Driven 2016: Part 3

Part 3 here we go! Again, in no particular order… Sorry, I didn’t deliver last night like I said I was going to. I decided to spend the rest of the night editing all of the photos and I’ll have a post up every day.

Thanks to everyone that has been sharing and reposting the pictures! I’ve also got some of the photos you took of my car that I’ll post up later. They all look wicked! Keep ’em coming!

I’m also afraid that I may have messed up the pictures and missed some. I edited in batches and uploaded as I went. The media storage on WordPress didn’t seem to keep it in the order I uploaded it so it got all jumbled… There may be a chance that there are duplicate pictures across posts or I missed some altogether. Once I get all the posts up, I’ll go through them again to make sure.

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STI in the Team Revere booth. I think more of their photos are coming up somewhere…

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Then we loop over to the 51-one fourteen  booth. A familiar face here with the matte copper/orange wrap.

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Interesting combo, but nice nonetheless on this 350z.

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Aaron’s midnight purple R32 on bronze/bronze Meister S1 3PC. I’ve been watching this come together on the Gram as well.

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Sorry for the super wide photos. This was a tight squeeze to get these in. Kay’s bagged R32 with the addition of a massive chassis-mounted GT wing. Bringing F&F back.

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I remember seeing this Silvia last year – not usually a fan of all black – but I dig this.

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Auto Dream’s boosted FRS. One of the first I remember seeing in the city a few years back.

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Ah, back at the Team Revere booth with this G37

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Ryan Lofgren’s extremely clean R32 on aggressive RE30’s in the VEX booth.

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This went on to win best engine dressed. Neochro everything! Well done, sir.

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A very aggressive FRS fitted with Velox and APR aero and Weds SA-72R wheels.

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Super clean Cosworth Escort. A fan favourite…

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The AE86 that won honourable mention Toyota (I think?). Anyway, this was the same car that won at the illmotion Show and Shine last year. Brand new OEM everything in this car right down to the seals. Looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

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A beautiful Datsun Z. I love these so much.

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Curtis’s wrapped Silvia on an aggressive set of Work CR2P’s

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Shane’s clean and boosted Integra – always nice to see.

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Dustin’s S15 on Work Meister S1R’s. That silver shine…

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One more with a better view of the splitter.

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Sue’s classic ’67 Thunderbird in the ThreeTwenty booth.

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White on white Focus ST hatch

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Starting the Legit Society booth off with this dumped Evo X fitted with Varis aero.

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Bagged STI on Work’s

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Mannnn it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a sticker bombed lip.

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Carlo’s updated WRX on TE37SL’s, Varis lip and Varis wing. Definitely feeling this look more.

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Daniel’s S2000 on gold RPF1’s

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Like I said… I don’t know a thing about trucks but I think these are bad ass lol. I can’t even imagine how much money is spent on the suspension parts for this but I wouldn’t even want to drive it… Way cool.

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Peter’s TRD FRS sans the livery from last year. Still looking clean.

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A sick sign with black stands. Just kidding…

This Evo was pretty clean with Voltex aero and Advan RS-D’s in the Team Revere booth.

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Back in the Vex booth – an immaculate LHD Supra Targa on Weds wheels.

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Probably my favourite of the show – Landon’s rocket bunny 240SX. The paint and bodywork was done by Nick Prah as well. Lots of good work coming from him – he’s got the Midas touch when it comes to making paint look wet. I just absolutely love the look of this.

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Another angle…

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Giuseppe’s infamous BIGNJPN R32. Still my favourite R32 to date – it is executed so well with a variety of parts that have been retrofitted to work with his car as if they were made for it.

You can see one of his biggest additions this year peeking through the wheels – Brembo BBK *heart face*

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A few more shots of the RB 240. Just look at how perfect this is!!

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One of my favourite parts is the carbon faded hood vents. Bravo, Nick.

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Kaylee’s S14

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Bill’s Focus Sedan going onto win Best Domestic Tuner. Well deserved. I loved the retrofit headlight addition!

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Ending part 3 with this clean Supra from the 51-one fourteen booth again… I’ll hope to have part 4 up tonight or tomorrow morning!

Driven 2016: Part 2

Part 2 here we go!

