Hot Import Nights 2015: Calgary

Finally starting to catch up on coverage! As much as I’d like to postpone them a little longer (just to buy myself more time), it’s a little different with show coverage since it can get old quick and most people want to see the photos sooner rather than later. Now that we’re through HIN Vancouver, we’re back home for HIN Calgary.

The same things I said about HIN Vancouver pretty much translate over to HIN Calgary. The major difference is that the Calgary show was much bigger in quantity but really didn’t match the quality that Vancouver brings. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of well-built cars in Calgary and a ton of new builds that really just came out of no where. My personal opinion is that shows like this that need to live up to at least half the hype that is expected need to filter through the cars and not accept everything. It starts to become a very thin line when you do that because then people get upset. If you’re upset, that means you’re car isn’t up to par yet – there shouldn’t be any hard feelings.

At the end of the day, it’s a car show – not a meet. I know some of you might be saying “well, what about illmotion’s Sunday School”? In my books, HIN and Sunday School are in two different categories. HIN is – as I stated in the HIN Vancouver post – an all out show that really cuts no corners. It is all out and it’s really something Calgary hasn’t had in a long, long time due to whatever reason. Sunday School is, and always has been a way to bring the automotive community together – it was to recharge the scene and to get people excited about it all over again. No big admission fees, no stages, no lights and models… It was all for a good cause, with donations and proceeds going to a different charity every year.

One thing that I was kind of surprised about was the lack of advertising for HIN, considering the reputation and all. I personally didn’t see anything on social media regarding HIN – no registration dates/times, no location, no nothing. I heard it mentioned here and there but nothing solid was ever established. It is certainly possible that I’m not as connected as the rest of the crowd is or I’ve just been out of the loop, but I didn’t know there was even something happening until just a few days before the show. The date chosen was probably not a good idea since it was the same day as Chasing Summer – where all the hippie, raver kids like to go (all like 15,000 of them from surrounding areas), and it was the day before Sunday School which was announced a long time ago. Two car shows back to back is hard to do if you’re part of both of them…

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We showed up a little later in the afternoon to check the show out. It ended up being at Deerfoot Inn and Casino down south… I personally didn’t register for two reasons: one, as stated above – I didn’t know about it… And two, even if I did know, I don’t like how my car looks right now so I hate taking it to shows if I don’t have to lol.

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We started at the beginning and made our way around – Rob’s 240 on Meister S1’s from Low Cals.

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Another angle. Nice red.

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A G35 starting the Low Cals group off…

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Nissan Pulsar GTi-R

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Black on red Rota D-forces

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Evo on WedsSport SA55M’s.

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Kenji’s S15 on Work CR Kai’s

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Mario’s Ford ST still looking clean with a new lip addition.

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A very nice LHD Supra T-top on Meister S1’s. Very clean.

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This Mazda3(speed?) from 403Media and the wide flares are pretty unique.

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Steven’s STI sedan on TE37SL’s

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@itsbirdy’s FRS

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Another FRS going with the white/black tone.

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This truck was dope as fudge. Probably one of the best there IMO…

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Trunk set up was unreal. 6 compressors and a huge tank with hard lines running into it nicely. The rear struts were visible with custom spiders on top of each strut. I wonder how fast that tank fills…

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On the other side, some shenanigans going on in the back of a truck… No hate though, if I had a truck, I’d probably put a bunch of girls in it and take a picture too…

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A clean GLI aired out on BBS’s

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Ron’s R32 Skyline. His skyline is incredibly clean on bronze/bronze Meister S1R’s.

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A lime green wrapped Rocket Bunny RX7 on Weds Kranze LXZ’s. Those rears are massive in person…

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S14 with an S15 conversion

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Dustin Mak’s S15 on velvet blue Gram Lights 57xtremes

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Kaylee’s S14 in a nice midnight purple on Work CR Kai’s

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Matte blue wrapped Evo on TE37SL’s

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This STI Hatch was super clean – I love the blue and I love the Meisters.

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A very aggressive track set up on this STI with meaty tires, canards and GT wing.

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Cool Seeing an MR2 there – I remember back in my adolescent days of reading Import Tuner and Super Street, this MR2 was my dream car lol.

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Brooks and his rootbeer coloured Evo 9 – they always make their way over for car shows from Saskatchewan.

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Josh’s FRS still looking good since I last saw it in Edmonton.

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This was new to me – haven’t seen it around before and I enjoyed the execution of it. I think a full paintjob would do this thing wonders since it’s fairly clean already.

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Autodream’s Skyline’s came out to play as usual.

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This was another cool truck to see – a Hakosuka Sunny truck.

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Aired out Prius.

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Variskitted Evo on Gram Lights.

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R34 on ZE40’s. Looks good.

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3/4 Rocket Bunny FRS sans the front lip.

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Jimmy’s Datsun 240z

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Another STI on TE37’s. Popular choice of wheel this year lol…

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Jimmy’s M3 on some new shoes – Wedssport SA55m’s in full black

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This was a favourite of mine from the CH Toyota BBQ – Scion xB/Rumion.

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Pretty clean Yaris RS… Don’t see too many of these around…

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Noel’s S14

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Carlo’s WRX

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Super sick Miata.

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One of my favourites from this show as well as Sunday School was this V8 swapped Corolla with ITB’s. Sounded crazy.

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Another car that was nice to see was this Varis/Voltex kitted Evo on Work CR Kai’s.

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Aired out STI with a Varis CF lip kit.

