Hype R?

I don’t know why, but all of the sudden, I’ve had an itch that I’ve needed to scratch. The problem is that I don’t know whether I should scratch it or just leave it alone. It’s kind of like a mosquito bite – you know if you scratch it, both good and bad things will happen – it will feel good, but it’ll also get worse. If you don’t scratch it, it’ll just go away with time.

That itch is the Honda Civic Type R. I’ll be completely honest – I don’t actually know when or how the itch started. I think it was just a seed that was planted long ago when the Type R was announced and in the last few weeks, it’s been sprouting and growing like a weed in my head. You know when you get the idea that you need something, you’ll come up with 1,001 reasons why you need it and literally 0 reasons why you don’t need it. Going back to the seed analogy – it’s just been in the back of my brain for months and it only recently got watered when Josh told me he’d throw me the keys one day and I could take it for a spin. That’s the worst thing that can happen – someone encourages the growth of a seed you didn’t really want or need to grow. This is my problem right now.

The Beyond meet was on Wednesday and truthfully, I wasn’t planning on going but when Josh said that Wednesday was the day – I couldn’t have said no, right?! So I went… And as soon as I saw Josh, his hand reached into his pocket and out came the Type R key, and he said “go for it”. If there’s anything that makes any car guy giddy (no homo), it’s when someone hands you the keys to their car and tells you to just go have fun.

This was it. I was going to see what all the hype was about. You can’t just walk into a dealership and test drive it cause you “wonder what it’s like”. You have to be serious. I’m not at that point yet – I’m toying with the idea – and there’s a very clear line between the two and so Josh’s offer was pretty much THE next best option for me.

There she is, ladies and gentlemen. The Type R right beside my ol’ gal. There’s something to be said about the Type R compared to my FRS (my opinion only because it seems like people get butt hurt about my opinion). My FRS looks better than a stock Type R. I know, I know – super subjective opinion – but from someone who is either

A) going to sell the FRS

B) keep both

It’s just what I think and If I were to go with option A, I would be totally sad about it because of all the cars I’ve gone through, I’m still not tired of looking at the FRS. And BTW, this has nothing to do against Josh – I love the guy – but I’m talking about Type R’s in general.

The interior is nice. It’s refined, it’s clean, and it’s got all the usual things you’d expect from a 2018 model. There were some things that Josh pointed out like – only the front door cards and other misc pieces is wrapped with suede/alcantara, while the rear is all fabric. Not a deal breaker – but kind of weird to have excluded the rear altogether on the Type R.

The seats are a loud, flashy red – I guess somewhat expected with the Type R. They’re comfortable and hold you well. Nice side bolsters – slightly comparable to Recaro SRD’s.

Instrument cluster is nice – all digital and reminiscent of when Honda first brought that design in 2006.

Brembo brakes up front with 20″ wheels. A bit excessive IMO…

Around the car, there is A LOT going on. It’s very aggressive and as many have already stated – is kind of like an STI.

The LED headlights are also one of my favourite things of the car. I’m glad almost all companies now are understanding and catering towards the aesthetics, function, and form of headlights. If you’re still in the halogen game in 2018, you’re out to lunch.The

The rear is one angle of the car that I’m quite fond of. I like the triple tip exhaust, I like the STI-type spoiler, I like the big rear non-functioning vents. The rear as a whole works for me, the lines all flow well and it just screams “kid racer!!!” and I love it.

The top vortex generators are funky and weird and I know if Honda left this empty and then offered it as a Type R add on – everyone with a Type R would have bought it, me included. So I’m not going to complain about ricer add-ons, because I would buy ricer add-ons.

The lip looks home made, to be quite honest. It’s got those funky batman ear things, it’s fake carbon and looks like it’s wrapped – but it’s still cool as hell. It’s just a combination of such weird and quirky things that kids would make in their garage that make the Type R so Hype R. It’s amazing how something that’s OEM can be so acceptable to me versus something that was home made. There are a lot of other factors (actual testing, proper fitment, etc) that change my opinion but Honda… You basically created a Honda ricer dream car!

