Visit to AJ-Racing!

We are finally back from our BC trip! So I have some updates and some good photoshoots coming your way too! It was nice being away for the last 5 days and getting a nice break from work for a little bit… But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and it’s back to reality for me tomorrow.

We landed in BC on Thursday night and just settled in that night. The next morning, we were up early and started our adventures…

I’ll start it off with the first stop on our trip! AJ-Racing! Ben at AJR is the one that I purchased the Voltex wing for my STI for and also my TE37’s for the FRS, so I really wanted to check out the shop and snap some pics.

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Sara – Diana’s cousin – picked us up from the airport and we were on our way back to their house…

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Diana’s Uncle and Aunt were gracious enough to let us stay in their house for the few days that we were there for.

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It rained pretty much every day that we were there… Lives up to it’s “Rain City” name…

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Our first stop was AJ-R. Eric was awesome about chauffeuring us around on Friday to all the places we wanted to go. AJ-R was quite the drive from Surrey, so without him we wouldn’t have been able to drop in.

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Inside, I met Ben and he invited us into the shop to take some pics. Unfortunately, Ben did not have his BRZ nor his GTR because they were getting some work done… However, there were two cars in particular worth taking some quick snaps of. The first one is this C-WEST x Rocket Bunny FRS on Advan GT’s

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It’s also boosted. Super clean!

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A shot of the Advan GT’s under the RB fenders and the TRD fender fins…

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Above it was a Fiat getting some work done.

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Their work tables… Ben said the shop was way messier than usual, so take my pics with a grain of salt if you’re judging the shop by them…

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Off to the side was Jackie’s S2000 getting tons of new upgrades. I will not post the shots until it’s officially completed… But here’s a few teaser shots.

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His new set up on custom candy blue Volk TE37’s with AP Racing brakes peeping from behind. Jackie also ditched some of the low for some functionality on meatier tires.

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In the other corner was a pretty clean ITR. That was pretty much it for the shop cars that day. Unfortunately, Ben got his BRZ back the next day and I didn’t get a chance to go back…

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Up in the store front was more goodies – a racing simulator set up.

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On the wall was a bunch of familiar cars from Calgary – Nick’s S2000 here…

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In the center was suspension on suspension on suspension. Cusco, ALEX… I wanted to pick up the Cusco front brace so bad! But no place to put it…

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Here – a wall of goodies behind the glass cabinets. Some items for sale, some not…

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Carbon goodies and Asimo dolls.

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Here is a collection of Spoon/Ralli Art pieces…

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Here is some T1R stuff. Peep the Titanium T1R lugs…

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More goodies…

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Up top was some scale models of awesome cars. Not for sale unfortunately… I know, because I wanted to buy it.

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JDM goodies here. NSX-R horn button was a goody here.

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The trophies that they’ve collected over the years

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Some wheels on display

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On the other side of the braces were coilovers – Ohlins, T1R, Cusco…

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And right beside that was the wall of exhausts, pipes, intakes..

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Here is the T1R sparrow exhaust for an STI

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A T1R Titanium exhaust

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A rack of some awesome magazines.

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The one that caught my eye was this one… I also wanted to buy this but no-go on this one too…

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A collection of racing suits on the other wall.

That was pretty much all the stuff that was going on at AJ-R. I regret not being able to come back, but it was still nice to check it out. It was reminiscent of Speedtech back in the day and it makes me miss a place to chill and just do all things cars… Thanks to Ben for letting us hang out and take some pics!

Moving onto the next part of our day…

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Eric took us down to Gastown for some brunch and to check out some hipster places to eat.

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We ended up at Catch 122 for some brunch where all items are $12. That’s a steal!

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Simple menu with lots of good eats

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Checking out the menu.

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I ended up getting the Dirty Breakfast. Duck Confit, Potatoes deep fried in Duck Fat, two sunny side up eggs with homemade maple glazed beans. Pretty dece!

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I don’t remember what Eric got but I think it was Eggs Benedict with Duck.

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And Diana got a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich.

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After that, we just walked around and checked out some stuff. Tons of cool little shops that Calgary lacks. Despite all the rain, I still want to move here…

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One last shot of Diana in a cool alley near where we parked… I’ll have the next set up soon!

2 Year #lifewithjason Anniversary!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately – I have nothing much to post, but at the same time I’m sure I could find something but I’m getting kind of busy every weekend with more house and wedding stuff so I have less time to commit here.

However! I did get a special notification that today is my 2 year anniversary of blogging! It’s not much, but it sure as hell is good enough for me. There’s been so many things that I’ve blogged over the past two years – I’ve totaled 466 posts including this one. That’s 466 posts of everything that I’ve felt were good enough to share with you guys – everything from cars, hanging out, installs, new parts, my own life milestones, my personal thoughts and opinions and everything in between. I’ve had the opportunity to share so many great cars on here that I’ve had the privilege to shoot and it only keeps coming! As long as friends continue modding their cars, I’ll always have something to shoot.

My first post ever on this blog was my STI. Why not continue the tradition and post another of my STI on this 2 year anniversary. That was one of the biggest things that I shared with you guys here since I started the blog. From the moment I purchased the car, I posted every single thing I did to the STI and it’s progression all the way up to when I sold it and took the last picture of the new owner driving it away. It was truly bittersweet because at that point in time, I was ready to move on but I don’t think I had spent enough time with it to really let it go. I know this all sounds really lame but those of you who have put time and money into your cars and sold it know how I feel.

Anyways – here’s to another great year of blogging and more posts! I know next year there’s going to be a ton of things to post and I already know some of the cars I have shot a few months ago are already undergoing a few changes… Me on the other hand, don’t have much to report on the LS. I wish I had more funds, but with both the wedding and house – all of my attention goes to that. Maybe after that, I can put more focus into building the VIP car that I had imagined when I first sought out to buy one. (Can someone convince Diana that this is important? Please?)

I’ll try to have a few posts ready soon!

In the sunset! God, I miss having a GT wing so so much.