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…

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…

DTP 2011 Favourites…

Since I’m on a flashback roll, I decided to go through my DTP 2011 folder. I remember when we got there, it rained all damn day. Then as the show was ending, the rain stopped. I guess that’s what you get when you are in BC – rain rain rain rain rain.

Regardless, it was a different show than what we see in Calgary. First of all, they have always had it outside. Unfortunately for us (and them) it rained and kind of ruined the show. I remember the dude telling me that they checked all historic data and it hasn’t rained on this day for years and it decided to happen then. Great. Second, it wasn’t a overly big show – there weren’t hundreds of cars but each car was done up to the T. In this case, quality won over quantity and damn it was good. If the show reflected what the scene was like in BC at all, I loved it. Each car had nothing but legit and quality parts on it and done with careful thought and precision. It seemed like nobody cheaped out on putting their cars together. One of my thoughts on building a car is doing it the way you like it – not according to some forum and what other people think. I think that might account for a lot of the similarities that you see across the car scene and on occasion you’ll see a legit build come up because he’s doing it on his own.

Of course, not everybody has the money to do things the way those high rollers are, but you can always build a sick car on a budget if you do it right. We’re starting to see more of it now locally with people getting into buying real parts and finding the right information to help them along the way. Anyways… Apart from my rant, BC’s show was a great experience. Definitely a big difference and we’re only 12 hours away! haha

My favourite cars came from AJ-R’s booth – bringing out all the big game and taking up a big part of the show, from GTR’s, Evo’s, NSX’s, S2000’s and Fits.

Matte Black AJR GTR on BBS LM’s

AJR J’s Racing RSX on RE30’s. I’ve always been a huge fan of J’s and Mugen aero. It’s street aggressive and so clean at the same time. No gaudy lines or weird, eyesore pieces.

AJR J’s Racing Fit on Spoon CR93 wheels.

Another AJR J’s Racing RSX with wide front fenders. Still so clean.

AJR J’s Racing with ASM over fenders.

AJR Spoon S2000. Not a fan of the T/A CE28’s… T/A wheels didn’t last long and I don’t think I ever liked the combo because it always looked cheap, but peep the titanium T1R lugs. Love them.

AJR Widebody NSX on fluorescent Wedsports TC105N. Always good to see an NSX.

AJR J’s Racing and Voltex CSX.

Matte S2000… This wasn’t part of the AJR booth but still so good. Love those Weds

And finally a Spoon’d out S2000. All black with the spoon calipers. Never liked black on black, but this worked nicely.

You can also tell I’m a huge fan of GT wings. ❤ haha