The Black Swan @ Driven 2016: Different Perspectives

A few different shots that I found floating around the interwebz and some shots that were emailed to me (Thank you!). Just wanted to post them up to give a quick shout out for them. I love seeing shots of my car from a perspective than my own – it’s always refreshing to see!

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Photo from Vin Hwang – shows the lines of the Arise kit well.

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A photo from Brandon @ the flying penguin. Love how wet the black looks in this photo. Great coverage on his blog as well!

Check it out here https://theflyingpenguin.ca/2016/05/12/driven-to-perfection/

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A few shots from Bill at Threetwenty. He’s captured a rare moment when my reverse LED’s are on… LOL a sight that I rarely even see myself! haha

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One more from Bill.

Check out his coverage here: https://officialthreetwenty.com/

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Great shot from Lawrence Tse. Again, that black thoughhhh

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And one more from Ken Au coming all the way from Winnipeg. A very different angle from the rest – and I love it! Another great shot to show the lines of the Arise bumper.

Thanks again to those that emailed me the pics! I love them!

Driven 2016: Part 5

The last installment to my Driven coverage. Like every year – it’s been tiring, it’s been long, and it’s been fun. Even though it was an early start for the show this year, everyone came out with their game faces on and really helped put on a great show.

Thank you to all of you that have been sharing my posts, for sending me pictures (that I’ll post shortly!) and most of all, for enjoying them and tagging me in all your stuff. Most importantly, thank you to everyone for bringing your A-game to the show and making this even more enjoyable than the year before.

This post finishes up the rest of the full car shots that I was able to get and some detail shots I got while running around with my 50mm… Enjoy!

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The engine bay shot of the STRD Civic… Monster.

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Another shot of Giuseppe’s incredible R32. Seeing his car in pictures is one thing, but the presence that his car has in person is something else. It’s the only R32 that can get me moist – no homo, Giuseppe.

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A really clean IS in the Legit Society booth.

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Another clean widebody Genesis in the Legit Society booth. Everyone’s got bolt on fender flares and I’m over here like “why would I want to cover up those sexy curves?”.

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R33 Skyline from Legit Society. Not the most popular Skyline chassis around, but it can look good if executed right.

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I liked this Varis Evo. I feel like it needed a GT wing to balance out the front… But you know me…

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Kelvin’s 240SX on white TE37’s. My fave.  IMG_6906 copy

Brandon’s RSX-S on white TE37’s sitting right beside Kelvin’s. Twinsies… Brandon’s RSX-S is exactly how I wanted to build a RSX back in the day. Black with white TE37’s.

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Another shot of Dicken’s Evo X. Great colour combo.

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Romel’s Celica. God this thing is so clean… Every time I see it, it’s under a car cover tucked away in the corner of the garage with body panels and stuff all over it. Then once a year, it comes out looking like mother fuckin’ Beyonce and shits on the show. Peep his new TRD aero jacket addition up front. JDMMMMM

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Benny’s F20 swapped AE86. Looks exactly the same from the day I shot it centuries ago… I wouldn’t have changed a thing anyway. Perfection.

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Ricky’s GTI slammed on SSR’s in Spectrum Silver. It’s a shame that they can’t shine like they should indoors. The colour is still one of the best.

PS: did you know – days later, Ricky found hundreds (if not thousands) of baby spiders in his wheel well? Fucking NASTYYYY. It’s for sale now (I’m making the executive decision for him).

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Some shots with my 50mm… Trying to be artsy I guess.

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Can’t forget about Rich who dropped beats all day long. He even took my request to play Clarity. You must always play Clarity at a car show.

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R34…

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ZE40’s… Face 4… Yum.

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Trung’s S2000

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More ZE40’s on Jimmy’s M3

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JC and Barb manning the table. Remember – all proceeds (100%!) go to Red Cross!

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Rich AKA Candy Boy.

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Josh’s slammed A4 wagon. I absolutely love Josh’s car.

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Meisters are perfect for this set up.

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Arif’s colour matched fender cut outs.

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Eric’s S15 static on Work T7R’s

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Dat fitment doe. #stancenation

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BBS

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Rotiform

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Yes, you saw above…

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Mugen intake

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Awesome detail all around in this AE86

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GT wings!!!

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Rocket Bunny. I absolutely love the 350Z and RX7 kitted with RB.

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Whoa. I literally just surprised myself as I scrolled through and saw this pic. I don’t even remember taking this – I didn’t really take as many shots as I should have of my own car… I love it because this is as black and as shiny as it’ll ever be.

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Punit’s GS450H

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Can’t forget about JC’s table set up. Not sure if you guys were able to go around and see it, but this was my favourite table set up from JC so far…

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Sapporo beer and Pocky…

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With some Sushi to go with it. Perfect!

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What Rota’s? NO ROTA’S.

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Nostalgic Hero slap on Benny’s AE86

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Rear shot of the Honda Beat. Peep that titanium exhaust.

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Alex’s engine bay. Impeccable attention to detail – if you didn’t know, you could easily walk right by all the beauty that is contained in here…

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If you looked closely, you could also see all the Mugen bolts holding everything together. Hell, there are Mugen bolts where you can’t even see them.

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Another shot of that wet wet.

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Another shot of JC and Barb.