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Bag barn and their dumped trucks…

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This one is always a winner in my books…

That’s a wrap for HIN Calgary! The sun was shining, it was hot as fudge, I heard it was a long day from 11AM-9PM or something like that… But kudos to those that tried to put on HIN in Calgary. It still brings cars out and a good enough crowd to make it worth while. Next up is Sunday School coverage… And there are a TON of pics for that so I’ll be breaking them out into parts… Stay tuned.

World of Wheels 2015

It was a lazy Sunday today and there wasn’t much to do… I had a 2AM shift this morning at work for about an hour and then I went back home and crashed until 10AM again. We were debating going to World of Wheels when I changed my mind last minute and we decided to go to Village Ice Cream instead. While we were eating, Jimmy messaged me and told me he had some tickets. We were literally a few blocks away but I didn’t have my camera, so we finished up, drove all the way back home to grab it and then headed back to the BMO center to check it out. (Thanks Jimmy!)

I’ll admit that this was my first time going to World of Wheels – I was never really interested because it was more of a classic/muscle/bro truck scene – not that there’s anything wrong with it, but it just never made me want to go out and check it out. I totally love checking out all the other cars, I just don’t know much about them since it’s totally out of my “comfort zone”, if you will. These cars are in a totally different class than the ones I’m used to; these are older cars from before I was even born and they look better than cars that drove off the lot yesterday. They’re cars that have thousands of blood, sweat, tears, money and time poured into them, and while I can’t pick them out as easy I could in the usual scene I’m into, I can appreciate them just as much, if not more.

I won’t have much for commentary, but I did take shots of cars that interested me or even when I had the chance. I will say that this show was a damn tornado of people left, right, and center. It was tough enough to just move around and navigate, let alone get some good shots. Lots of times, I had to stand to the side to wait for crowds to pass before I could sneak in and get one good shot in a hurry. As some of you know, that’s my pet peeve at car shows: people standing around getting in the way of people that really care to look at the car… Anyway, there’s a decent amount of pictures here to give you a taste of what the show was like. Was it a good show? It was decent. Would I go again? Probably not… With that said, it was good to check out something completely out of my element!

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The entrance to the gongshow…

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The actual stunt car from Fargo.

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Paint is immaculate on every single one of the cars… Love it.

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Clean Z

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Supercharged FRS. It was pretty much stock other than the supercharger, strut bar and lug nuts from what I could see…

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Those side steps are sick.

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This was a sick bike.

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Chrome everything.

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A beautiful new Corvette from Davenport on some gold HRE’s.

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Superchargers on superchargers

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A super clean GTI aired out on BBS’s in the Compact Tuning Lab

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Up close shot of the BBS’s tucked and how it fits under the wheel well in the mirror.

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A sick new GS F-sport on air

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The accuair e-level set up in the corner of the trunk

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The sweet tank set up.

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Probably my favourite of the show was this A4 wagon aired out. The red was beauty.

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So good.

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An R32 with a massive turbo.

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A crazy creme coloured 1979 Mercury Coupe with an LS swap. Sweet.

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A very clean Camaro with an awesome shade of blue…

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And also with an LS swap.

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This thing was massive. I couldn’t get a side shot of it because the crowd just never cleared lol

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A sick slammed Mercury with custom details all over. That hood and front grill…

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Laid out. This shot would’ve been better without the bars and that wannabe pinup girl posing.

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Super clean interior. Probably have to drive while wearing a garbage bag or something haha

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A sick Ford model A

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Over in the corner was VEX’s booth with two GTR’s up front. Diana and I joked about finally being in familiar territory LOL

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Jimmy’s 240Z still looking as clean as ever since the last time I shot it…

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Giuseppe’s Skyline also joined the VEX booth. His newest addition (canards) was also on for the show…

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A rear quarter shot. That tip though

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Another GTR ending one part of the VEX booth

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A supercharged BRZ on the other side

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Super clean. I need one in my life…

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Another favourite was this Silvia with two sets of wheels and a 2JZ swap… Love those bronze TE’s.

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Opposite of that was another clean RX7 – hard to come across these lately…

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The back ends of the GTR’s

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Raphael hanging off the tow hook of Giuseppe’s Skyline

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Can’t forget about the Rockey Bunny spoiler.

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Jimmy’s WORK Meister CR’s

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Some bro trucks for you guys

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This one was bad ass. I know absolutely nothing about it but I do know I would need a ladder to get in and once I was in, I would drive the fuck over everything. Is that ignorant? lol

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Crazy suspension set up

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Bags! Everything was on bags in this show it seemed lol

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A crazy ass rod

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This was probably the cleanest car there. It shined like no tomorrow…

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The engine bay was SPOTLESS. It was like it was put together and then never driven.

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Rear tank set up with hard lines.

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Army tanks are cool too

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And one last one was this aired out Chevy truck. I loved that the rust areas were all there too… Gave it character.

That’s the end for me! All in all – good show! Hopefully that keeps you guys entertained for a little while.

YYC Flood 2013

Well because it’s everywhere and I don’t think I’ll be doing a photoshoot anytime soon – I might as well post it up while it’s all in the news. It’s said to be the worst one in over a decade and there was a mandatory evacuation yesterday afternoon in some of the south communities. As I look outside the office window, it’s still raining – which isn’t really helping the situation. People are stocking up on as much water as they can in case the water becomes unsafe to drink/use… It’s like a minor zombie apocalypse – except with water.

It’s crazy that the water got so high in such a small amount of time – some of those roads are the places we go every weekend to hang out or to shoot pics. Now the water is higher than most building steps.

Hope everyone is safe! And for all you car guys, hopefully you got your cars out and they aren’t swimming around…