Hot Import Nights 2015: Calgary

Finally starting to catch up on coverage! As much as I’d like to postpone them a little longer (just to buy myself more time), it’s a little different with show coverage since it can get old quick and most people want to see the photos sooner rather than later. Now that we’re through HIN Vancouver, we’re back home for HIN Calgary.

The same things I said about HIN Vancouver pretty much translate over to HIN Calgary. The major difference is that the Calgary show was much bigger in quantity but really didn’t match the quality that Vancouver brings. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of well-built cars in Calgary and a ton of new builds that really just came out of no where. My personal opinion is that shows like this that need to live up to at least half the hype that is expected need to filter through the cars and not accept everything. It starts to become a very thin line when you do that because then people get upset. If you’re upset, that means you’re car isn’t up to par yet – there shouldn’t be any hard feelings.

At the end of the day, it’s a car show – not a meet. I know some of you might be saying “well, what about illmotion’s Sunday School”? In my books, HIN and Sunday School are in two different categories. HIN is – as I stated in the HIN Vancouver post – an all out show that really cuts no corners. It is all out and it’s really something Calgary hasn’t had in a long, long time due to whatever reason. Sunday School is, and always has been a way to bring the automotive community together – it was to recharge the scene and to get people excited about it all over again. No big admission fees, no stages, no lights and models… It was all for a good cause, with donations and proceeds going to a different charity every year.

One thing that I was kind of surprised about was the lack of advertising for HIN, considering the reputation and all. I personally didn’t see anything on social media regarding HIN – no registration dates/times, no location, no nothing. I heard it mentioned here and there but nothing solid was ever established. It is certainly possible that I’m not as connected as the rest of the crowd is or I’ve just been out of the loop, but I didn’t know there was even something happening until just a few days before the show. The date chosen was probably not a good idea since it was the same day as Chasing Summer – where all the hippie, raver kids like to go (all like 15,000 of them from surrounding areas), and it was the day before Sunday School which was announced a long time ago. Two car shows back to back is hard to do if you’re part of both of them…

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We showed up a little later in the afternoon to check the show out. It ended up being at Deerfoot Inn and Casino down south… I personally didn’t register for two reasons: one, as stated above – I didn’t know about it… And two, even if I did know, I don’t like how my car looks right now so I hate taking it to shows if I don’t have to lol.

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We started at the beginning and made our way around – Rob’s 240 on Meister S1’s from Low Cals.

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Another angle. Nice red.

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A G35 starting the Low Cals group off…

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Nissan Pulsar GTi-R

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Black on red Rota D-forces

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Evo on WedsSport SA55M’s.

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Kenji’s S15 on Work CR Kai’s

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Mario’s Ford ST still looking clean with a new lip addition.

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A very nice LHD Supra T-top on Meister S1’s. Very clean.

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This Mazda3(speed?) from 403Media and the wide flares are pretty unique.

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Steven’s STI sedan on TE37SL’s

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@itsbirdy’s FRS

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Another FRS going with the white/black tone.

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This truck was dope as fudge. Probably one of the best there IMO…

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Trunk set up was unreal. 6 compressors and a huge tank with hard lines running into it nicely. The rear struts were visible with custom spiders on top of each strut. I wonder how fast that tank fills…

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On the other side, some shenanigans going on in the back of a truck… No hate though, if I had a truck, I’d probably put a bunch of girls in it and take a picture too…

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A clean GLI aired out on BBS’s

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Ron’s R32 Skyline. His skyline is incredibly clean on bronze/bronze Meister S1R’s.

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A lime green wrapped Rocket Bunny RX7 on Weds Kranze LXZ’s. Those rears are massive in person…

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S14 with an S15 conversion

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Dustin Mak’s S15 on velvet blue Gram Lights 57xtremes

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Kaylee’s S14 in a nice midnight purple on Work CR Kai’s

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Matte blue wrapped Evo on TE37SL’s

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This STI Hatch was super clean – I love the blue and I love the Meisters.

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A very aggressive track set up on this STI with meaty tires, canards and GT wing.

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Cool Seeing an MR2 there – I remember back in my adolescent days of reading Import Tuner and Super Street, this MR2 was my dream car lol.

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Brooks and his rootbeer coloured Evo 9 – they always make their way over for car shows from Saskatchewan.

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Josh’s FRS still looking good since I last saw it in Edmonton.

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This was new to me – haven’t seen it around before and I enjoyed the execution of it. I think a full paintjob would do this thing wonders since it’s fairly clean already.

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Autodream’s Skyline’s came out to play as usual.

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This was another cool truck to see – a Hakosuka Sunny truck.

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Aired out Prius.

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Variskitted Evo on Gram Lights.

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R34 on ZE40’s. Looks good.

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3/4 Rocket Bunny FRS sans the front lip.

