Midnight Rev Up 2021 Coverage

So I finally got around to doing the photos and write up for Midnight Rev Up from last Saturday – I’m usually done photos and the whole shebang in a day but you know… #dadlife LOL. Anyway, this is gonna be a big one – 200+ photos all in one. I typically break these out into parts but let’s just get it all over with.

This would be my first Midnight Rev Up show that I’ve attended as it is up in Edmonton and to be quite honest, I don’t think I recall ever doing a show in Edmonton… So technically this is my first one ever. Don’t quote me on that though – I’m getting old. Last month Carlo messaged me and asked if I would be interested in guest judging at the show and they were kind enough to pay for accommodation if I accepted. I’m not one to refuse free things (most of the time) and I thought it would be a good opportunity to finally see what Edmonton had to offer. I mean, lots of the Edmonton guys come down to Calgary for our shows and I get the chance to see them here, but for the ones that stay local, it was a fresh sight to see. I asked JC to come along as we were going to be in the Tuner Decals booth to help represent them!

The guys that organize Midnight Rev Up kind of have a similar mindset to illmotion in terms of putting a show together – minimal fees to cover costs here and there, a screening process for participants, space organization and most importantly – just a place to gather all the best cars under one (in this case, two) roofs and have visitors come and spectate. It’s lowkey but it’s tight knit and I truly enjoyed the atmosphere. They try to use different and unique venues each year and this one was pretty awesome to attend as it was in the executive hangers by the Edmonton International Airport. Honestly, not something I would’ve thought of doing because I would’ve assumed it was just off limits for anyone but they did it!

As this was my first time attending the event, I didn’t know what to expect but in the days leading up to it, I was kind of developing somewhat high expectations and I was eager to see what it was all about. I would say that I was pleasantly surprised at the level of quality and workmanship in the cars that came to the show. I can finally say it – hallelujah – I think we’re finally out of that phase of wild chassis mount wings on stock cars and fake stuff flooding the show floor. Of course, we’ll never be rid of it but it’s so rare to see (did I just say that?) lately that it just brings a tear to my eye sometimes. It becomes even harder to judge now because you’re not just judging on the level and quality of parts, but you can now bring it to the next level of execution and detail. I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again – anyone can buy expensive and real JDM parts for the clout but if you slapped it on there with not a care in the world, then you’ve done no justice to the parts you just spent a fortune on…

Last note before we move onto the pictures – I just want to say that I think it’s both hilarious and amazing at how many clean wheels AND barrels were at the show on Saturday. It’s been this inside joke for most of the summer that everyone is doing barrel checks and tagging on me on Instagram and it’s slowly made it’s way basically across the internet and some of you that I’ve never even met in person because you’re 1000’s of miles away are cleaning your barrels and it’s fucking amazing LOL. Many of you have been asking why this has become a thing and honestly it wasn’t really meant to even become a “thing”. Long story short – a few years ago at a show, I just happened to notice a car with wheels that had not been cleaned and pointed it out on my blog – no names were mentioned and I still won’t because that doesn’t matter – the point that I was trying to make was that if you’re entering a show, please make it “show ready”. I was asked to take it down eventually but by then, the whole internet had read it and well, you know how the cookie crumbles… Now everyone just jokes that if I’m coming to a show/meet, everyone better clean their barrels or else you’ll be called out and well… Everyone now cleans their barrels LOL! You guys kill me but it’s so honestly refreshing and awesome to see people starting to care about details like that…

I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum for now and talk as we move through the post to keep it from getting dry. The journey begins…

*Usual disclaimer – these are ALL the photos I took. Please don’t ask if I got a shot of your car. If you were sitting in it, standing by it, repping too hard, or your crew was too excited to sit back and relax – that’s probably why I didn’t get a shot. Maybe next time πŸ™‚

9AM in the morning, JC came over to my place and we rolled out.

Just a little over 2 hours to get there. Not terrible compared to my 10.5 hour drive back from Vancouver just a few weeks prior. Don’t mind the dirty interior… I cleaned it when I got there πŸ™‚

It was raining in Calgary unfortunately so our cars were still messy. No point in really cleaning it anyway even if it weren’t raining…

We arrived pretty quickly and hit up Poor Boys wash in Leduc. Gave the cars a quick spray and then saved the rest of the cleaning for when we got to the show.

Also – ceramic coated cars FTW. Update on the CarPro SiC coating as well – this is my first wash since I’ve coated it and it was amazing. Water beads like crazy – I would say it rivals UK 3.0 + Gliss in hydrophobic qualities… Unfortunately, I can’t comment on longevity yet.

We got inside one of the two hangars… Lots of nice white light and white flooring…

JC right behind…

While waiting for some other displays to set up, I may as well take some more photos…

The boys putting on a Tuner Decals windshield sticker for the show…

I had applied Rain-X a few weeks ago as well as topped it with CarPro Elixir at the show which made it pretty difficult to install the banner since it didn’t want to stick LOL.

JC brought the whole CarPro artillery to the show…

You can’t see it all here but he’s got pretty much the whole line up and is only missing a few products like FlyBy and MFX… Thankful for his collection. I definitely needed some for the show.

Just some random shots of the booths getting set up… Sometimes it’s best to take photos before the doors open because it’s less hectic. I try to wait until the last minute to start taking photos because sometimes booths are not fully set up or placed yet.

A few shots of the Tuner Decals collections as well as some new releases. They have been going HAM this year with attending as many shows as they can to showcase their decals and art and they’ve done really well for themselves in the last year. I kind of had the opportunity to watch them start and grow and they’ve helped me start up JTOONED as I mentioned in previous posts so it’s a mutual growth. It’s rare to see decal companies also hustling with their own art and these guys kill it on both ends. If you have ever gotten a chance to see their anime-inspired art and have an appreciation for it, you’d understand what I mean – just phenomenal original artwork you don’t find anywhere else.

I find that it’s really difficult to find truly original artwork. Lots of other peekers are often just taking a tracing of the actual original art, they add some different colors or effects and call it their own. Not a bad thing, but it doesn’t set you apart from the thousands of others also doing it.

They just released these chibi car keychains, and other decals as well.

As always, honored to have my spread on their table too! Note – I had some questions for people asking to buy these but I don’t have a storefront currently. This inventory is Tuner Decals’ and not mine. You’d have to go to a show to get them πŸ™‚

Our registration package…

Lito’s Datsun and rebuilt engine. Lito joined us later to help with the judging process to give his insight and knowledge on the engine part of the builds. Oldschool Datsun’s are too cool – always awesome to see people restoring them.

The turd. This thing is so fun to drive on the highways – it keeps up decently well LOL

Before the crowds came…

JC’s IS shining bright like a diamond with the whole CarPro catalogue on the car lol

This AE86 from Fake Hero parked next to the Fit. Such a sweet and nostalgic build. This one went on to win the award of “Unicorn” for the night. It was a fitting award since it’s rare to see an AE86 nowadays as most people seem to be obsessed with S-chassis’s and EK/EG/S2000’s. The condition it was in was a treat.

TE37V’s – these are a nice choice for the classic-era cars. A modern touch but still keeping in line with the classic look of wheels such as Watanabe’s.

Bride KING’s…

Fully gutted interior and an interesting choice of interior fabric paneling – it’s tough to see here but I believe it was just a bunch of trees – looked like a forest.

BI Inspection passed.

One of my personal favourites – partially biased because of my past FRS but the reason I really loved this one was because of the RS series Ignition silver colour. The best way to describe it is a pearlescent silver with some hints of blue and purple – kind of like FK8 sonic grey but 1000000x better. LOL

Some deep dish SSR’s sitting under there as well.

