780 Season Opener – The Meet

The second and last part to the season opener is pictures of the season opener itself…

An early disclaimer right now – I didn’t take many pics at the meet like I had expected to. To put it simply, the meet was a gong show – it was unorganized, crowded, uncontrolled, and every other word in the dictionary that describes a mess. The first year that we went down, it was fairly tame and it did get somewhat busy but not to the point where there were people circling the meet like it was a runway or trying to find parking in-between other cars in random lots. This year was probably 5 times worse than that and it was stressful just being there.

We were originally told not to be there until 7PM because we would not be permitted to park. We got there at 7:09PM and the whole place was flooding from every intersection. No big deal.

When you finally find a parking – somewhere between a wall, a garbage can, a Grand Caravan across from Save On Foods, or in a lot no one would ever walk to – you would find yourself in a sea of people, unnecessary revving, burnouts and reckless behaviour. I didn’t care too much about what type of cars there were there, it’s just a meet after all, just a gathering of people that love to do things to their cars. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining but instead of it actually being a cool hangout, it ended up being just a get together for people to show off, rev their engines, and basically do a good job of losing the respect of onlookers that have no idea what this scene is about. It’s too bad because there were a handful of nice cars/people that probably really want to show up and hang out but gets ruined due to unnecessary behaviour…

Needless to say, we didn’t stick around too long and many others left pretty quick after realizing it was a mess. Overall – everything else about the trip was decent – but I think we all agreed that it’s probably the last time we head up for the meet again.

On to the pictures…

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I was lucky enough to find a parking right beside a wall. Shitty that it rained right before the meet so my car was dirty as hell and right in the path of the sun. Worst combo.

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A shot from where I parked… As you can see… Tons of people…

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We found JC’s doppleganger – lol almost right down to his previous wheels. He caught me slippin’ though

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Rich parked not too far from me in a spot that wasn’t even a parking spot lol

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A pretty simple FRS on subtle TE37’s and C-West lip kit

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A pretty dope blue Mini Cooper.

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This was an interesting Veloster. Mainly because of the wing mounted on the back…

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Never seen this one before and it looks to be mounted in an interesting way but the ricer in me kind of liked it. It’s very Rocket Bunny-esque.

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A super clean Bimmer

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A clean EVO X on RPF1’s and a Voltex wing out back.

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This 350Z was super clean – love the black on black TE37’s.

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An interesting looking FRS. SARD seat covers, C-West kit, Winjets, VIS hood… Interesting that he stayed on stock wheels.

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One group of the rev-happy kids… No chill.

Side note: didn’t see Punit and Rich photobombing this till I edited it lol

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A super clean R34 GT-R.

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Yes, even Bentley’s roll to these. I wonder if he found a parking…

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Ron’s awesome R32 on bronze/bronze Work Meister S1R’s. Loved this.

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An interesting look for a Ford Fusion – can’t say that it’s the most popular platform to mod, but a cool look.

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A clean 350Z on CR-Kai’s

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Cool looking kit car

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A blast from the past with a Civic built entirely from body kits from Super Street ads in 1999. The paint was still in good condition on the front bumper…

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An S2000 with a whole bunch of things going on. Looks like he put a truck’s LED light bar in the front bumper. I did like the wheels though…

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Over by the Tim’s corner was a group of clean ass cars. These were probably my favourite. Evo VIII on bronze TE37’s. Perfect.

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This was best of show for me. The color was beautiful!

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And the choice of bronze TE37’s was the perfect combination. Super classy – bravo sir.

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A shot of the long ass line that backed up on one of the roads.

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An RX-8… But wait…

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Crazy swap.

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Awesome to see a new IS bagged. Love these things.

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This dude was circling since I parked… Which had to be at least 30 minutes. Not sure if he was looking for parking or if he actually just wanted to drive around.

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Clean Evo VIII on Advan TCIII’s. Loved the color.

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Scott’s wild S2000 all put together since the last time I shot it.

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Awesome bagged truck

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Rowdiness. Not sure what was going on here…

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Another sick truck dropped right down to the ground

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Ethan’s static IS-F static on CR Kai’s. Love white wheels on everything.

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Another new IS but on velvet red Gram Lights. Loved this look too – super clean. This was the last car I took a pic of before we left the mess… I mean, meet.