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Jimmy’s Datsun 240z

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Another STI on TE37’s. Popular choice of wheel this year lol…

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Jimmy’s M3 on some new shoes – Wedssport SA55m’s in full black

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This was a favourite of mine from the CH Toyota BBQ – Scion xB/Rumion.

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Pretty clean Yaris RS… Don’t see too many of these around…

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Noel’s S14

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Carlo’s WRX

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Super sick Miata.

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One of my favourites from this show as well as Sunday School was this V8 swapped Corolla with ITB’s. Sounded crazy.

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Another car that was nice to see was this Varis/Voltex kitted Evo on Work CR Kai’s.

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Aired out STI with a Varis CF lip kit.

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Bag barn and their dumped trucks…

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This one is always a winner in my books…

That’s a wrap for HIN Calgary! The sun was shining, it was hot as fudge, I heard it was a long day from 11AM-9PM or something like that… But kudos to those that tried to put on HIN in Calgary. It still brings cars out and a good enough crowd to make it worth while. Next up is Sunday School coverage… And there are a TON of pics for that so I’ll be breaking them out into parts… Stay tuned.

Hot Import Nights 2015 – Vancouver

OK I am going to have a lot of content coming your way over the next few days/weeks… I’m a little behind mainly because I’ve had no time to actually edit any of the photos I’ve taken. I’ll put the photos on the computer and we’ll have to go out to the next show or something. It’s been crazy but I’m glad that I’m able to get all of this stuff up since I’ve had no photoshoots lately.

To continue with the Vancouver trip, one of the first stops we made when we got there was Hot Import Nights. The HIN name was announced some time ago that it was coming to Canada with little details. The HIN we know of is a huge car show that consists of huge booths, lots of good quality cars, music, beautiful models, DJ’s, lights, a nightclub feel and other forms of entertainment. Everything that you think a crazy car show would be is under the Hot Import Nights name. Of course, with that type of reputation – you are bound to have to live up to it. Unfortunately – and not through any one’s fault – the scene in Canada just isn’t there. There’s a lot of things still missing – vendors/shops with the money and clientele that can bring good game and money to these types of events. If there’s one thing that Canada lacks – it’s still the fact that there is little recognition to what Canada has to offer. There is without a doubt, amazing builds but they are so far and few between all the other noise that it often goes unnoticed.

While the Vancouver scene does indeed have its hard hitters, the venue, the location, the number of cars, and the set up in general didn’t live up to the HIN name. This was on par with Driven to Perform a few years back and in my opinion it’s still a great show. The Vancouver scene is just so rich in diversity and the attitude towards tuning and the automotive culture in general is right and it’s thriving. I’ve talked to a few Vancouver friends and the consensus was that the scene is built around competition and who has dumped the most money into their cars. While it’s not the best way to describe the automotive scene, it’s painfully true and it makes everyone want to push that bar higher. This is what creates the richness that you’ll see in my coverage of HIN Vancouver when you compare it to HIN Calgary.

That is what I love about Vancouver. Quality over everything (for the most part).

Anyway – sorry for the long blabber. It always seems to come up whenever I compare Vancouver to Calgary’s scene and it makes me want to move so bad. Let’s just get on with the coverage…

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The show was in a Casino parking lot, so we parked across the street. The first car that caught our attention was Kevin Yong’s ITR. I’ve been a big fan of Kevin’s ITR since I saw it on Instagram a few years back and it’s still as good to look at as the first time I saw it. Bravo sir.

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The show itself wasn’t tremendously big as we were expecting, but I’ve mentioned it a few times during our trip – although the quantity is not there, quality definitely is. You’ll see as you scroll through.

Above is a very clean VIP Nissan President.

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This brought back some nostalgia. A full VIP’d out Lexus LS460 aired to the ground. This was perfect.

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The inside was blinged out – exactly like you’d see in Japan… From bling air fresheners, to bling cup holders.

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One of my favourites of the VIP builds was this Nissan President/Cima tucking with flared rear quarters.

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Over on the other side – a Fiat Abarth and wide flares. Looks clean in white on white. Not sure if this car was with AJ-R or not…

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This black on black 370z on Volks was super clean.

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GTR on Advan GT’s

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Ben’s GTR on Volk TE37 Ultra. Beastly.

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A widebody C-West FRS on Advan’s. The Voltex wing fitted on this is 1900mm. FYI – that is MASSIVE. Looks crazy.

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Reggie’s Varis x Rocket Bunny FRS. Looks very good all together.

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This reminded me of a Civic that would come from Stickydiljoe’s blog. lol

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Clean EK on Meisters

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A two toned engine bay with a fuschia tone going on.

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Ben’s other race car – BRZ fitted with Arise Sport, Voltex, and TRD goodies.

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Another angle…

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A fairly simple STI on Volk ZE40’s in the diamond dark gunmetal.

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Dicken’s freshly Varis widebodied Evo X on bronze TE37’s

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Immaculate Mugen RSX on bronze CE28’s.