Rear of the RB FRS

Varis kitted Evo X. Edmonton peeps love their Varis Evo’s and you’ll see why in a little bit… Lots of these guys belong to Legit Society and nothing but crazy full builds come from them. Pretty insane lol

Another one of the top contenders for awards was this Varis Evo X on Advan R6’s… Fully gutted with a full interior…

Engine bay blinged out with ARC and Carbing titanium.

I always wanted that titanium bar but never got around to it because everytime I was ready to pull the trigger, I always told myself I could get something better that could be seen LOL. But hella jealous…

Enzzo’s Evo 9 wagon on bronze ZE40’s. Super clean

Some Ralli-Art goodies

Flip up with Voltex steering wheel

FK7 on Gram Lights and a J’s grill. I can’t remember if that’s a new addition or not – I just noticed it in the show…

Raf’s bagged Subaru STI on ZE40’s – shouldn’t be a stranger to the blog at this point

Another Varis Evo X on bronze TE37 Sagas

Tristan’s Varis WRX hatch on Kiwami’s

Good job on the barrels sir…

Next up were these two Silvia’s – possibly the two favourites for myself and JC. I would argue that these were two of my top favourites of the show – from execution, to details, to overall build. Just magnifico!

Work Equips on the first Silvia with wheels so clean you could eat off of them.

Perfect fitment.

Amazing work on the engine

And the part that stood out most was the inner part of the engine tub was painted differently than the rest of the car. It might be hard to see but there’s some red sparkle/flake on the inside while the exterior was a full black with no flake. Also the fact that it was painted was awesome. I can only count a few S-Chassis in this condition that have full paint and not wrap.

Vick’s Silvia right beside it was also another top contender and ended up winning one of the top 10 awards of the night. This was a tough one because there was just so much we could go back and forth on but we chose this unanimously at the end of the day.

Great paintwork and fitment on the body panels

Awesome attention to detail in the engine with titanium goodies and tons of HKS bling…

Chasing J’s titanium pieces

Blue Bride interior – which you don’t see to often – but flow perfectly with the Cusco cage and Takata harnesses.

Rear end looking just as clean.

HKS fuel rail and oil cap

And one last front end shot… Perfection. Well done!

Travis’s Mode Parfume LS430. My first time seeing this in person and it looks great. Super aggressive static fitment and sitting nice and low.

Lots of negative camber as expected for a static VIP build and sitting real close to the fenders.

Of course we need the Junction Produce goodies

That rear fitment tight.

Right beside it was this 2JZ Aristo on SSR’s. Super clean paint and fitment – nice engine work and correct me if I’m wrong – but we thought we noticed the paint was kind of a purple gradation (dark purple fading to a lighter purple) but we only quickly saw it when it was rolling out. Were our eyes deceiving us or is that true? Cool effect if it was!

Another Varis Evo X wrapped in yellow.

Compared to many of the builds we’ve seen up till now – this S2000 was on the rather tame side. Reminicent of the 2008-2010 show days. Super clean.

This 370z has seen better days but all patched up with some zip ties on Advan GT’s…

Berry’s bagged Varis widebody FRS looking clean as always

Engine work to go with the aesthetics

Also good job on the wheels – I didn’t get to check them at Driven YYC but they were up to snuff here πŸ™‚

One of the newer mods I saw Berry do was this fiber optic headliner which turned out pretty rad! I loved it!

Another shot – must look so cool at night.

GTR R35 in the Mercari booth

The 2nd Evo 9 wagon in the Mercari booth…

Mercedes AMG GT wrapped in a chrome green…

Guess which car this is if you haven’t scrolled too far down LOL

Fucking sick right?! hahaha I’ve seen this at shows before but I never saw it with the hood open…

Got the VIP reclining seats and footrests too

John’s Supra looking clean as hell. I dig the Voltex Swan neck on this thing

on Advan GT’s – AKA StillTheBestWheelAndBetterThanTheTE37

Another MK5 Supra on candy red TE37’s but don’t hate me because of the previous comment. I still think it looks good LOL

Both of them together…

STI on Advan’s…

The Invision booth had a set up of Bride seats for people to try out – which I did, of course – then I immediately hopped out and walked away because I know what would’ve happened if I stayed too long.

It was nice meeting the Invision duo in person and chatting for a bit!

The rear of John’s Supra and Voltex wing…

Peter Luu’s track FRS on ZE40’s. Still looks just as good…

Interior with the obvious JDM BOSS Coffee…

Bride Low Max’s

Front shot with TRD parts! You did good on your BI check as well, my man. Could definitely eat sushi off of them. Oh, and sorry about ruining your announcement for your new baby girl last week – don’t lick her toes. Do love her though LOL.

Pic below for reference so that everyone gets it. In my defense, this guy is literally always trolling my posts so I thought this time was no different but I was wrong…

Lexus IS on Work Meister’s

Hawkeye STI on CE28’s. Invision – ya’ll need to check these barrels. I had no tickets to hand out on Saturday but I’m coming for you next time…

370Z on TE37 Sagas begging for a drop. But love the color combo…

STI in the Mercari booth – I want to say this is one of the only (if not THE only) one with this bumper on it. I just can’t recall the name of the bumper. Reminds me a bit of Black Pearl Complete – they make kits for VIP cars…

Pretty crazy sleeper 86…

Woooow

Another Evo X from Legit Society on Work Meisters

ARC Intercooler

Super clean wheels…

Gerard’s Spoon EK. Such a great build overall – Spoon parts galore as expected. Unfortunately I didn’t get a front shot but it had a J Blood bumper and carbon lip.

Inside – I dig the yellow checkered floor mats. Spoon wheel, cluster and seats… Great job.

Gerard’s Full Spoon FK8. I don’t know why I didn’t put two and two together but both the EK and FK were both of his. I didn’t actually realize this until two of the awards were handed out later that night. Which is also a reminder that for judging – we’re not judging the people that own the cars – we’re judging THE CARS.

I thought it was worth mentioning this because there may be individuals that thought it might not have been fair or  it was rigged because this guy is friends with that guy and this guy knew the other guy and that’s why they won. Gerard just happened to own two of top 10 cars that we found and if he happened to own all 10 of the top 10 cars, we would’ve given it to those cars. I just want to be clear that I don’t care who you are – whether you’re my bestfriend or if you have 75k followers on Instagram because of some clout that you thought might win you an award – not here, bud. Not with me judging, anyway. I don’t mean this in a rude way at all but if you’re in this for fame, I think you’re doing it for the wrong reason because you’ll always be disappointed when you don’t win. You should be doing it because you love it and as corny as it sounds – that attention and effort you put into your car will show just as your hunger for clout will show. With that said, I would never take an award away from a car that deserves it because the owner is wanting fame… I’m just saying that there’s always going to be someone that has done it slightly better than you and that’s just the way of the cards.

But I digress…

Gerard’s Spoon FK8 and Roel’s Varis FK8. Nice combo

And Roel’s full Varis FK8 with livery and all. He switched over to CE28’s now – nice white on white.

BI pass!

WRX  on Work  Emotions…

Civic Si with the Carbon Kevlar lip and gram lights from the Village Honda show a few weeks ago…

Pandem FRS on TE37V’s. This aero is still so wild…

Some rear shots too – Spoon…

Varis…

First time seeing the Varis FK8 diffuser as well – looks super clean.

STI on Sakura Pink Gram Lights.

FK8 on TE37’s and a Voltex wing out back

Was this possibly the only VW that was at the show? Now that I’m thinking about it, it might have been hahaha

Yellow Varis STI on British Racing Green TE37’s. Not much has changed on this since it’s been done for a few years but it’s still great to see kicking around. I still dig the color combo.

Looks sweet!

I like the combo of colors used here – very risky but it turned out all good.