We’re about 100 pictures in… I am trying to get about 50ish pictures edited at a time before my mind starts wandering off somewhere else. I’ll try to get a few more out tonight and get one more post in me before I call it quits today.

Ricky and I took a walk around taking some random snaps – maybe if I can convince him, he’ll give me his photos to post up on here as well. Our tactic this year was to start at the far end and make our way back. I was thinking that way we wouldn’t be too tired by the end of it… Didn’t work out so well lol! You’ll see I post, it gets busier and busier – originally I wanted to take all the pics before the doors opened. The bad part about it is that people were still cleaning and getting their cars ready so I either didn’t get a picture or never came back around at all. Sorry to those that I missed – again, tried to capture what I could.

Maybe it’s just me and my OCD, but two of my biggest pet peeves at a car show: mod list signs and doors/trunks/hoods all open. You just can’t capture a good picture while any of those are in play. It’s the worst.

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Over in the Dub Dynasty booth…

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And directly behind me in the Bag Barn booth – a bagged STI

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Forgive me and my lack of knowledge on trucks. I just know they look bad ass.

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A mint – not quite Tiffany – green R32. Interesting colour scheme – I dig.

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A work in progress for the Dub Dynasty guys – Jesse has posting progress pics on Instagram for quite some time and it’s super cool to see it coming together. Last year it was a lifeless shell…

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Now it’s got a heart and some pieces of legs…

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Man, look how clean that rotor is. A lot – if not all – of the fabrication is done by Jesse and Mike. Can’t wait to see this finally come together.

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Crazy, flared Focus on copper wheels. I thought it looked pretty good!

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Hard lined trunk set up in the back.

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Over in the Haute AG booth, STI hatch on Meister S1R’s

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A supercharged G35. I recall last year when this in the illmotion show and shine, it was loud as hell. Crazy.

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M3 Sedan

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Race prepped Lexus GS. If I remember correctly, this was used as a drift car at one point. Maybe it still is… Haven’t seen much pictures of it as of late.

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Daniel’s track ready M3 with Advan inspired livery.

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Was digging this. Loved the facelift… I wasn’t a big fan of wagons until this year. If it’s done right, they look absolutely deadly.

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Pretty nice colour on this wrap.

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Sick Prius on Meisters. I wouldn’t have it any other way lol.

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A very clean LHD Supra Targa on Meister S1 3PC in the Beyond booth.

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Richard’s supercharged Mustang on bronze Works. Love the JDM + Domestic combo.

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Jack’s LS-powered 240.

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He recently got some work done by Nick Prah in the engine bay. Difficult to see, but absolutely flawess work by Nick, as expected.

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Over in the 403Media booth, a wild orange, widebodied 350Z. I read a thread on this a few months back when it was still in it’s developing stages. Turned out great and super clean.

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The first M&M widebody S2000 I’ve seen. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but cleanly executed overall. The color makes it look even more like a shark (not a bad thing). lol

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I just feel like it needs a wing… But I’m biased…

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Benji’s TSX back for his second Driven show in Calgary. The last time I photographed this was last year, a few months before he was crowned Tuner Battleground champion with PASMAG. I’m glad he still remembers me 🙂 (kidding, Benji)

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Still looking clean as ever. I remember commenting how clean his front bumper is. He makes road trips all over the place and it’s perfect. I drive 30km a day to work and back and I have chips already. WTF.

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I didn’t get a chance to take pics of many bikes… But this one was cool. Paint was awesome.

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I loved this S2000 on mag blue TE’s with ASM front bumper. So clean.

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The first RWB Porsche to come from Calgary.

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One more. Very clean.

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Aldo telling you to come down to Driven…

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RC350 with the Rocket Bunny kit and TE37’s. Super clean in white.

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Just needed suspension and it would have been money. In time, I’m sure…

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Simon’s Rocket Bunny FRS – later going onto with Best in Show FRS/BRZ. Well deserved – I’ve watched this come together through Instagram as well. Lots of the work was put in by himself – good job! Simon was part of the Beyond booth and Arianny was pretty much right in front.

He later went on to ask her to take a pic beside my car for me (he knows Arianny and I are a thing). That’s the best award of the whole show! Thanks again!