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It was then that Jackie decided it would be funny to photobomb my shot. At least you can somewhat see the engine bay if you ignore the right side enough…

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And of course, none other than the internet sensation himself – Jackie’s S2000. It’s been a long ass time since I’ve seen this. It’s been under the knife for a while getting a whole bunch of new things fitted. The first thing you’ll probably notice is the Voltex bumper…

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And the big reveal of his newly boosted setup. We did end up meeting with Jackie in Victoria a few days later, so I’ll have better shops up after I get through all these shows!

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A slammed Chevy Avalanche. This was dope haha

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Another one of my show favourites was this eggplant/plum Varis widebody STI Sedan.

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Another view of it to see the colour a little better. I apologize – the sun wasn’t working for me this day and it was super harsh. But the best thing about this is that it’s not wrapped – it’s been re-sprayed properly. The interior is also gutted and the dash wrapped with grey alcantara.

Not sure what the guys are doing in this pic…

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A simple Rocket Bunny V1 FRS

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An R34 GTR on Volk TE37’s is always right.

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Another very clean Nissan President.

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And another. The VIP force is strong here.

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And forgive me if I’m mistaken – but I believe this is an older model Toyota Crown? The dude was taking forever to clean the car – it’s like he knew I wanted a pic so he took longer…

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This Infiniti G37 was absolutely gorgeous. Tommy Kaira goodies.

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Tommy Kaira engine cover.

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An interesting 350Z on Work VS-KF’s. Well executed.

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Over on the other side was the Stage Five crew – starting with this yellow ITR on Mugen MF10’s

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Chris’s J-swapped Civic you may remember from my photoshoot from last year

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Another C-west FRS sans the widebody.

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and a clean NSX on Advan RS’s

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Another car that I seem to see all over social media was Monique’s BMW Z4 aired out. Extremely clean in person.

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Now we move over to the MBN area…

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A Liberty Walk GTR aired out and wingless. Crazy in person.

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An up close of the fitment under those massive fenders.

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And from the back. I’m used to seeing LB cars with crazy GT wings but this looked really good with just a duckbill.

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One more…

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A Liberty Walk Ferrari 458. Again… So crazy. If you have the money… Why the hell not…

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And a Liberty Walk Lamborghini Aventador.

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One more… It’s absolutely amazing seeing LB builds in person.

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And a RWB Porsche – also very awesome in person. Check that rear dish.

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This LS swapped Silvia was immaculate as well and I believe this thing is driven hard…

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The aeromotions wing on the rear is massive.

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Another LB GTR but this time with a GT wing on the rear… Which I kind of prefer more… I’m biased though 🙂

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Back to the beginning was the G106 crew – starting off with this S2000 fitted with a Sorcery bumper on very aggressive Volk ZE40’s.

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Another S2000 sporting Spoon.

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A rootbeer S2000 sporting Voltex and ASM fenders

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Steezy_GD7’s STI on red TE3’s

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And none other than Benji’s TSX. Benji has literally been traveling across Canada and into the States for multiple shows to get his car exposure. That is dedication.

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One more shot of the Cima from down low.

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One car I missed beside the Cima was this GS. There were lots of people blocking it earlier but I had to come back and get a shot. Check that rear… So perfect!

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2JZ swapped and the engine bay was clean as hell.

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A very mint Mini.

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This Honda Fit may be familiar to some of you if you have been kind of following the Vancouver scene over the last 5-6 years. It was one of the first with a full custom metal widebody Fit that caught a lot of attention back in the day.

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He’s now K-swapped and boosted… Very clean.

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Rare to see clean Genesis’ but this one was proper on VIP Modulars.

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As I was circling back, I took a few more shots. Reggie’s FRS is now boosted too.

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A rear shot of Ben’s BRZ

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We were walking down to the lower level where apparently there were more cars but lots of them had rolled out before we could see them all. There was a huge crowd near this so I went to go see why…

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Inside – there were TV’s galore. From this picture alone: 2 in each of the Recaros, 2 in the floor, 2 in the sun visors, 2 on the side of the doors, 2 on the passenger dash, one where normal humans would put it… We’re at 11 TV’s so far. I think it’s bad ass as hell but the floor TV’s would make me so paranoid of cracking them. Imagine an accident in this thing… God forbid it ever happens to the owner.

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And moving to the back, he’s got more I.C.E…. Another 2 on the backside of the Recaros and three more larger units on the backs of the rear seats. That’s all I could see – I wouldn’t be surprised if I missed more but that’s a total of 16 TV’s. Insane.

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And he’s got the awards to back it up too. Not my slice of pie but I can dig it – props to the owner. There’s a ton of money in I.C.E. and doing it right and he’s done it.

That’s a wrap for HIN Vancouver. As you can see, there is a lot of great quality builds here and there are plenty that weren’t in the show at all, too. It was a quick trip but it’s definitely refreshing to see something different.