The time has come!!
Finally getting around to having Benji’s TSX up and I’m pretty stoked on this mainly because I’ve been itching to shoot it since he came to Calgary for Driven a few weeks back. When JC had originally told me that a few guys from Winnipeg were coming and sent me a pic of Benji’s car, I scoffed at the idea in my head mainly because I didn’t believe anyone from Winnipeg would drive 12ish hours to come to Calgary for a car show. Lo and behold – they did, and they were crowd-pleasers at the show, without a doubt.
Benji’s car has an extensive amount of work done to it – inside and out and it’s show car quality, but it doesn’t come without it’s consequences, unfortunately. In Alberta, there are little things that we take for granted that doesn’t go over so well with the police out in Manitoba. To quickly run it down, anything modified from stock is not allowed – plain and simple. Things like HID’s, suspension and clearance, interior pieces missing, etc – all the things that all us racers love to change and remove will net you a ticket (or many of them) and another inspection to make sure you’ve complied.
The night before the shoot, we were talking about getting ready for the shoot – time, place, etc. Late that night, around 10 or 11PM, JC got a text from Benji saying he got pulled over and was getting a bunch of tickets for his modified vehicle. Once this happens, you technically shouldn’t be driving it until you’ve gotten your inspection because you’re risking being pulled over again. Benji decided to take the risk and let me shoot it – which I’m thankful for because I doubt I’d have the same opportunity again. As I was shooting, I asked Benji about the tickets and he mentioned that the funny thing about the tickets and the law is that it says you can’t modify anything from stock, but the cops don’t know what “stock” is to begin with. One of Benji’s tickets ended up being “HID’s”… Well, we all know HID’s come stock on a TSX… How that battle will pan out is unknown to me…
Anyway, we did the shoot with no issues and then rushed off to the wedding to all get drunk together!
We were having lunch at Moxie’s while Benji and Dan came a little later and waited for us. We rolled out shortly after…
On the way to the Forks I tried my best to get as many rolling shots as I could but the streets were busy and there wasn’t much room. There are a few more below.
Benji and JC lined up with us in the Van. We were ready to punch it and smoke him…
A cool shot of one of the buildings at the Forks.
The first location reminded me of Eau Claire back in Calgary. It was super bright out that day and not to mention, busy as hell.
The first thing you’ll probably notice is the awesome colour – Porsche GT3RS grey. Looking real good on his TSX
Up front is a massive Kraftwerks intercooler which hints at something pretty obvious under the hood as well.
My favourite part (if you know me) is the Voltex wing fitted out back. It really carries the aggressiveness through to the back.
Tucked all around are a set of matte black Advan RS-D’s.
One more shot as we were leaving…
One shot that we had to get quickly was on the suspension bridge.
One more with the Forks building in the back.
The next location was at the Investors Group Field – the new football stadium that opened in 2013. A nice spot to hide away from all that sun. But it’s a good shot of all that tuck he’s got going on.
A closer shot of the ProjectMu BBK behind the RS-D’s. The ProjectMu teal really makes the car pop in combination with the GT3RS grey and subtle black tones. You may have noticed that Benji carries that teal colour combo all throughout the car as well.
A few other details that I loved were the little titanium pieces Benji has added. I loved these titanium bolts that hold the endplates to the wing… I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same…
Also replaced the bolts holding the wing stands down to the trunk with titanium.
If you can’t read that – it says “Dannie Riel”. During Driven, Dannie was with the beyond.ca booth and she came over to our end and Benji got her to sign his trunk. Nice little momento – given that they are both from Winnipeg.
Mugen visors – you can never go wrong.
There is no lack of attention to detail on the inside either – a pair of leather Recaro Sportster CS’s and Takata harnesses dominate the cockpit.
Inside is his IG handle. Also a good look at how the interior carries the ProjectMu teal colour like I mentioned earlier – the two tone is money.
Looks like Benji also got Dannie to bend over and sign the inside floor of his car too… (clean thoughts).
A side profile shot – very aggressive.
As you might have guessed, Benji is also on air – he’s got his tank and dual compressor set up mounted to the underside of the rear seat decks.
A custom LED third brake light.
Benji cleaning up the engine bay for some shots – he hadn’t cleaned it since he made the long drive back from Calgary and there were lots of dead bugs lol.
Another titanium bolt.
Inside, Benji brought some Spoon into the mix…
A shot at the Kraftwerks set up… The colours used all throughout the car work surprisingly well when put together.
Another shot of the Recaros and the gutted interior.
One thing that you might have noticed is that he’s rocking a Spoon bumper up front – which is my favourite bumper for the TSX with the J’s Racing bumper following closely behind that. It fits nicely with his build and you don’t see too many Spoon-fitted TSX’s around…
A closer shot out back with the Voltex Type 5 wing… And Dannie’s signature of course.
And to end it off – a nice shot of the Winnipeg duo together.
The week has been crazy busy so I haven’t had time to shoot much more lately, but hopefully I’ll have something up soon! PS – if you’re looking for a shoot, let me know and we can book something! My camera is at your disposal 🙂