clean and awesome look.

Ryan’s other red beast machine is this MR2 on TE37’s. Likely no stranger to anyone who has been in the car scene over the last decade but still a very fresh build. Ryan’s MR2 is one of the more iconic cars of our scene and continues to be as the years go on.

Michael’s RX7 still looking great – outfitted with numerous carbon fiber custom goodies and titanium pieces inside and out.


Root beer, anyone?

Bill’s ST-swapped SE Focus. Lots of stuff going on with Bill’s car lately – it’s like it never stops. Certainly not where I imagined it would go – Bill has gone to great lengths with this one for sure. Great job.

Marios’ Fiesta ST. The little brother to the Focus.

I dig the copper wheels on this Focus ST. In some lights, it almost passed as a dark rose gold too.

Ford Lightning.

Sue’s minty S13 vert.

Gabriel’s boosted integra. Still looking great.

Classic car crew line up. These were pristine.

Datsun dreams.

Nissan Cema Y33

Ruckus in Tiffany/Mint Blue

This was an excellent S4 build. Simple, clean and straight to the point. I think he’s a local around my hood – I seen’t him before.

Check that hypebeast tank though. Supreme X LV. Excellent.

FunkyGarage JZX.

Oh mannnnn… I love this car every time I see it! The last time I saw this, I believe it was still on coilovers. Now he’s bagged and it’s perfect! Those headlights are too awesome. I need an LS430 in my life…

Gerick’s RB RC350 on TE37’s. This also looks fantastic in person.

Steven’s Varis widebody STI on TE37’s

Ending this post with the Liberty Walk G37. God damn I never thought a G37 could look so good.

We’ll be back tomorrow!

I’m Not Dead

Just realized my last post was in early June and to be honest – nothing exciting has happened since then. I think that’s also the last time I probably washed the car too. I haven’t had much time for the car all year other than driving it to and from work. I’m happy with where it is now and I just want to enjoy it – so no big updates for me to post. I’ve been enjoying Overwatch lately and been nerding out on video cards and a new mouse and now I want a mechanical keyboard. Why do I get addicted to expensive hobbies? It’s great. Diana watches her TV shows, I play Overwatch – it’s a great time.

I will say though that it’s mind-boggling that it’s been almost a year since Aria has been born – she’s almost 11 months – which is crazy because I remember sitting in this exact same spot I am now and writing about how great it was that she was just born. Time flies! This also means that Diana is off maternity leave soon and going back to work – it’s bittersweet, really – mainly because I think Diana is torn between leaving Aria after being with her 24/7 everyday for a year and finally going out and doing adult things. I get it, but at the same time I don’t – I’ve been going to work everyday since she’s been born so I know what it’s like to have to leave Aria, but leaving her with someone else is the stressful part after the year mark. Will she be OK? Will she eat properly? Will she nap properly? Will she miss me? At the end of the day, she’s really just staying with Diana’s mom so it’s not terrible by any means – but no matter how good the caregiver, you can’t help but wonder these things.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to get at with this post is that Diana is back to work and that means I have my sugar momma back which means it’s time to start shopping for car parts LOL! Let’s be honest – maternity leave is a great thing and it’s something we take for granted in Canada – but the money is not. It’s not terrible, but it’s not going to have you laughing at the bank for a year, that’s for sure.

I have some small plans for the car over the rest of the year and probably into winter – so hopefully those go into motion soon. Until then, I will be a hermit and I’ll be playing Overwatch for quite some time. I’m not dead – I just have no updates. Don’t count me out yet – it’ll just be realllllllll slow around here for a bit.

TiBurnt x Craft Square – Part 2

Just a small update…

Al over at TiBurnt recently added a new part to his collection – titanium countersunk washers – to go with the bolts for the Craft Square mirrors and sent them to me to finish off the set. In first post about the titanium bolts, I said I was initially OK with just have the black stock washer but now that they’ve been replaced with these, I’m not looking back. It’s the small details that I love changing because it’s something that can be easily missed but if you happen to see it, it’s awesome.

The stuff coming from TiBurnt is some of the best stuff in the business right now and for them to have sent these to complete the set for me is huge. I’m a firm believer in supporting those who support you – and while it may be a small gesture to them, it’s big to your customers. I’m not saying every company needs to give out products but trust that if you can find a way to hook your customers in whatever way you think of, they’ll never think about supporting another dude again. Once again – big thanks to TiBurnt – keep making cool shit!

