FS: 2015 Toyota Corolla S

Might as well post this up here to get traction too. We’re putting the Corolla up for sale since we barely use it. It was originally just a replacement for Diana’s Fit at the time since we were getting a killer deal on the trade value. Since then, it kind of just sits there and we drive it once in a while but not enough to make it worth it… So why not make it worth it for someone else!

The car today has 23,703km on it – one of the lowest I’ve seen on the market over the last few weeks. If you know me, you know this car has been kept in mint condition. No accidents, no dents or dings, it gets driven like a grandma, and the interior is pretty much perfect. Really, the only seat that’s ever used is the drivers seat. I think the backseat has a total of 1 hour of seat time since we’ve brought it home.

It’s the S trim package A. It has dual front heated seats, auto windows and mirrors, USB/bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel controls, cruise control, touchscreen HU, heated side mirrors, back-up camera, and foglights – basically everything you need in either a daily driver or a more-than-reliable winter car. I’ll include the Compustar 2-way remote starter, a set of all-season tires with 90% tread and another set of winter tires with about 85% tread. The car has always had rubber floormats inside so the carpet is in very good condition, trunk has never been used, and it has free oil changes at Toyota until 2020. Maintenance has been kept up to date with all receipts and records available from Country Hills Toyota. All in all, a great car – just little use from us so I’d rather not have it go to waste.

Asking price: $19,500 OBO. Open to reasonable offers.

If you or a friend are interested – email me!









Happy 86 (Hachi Roku) Day!

A good morning post to all the FR-S/GT86/AE86 owners out there.

Also a cool little excerpt I got from http://artofgears.com/2015/08/06/happy-86-day-to-all-you-ae86-and-gt86-fans/

August 6 might be another day on the calendar for many people out there today, but to the larger automotive community today is 86 day, or HachiRoku day. Today (Aug. 6, 2015) marks the 32nd anniversary of the introduction of the AE86. 86 day is so big, many car communities hold events today (or at least on the nearest weekend) like 86 Fest in Southern California or Slide Your Ride in Northern California.

Introduced in 1983, the Toyota AE86 was a small, lightweight coupe (or hatchback) made by Toyota as its fifth generation Toyota Corolla. The first AE86 for was dubbed the AE86 (as hachi is eight and roku is six in Japanese.) The name actually has a bit of history in it already. ‘A’ represents the engine that originally came with this car, the ‘4A’ series. ‘E’ stands for Corolla,t he number ‘eight’ stands for the fifth generation and the number ‘six’ stands for the variation in that particular engine. You may know the ultimate spiritual successor to this car as the Scion FR-S or in Japan, the GT86.

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Romel’s Hachiroku AE86

Here’s a crazy flashback to one of the first cars I had ever shot. This was in 2009 and when I started getting into shooting and getting to know people with cars. This is a funny photoshoot to me because this is actually JC’s dad’s car (that he still owns today) and at the time of the shoot, I didn’t talk to JC nor did I ever talk to him. Fast forward to today and JC is one of my groomsmen in our wedding! Small world!

Anyways – Romel’s car is in extremely immaculate condition – most of everything has been replaced and kept original. The door seals were replaced with brand new ones and the doors pretty much sounded better when they closed than my 2006 Civic. Actually, immaculate is not even the right word to describe it. The AE86 is barely driven and most of it’s life (that I’ve known it for) has been spent in the garage. I personally don’t know how one can let a great car sit there without being driven everyday because it would drive me nuts. I can barely get through a winter without driving my car… I’m not sure how I’d be if it was parked in the summer too…

So there’s not many pictures… I was noob at the time, so excuse the lack of everything a good picture should have. I still feel like I have lots to learn in the game of photography… Lots of things to learn and every time I shoot, I learn something small to carry forward next time. I lol at those people that purchase a dSLR, a few lenses, a flash and all of the sudden they’re offering to do paid photoshoots a few months later. Sorry junior – you have a nice camera, but that’s about it. Even today, I feel uncomfortable asking for some type of monetary compensation for shooting cars only because I think I need to produce amazing amazing work to be able to even bring up money. I shoot because I love to do it – I don’t do this to make a living and I don’t need extra pocket change. The gratification for me comes from coming home and dumping the pictures onto the computer and having a great collection of shots of great cars.

Anyways – maybe I’ll get to do a better photoshoot this summer of it again. Hopefully I get more under my belt this year.

DTP 2011 Favourites… Part II

Since I saw that one of my top posts was DTP favourites from 2011, I thought I’d revisit it and share some other shots. I catered the original post to be around the cars mainly with GT wings because of my obsession with them. Trust me – if in some weird world, VIP cars existed with GT wings – I would be the first one to have it. However that is not the case, and I don’t foresee it ever being the case, so I have to admire other cars that have them now.

But as I was going through this – 2 years later – I am still at the same conclusion that I came to when I posted part 1 last year. It is that the automotive scene – only a province away – is much more evolved than ours today. Even 2 years after I’ve shot these cars, they were still ahead of the curve that we see here. There’s no cutting corners, everything is done right. You might even find that I’m writing a similar paragraph to the one in part 1, but I swear I didn’t read it again before writing this.

Truthfully, when we attended this show – you could see the differences in our group compared to the rest of the show. Subtle, minor modifications vs. aggressive and all out – which is something that is just catching on locally here IMO. There is a certain aesthetic value in creating a car with great parts in combination with each other and that just doesn’t happen all too often.

Anyway – I think I sound bitter because I’m jealous, not because I hate. Enjoy.

Here’s the first part I posted WAYYY back in April 2012.
DTP 2011 Favourites

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CL63 AMG – one of my favourite from Mercedes. I saw one in the lot when we were looking for a GS for Punit and I wanted one so bad. The Ti exhaust on this was bad ass.

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I also don’t usually dig the black on black, but this was pulled off nicely.

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Rear scoop

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STI Hatch of Wedsports SA-60M’s.

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Honda CRZ on Spoon CR93’s. These were pretty new 2 years ago and I was pretty close to buying a set because they were quite affordable but they were too bland for my tastes.

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370Z. I still love this.

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370Z and 350Z together in the AJ-R booth.

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GT G35. Love the look.

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Matte black M3 on black Volk G2 wheels. I remember way back when they were rumored to be replacing the original TE37 with these… I was devastated cause I didn’t like them at all lol. Thank god they didn’t.

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Speed Syndicate AE86. Love the color

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VIP Merc. Now that I have a greater appreciation for VIP style – I can totally dig this. Not that I didn’t back then, but I love this even more now.

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Speed Syndicate Matte Red 350Z.

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Nice green 350Z

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Gangster GS on Bazreia’s. Love these wheels.

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Super clean S14 on Meisters

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Matt’s yellow Initial D-inspired FD. The white TE’s will look deadly on this.

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The internet sensation bagged VIP-style Fit was also there.

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M3. I forget the name of the company, but they did a lot of accent styling and cues which was different. Doesn’t work on many cars, but on all the BMW’s they brought out – they were nicely done.

EDIT: The company is MW Designs. Thanks Brad!

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JP Scara’s – too crazy.

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Wicked Miata from Garage Five on SSR SP1’s.  Fender flares killed it.

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Finish! I want to go back…