Kris’s Varis Evo X on Te37’s

ARC and Carbing goodies

Trung’s Voltex S2000 straight from the track…

Should I now implement a Rock Check or perhaps an Exhaust Shine check? LOL

Brought some souvenirs from the track with him lol

Mugen seats $$$

EVS tuning mirrors. Also some bug souvenirs from the track here as well…

BUT at least he got his barrels all cleaned LOL. I remember he tagged me in a few posts where his wheels were pretty much black after a trackday. Glad to see them back to white for the short time…

And I wouldn’t have even known unless I went to the other side, but he was rocking his bronze ones on the other side of the car. Looked cool!

This one was a pretty nostalgic one for me because growing up, I really loved the full Voltex hawkeye STI from Cusco/Tomei and this just reminded me of it.

Jonathon Rho’s new S2000 which was restored with some pretty rare parts. Looking super clean.

Alcon brakes!

This bagged Supra in the Mercari booth was insane…

Carbon barrels…

Forged carbon side mirrors

Sitting on the ground…

This was a cool shot – tires resting right on that liner.

Most of the music that day I think was coming from this BRZ? LOL or at least it sounded like it when we walked by…

Fake Hero NSX on kind of a baby/sky blue set of TE37’s

Taking a small break before we move onto more car pics…

At around 6:30, the team had us booked for a helicopter ride as well which was totally unexpected but so grateful for the opportunity. Not something I would’ve booked myself because I’m terrified of heights but this was an awesome experience.

The whip

The cockpit was surprisingly small…

As we took off – I got a shot of the hangars surrounding where the event was being held…

And I’m not gonna bore you all with all the aerial photos but thought these next few were worth showing – the Edmonton downtown skyline…

The stadium with a game going on – you can kind of see the crowd there…

The Stantec tower – one of the tallest buildings in Canada apparently?

Cholo shooting his shot lol

The next set of pics are for the teams/clubs and they were held in a second hangar just a few steps away from the first hangar where the vendors were. Originally, all cars were supposed to be in one hangar but the venue made a last minute change and so they were split. It still ended up working out well though.

STI on bronze Gram lights and aggressive canards

This Sienna won one of the top 10 as well – execution here was pretty dope and there were a lot of small little details that you had to really spend time looking for…

Weds Kranze Acuerdo… Dont’ see these everyday but they’re so good.

On the inside – plenty of JDM VIP to go around… DAD headrests and curtains…

Fiber optic starlight roofliner…

Awesome executive reclining seats with massagers

VIP table trays and a TV front and center…

The trunk air tank set up enclosed in a wooden and glass case

View from the trunk. So rad – great job.

Civic Si looking clean.

Rocket Bunny kitted BRZ

A pretty wild Camaro with LED’s all over…

Matte green wrapped STI

A pretty interesting wrap/livery for this BRZ. Looked cool in the light with some parts matte and some glossy it seemed…

An interesting lip I’ve never seen before on this STI with the large openings and then another lip/deck bolted underneath.

A bagged STI on Works…

This 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood on bags. There weren’t many domestics in the show but this one stood out nicely. Super clean wheels and interesting set up on air over hydraulics but still pretty dope.

This was interesting to see – I believe I saw this a few years ago unless that was a different build, but the oldschool Hyundai VIP builds had me feeling some type of way back when I had my LS. These could really pull off a cool look if done properly. This was pretty cool on Weds Kranze Cerberus.

An interesting wrap on this STI hatch – kind of like the ignition silver/sonic grey with some pearlescent look to it and on the fender, if you look closely you’ll see the Louis Vuitton pattern underneath.

Pretty clean Prelude on RPF1’s – you don’t see these much anymore unfortunately…

A clean Miata – it was tough to get good shots of this group because of how tightly parked they were but it’s as good as it gets…

I liked this Miata – sorry for the light halo lol. I should’ve taken off my filter.

FA5 Sedan on RPF1’s

GK Fit – I’ve always had a soft spot for Fits – the GK is a little odd looking (to me) but I still dig it.

This EK was cool to see. I think if it was completed and running, it would’ve come close for an award but there was just so much missing still that we couldn’t give it to an incomplete car. I do like the project and progress though!

Another FA5 on gram lights with a J’s Racing wing out back and Spoon mirrors. The FA/FG chassis was a tough one to build because of the lack of JDM parts for them unless this was converted to the JDM/CSX front. I remember I was pretty frustrated with the lack of parts for the FG so you had to find other parts to make it work.

Bride interior!

Clean FG in red

Joseph David’s FK8 on Advan TC’s and a full mugen kit including the grill garnishes and Varis rear fender trim. Looking slick!

Another Datsun with restoration in progress I assume…

Gerald James’ widebody WRX. This was super clean and we ended up driving back to YYC together for a little bit. This thing is static too. Pretty sweet.

The paint and body work was absolutely perfect. Everything fit great with no blemishes and gaps. Awesome work.

The S1R’s also in such mint condition.

Front shot of that Datsun…

Boost Blue Mugen FK8 and a Voltex wing out back and LED underglow…

Dunn’s bagged Civic Si – you might recall this from my set from Driven YYC as well. Dunn ended up taking one of the top 10 – not that I need to give reasoning but there are some cars that are built purely as show cars and this was the perfect example of that. Everything down to the smallest detail was in mint condition. No blemishes on the headlights or paint or in the lip of the rim – LED’s were configured properly and placed in spots that were hidden but effective. This is a good example of how to build a show car and understanding it and embracing it – there’s no confusion on whether he’s trying to be stance or race or whatever. Good job.

Dumped Civic Si – white on white.

Yellow BRZ on gram lights…

Civic Sedan wrapped in hulk green? LOL I don’t know the color but that’s just what it reminds me of… A pretty good build as well. BBK and all…

Classic blue and bronze. Can’t go wrong.

A pretty damn wide Hyundai Veloster. I liked the colour scheme and flow of everything. Looked rad.

Pretty cool TRD inspired livery on this FRS.

Bossman Carlo’s M3 parked in the corner of the venue…

Making my way back into the 1st hangar to get some extra shots I might have missed with Lito’s Datsun…

More shots of the Fake Hero NSX

Just thought I’d post a BI check for myself lol. I can’t pass or fail myself, so if anyone else BI checked me then you be the judge LOL. The TE37CR’s are more of a matte look originally but I felt that they were looking a little dull so JC threw out the suggestion to try out CarPro Perl on them – this is typically used as an interior protectant when mixed with distilled water or as a tire shine when used straight. I put some on the wheels (with water) and look at that fucking SHEEN. That’s a protip to make your matte wheels pop AND protect them a little bit if they’re not ceramic coated – which these are not yet.

I really enjoyed this widebody Varis Evo X Final Edition. This was probably one of my favourites of the show because of the execution and perfection of the bodywork. Everything was so mint – the only thing I wanted to see if there was any engine work but I don’t believe so…

Varis carbon goodness…

Love these Meister L1’s especially when they’re this aggressive. The matte black with gold hardware is perfect.

More carbon goodness…

Voltex wing out back signed by mr. Voltex himself…

A rear shot of it all.

Simple 86 on CE28’s

Near the end of the night, the guys were kind enough (again) to treat us to some Jollibee. Honestly it was one hell of a night with everything going on and all the stuff that they did behind the scenes – it often and almost always goes overlooked because nobody really sees that stuff. It takes a village to put something like this together and it’s long days and nights for days, weeks and even months to put a show like this together.

Award time!

Not everyone would’ve obviously seen the awards but these were all handmade – epoxy resin with pigment mixed in and wood on the inside. Pretty cool!