Josh’s CTR was outfitted with a more aggressive carbon EVS deck and it looks great.

And so ends my quick thoughts on the CTR and before you go look at the rest of the pictures I was able to capture before my camera battery died, I’ll leave you with where I stand right this minute on the CTR because it seems everyone is wondering what I’m going to do. (Who knows, it might change as soon as this post is published…)

There’s really two options:

Option 1: Sell/part out the FRS and getting the type R.
Option 2: Sell the RX and get the type R.

I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’d be too devastated to let go of the FRS. I know what the pain of regret is like and I’ve decided that option 1 is not the way to go.

You are probably saying “well if you only have one option, why don’t you have the type R yet?”. It’s because if I sell the RX, the CTR becomes my new daily… Which also means I drive it in the winter and I’m not sure if I can come to terms with putting the CTR through our winters. I would also miss AWD, but that’s an issue for another day…

Anyway – the conclusion is this: if I can be OK with putting the CTR through winter, then it may happen. If not, then someone has to convince Diana that having 4 cars makes perfect sense. Back to pondering…

Here is extra content:

This Datsun was sick. I kind of liked the look of the white flares… Either way – it’s hard not to appreciate an oldschool Datsun – flares or not.

M3 on TE37’s

Drift Squad came through too… Pretty rad to have all three show up with the same livery. Here’s Noel’s S14.

Work VS-KF’s

Rear quarter shot.

Here’s one of the 240 that went off for a test drive before I was able to get a shot of it…

And the last one – R32 with an LS swap I believe. Rowdy.


And literally the last shot I was able to get before the camera died. I’m happy I got this one – This was super clean and I dig the red!! Good job!

Beyond Meet – May 2, 2018

Just a picture dump of the meet on Wednesday. Sorry – I’m a bit late to the game on this – been busy! I think I’m slowly getting to the cause of my dark pictures. Trying to change picture profiles helped a bit, but it’s not where I want it to be 100% yet. I need to start checking RAW settings and import settings in photoshop – I know it’s 110% user error – I just need to know what.

Anyway, enjoy the slightly less dark pictures.

Lan’s dumped Audi S4 on WCI wheels. Literally perfect fitment on his car while aired down. This is one car you don’t see much of. Lan also lives in Airdrie, so it was cool to finally be able to cruise half way across the city with someone to come to this meet lol.

Bill also came out for a bit in his Focus SE (ST-swapped). It sounds mean as hell – I’ll be honest, I didn’t think Bill would get this aggressive with this build but he’s gone above my expectations for the build… And that yellow! A bit more refreshing than our boring ass white/black colour choices. My next car will be a proper color – I swear!

Nothing new to see here…

Sorry, I’m not sure of your real name – but @S2000adventures on the gram. Brandon also photobombing at the back… I didn’t even notice till I started editing.

Errol and his Type-R finally on his summer wheels – bronze TE37’s

Don’t know the real name of the owner either, but a clean RHD Civic Type R.

Barb/Steve’s GTR on mag blue TE37’s

Terence came out in his 911 on Advan GT’s. I think GT’s are my second favourite wheel next to TE37’s and this combo is perfect. Been a while since I’ve seen Terence, so it was nice to see him out in his new-to-me car.

Don also out and about in his mini cooper – looking mean and small as hell. Not a bad thing lol.

Rich’s Element

Jackie’s Tundra

Brandon’s 4Runner

Front of Jackie’s Tundra at f1.4 FTW

Kaylee’s S14 on Work Kiwami’s. You can’t really see the purple here but its nice!

Dustin – Kaylee’s husband – and his S15 right next to her with that sun setting in the back.

Jason Divina’s Type R – I didn’t get a chance to say hi to him, but I said hi to his car. I dig black! I don’t know if I like this more than champ white or not…

Andy’s Ralliart looking a little bare due to some theft that happened last year. Unfortunate that this kind of stuff happens, but at least he’s still out and about.

