Extra: Jackie’s Honda S2000 x Acura TL-S

Busy busy busy! I’ve been putting this post off for a while because I’ve had a whole bunch of other things come up again – no surprise lately…

While we were in Victoria, Jackie asked me to shoot his TL and S2000 together so he could have some memories of them together. He’ll probably end up selling the TE’s and then deciding to buy new ones again a few months later. I don’t even know how many sets of TE’s he’s had over the years. Both cars are a very similar grey – it would be bad ass to have the TL in the Moonrock grey too, but it’s close enough. I snapped a few pictures before we had to go have lunch and head out. Unfortunately, no rollers as I don’t think there was any stretch of road long enough that would have had enough lanes for three cars in Victoria. 🙂

Fun fact: The TE37’s on the TL are the same white TE37’s that were on Nick Chow’s J’s Racing Honda S2000, then on my STI, then on the RE Amemiya RX7, and now it’s been passed on to Jackie. I miss those wheels in white.

Happy Monday!

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TE37 on everything!!

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Nice view..

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We ended up moving to another spot quickly and Ben joined us in his NSX.

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And just the last two shots of the pair together. One for the weekend and another for the weekdays. MBN…

Down N’ Out: Benji’s Bagged & Boosted TSX

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!

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We were having lunch at Moxie’s while Benji and Dan came a little later and waited for us. We rolled out shortly after…

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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.

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Benji and JC lined up with us in the Van. We were ready to punch it and smoke him…

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A cool shot of one of the buildings at the Forks.

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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.

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The first thing you’ll probably notice is the awesome colour – Porsche GT3RS grey. Looking real good on his TSX

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Up front is a massive Kraftwerks intercooler which hints at something pretty obvious under the hood as well.

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My favourite part (if you know me) is the Voltex wing fitted out back. It really carries the aggressiveness through to the back.

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Tucked all around are a set of matte black Advan RS-D’s.

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One more shot as we were leaving…

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One shot that we had to get quickly was on the suspension bridge.

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One more with the Forks building in the back.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Also replaced the bolts holding the wing stands down to the trunk with titanium.

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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.

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Mugen visors – you can never go wrong.

IMG_0972 copyThere 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.

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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.

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Looks like Benji also got Dannie to bend over and sign the inside floor of his car too… (clean thoughts).

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A side profile shot – very aggressive.

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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.

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A custom LED third brake light.

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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.

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Another titanium bolt.

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Inside, Benji brought some Spoon into the mix…

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A shot at the Kraftwerks set up… The colours used all throughout the car work surprisingly well when put together.

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Another shot of the Recaros and the gutted interior.

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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…

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A closer shot out back with the Voltex Type 5 wing… And Dannie’s signature of course.

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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 🙂

24k: Dan’s Acura NSX

One of the cars of Winnipeg that I was able to shoot was Dan’s red NSX on gold Regamasters. A pretty nice combination if you ask me…

Who would’ve thought cars like this could come out of Winnipeg? I know I sound like a hater because I know nothing about the car scene out East, except for in Toronto, but GG Winnipeg… GG.

Some quick shots while we were also shooting Benji’s TSX that you may remember from some of my pics at Driven. That’s coming soon… We were running tight on time because this was in between Ryan’s ceremony and dinner. We picked up some lunch at Moxies then headed out.

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We were at the Forks for our first location – it was hot and sunny as F, so consequently it was also busy as F. We didn’t get many pics here but it was a nice location. It was like the equivalent to our Eau Claire in Calgary. This was a quick shot as we were getting ready to leave.

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The gold wheels stand out anywhere… You got all the primary colors in one shot here lol

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Dan and Benji ahead of us while we were in our Town and Country lol.

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A closer look at the gold plating.

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Stanced nicely with a little poke in the rear.

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Stoptech BBK also in red behind the gold.

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One last roller… Unfortunately, I didn’t get as many shots as we were running out of time. A lot of the time was focused on getting shots of Benji’s car because that was what we had originally planned… Glad I got some shots of Dan’s NSX though.

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Just a little teaser of what’s to come. Some of you may have already seen the shot I posted on my Facebook page that shows Benji’s TSX a little more clearer… But for those of you that haven’t seen it, you’re going to want to check it out.

A Taste of Summer

So I finally had a reason to pick up the camera and take some shots – albeit, nothing spectacular since it was more a chill sesh, but still some content…

It was +27C today so we all decided to cruise in the evening to get some ice cream and then we randomly showed up at an S2000 meet. Pretty random, but the weather today was too amazing to just sit inside. It’s practically the first time since we’ve all just hung out and done something rather than work in the garage.

Anyway – just some random shots of this mid-week hang out.

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En route…

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Diana got a few random shots in. Looks like I’m about to pull the e-brake for a mad drift… Not.

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Met up at JC’s. Diana always has to photobomb shit.

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Rich’s car with the fresh VOLK/RAYS stickers applied on his LE37’s

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JC’s car with his new additions – Modellista front lip and Tom’s rear lip. The front part of the lip has a chrome addition that you can barely see but it’s dope.

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Punit’s Integra… His GS is going under the knife soon…

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One of my heap

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This shot turned out all polaroid and shit. Punit was on his phone the whole time – someone tell that guy to get bluetooth…

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JC rollin’

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Punit…

Sorry Rich – by the time I realized that I didn’t adjust my camera properly to get your wheels spinning, it was too late to get one of your car

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Diana got JC and a little bit of Rich in the side mirror…

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Prime parking for Village.

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This is the hipster hang out. Notice the bikes parked on the mid-left there…

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Gang signs and spoon licking. I’m not a huge fan of ice cream (despite my Gelato post yesterday) so I just came to hang.

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Bad pic cause of the shadows. But – note that couple on the right there – JC’s car was breaking their necks the whole damn time we were there. By the time we were ready to go, they practically pounced on him and asked him a bunch of questions. JC’s turn to shine was today.

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Another.

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I liked the shirt.

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Two people unimpressed in this pic… So we just left to go check out the S2000 meet…

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When we got there, we were greeted by Charleston (Justin’s dog)…

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It was a pretty small meet – probably just a little hang out. Whatever, it was good weather, so why not?

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We parked on the other side so we wouldn’t look like posers.

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More chillin’ pics

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Rich wanted a majestic shot. The sky helped…

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Diana wasn’t so majestic…

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Some quick shots of the S2000’s… Corey’s S2000 on bronze CE28’s

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Justin on Corey’s previous set of black TE37’s

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A few more shots of our cars

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Last one all to myself and JC photobombing.

Happy Tuesday!