Carlo getting the awards ready…

Participants and visitors on-looking…

Congrats to everyone that took home an award! I just want to say that there was such a good turnout of quality cars and obviously not everyone can take home an award. If you came wanting an award and didn’t get one – you might know why you didn’t get one already and if you do, maybe it’s something to fix next time. If you don’t know, I wouldn’t lose sleep over it – you were likely on the list and someone just did it slightly better.

I just want to say that I know what it’s like to come to a show with the hope that you win an award. I’m no veteran but I’ve been in shows since 2008 and I can say that the “need” or “want” to get an award fades over time because you learn to just build your car the way you want it and sometimes you get to that point where you finally hit that sweet spot and people will notice. Building cars shouldn’t be a competition despite the fact that we hand out awards at car shows. It should really just be done to share the experience and the fun that comes with hanging out with friends and trying to come up with what to do next. Sometimes we miss and we go down the road of crazy bolt on flares that don’t fit or wings too large for any car to use functionally, but sometimes we get it and we ride that wave until the next trend comes.

At the end of the day – no hard feelings for anyone, please. Just enjoy the experience πŸ™‚

Didn’t notice the midnight rev up shirts until this shot. Pretty cool LOL

That’s a wrap for my coverage. There’s so much coverage that I’m getting tagged in as we speak and so many different and cool perspectives for the show. I wish I had time to be creative but my purpose is to showcase the car in a shot that’s good enough for the blog. Other photographers have really taken car show photography to the next level though and I love it!

We ended up staying up till about 3AM that night drinking with the Esoteric boys but we were up and out by 9AM. LOL I’m not sure if JC is truly an early riser despite what he tells me but I’m up at 530-6AM most days but ended up sleeping in a tiny bit to 730AM on the Sunday… Either way, thankful that JC still dragged his ass out of bed to leave early lol

Filling up before leaving so we need the gas station shots…

That’s it, that’s all! Thanks folks! Enjoy!

1st Annual Village Honda Show & Shine

Doing something a little with this post – you’ll get some pics from myself and from David (@Deborja) from Village Honda. So a few different perspectives to the show as well as a ton of extra pictures than just the ones I take.

Originally I was supposed to be able to bring one or both of my cars to this but we had something scheduled and so I had to drop last minute. However, I did have an hour to sneak away to come grab some pictures shortly before the show started while roll-in was still happening so I’m glad I was able to stop by quickly.

This is Village Honda’s first car show that they’ve put on and it turned out to be pretty good! It was kept to a “Honda-only” show and they sought to bring out some of the cleanest and best Honda builds locally – some even came down from Edmonton for the show. The show definitely brought out some of the cleanest builds you don’t typically see at the weekly evening meets so it was nice to see them out at this one. The hope is that this show establishes a solid foundation for future shows and draws more attention to the Honda and car-fanatics alike to come out and participate – even if you don’t own a Honda!

As I go through the pics, I decided to just organize by car rather than show all my pics and then have you go through them all again to see David’s. Enjoy!

The scene is set. It was a nice start to the day with blue skies and warm weather.

During roll-in, I captured some cars coming in if I was around. This clean EK on TE37’s and Spoon brakes came through…

A full Spoon-kitted FK8 with full cage/Recaro interior. The only thing replaced was the Spoon swan neck for a Voltex wing instead. Good call… I’m still not sold on the Spoon wing – it looks a tad too small for the FK8 body.

Corey O’Hara in his S2000 and Adrian Perry in his EJ. AKA the South Boys – never really see these guys anymore.

Ryan in his EP3… This is for sale btw! $13.5K firm – one of the cleanest EP3’s you’ll find… These are a dime a dozen lately…

David got some wider group shots of the show…

Lots of doggos came to chill with the Honda’s…

Integra lineup…

NSX Lineup…

EG/EJ lineup…

FK8 lineup…

S2000 lineup…

Josh and his EG – one of the cleanest EG builds I’ve seen locally. He’s put a lot of work into this with a lot of attention to detail here. Hard to deny it’s presence…

Civic Si coupe with an HFP kit, I believe and additional undertray aero…

Stewie’s Spoon-front FK8 on TE37’s and a V-mount Voltex wing. He just recently mounted up the new carbon splitter to it as well. A really clean build.

Blue EG on RPF1’s

Civic Si on Gramlights 57CR with a Brembo BBK upgrade and a carbon kevlar front lip.

Red chrome-wrapped FK8

Roel’s full Varis FK8

Pauls’ Accord Wagon – always a pleasure to see. I love that it’s always clean lol

Slammed accord on Works.

If you needed another view of that sunshade… lol

SUppppppppperrrr clean Prelude

Si dumped on VS-KF’s… You might recall this (and likely a few others) from my Driven coverage.

Adrian’s EJ. That red always be poppin’. As soon as I came by, he insisted his barrels were clean and allowed me to do a BI check. LOL can confirm they were so clean you could eat off of them

Derrick’s JDM converted CSX. Boosted and he just recently lowered it as well.

Christian’s Mugen FK8 on CE28’s. I think he might have been the only one that made the trip from Edmonton…

He also asked for a BI check LOL! I love how you guys are so into cleaning your wheels now. It’s been an extremely under-cleaned area haha

JDM RSX/Integra

Brandon’s track-ready RSX

Thought he was trying to ball out at the show with these bronze CE’s just chillin in the back

Bride driver and Status passenger

I commend Brandon for at least trying to clean his wheels. For using and abusing them at the track, they were pretty decent LOL

CR-V!!! So sick haha

Another super clean example of a pristine 90’s Civic. That paint is drippin

Corey’s S2000. I saw the Volk Racing sticker that you power washed off… LOL jk

Jory’s S2000

Rocking that jtooned.co Asimo holo sticker. You da man!!

OEM+ Honda S2000 with a Mugen lip/wing and Spoon mirrors.

Yellow JDM ITR on Advan’s.

I haven’t yet been sold on Odyssey’s, especially when you compare them to Sienna’s but this one bagged and kitted looks TOO good.

This thing was SO sick. Full Mugen and SO clean

Love me some clean headlights…

Mugen grill

Mugen wheels + centercap

Interior cleaner than most cars that just drove off the lot lol

Alex’s old Civic coupe – he sold it – I just don’t who owns it now. But still in great condition.

Titanium goodies galore

Jeev’s EG that has been recently restored

Jeevs’ EK Civic on Mugen MF10’s also restored

Pretty simple NSX on Advan RZ’s

And another on BBS’s… It still amazes me how timeless NSX’s are even today.

Ed’s extremely mint ’91 CRX. He bought this brand new and I think the first time I saw this was at Sunday School in 2019.

It’s so rare to find original owned cars these days – especially in this condition.

Another CRX in black right beside Ed’s – this one with a few Mugen goodies! Can’t argue that either!

Ryan’s EP3 I snapped a shot at roll-in. Those concave ZE40’s up front!

 

The lineup of some really clean ITR’s/Integras starting off with this JDM champ white one.

Alex’s fully restored, painted and minty yellow ITR. It’s pretty much as if he rolled it out of the showroom recently.

Cleaner than most engine bays…

A baby blue Integra – probably the most modified of the lineup…

And ending off that lineup – a USDM ITR in champ white…

Music entertainment for the day…

Monster energy came out and had some of their new lineup as samples…

I grabbed the peach tea one – I love the non-carbonated ones. So much more enjoyable to drink lol.

I missed this when I was going around as it hadn’t been brought out yet but the new NSX in yellow came out to park by the other two NSX’s up front…

Lots of different Honda’s/Acura’s that day… This Integra had a bunch of stuff going on…

Civic EG…

A pretty mint black CR-V. This one was clean!

Civic Sedan dressed in black

CRX in a much loved condition.