Mario’s Fiesta ST looking good in red.

Derrick’s white on white Camaro LS

Joe’s Cayman as seen last week.

Can’t get enough of this fitment and wheel choice! So perfect on Lan’s S4.

Rear fitment. Tight.

One last shot of the black duo together. I’ll admit – they looked good side by side.

The Return of Beyond Meets? 2018 Edition

Yesterday was one of first really nice evenings in a loooong time – you know, the one where you don’t really need long pants and a sweater, but if you wanted to, it wouldn’t hurt either? lol

Anyway, I saw Arif post on facebook that it was going down and I haven’t been to a car meet in AGES so I decided to join in and hang with everyone for a bit again. Most of the time, I’m left watching through instagram posts but I wanted to take the car out and also take the new camera out for a test drive on new subjects too. I learned a few things last night with the camera – 1) it’s not easy switching from using a 10-20 all the time to a prime 35mm. 2) shooting at wide open aperture sounds like it could be a good idea for full car shots, but it isn’t because you end up missing lots of detail at certain angles. 3) I still love my Sony over Canon.

Regardless, I’m still working on figuring out what the hell I did with my camera color profiles – I reset the settings and it appears that most pictures are dark everywhere but on the monitor I’m staring at right now. In fact, they look perfect – but as soon as I view it elsewhere, everything looks like it needed an exposure boost. I apologize if that’s the case for you as you’re viewing this right now… When I’m not lazy, I’ll try and figure it out.

You came here for the pics, so lets get to what I was able to get…

Yesterday was my first time meeting Arnold – and he also happened to pick up a new Type R that I was able to see in person a little more closely. Errol was going for a test drive and as you can see – all smiles – and he hadn’t even moved it yet.

Alex ended up going with him… And off they went.

Alex showed up in his beautiful M3.

The beater

Joe brought out his awesome Porsche Cayman out on Advan TCIII’s. It was my first time seeing it in person – I dig.

You can see his new addition of canards that I think he just recently put on.

Errol’s Type R – probably not the one he wants anymore.. But it’s still tight right?

Arif’s EK – been a while since I’ve seen his car as well.

Project Mu BBK x Volk CE28. I see he has yet to change his valve stem caps out to titanium…


Josh’s Golf R on Rotiforms. Wish he had brought out the Civic…

Rich’s Element with a few changes this year. Rich always coming in with unique mods to his cars… I particularly dig the retrofitted headlights. Can’t go wrong with those.

David’s IS dumped low on Weds

Apparently no one took pics of his car – maybe they were just throwing shade. Lifewithjson throws shade sometimes, but not this time, David… Not this time…

Another shot of the tuck

Oh one more cause I want air now…

Wing gang

Sunset Paradise

Errol’s Mugen wing

And just like that, they were back. Errol’s face hadn’t changed so that must mean a good thing…

These kind of shots are what the 35 f1.4 shines at… It just doesn’t showcase the car all that well.

Close up of Joe’s TCIII’s

Frontal of the Civic Type R

Honestly, I love this car but there’s something about the body lines that reminds me so much of the GR STI (my old STI) that I’m not sure I’m sold on. There are certain angles that just don’t rub me right but I still love it.

Jackie’s Tundra on bronze TE37’s

Jeev’s also brought out his Porsche sitting low. Looked nice with the sunset in the back.

Interior shots

Rear quarter. The lighting was too good to not take a shot.

The rear of Arif’s EK

Rear quarter of my FRS. I need another diffuser… I just don’t know which…

Big wings and things

Two M3’s beside each other both on TE37’s

Rear quarter of Arnold’s Type R. This angle is my favourite…

And maybe this one… But I’m an ass man so maybe I’m biased.

Mediocre shot of me and bossman Alex.

I’ll end it here with a random shot of my drive home. I’ll be honest, I missed nights like this. Just hanging out with cars and talking about random things. Hopefully I’ll have more time to get out and get more pictures this year. Adios!