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One more shot. I love the wheels as well – I remember wanting a set when they first came out but had no car to put them on :(.

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We were waiting around for Arianny and ended up only waiting for about 15 minutes once she arrived. (Not including the 45 minutes we actually waited around before she arrived LOL).

She wouldn’t really let anyone take selfies, so she took them for everyone. Whatever – just mess it up by looking at the screen instead of the camera instead, Jason. GOD.

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Aldo getting in close, making sure he doesn’t have to wash that hand anymore.

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Ricky respecting her arm space.

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And one last one with me. Cause why not.

Part 3 later tonight, ladies!

Driven 2016: Part 1

Driven 2016 has come and gone. Another long day that seems to go by in an instant once you get home and relax from it all. The best thing of it all is just hanging with friends – talking cars, life, the usual good stuff. It’s been 8 years since I’ve had my car in Driven and 4 cars in total over that time span… Each year the show has gotten better – the level of cars has been increasing and it’s been a fun ride. I vividly remember my first year at Driven – starry-eyed and excited as hell. Don’t get me wrong, I still get a bit excited but far less starry-eyed.

I’m almost at the point now where I really just want to build the car for myself to enjoy, for myself to look at and post once in a while. The shows are fun but the hype wears out quick, the process wears out quick… At the end of the day, I just want to chill with friends and talk about our cars. I remember for my first show, Arif told me it gets old quick and I told him that there was no chance in hell. 8 years later, here I am uttering those very words he told me on my blog – who would’ve thought?!

Anyway – let’s get through these photos. I took over 500, I’ve edited about 1/4 of them and I got a whole bunch of other stuff to do at the same time. Pray that I can find some time over this next week to complete them all and get them posted. I hate posting them late because it ends up just being old news… So please bare with me – I promise I’ll get them all up by the end of the week. If you repost – please keep the watermark and don’t crop it out and make the picture look all shitty.

The usual LifewithJson disclaimer: If you or someone is standing in front of your car too long, no dice on a picture unless it’s totally worth my time.

I didn’t necessarily walk around in any specific order – I found that I had a real bad case of ADD yesterday. I would start in one spot and then wander off into another booth, so if you’re looking for your car and you don’t see it, chances are it will come up. If you don’t see it at all, then chances are the disclaimer above came into play.

PS: If anyone happened to take some cool shots of my car, please send it my way! I’d love to see it and I’ll post it up here and link you! Thanks!

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The first pic of the day – Punit’s GS450h with the newly colored AME’s.

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JC’s CT200h never not clean.

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Gopesh’s GTI

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Corey’s S2000

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Ryan’s legendary EP3

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Alex’s Integra – just amazing as ever.

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A shot of the engine bay. Lots to look at in here… Mugen, Unobtanium Welding…

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The illmotion table setup once again… 100% of the proceeds yesterday went to Red Cross.

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Rich’s S6 Wagon

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Josh’s slammed A4 on Meisters. God, I love the look of this thing.

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One more. Fuuuu

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Steve’s RSX (For Sale!)

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Arif’s EK with some new visual changes this year. J’s Racing hood color matched, Track Life Composites fender cut outs, and a white roof! no more panda look now… I dig.

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Eric’s S15 on bronze Work T7R’s

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One more down low…

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This looks like I compressed it but I didn’t. So bad ass.

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Rich’s CR-V with classic 90’s decals

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Mike’s Porsche 911 Turbo

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Dave’s 335i

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Donovan’s FR-S on Advan GT’s

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Alex’s TL-S on Advan RS’s

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Sick Honda Beat on TE37’s

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Some cool looking projects…

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One shot I got of the Lambo before they decided to block it all off for some reason. Later in the day, literally all the owners were standing behind the barrier, repping beside their cars, all on their cellphones. I wish I took a picture – what a joke. It’s a car show, not a zoo for us to watch behind bars.

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Kasem’s Amuse S2000 – Voltex, Craft Square, Volk equipped.

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Because Race Car.

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Michael’s extremely clean RX-7. Still one of my favourite.

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One more.

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Michael’s engine bay – titanium, carbon fiber… What more could you ask for?