Another CRX! Honestly probably the first time in a long while that I’ve seen this many CRX’s in one place…

Civic Si Sedan in red…

Civic Si (FK) black on black… These things look really good even without the wider flares that the FK8 has. I always have to take a second look at them lol

I don’t know about you guys but the 9th gen coupes look good to me. I know there are many that argue that all the odd gens of Honda Civics are no bueno and I don’t disagree, but this one is an exception for me. The headlights look like they took some styling cues from the CSX and there were a lot of really sharp and aggressive lines in this as you can see from the front bumper, sides and quarter panels.

And of course, the 8th gen Si coupe. Always a soft spot in my heart…

A JDM Accord Euro R. SO clean. I’m sad I missed this but glad David got a pic of it!

And just to end the post – the three awards for the day…

Josh was awarded the best modified Honda. Well-deserved sir!

The best classic went to the Honda Prelude! Later on in the day, it ended up raining, so he got a nice shot with the water beading πŸ™‚

And the last award was awarded to Roel for the best in Show with his Varis FK8.

That is it! Thanks to Village Honda for the great show!

Looking forward to the future shows!

Driven 2021: It’s Been a Minute

Wow time flies around here. It’s been 3 years since I’ve last been to a Driven show and lots has changed while many things have also stayed the same. With COVID restrictions recently lifted, the show caught a lucky break and was able to go on this year. Thanks to Tristan (the blue Varis STI hatch in the Esoteric booth) – for providing me with a ticket to enter! It was actually nice to come out to something car related after all this quarantine business. I haven’t had my car out to anything all year yet either – I’ve just been busy with a whole bunch of other things and I haven’t been paying much attention to the car. But I digress…

There’s been quite the “level up” in the scene in terms of quality – it’s refreshing to see after not really seeing anything after several years. So many cars with great quality parts and while not always executed thoroughly, at least the intention was there and that’s always a good start! There was quite the handful of impressive cars and hidden gems lost in the sea of rattle can jobs, rather stock cars, and generally kind of distracting builds. I’m not even sure how to explain what I mean – but maybe you’ll see what I mean as you scroll through. Lots of car crews – some old and some new – and lots with their own merch and ways of repping. It’s different than it was even 5 years ago where only shops would have a tent and even just some small goodies here and there. Now, almost every tent/club has their own clothing, stickers, and miscellaneous products. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s cool – almost inspiring – to see innovation and ideas coming out of some of these clubs.

Driven and Sunday School are really the two main shows that happen in Calgary and I think they’re a good indicator or gauge to tell us what kind of trends are happening locally. Thankfully, the days of gaudy chassis-mounted wings and universal wide fender arches are almost in the past. There is a place and a time for those kinds of things, but probably not on our beloved-Corollas and Civics. God forbid, your mom probably doesn’t need that type of downforce to go to the grocery store when she has to use the car. If I take a look back at my coverage over the last decade (fuck, I’m old), I think it’s fair to say we may be on a path to a brighter future…

In 2008-2010, we were dabbling in the world of real wheels and pretty modest fitment. Yes, we were lowered but there was barely any mention of hard boi stance or mad camber and stretched tires. The days of import models and having one around the show was a big thing. GT wings were rare and frowned upon and nobody would dare put canards on their car unless it was proven to be track worthy. Forums were a big thing back then and if you dared show your car with a GT wing, you better have bought a flame suit to go along with it…

In 2011-2013 – wider and more aggressive wheel fitments starting coming. More companies were developing cheaper, knock off wheels to try and compete with the more expensive and hard-to-get wheels. Sticker bombing parts was a thing and it wasn’t odd to see it on a whole bumper or car. Knock off parts continued to be abundant and the idea of “spending that much money on wheels doesn’t make sense” was a real thing.

In 2014-2016 – vinyl wrap started to become the new replacement for being able to change the colour of your car without the commitment. GT wings and aggressive aero started to become more acceptable and more and more people were wetting their feet with “track” aero. The bigger the better seemed to be come the norm and people forgot about the “it’s not how big it is, it’s how you use it” mentality and thus, the idea of chassis-mounted wings was born.

In 2017-2019 – We were at the peak of what I’d call “overstimulation”. There’s just so many things and ideas saturating the market that people tend to get overwhelmed and lose focus of what they want their build to be. Over the last decade, ideas like sticker bombing, big wings, aggressive aero, a million and one colors of wrap availability and genuine vs knock off just gives way to new ideas of thinking. This is not a bad thing but can lead to a really confused car scene – not just here locally – but everywhere. I think it’s fair for me to say that it takes some time for meme trends to die out and go away again but during the time that they’re here, it can be a really confusing era. People want to put all trends together on their ride and sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn’t…

And that brings us to the present. Meme trends are on the decline and people are finally starting to focus on the basics again. Real parts – check (thank god). The decision between wanting to go with a stance look or a track look. And most important of all – people are now paying attention to how their car looks as a whole. Man, the thing that irked me the most about the past was that nobody ever cared to polish their paint. This year’s show – I was elated at the amount of cars that showed up with some good ass looking paint/wrap.Β  If there’s ONE time that your car should be clean – it should be at a show – no excuse. If it’s at a meet and your wheels are dirty, I’ll still make fun of you but I won’t hold you to it. If there’s one thing that needs to stay in future years, it needs to be that everyone needs to learn how to clean their cars lol. I beg of you from the bottom of my heart. People pay to come into a car show – whether it’s $5 or $50 – let them see what they paid for – not parking lot quality, not garage-clean quality –Β show quality.Β 

There’s been a running joke among us for having clean wheels all the time since the last Driven I was at and it’s just kind of caught on as something people pay more attention to now and I think it’s awesome LOL! I just want to make this a friendly reminder (as I do in every car show post I make) that my posts are simply my opinion and my thoughts on the show. I’m not out to attack people or make fun – I don’t even personally know 90% of the cars owners in my posts. If you happen to be offended by the post or what I write, just move on. I’m not apologetic for my posts and I’m not here to make people happy. At the very least, you got a picture of your car. If you don’t see your car here, it’s simply because I missed it, you/people were standing in front of it repping too hard and I couldn’t take a picture, or I just simply didn’t capture it for one reason or another. Please don’t email me asking if I got shots of your car – I didn’t. Every car I shot is in this post. Yes, there are certain cars that I would’ve liked to take photos of but just didn’t have the opportunity because it got way too crowded at some points.

As a result of the last show, Bill (Official ThreeTwenty) has given me the Officer of BI inspections title (Barrel Inspections) LOL! So, that’s what I was there for (joking). I primarily went to go check out the Tuner Decals booth – they have been instrumental in part of the success of Jtooned.Co and they were happy to display and sell some of my past designs in their booth alongside their own. If you’re reading this, it’s obviously too late now but that was your chance to pick up some of the sold out F1 designs and the newly designed ASIMO holographic peeker as well! More on that down below…

Let’s just get on with the pics – there’s a lot to go through and I’m doing it all in one post just to get it over with.

I started at one corner of the show at the bottom and made my way around and up. No particular order – just zig zagged my way around. Speaking of zig-zagging around – I really enjoyed the layout of the show this year compared to 2018. I hope it was intentional and that something was learned from past years. It was easy to navigate, made sense and you really couldn’t get lost provided that each booth displayed themselves properly as well. Some tried some fancy things which made it kind of awkward but overall it was great.

The above BRZ on black/gold Meisters was super clean. Slammed with great fitment.

Tristan’s Varis STI hatch on Work Kiwami’s starting off the Esoteric booth. This was my first time seeing this in person – finely executed and clean. When that Varis bumper first debuted, I was not a fan but it’s since grown on me and Tristan pulled it off great. PS – thanks again for the ticket!