First 2014 Beyond Meet!

Midweek update!

Decided to hit up the beyond meet last night for two reasons: It was nice out and the forecast was showing that the rest of the week was going to be shitty and Diana and I needed clothes for the engagement shoot. ha!

Also gave me a chance to finally wash up the car and make it somewhat clean again. It was still pretty half assed but it’s good enough for now since it’s just going to rain again all week…

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Took it to another car wash in Airdrie because the one I’ve been going to sucks balls. $1.00 = 1 minute is not enough time to wash this boat. Diana doing work…

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First time I’ve seen the car this clean since probably last year. Even when I took it out this year, it was already dirty from moving. It kinda sucks cause all the wax is gone but I’ll deal with that later.

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Woot. Also – Diana looking unimpressed because she had to help me dry the car LOL.

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Rolled up to the meet and it’s busier than I’m used to seeing it. This is the first time I’ve gone since the few times that I did go last year. It’s definitely nice to see it growing… Speaking of which – it was nice to see an S15!

I took as many pics that I could of the cars that appealed to me. There were many that I wanted to take a picture of but didn’t – and if you’ve seen any of my coverage of meets/car shows you’ll know that any car or cars that have people hovering 2 inches from the car isn’t going to get a picture (pet peeve). I get that you want to watch your car, stand by your car, watch if any LG’s take pictures of your car, etc… But give it some room! Chances are if your car is not here, you were doing that or you showed up after my ADD kicked in and I decided not to take pictures anymore.

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Rich’s WRX on his new white XD9’s. First time I’ve seen it in person since he’s changed it (again).

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My limo. Sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Dirty dirty dirty.

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Kind of shows how long my car is in comparison to Punit and JC’s car. Liked this shot…

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Punit’s car looking great!

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David Fung’s matte white wrapped 335.

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Alex Ho’s FRS

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Alex Wong’s Civic with lots of aesthetic changes. My favourite is of course the J’s Racing wing. Closely resembles Hoang’s K20 Civic I shot last year.

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I enjoyed the colour scheme and fitment of this VW. Looked great!

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As I was taking pictures, I hear scraping getting closer and it’s none other than Justin Kan in his slammed TSX (static).

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Jake Stotz’s super clean S14. Been watching his build come together on Instagram. Too bad he didn’t have his hood open – nice and clean under there too.

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Kyle Hugo’s EK Sedan still looking clean on Regamasters

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As I strolled down the line – got to Justin’s TSX again. Gadamn!

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Last shot. This is the one I posted on Instagram last night because it was too good not to share. I love that my old Meisters are still local and are going on great cars. Corey had them on his Civic, they were previously tested on Ryan’s Ep3 and now on Justin’s TSX. So good.

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The new S2000 crew – Ryan, Alex, and Corey. It’s like one day they just decided to go and buy S2000’s and be cooler than everyone else. I want one now…

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Corey’s S2000 on black TE37’s. God damn it, Corey – I HATE shooting white cars with black wheels.

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JC’s CT… didn’t forget about this!

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One of the showstoppers last night was this bagged Cadillac. Sounded great, looked great… Good job owner.

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Ryan Tsang’s Genesis on his new Avant Garde M510 wheels in a great looking purple. Hard to tell in this picture because it’s really dark…

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Loved the look of this Celica

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Pretty clean TL.

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The Supra duo showed up and caused a ruckus. Charlie’s red Supra looking great on the black CR Kai Kiwami’s. Didn’t get any better shots cause there were way too many people…

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Had to get a front shot of the mean girls. Damn sun…

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Gopesh’s GTI still looking clean.

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Two Subaru’s both wrapped. The GR hatch was wrapped in a chameleon-looking vinyl. You can kinda tell by looking at the top of the drivers quarter panel. Funky.

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Love the rear of the GS and LS bagged…

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One last shot before we headed out. I forgot how shiny my wheels were.