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This one is for Errol. A shot of Dannie Riel with my creeper lens…

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Barb made me grab my perv lens btw so that we could go and get some pics of the bikini competition. We ended up getting there too late and I was all the way at the back so I didn’t get much. But here were the top 3. Sorry guys, no body shots…

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Back to the RB 350Z. Beautiful…

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And a rear quarter shot of the RB RX7

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And one from the front. It was a tight space to get a good shot but it is also worth noting the awesome paint job from Nick Prah once again here…

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One more of my whip.

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And the last few pics on my camera were at the request of Arif. He specifically asked that “lifewithjson guy with no A” to come take some extra shots of his car… The sun was shining through perfectly so why not?

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A better shot of his new J’s hood.

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And voila.

We are finished!! I think I have just a few more things to post from Driven that isn’t as pic heavy, but those will go up shortly. Thanks for tuning in!

Driven 2016: Part 4

And the show goes on!

I have one more part after this before the show coverage is all done. It’s sad that it comes and goes so quick… I apologize again that the pictures are all over the place. Blame WordPress (and maybe my genius idea to edit and upload in batches). Never again.

I will say though, that after going through all these pictures I’ve enjoyed looking at all of them. The quality of cars has gone up immensely and I truly mean that. If you do some digging to years prior, you might find me going on about how I really wanted the quality of cars to be better and that it was so lackluster in the sense that quality was so far and few between. I love, love, love that people are paying more attention to quality parts and work – at the end of the day, that is what stands out and that’s what gets you points, or awards, or recognition – whatever it is you’re looking for. If it’s not any of those, you can still assure yourself that you’ve got good quality parts with peace of mind and at the very least, you’re supporting good companies.

But I digress… Here we go

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Over in the VEX booth, a familiar and clean RX7

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Noel’s wicked S14 on Work VS-KF’s. He had to take his bumper off to get in here… lol

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A quick shot of his engine bay up close.

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Dicken’s Varis-fitted Evo X on bronze Volk TE37’s. I love this combo so much. Again, maybe I’m biased because of the Voltex wing and aero… But I don’t care lol

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Saw this couple and dude ridin’ dirty around the show in his Audi R8. I’m sure he was mean-mugging me cause he caught me slippin’… Thank god the shade was covering his face. LOL

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Ricky’s GTI still looking clean as ever. Still probably one of my favourite GTI’s out there. I loved all the aero additions – most usually stay with stock body panels so it’s rare to see this. Ricky also had a JDM influence on his car as well which gets bonus points in my book.

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Alicia’s Golf.

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Alex’s other other other car. I’m not sure which is his daily anymore… But the bronze ZE40’s on blue look great.

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Ryan’s Ferrari F355 on Meister S1R’s. Awesome combo.

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One more…

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Leather Recaro pole positions inside the ‘Rari

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Gugliano’s Civic – nice to see it come together. I followed his build thread on Beyond for quite a long time now and it looks fantastic.

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Lots of in-house work done by him and friends.

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Bad ass Chevy.

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An interesting site to see for sure. A bagged Lincoln… not my first choice of cars to mod, but cool nonetheless.

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Matte red Miata

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Joe’s FRS in the SASC booth.

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More trucks I know nothing about but would drive the hell out of. Even looking at it makes me want to be ignant. Too cool.

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At the entrance of Driven was the Lowcals group. 4-door R34 – a much rarer sight to see.

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Rob’s 240SX

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I call this the DUB TL.

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Jason’s wrapped BRZ. I understand he did this himself – nice work.

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Spoon-equipped S2000. Rare to see this nowadays – I’m not sure who the owner is today, but it hasn’t changed much since Daniel Chan had it. Nice that it’s still in good condition.

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Crazy looking GT-R with some massive Tomei quad exhuast tips, Swan neck wing, and Advan GT’s.

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Reminds me of Dal’s old type R. Maybe this was built off of that as inspiration?

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I thoroughly enjoyed this genesis. I’m not entirely sure which flares they are – I was thinking RB – but I think it’s missing the front bumper extensions. However, this sounded and looked good.

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A wicked FRS with the Blitz front bumper and Voltex gt wing. Looked great!

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And another FRS with a Voltex wing and Velox splitter.

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Everyone in this booth seemed to have ordered a GT wing and got it at the same time. (You’re all from Edmonton right?) haha

This IS was sick.

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Classic…

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M3 Coupe on TE37’s

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I almost didn’t get a picture of this booth because there was a gangbang of people just standing in front eating pizza. You’d think the entrance to Driven would be a good spot, but sometimes it’s not…

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R33

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ANOTHER EP3 other than Ryan’s!? This one a lot simpler – bronze CE28’s and Spoon brakes.

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That blue is way too nice.

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Gabriel’s GSR.

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Lots of clean engine work by Philip Tan and crew.

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This was super simple, but very pleasing to the eyes. Face 4 brozne ZE40’s are lit. (First time I’ve ever said that, I swear).

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Trung’s Voltex S2000. This area was super tight so I didn’t get too many good pics.

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Super sick EK on black CCW’s from Speedtech. This thing pushes over 1000hp…

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Brandon’s Evo X on Advan RS-D with Team Revere

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I think this was the only 8th gen Civic there that day. Reminds me of my first year at Driven…

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Jimmy’s M3 on new diamond dark gunmetal ZE40’s. Great color/wheel combo. This is still my favourite M3 body to date.

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Lots of updates to Jimmy’s engine as of late… Not that I know any of it…

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And ending this one here! One more to go! Stay tuned.

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!