Type R LE all stock. This was pretty fresh – I believe the owner (sorry I don’t know your name/username!) just picked it up like 2 weeks ago.

Jek’s Varis STI sedan on TE37’s and a Voltex wing out back also in WRB like Tristan’s . So clean and I really like the look of the TE37 Sagas in bronze with some sweet sweet concave.

Angelo’s Varis Evo X. Lots of Varis in the Esoteric booth and I’m not complaining. I think the last time I saw this was last year and it didn’t have the Voltex wing yet but it’s always a nice finishing touch.

Got some shots of the wheels. I like the addition of the Dogfight sticker on the opposing spoke…

Limited Voltex steering wheel on display with Ti bolts…

And a really clean cage set up in the back. Lots of attention to detail here. I love it.

Cholo’s Varis Type R. He’s been putting a lot of work into his Type R and it’s coming together nicely. He’s the mastermind behind Esoteric and a lot of really cool and innovative designs – I just picked up his Sushi TE37 hoodie and I love it. They’re worth checking out!

In the booth – they had a ton of really cool shit for sale. Awesome designs and super clean. Cool to see some art I did for Cholo also printed as a sticker!

Had to get that shot. Thanks man!

Also really dope to see he displayed my coloring book on their table as well! I had met up with him the day after to give this last copy to him too!

Rafael’s bagged STI sedan on ZE40’s. Always good to see.

Evo wagon on ZE40’s. So good! I still need a wagon one day…

Civic Si on Gram Lights. Don’t see these too often. Pretty clean.

On the opposite side of Esoteric was the “Flawed” group, I believe. This wild widebody IS in purple was front and center. I feel like I saw this at Sunday School one of the years and it was red? Maybe I’m mistaken…

VIP LS430 – these will always have a special place in my heart and I always hope they’re built well. This one was pretty good!

A sick VIP Sienna – I’m not sure of the kit – bagged on Weds Kranze. This is more on the sport-VIP styling side which really hasn’t made it’s way over to North America yet but it’s big in Japan. But what isn’t big in Japan…

Officer of BI checking in… lol πŸ™‚

Absolutely slammed RX7 in a marine/turquoise green.

Because rotary.

Slammed 3-series coupe on Advan TC’s.

Yolanda’s Ford Focus ST in the Redline Sorority group.

Wasn’t sure on the owner for this – but also in the Redline Sorority group. Orange Chaser – lots of these popping up lately too!

On the other side, a super clean Evo on SSR’s. Too good.

Maggie’s Golf R on RE30’s in the RS booth.

Blair’s Ford Fiesta ST wrapped in purple in the RS booth.

Also came by to check out some of the designs that I had made for the RS girls as well. These two peekers were really cool and I was excited to see them.

Jynelle’s Mazda Miata on MST wheels. Good job on getting those barrel’s clean πŸ™‚

Justine’s FRS wrapped in a fluorescent green. This is the first time seeing in person myself and it turned out great. Also checked out the barrels on these and they check out. No BI ticket for you.

Alyssa’s bagged RS5 fluorescent orange PUR wheels. I tooned this a while back as well – a very beautiful build.

Brooke’s Infiniti Q60. I really love what Infiniti is doing with their designs lately. Lots of really clean lines.

Ruzz’s Focus RS. Sorry, I couldn’t get a better picture than this with the massive sign in front lol. Sometimes signs can be a good thing for judging but that’s about it.

Sue’s Ford Focus looking real clean. This was supposed to be her daily driver but now she says she needs a new daily driver. Story of our lives.

Bill’s S15. It sure has come a long way from the day he first got it. I recall saying to myself “it looks like he’s got a lot of work cut out for him” and would you look at that – he got a lot of work cut out. LOL

Really enjoy seeing this – lots of period-correct mods including the Super Advans. I’ve always loved these wheels but never had a car that would suit them.

Naturally, since Bill gave me the BI title, I had to honor him with a BI. They’re clean – just some unavoidable age marks on the inside. You did well, sir.

Really cool to see this widebody Evo X on some super deep dish Work Meister L1’s. Kinda sad it was tucked away in the corner, but also cool cause he got a nice corner all to himself. Super clean build – such perfection.

Daniel’s M3. If you’ve ever seen this in person, you’ll know how wild this build is. A long way back, it was much tamer than this but was still considered wild back then. Great execution on every front and the Advan livery is the icing on the cake.

Some really cool JDM vans came out to play yesterday as well. I really love these and I think there were at least 3 at the show that I counted. I need one.

Another M3 bagged with RGB underglow. Who woulda guessed RGB would go from PC’s to cars? I guess it makes sense LOL

Berry’s Varis widebody FRS all the way down from Edmonton. One of the first Varis widebodies I recall seeing years ago. Still in great condition and timeless!

An interesting build for sure. I didn’t have much time to take a look at it after taking this photo though…

I’m usually not a fan of funky lights and everything going on but this Civic was executed pretty flawlessly, in my opinion. The fitment, the wheels, the condition of the paint, the retrofit and LED’s – all done so well. I’m not sure if the wheels were brand new but well done on keeping those bad boys clean.

I’m a really big fan of these retrofits.

Perfectly clean wheels and perfect rim to fender fitment. I’m not a stancy boy but I can respect when it’s done well. It’s not an easy thing to do without wrecking shit along the way lol. Been there, done that…

There were also a lot of pretty cool trucks there. I still don’t know shit about trucks but can respect one with lots of effort put into it. I just found it was tough to get pictures of them cause the owners were literally always around them or standing by them the whole time! I get that you love your car/truck/whatever but stay back during the show! lol

Pretty clean G35 on some deep ass Work T5R 2P’s.

Simple yet effective STI on candy red Advan RG6’s. Some nice contrast with the new fluorescent yellow Brembo’s

Another Evo X on TE37 Saga’s in bronze.Β  Can’t go wrong…

A 370Z on some deep dish Work CR 2P. Still boggles my mind how wide of a set up the G’s and Z’s can fit under those stock bodies. I still want one…

A wild setup in this Supra… I was surprised by the amount of impeccable engine work being done on a lot of the rides this year. It’s not just about slapping in a 2JZ and impressing everyone anymore. It’s dope to see people spending money on the details that matter – shaving the bay, respraying, changing out the bolts to Ti or matching hardware. It’s just so reminiscent of my time in Chicago a few years back for Wek Fest. We’re catching up!

A shot of the Supra – tough with the mini Escalade in front but I get the purpose.

The lineup into Driven last the whole time I was there – granted, I was only there for about 2 hours… Waiting in that heat would be draining.

Don’t know what it is – I just took a picture of this because I’m a Red Bull fanboy lol.

Nate’s infamous Suzuki Carry. It’s been in a few shows the past few years and it never stops to amaze me. I also tooned this a while back for Nate, along with the rest of his fleet. Thanks for the support my dude!

Another VIP Sienna. Still one of the best van designs we’ve had to grace us in NA… Now all we need is the Vellfire… That’s a truck I’d spend a pretty penny on.

An absolutely dumped Audi A7 in the SPWC booth. So clean.

Continuing the SPWC booth… VW R32 MK4 on BBS’s. Love that blue.

Paul’s Accord Wagon also accompanying SPWC. Always a pleasure to see this thing around.

Jay’s bagged VW Jetta 1.8T on some really unique Revolve 3 spoke wheels.

Don’t know what this is but it was bad ass. All these classic cars coming out is awesome to see. Adds some diversity to the mainly-import/euro driven scene.

This was my favourite part of the car. I love seeing a mix of modern enhancements on some oldschools.

Too good. The one thing the classic guys never get wrong is perfect paint and perfectly clean wheels. Every time.