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Getting ready to roll out… Fillin’ up

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Right as we finished, another Calgary crew rolled in. Brandon in his DC5 on regamasters

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Kelvin’s super clean DC5 with aggressive white TE37’s. I love white on white, so I’m biased but I love this look so fucking much.

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Alan’s TL!

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Diana captured a good shot of Arif rolling on the way home

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I was able to capture some shots of Brandon’s car

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And one last one to end this with Kelvin’s RSX rollin’

All in all, like I said before – the best part about the trip to Edmonton is the trip there and the trip back. Next up – The Volkswagen Close to Home show. A little more lowkey after all this madness πŸ™‚

780 Season Opener – The Trip

This weekend was the 780 Season Opener in Edmonton so we decided to make the trek up to check it out again. The last time we went was probably 2 or 3 years ago (I can’t remember) and it was decent. For the most part, it was just a good time to cruise up, chill and hang out with some friends. The meet itself was exactly that – a meet… Nothing too spectacular but there was a lot of heat that night. Burnouts, revving, just dumb shit. In short, the best part of the last trip up to Edmonton was the trip up to Edmonton and back down to Calgary.

Anyway, I took a lot of pics of our little day journey since the meet itself didn’t start until 7PM. A small group of us met up at 10AM and then we were on our way. There isn’t much to do in Edmonton – I think most people that live in Edmonton can vouch for that and the fact that their roads are not low-car friendly. In fact, their roads seem to have gone through multiple mini earthquakes with no fix in sight. But I digress…

Let’s just get started on our little adventure.

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We all met up at Tim’s for some quick breakfast before we hit the road. Quick shot of Gopesh’s new look for the year and Rich up front.

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Rolling out.

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Made it to Red Deer in record time.

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Gopesh tightening his intake. Came loose cause he has no chill on the highway.

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Rich rolled in shortly after

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I loved this shot for some reason. You can see how wide Gopesh’s rear looks from here.

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Diana snapped a good pic of Arif rolling. Another new look for this year is his yellow CE28’s

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We stopped at IHOP for brunch – it seems like it’s tradition now lol. We go to IHOP in Edmonton cause the one in Calgary is too far πŸ˜›

Trung also showed up in his newly painted Voltex S2000 (you might remember I shot it last year). It’s now coated in Porsche GT3RS grey. More pics further down…

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After IHOP, the next stop was at Duchess Bakeshop – rated one of the best bakeries and a “you need to eat here before you die” as per Buzzfeed. Diana wanted to get some snacks while we were here.

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Inside was super fancy and pretty big. Super busy

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We were a little late so they were running out of treats

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Line up…

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Arif and his pick up.

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Squad goals

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Another shot of Trung’s S2000

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Sorry you parked in front of a pole, Rich.

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Damn this woman.

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Next up we decided to check out the FRS meet that was happening – we parked in this lot and we were told that they were en route to this location. So we waited…

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Big wangs

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Some started showing up. A pretty clean BRZ

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Fairly stock FRS on Advan TC’s

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Another on simple bronze TE37’s

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Donovan’s FRS on the custom bronze on bronze Work Meister’s

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Then we were told they were at the original location still so we went there next. Once we showed up, they all left… So weird. Makes for a good opportunity to take more pics of our cars πŸ™‚

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Mean muggin’

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Chillin some more…

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Josh was there in his FRS as well – looking clean on Work Meister S1R’s

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Another shot of Trung’s S2000. Looks different in every angle

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Parked next to his competition…

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Found out that this house belonged to the owner of the Edmonton Oilers. Pretty baller.

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Random shots

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A quick shot of Josh’s new Valenti headlights. It was cool to see this in person!

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Next we headed over to Daniel’s shop to chill and check out some cool shit. This truck was probably one of the coolest ones there – equipped with a Cummins…

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Another one with a blower – this one is never driven anymore because they don’t want rock chips lol

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A work in progress…

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Corvette engine in the back

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So many gems here. 20″ wide wheels in the rear. So much dish – I forgot to take a pic… But it had to be at least 10″ lips

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This one was a daily driver. Too sick.

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Wall of bikes.

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It was t-minus 2 hours till the meet and the clouds were looking mean.

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Inside the other building was this bad ass truck. It was huge!

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The finish on the metal was smooth as silk. Too awesome.

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Huge intake pipe.

Next part will be whatever I could get at the show. Early warning now – there isn’t much content because it was just a mess but I got what I could…