A few shots of the sides of the washer showing the colour gradient

Anotha one…

A shot from the inside. No side is left untouched.

And on! Just a perfect match of carbon and titanium gradient.

From a little lower. Apologize for the dirt around the washer – I didn’t clean it before the shot. Also excuse the chipped Craft Square sticker… I’ll replace that someday soon…

Charlesglen Toyota: Steel Dreamz 1st Annual Car Show

Wowowowow I made it out to a car show.

JC asked me mid last week if I wanted to join him at the Steel Dreamz car show on the weekend. Admittedly, I’d never heard of any car show called “Steel Dreamz” and I haven’t seen anything about it anywhere. Turns out Charlesglen Toyota was holding their first annual show and I guess there wasn’t much publicity on it other than word of mouth. I decided to tag along – I didn’t have any plans and I thought it’d be a good idea to dust the camera off and take some pictures. Honestly, I don’t even remember the last time I took pictures of cars!

Anyway, the day ended up being pretty decent and had a good mix of cars that came out – classic, domestic, import… It doesn’t really matter what type of cars come out really, it’s just nice to see these types of shows happening. It just becomes another outlet for people to go and hang and talk cars with other people and see things you don’t see everyday.

Anyway – I snapped pics of what I could when the show started. More cars came throughout the day but I ended up getting lazy so if I missed your car, it was not intentional (unless of course you were standing in front of it :)). Enjoy!

JC and I met at Top Gear car wash. I’ve been hearing a lot of rave reviews about it but never made it out since we Airdronians have a pretty sweet gig in Airdrie already. Turned out that Top Gear was pretty decent too with lots of options to clean your car. I liked the pink foam – it actually cleans the car rather than just sit on your paint looking cool.

At the show, we were some of the first ones there so not many cars were around. These first few IS’s were in the front of the line.

I like this blue. I told myself my next car will be an actual colour – no more white or black! We’ll see if I follow through with it haha

Clean RC-F

Parked beside this FR-S with an Edelbrock Supercharger installed. One of the only ones I’ve seen which was bad ass.

A very clean looking kit compared to HKS/Kraftwerks/Vortech.

The race car.

JC’s CT200h. I dig the new red lugs and red WORK centercaps.

Line up of classic imports… This Celica was one of my faves. More to come of it below…

Clean RHD Supra with a wiiiiiide rear. Looked good – I want one in my life.

This CRX was quite the gem of the show as well – easy to overlook if you didn’t pay attention. Decked out in Mugen goodies and a bunch of other little details like the glass roof.

The Mugen wheels have seen better days but it’s a complete set with the centercaps and all.

A pretty clean and somewhat unmolested Supra.

Group shotttttt

This Celica is absolutely perfect. Molded fenders, and a custom molded rear brake vents.

An up close of the vents and the molded over fenders.

Just beautiful.

A shot of the engine bay.


GR STI on XD9’s


Unfortunately the turbo blew on the 86 on the way to the show…

Romel’s Celica – with the same fenders but bolted on giving it a more aggressive look. I am still in love with the TRD front aero jacket. So good.

An up close – of the TRD jacket

Brandon’s Evo X

An interesting BRZ. I think this is the same one I’ve seen last year and the year before and it’s gone through many phases. Now it’s got a chameleon-coloured wrap with carbon fenders and a fully replaced carbon engine bay trim. I believe he’s also sporting a Varis GT wing now and is on air.

Andrew’s IS-F on Leon Hardiritt Jagers in a custom finished two-toned gold/silver. My absolute favourite VIP wheel set up right now and it’s so different and unique that it’s just that much better. The contrast on black is amazing.

An up close shot of the wheels. The colours are absolutely gorgeous – reminds me of a very nice champagne gold with matching centercaps to match.

I remember last year when Andrew was debating wheels and he was going back and forth with which wheels to get. Trying to decide wheels for a VIP/VIP-sport build is actually harder than you think. Most times, people end up with the same old, same old – AME big faces, big lipped WORK wheels, SSR’s, or anything that comes with dish and a large diameter. I always remembered wanting a set of Leon Hardiritt wheels for my VIP build after getting my set of SSR Merisias because they were just so good. Leon Hardiritt is just a sub-section of WEDS wheels so they weren’t some off-brand company – they specialize in the VIP wheel selection and their designs are just so unique. When I threw the suggestion of the Jagers to Andrew, admittedly I did it selfishly to try and see if Andrew would like the idea so I could live vicariously through him. When he told me he didn’t only bite the bullet, but he opted for the custom colour option – I was ecstatic and it’s not even my car. It’s not often I get excited for someone else’s car but my oh my was this going to be a beautiful pairing.