Widebody bimmers – it’s either a love it or hate it kinda thing. Depends on if you’re a purist or not lol. I still dig it. I wish the molding was white as well to blend the seams in more but still nice.

Danny’s RS3 bagged on BBS’s. That red is perfect – still one of my favourite colors to photograph.

Xavier’s Mercedes W220 on custom monoblock OZ’s. SO good. I previously thought it couldn’t get much better than the Junction Produce Scara’s that it was previously on but this look is also a pretty tough competitor. Bravo!

Insert comment about clean truck that I don’t know anything about.

Continuing the trend of wide ass wheels on the G-body. This time on a G37. LOOK at that fitment. Phewwww

Tracy’s VW R32 still sporting the tiffany green colorway but I think now without the classic Adidas livery she had on in previous years.

Perfect paint – check.

Clean ass wheels – check. If you look closely, I’m sure you can probably even see what kind of shoes I’m wearing. LOL

Sick interior – check.

It’s one thing to see a Porsche in pictures but the presence of one in person is actually heavy. I mean, it’s just something you have to stand and look at for a while because it’s just so perfect.

Rob’s M3 also looking super clean. Rob and I occasionally reach out to each other about detailing tips and ideas to keep our rides looking as good as they can. It may be white, but it’s in immaculate condition as expected.

BI check – pass.

That moment when you taking photos and people come walk in front of you with their phone to take a better photo. Jealous.

Here’s my shitty version of this super clean Cayman.

Bags = awesome.

Another wagon making me want a wagon. Ugh. Clean RS6’s are hella hard to find…

More bags on euros. Can’t get enough.

And another. Not too many modded TT’s around… I remember a loooong time ago when these first came out, I thought these were the tits. This one definitely still is.

An interesting build for this FRS. Lots of canard support rods…

I lowkey dig that metallic/reflective chrome tint. Don’t think I’d do it on my own car but man, if you style it right, it can look pretty dope. Sitting low on Meister 3P’s too… Bugeyes have long been my least favourite of all the Subaru front ends, but these last few years, some of you have been going hard with them and it’s finally growing on me. Nice black paint too πŸ™‚

@DuggyB’s Nissan Kenmeri Skyline. Seriously one of the best of the show – these classic Nissan’s are of a rare breed and when you’re able to restore it back to a condition like this – man oh man…

Just so timeless…

Great wheel choice as well on the Equips…

Absolutely sick headlights. FUuuuuu

Is this a Chevrolet Caprice? Fuck, I don’t know. I just know it’s a Chevrolet Fucking Awesome.

OK I think this guy might win the BI award for the cleanest wheels at the show… Not to mention probably the hardest wheels to clean at the show too… BRAVO

Shawn’s bagged WRX in a Pistachio-colored wrap in the Custom Decals booth. Probably the first and only car I’ve seen in this color and nicely executed as well. Also sporting a similar color reflective tint.

This one was wild. I’m assuming it’s just an SI because I don’t believe it’s a Type R but I could be wrong. Definitely not something for everyone but I appreciate the work that was put into it. Interior also had a bunch of work done.

And on the opposite end – a black on black M3. So good.

Birdy’s StreetHunter Toyota Supra.

And his gold-wrapped Aimgain FRS. This thing has gone through a bunch of phases…

ARK Solus widebody IS – I think this was formerly (or still) dubbed the Killmonger? Still looks like it’s gotΒ  that theme going on.

Another G37 but even wider than the previous ones. That dish though.

This was a really cool RX7 coming from the Filthy booth. I overheard the guys saying it just needs to be lower but it would be undrivable. We all feel that.

And another widebody MK5 Supra from the Filthy group. These new Supras are really catching up to the MK4’s in terms of looks and styling. I have a feeling these are going to go down as another really iconic gen in another decade or two.

One of my favourites of the show was this almost half carbon widebody NSX. Those lines are just perfect. I’m not sure on the kit because I don’t have the money to venture onto google looking to know more about it. LOL

This Merc was absolutely CRAZY. I don’t think it was completed yet – given that the engine was sitting right beside it. But the matte black styling and red interior/accents is just perfect. It’s really hard lately to impress with matte black since it’s been done for so long but occasionally something like this comes along and you’re just like “shit”.

SO clean.

Sans engine

Would love to see this car completed…

No explanation needed for McLaren.

LB Works Maserati Gran Turismo in a matte blue.

Super clean Civic in the Garage 111 booth.

Dumped purple RSX . I think this one was bagged?

And a Civic SI on Work VS-KF’s right next to it in teal.

Not 100% sure on the color but I want to say this is Midori Green? I love this color – I think I’ve only ever seen it one other time on an EK. Super clean build.

Roel’s full Varis Civic Type R on TE37’s. I think that makes 2 Varis Type R’s locally?

Don’t see this Sorcery bumper too often. Nice to see it in red with Regas. Sometimes it’s a nice change from the more typical Voltex/J’s bumper.

Love this EK and everything about it – from the color to the TE37’s and fitment.

Spoon Civic Type R – cool to see in person. It never really grew on me because I felt like it was much too similar to the stock bumper and all they changed was the center piece with the paint scheme but up close, it’s pretty cool.

Another Varis STI Sedan.

This thing was crazy. I understand the reason for the roping but man, I wish that wasn’t there for a proper pic. When I had my FRS, I sometimes toyed with the idea of an engine swap but the headache and not to mention the deep pockets you need for something like this made me “nope” right out of there. I respect those that went all the way like this – too cool.

And that super clean engine bay too. Even moldings/caps to hide the strut bar tops.

Yellow Evo X on TE37’s. Simple and clean.

Line up of AWD with this WRX

And another Evo X to end the lineup…

Lots going on with this one – as you can see, the show really had it’s fair share of extremes and I get some rally-inspired looks here, but they really wanted some stancy pants and aero to boot…

Lincoln? That’s all I know. LOL

BI – Pass.

Over in the VIAIR booth – some dope ass bagged cars. I mean, there were plenty around in the show but these were top notch…

This LS was too dope. Love that cream color too – a little different from the usual VIP black or white.

The other thing about taking pics of trucks is that they’re so damn big that I have to stand further back so someone is bound to get in the way LOL

Seeing less and less 240’s in the shows lately but it’s nice when a mint one comes along. That paint was WET.

Seeing Miata’s like this makes me kind of want one. I don’t know if it’s just me but the Miata clique or group is kind of a quirky bunch – not in a bad way at all – but the way they mod their cars is just kind of off the beaten path and they’ve kind of developed this unique way of just slamming the shit out of them with cool wheels and crazy camber and then just adding these interesting little touches that make them stand out a bit more. That, and the fact that Miata’s kind of always look like goofy little characters with the pop up headlights and mouth-like bumper… They’re so fucking cool lol.

They can even pull of literally any color. LOL

Guess I’m looking for a Miata now…

Clean Taco.

A really cool vert with some really good fitment.

Tight. Literally.

Xenia’s RX7 in the 33ten booth. Another chassis that’s tough to find and done up nicely…

A pretty unmolested (on the outside) MR2 on BBS’s… On the inside, it has an Audi 4.2 V8 swapped in. Sleeper status…

Another JDM Odyssey!!! Man, these are so freaking dope!!

Rocket Bunny RX7 in the 33Ten booth on Work Meisters. A fan favourite at the shows…

Pandem widebody FRS on deep dish TE37’s. I’m getting used to the bolt on widebodies and I think it’s because people are really putting them together a lot better than they were in years past…

S15 sitting low and tight…

I think this was one of two cars at the show with some anime-inspired livery…

From Riddle Joker? I think…

Varis STI in the VEX booth… Man, there’s a lot of Varis STI/Evo’s out here. It’s crazy!