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Ryan’s MR2 still looking good as usual on a set of custom grey TE37’s

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Garett’s slammed Miata. This thing is immaculate.

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One more.

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Was digging the color of wrap on this… Not usually a fan of wraps, but I liked this.

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I always liked that shade of purple.

PRO TIP: Don’t put mod list signs up right in front of your car if you also want pictures. Put it at the back or something. After two cars with these signs, I was over it and didn’t even try. Worst pictures…

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I enjoy Cy’s car. I hate the sign.

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Loved this Skyline. So so good!

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That’s it for tonight! I’m exhausted… More tomorrow!

Throwback: Driven/DTP 2009

You can tell I’m getting desperate for posts when I start posting shit from 2009. But I’ve never posted this before so I’m kind of in the clear. As I was going through the pics, I realized that I didn’t even take many pictures. The majority of the pictures I took were of Mercedes Terrell with some of our cars and then a few randoms here and there, but no pics of any other cars at the show. However, whoever was in attendance for this show would probably agree with me when I say that this was the shittiest car show that was ever put on in Calgary. It was during a time when there was a lot of confusion between whether the show was called “Driven” or “DTP AKA Driven to Perform” and there were issues with the sponsors and the venue and who was going to pay for what. It ended up just turning out incredibly shitty because this venue was about half the size of the Olympic Oval – where the car shows were usually held.

This was also during a time when a lot of us had just started in the scene and it was beginning to evolve. Fitment was still somewhat uncharted territory, people were just getting into experimenting with lower offsets. In fact, I remember at that time – whenever we talked about offsets in the low +20’s, that was considered low. I’m willing to bet that there weren’t any companies that would even think to make wheels 12″ wide with offsets in the low -20’s, let alone have anyone even think about doing it. It’s really only been 5 years and look how much has changed… The example I come back to time and time again is the GT wing. 5 years ago, it was frowned upon and hated… It’s the new stance trend if you can pull it off.

Anyways – most of the pics in this is of Mercedes Terrell, so if you like her then this is for you. As I write this, the temperature outside is -41C with the windchill… Only about 2 more months to go until the nice weather comes back and we’re out and about doing photoshoots again! It’s almost time to wake up the garage queens…

My Civic – not really in its glory days, but just before that phase. It was a very subtle phase – like all the other stages before it. I did experiment with a different wheel set up that I saw on the FEEL’S FD. They used a FWD stagger and the logic was to help with understeer. 245 and 8.5″ up front with 225 and 7.5″ in the back. The front wheel wells of the Civic were huge and I ended up fitting quite aggressive wheel/tire set ups under there with no issue. I am ashamed to say that I even switched back to Eibach Sportline springs on this set up cause I was worried that I would be “too low” on my coils. I’m an idiot. However, now that I look at this picture, this would be the perfect daily driver – clean and simple.

Dal’s K20 Integra – which was later sold to Reggie and then parted and sold. This was an iconic car for a long time because of all the work that was put into it. Even looking at it – it’s not hard to appreciate all the work that was put into this. Reggie later made it even better by cleaning up the engine bay and making it much more aggressive.

The only other shot I got of a single car. The NSX that has remained the same every time it’s in a show… lol BUT he did have the Advan RS’s on and those were brand spankin’ new way back. So that was cool to see.

Also at this point, I just want to say – please excuse my shitty picture taking skills. No tripod, no flash, high ISO = bad situation.

Anyways – here’s a good look at Punit’s Integra way back in the day as well. On the gold Meisters that Diana now has on her Fit and painted purple. Unpainted CF hood and hatch. No swap. Still just very clean.

Kind of a bad view but it’s of Jackie Law’s S2000 and Corey O’Hara’s Civic right beside him. Jackie’s car undergoes a bunch of different stages every year so I don’t even know which one it’s at right now… But it has always remained a fan favourite.

Rear shot. Kind of like a foreshadowing… Mainly because of Dal’s J’s Racing wing and my Volk TE37’s. I believe later that year, we ended up doing a trade – my wheels for his wing. I got the wheels for an unbelievable deal from Will at STRD so I had no issues doing the trade. Once I acquired the wing, that’s when I started going HAM on the Civic hahaha

Now just pics of Mercedes Terrell with the cars…