This was actually the first time I got to see it in person since he’s had them mounted and boy, it didn’t disappoint. It’s truly refreshing when you see a wheel no one has ever had. I now wonder how these would look on the FRS… Too bad our bolt patterns are different :S

The LFA and LC500 side by side. Although the LC is next gen, I still much prefer the LFA.

While I did think the LC was great in pictures, in person it’s much less jaw-dropping for some reason. I dunno what it is…

I don’t know what this is so don’t ask. I can only appreciate the perfection and state that it is in.

Arif’s Civic

Josh’s EG – a perfect – and I mean PERFECT example of attention to detail, simplicity, and a perfect pairing of quality parts.

K20 swap with shaved bay.

Retrofitted headlights.

Bronze TE37’s in a slight concave.

Spoon wiper blades.

Just immaculate. Bravo, Josh.

This was new to me – JC pointed it out – a Toyota Celica Supra. Kind of a bastard child and mixed features of both cars…

Check out all that orange interior though! So mint.

Silvia on VS-XX’s. Note – JC’s VS-XX’s used to be this colour too at one point. Crazy amirite? I’ll wait for you to scroll back up to see what colour his are now.

Turbo FRS from AutoDream

A mint FJ that went on to win best Toyota.

Barry’s widebody Varis FRS.  First time seeing it in person – he came all the way from Edmonton for the show. It is an aggressive ass kit but executed nicely with the battleship grey wrap.


Aria and Diana came to visit and hang out mid afternoon. Aria drinking some water to cool down

She likes the cars fo sho.

More water for this princess.

All 3 of my girls – the car included LOL. Aria is teething right now so she gnaws on everything…

Finally got her off the stroller tray and looking normal LOL

F20 swapped AE86


This one is for you Ricky. STI on TE37’s

I really liked this Genesis and I think it was because of the colour. I’m really digging red lately and this was a wicked shade. Very ruby-like.

Evo X on TE37RT’s

S15 on CR-Kais


2JZ swapped IS

R34 on Nismo wheels

R34 sedan? I can’t remember if it was just front-face swapped or if it was real…

The RC-F way back at the beginning of the post opened their hood to show a titanium intake arm by Lems.

In case you didn’t scroll up to see JC’s wheels, here they are again. Rose gold custom made by sun fade.

Kay’s GTR slammed down

Another shot of Barry’s Varis FRS

I didn’t get a shot of this Mitsubishi 3000GT cause the owner was kinda standing near it all day but I did get the engine bay. Lots of work and money put into it – and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea – but I can appreciate it. Peep the glass piping for the coolant. It’s even got green LED’s in it.

Sapporo handle…

And just one last shot to end it off…

TiBurnt x Craft Square

Well I finally got around to replacing the bolts on my Craft Square mirrors. I knew right when I got them, I didn’t like the bolts they came with – plain black and could probably use a little more jazz. I procrastinated for over a year – mainly because I didn’t know what size they were and no one around could tell me either.

Finally, I decided to reach out to Al over at TiBurnt and I slipped into his DM’s and sent him pics of the bolts with measurements. After a bit of back and forth and verifying, he was able to confirm the sizes and within 2.5 weeks, I had the bolts in my hands (yesterday). TiBurnt has the best burnt-look titanium hardware in the business hands down. You just cannot find them like this anywhere else – the places that sell them in huge batches have this fake, shitty looking burn that looks more like neochrome than an actual burn and it just looks tacky IMO. I’d rather have plain Ti than the Neochrome looking ones any day… But I digress.

The bolts by TiBurnt are incredibly high quality – high shine, perfect burn pattern and it’s just so pretty to look at. Anyway, snapped some quick pics of them all replaced. Now I’m looking at other bolts to replace with Ti… I’ll get to all of them in due time…

The stock black ones. Started to show signs of rust and oxidation. Yuck.

The top stainless steel one. Meh.

Another shot of the drivers side. You can see the rust/oxidation a little better here. I gag every time I look at them.

And voila! Beauty. I actually regret not getting the countersunk washers too but this helps keep some contrast between the carbon.

My favourites are these ones. It’s too bad you can only really see the top of the head on them. The bolts themselves are beautiful – I know. It’s weird to say that about bolts but they are. On black, the colour really pops.

And one more close up of the bolt on top of the mirror.

Thanks again to TiBurnt for all the help!