One of the track FRS’s from VEX. This one hauls some ass, I hear…

Yellow Lotus. Not much needs to be done to this to make it cool…

Guess what?! Anotha wun lol

Ryan’s RX7 from VEX. Freshly painted by the man himself – Nick Prah…

I’ll never not take a picture of Nick’s RX7. If there’s a car people don’t see enough of, it’s Nick’s. His paintwork is absolute perfection and he’s the only one I trust to paint any of my parts. After he finished work on my Arise kit for the FRS a few years back, he had won my loyalty.

Granted, I don’t think he drives this much but it just gives off this aura that you know this car is something else…

I never forget to take pics of that fade on the mirror either… Congrats on one of the wins, sir!

And to end the trio of the RX7 line up…

One of the main reasons I came to the show was just to check out the guys at Tuner Decals and their booth. They had asked if they could sell some of my designs alongside theirs and I was honored at the opportunity.

As I mentioned above, these guys have been instrumental in my success with Jtooned.co. If anything, they were one of the reasons I started dabbling in the decal side of things outside of the toons and digital art that I do. Not only do they make stickers, they’re extremely talented artists that create at an exceptionally high level. I really admire other artists that work from the ground up and create original pieces of art rather than just snipping art from google and gluing it together to create their own meme pieces or try to create another design from one that already exists. That’s kind of where I try to come from when I create my designs – sure, everyone and their mom these days can create peekers, but how do you create a design that’s different from the rest? That’s the hard part.

This – as hilarious as it is – is an example of being innovative and really trying to curve the landscape. This is one of the stickers I had to buy because every time I look at it, I lol inside.

They even printed me a sign cry face

Just wanted to give them a quick shout out again for allowing my designs to be a part of their space. I hope some of you were able to go and check them out – they remade some of the designs that sold out quickly when I launched them such as F1 and ASIMO. I saw some of you tag me that you were able to get them, so I’m glad!

BN Sports Chaser…

A pretty cool S14 with that retrofit I love so much lol. I think those come from Acura’s headlights?

They must be the jewel ones… But correct me if I’m wrong…

Zeeshan’s R34 GTR. Still looking clean everytime I see it.

R32 on Nismo’s….

David’s S15 on Work VS-XX’s. A while ago, he had an accident in his yellow/orange Rocket Bunny S15 and so he’s starting anew. I’m excited to see how this one turns out – he’s already made some pretty good progress here.

Another fucking Miata that makes me want one. SO COOL.

RB 240SX…

Matte grey Chaser…

Another favourite of the show – I’m sure for many. This R34 GTR on black TE37’s. Quite the timeless and legendary look for this era GTR…

I’m not going to say it.

Yes, I am. Another Varis Evo X but this time on Advan GT’s ( > TE37).

Fight me.

Aaron’s R32 Skyline – still looking great as ever. Not much has changed in the last few years aesthetically for his car but at the same time, I don’t think much needs to. Why fix what ain’t broke?

Another sick bug eye.

I don’t know. Just fucking cool.

LS400 on Bazreia’s!!! One of my favourite VIP-style wheels…

Silvia!!

Over in the back corner sat some really mint oldschool Honda’s like this Accord…

Bagged SC300… Not a platform you see modded too often either. Sometimes it’s refreshing to see someone play around with a chassis that people don’t always flock towards.

Tiegan’s Type R with her Nero Claudius livery… She always went on to win an award that day – congrats on that win!

BI check. She mentioned she cleaned her wheels as best as she could. Looks like a pass but if I zoom in, I can see some dust. I’ll let it go. Lucky break LOL.

Also had to go around and take a shot of the Nezuko peeker. Thanks for the support!!

Yes. Just yes.

Clean Civic on Work CR Kai’s. I miss the days when work didn’t mess with their wheel names to confuse everyone LOL.

I was both super surprised and happy to see Andrew’s IS-F here at the show. Aimgain kit, on one of the (I always say it) most underrated wheel brands in the VIP scene and now fucking bagged on T-Demand suspension parts. The LITERAL dream for me for a VIP build and this man has gone and done it, you son of a bitch… GOOD JOB. It looks fucking fantastic.

That tuck though. ughhhhhhh

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

And if you’re anyone who knows anything about VIP, you’ll know that T-Demand is like the Rolls Royce of it all. Just some baller ass shit that I dreamed of having back in my VIP days. I don’t think I’ll get there again but I’ll live vicariously through Andrew. Well fucking done.

I mean, this was worth taking a shot of. You can see there was obviously effort here and I think that deserves some recognition. Some of it even looking like home-made parts. I vibe with it because it’s not something that’s easy to do…

And of all the things I ended with, I leave you with this bad ass dumped truck.

Overall – a pretty decent show. Yes, there were a lot of cars that I didn’t photograph. Gone are the days of photographing every car just for the sake of having a photo of every car. Again, if you don’t see your car here – I just don’t have it for one reason or another. I think when you sort through the sea of noise that were entered to fill a spot, this ended up being a decent show. People are really stepping up their game in terms of making sure that they get real parts – I think I said this in the past as well but I’d rather see every car on TE37’s than Rotas, no matter how played out they would be. Remember, don’t fake it till you make it.

That’s all folks!

illmotion Sunday School Show and Shine IX – Part 6

As I end the Sunday School coverage for this year, I had mixed feelings about the turnout – nothing terrible – just that I usually have something to “talk” about but honestly, this year I don’t. In the past, I would often rant home about the plethora of replica parts and wheels – not that they didn’t exist at the show, but there was so few of them that it wasn’t worth writing about, and we’ll never be rid of them no matter how much we beg and plead. Other things that would make my eye twitch was poor paint condition (aside from ABG hunters paint – likely too busy trying to catch one than polish his car – so he gets a free pass). People actually care about the presentation of their car now – either it’s fully wrapped in Xpel/3M or it’s fully polished and topped with ceramic coating. My latest self-created award was the “dirty wheel” award that seemed to become a “meme” in our scene because of what happened at Driven 2 years ago. People are either cleaning the fuck out of their wheels or they’re asking if it’s a real award so they can keep them as dirty as possible LOL.

I’m being tagged in posts days before shows with captions like “who’s going to win @jayhoang’s dirty wheel award this year?” and that shitΒ blows my mind!Β I’m not saying I’m the reason for change at all, I’m just saying that I’m happy that people are paying more attention to detail than they ever did in the past. It’s such a welcoming change because cars are so much more than putting on quality parts and showing up – it’s about how you present those parts and bring it all together. Your car could have $30k worth of mods on it but if your paint looks like shit or your $4k wheels look like they’re professional dirt collectors – your car will ultimately kind of look like shit too. Presentation is the cherry on top – not the wax or the ceramic coat you paid $1000 for – you need to make your bitch shine from the paint to the windows to the damn valve stems on the wheels. It needs to beΒ fabulous.

So, my feelings about the show are not bad – it is a good thing and it’s refreshing.

With that said, we put illmotion Sunday School IX coverage to a rest with this last post. Thank you to the illmotion guys for putting together yet another stellar show that really means a lot more to the community than they might think. It’s kind of unfortunate because we’ve come so far and it’s taken us 9 years to get to this point of quality and recognition and on the 10th year, it’s done. 10 years is a long time to be doing this, no doubt, and people trip into new chapters of their lives. As much as we are still kids with cars at heart, good things have to come to an end. As I said in my first post – if there’s one thing to look forward to next year, it’s Sunday School X. I have no doubt in my mind it will be the biggest and best show that will come around for a long time… See you guys next year!

Starting off the line is Jimmy’s 3-series wagon on Volk TE37 Saga’s in the VEX booth

And right beside him, another 3-series wagon on BBS’s

Clean and boosted RX-7