Mini Coverage – Kazoku Show & Shine 2022

This isn’t a very in-depth coverage of the show this past weekend – JC and I rolled in together shortly after it started and then I had to bounce after a while for dinner so I really didn’t capture too much. The meet was at Top Gear car wash and It was a bit of a hectic lot to try and park while leaving room for regular guests to still come and wash their cars.

This was probably our first show/meet in a loooong time that we decided to come check out. We also wanted to come to meet up with the Tunerdecals guys to get our newly created Jtooned Waifu stickers LOL

Back corner chillin’. Been a minute since these two been shot together haha

Here’s a shot of the waifu sticker I mentioned. Been trying to think of new ways to promote Jtooned and what better way than using sex? LOL Love the quality of these as always.

And the boys were kind enough again to bring out the Hashira’s to sell…

The next few shots are just of random cars that happened to catch my eye and not have a whole group standing in front of it. All good – it was a pretty casualย  meet so I wasn’t expecting it to be fully laid out like a show with perfect photo ops.

This Golf R on Kiwami’s was super clean.

And beside it this bagged GTI. Probably two of my favourites from the show.

This super clean S13 for the Panda Prints booth

Kevin’s Genesis looking clean. Hard to find one that isn’t beat to shit and sticker bombed LOL.

Kelvin’s FRS debuting the new Varis kit and some new but temporary Advan TC-4’s that he bought while waiting for his TE’s. Talk about ballin’ out haha

Birdy’s Aimgain widebody FRS

And his Street Hunter widebody Supra MKV

Super clean widebody BRZ for Kazoku

Had a full front and back BBK set up too on some super clean TE37V’s.

Widebody WRX on some wide Meister S1R’s

I appreciated the details here… Titanium bolts holding all the panels together. Much better than the Home Depot hardware we saw at Driven.

Nice interior touches as well.

S15 on wide Cosmis Racing wheels

Clean execution

JDM Odyssey on Works. I REALLY WANT ONE OF THESE.

9th Gen SI looking aggressive with the white carbon fiber hood. Never seen that before…

Dumped 7-series

Brooke’s bagged Q60

Rear quarter shot. These look so clean when they’re sitting on the ground.

Rear of that GTI from earlier with an Infamous Aero diffuser.

Slammed DC5 RSX coming in on VS-XX’s

This ended up being the last shot on the camera lol. Stance Nation style shot hahaha

Anyway – just a few quick snaps since I haven’t done one for a while. Enjoy!

 

FK8 Season End Meet 2021

Just a nice photo dump from the FK8 season ender meet that Tiegan organized at Deerfoot City. I didn’t bring my camera, but luckily Cholo from Esoteric Collective always has his and was kind enough to take photos and share them with me so I could post!

It’s been a while since I’ve driven the Type R – just been a crazy summer and with the addition of the Fit, I’ve been having too much fun with that. Back in July when we moved into our new place, the garage was inaccessible for almost two months because the driveway was being poured so I took the chance to leave the Type R out on the street since it was a new community and fairly quiet. One day as I was driving it, I did a shoulder check and noticed hand prints on the window as if someone was looking into it. That was enough to make me park it until I was able to park in the garage but as soon as that happened, I got the Fit and it basically just never got driven LOL. Even with the Mugen wing addition, it just sat there ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyway, it was a nice day to drive it one last time. Good seeing some other FK8 owners as well! Enjoy the pics from Cholo!

@mirwaiss LE Type R.

Shooting the shit.

A nice group photo of the selection of colors. Nice that it’s not just white and black – surprisingly not even a single black FK8 haha

Awesome shot of the Mugen wing ๐Ÿ™‚

And dirty car lol. I haven’t even really cleaned it since…

Tiegan’s car and livery

Gerard’s full Spoon Fk8

Asimo sitting shotgun in Cholo’s car

Cholo’s J’s Racing valve cover

J’s racing interior as well. Super sweet

Beside me is Roel’s full Varis FK8

Cholo’s Varis FK8

The cleanest wheels of the bunch. Still brand new basically LOL

Gerard’s Spoon wheels

Jason’s TE37’s that failed the BI check MISERABLY. I said I wouldn’t be checking barrels but he just didn’t even try LOL. He used the excuse that he cleaned them at night with a flashlight but I don’t believe him.

Tiegan’s wheels passed on the other hand…

Terence’s FK8 on Gram Lights

Somewhat clean… LOL

Roel’s FK8 on champ white CE28’s

Garage dust on my exhaust LOL

Varis/Voltex rear

Mugen rear

The lineup

Group shot!

The 3G Meet

You know what’s nice? Having a nice peaceful meet where everyone just chills out and isn’t on high alert for dumb things. Bill had a great idea of organizing an invite-only meet to keep things under control and mutual and it worked out amazingly. I think this is what I’ve been longing for… I had been making myself believe that the bigger the meets, the better – and in some ways they are – we’ve gone through this rollercoaster ride of small meets to big meets to them dying out again, and last year we had finally gotten back to a super meet again and it was exciting. Whenever you’re at the peak of something, you always forget about the bad apples…

It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized it wasn’t about bringing out the entire city to a meet – it’s about bringing out the people that really understand what a car meet is. It’s a meet – not a show or rev competition. Good people, good cars, and a good time. I’ll call it the unofficial “3G meet” because that’s all we really need. Do we need 5G? Sure, but right now there’s highly researched evidence that it causes COVID and Autism so we’ll stick with what we know.

I mentioned yesterday a few times that it’s sad that it has to come to this, but as I was editing photos and just seeing the quality of cars and knowing the face behind most of them – it’s not sad. It’s actually pretty nice, and it was the calmest meet I’ve had in a long time – it brought me inner peace. LOL

Anyway, looks like this is how we’ll progress from now on. Random spots, random times, invite-only. Here’s some quick snaps… I haven’t busted my camera out for a loooooong time. I got most of the cars throughout the afternoon… If I didn’t, you know the reason…

Ryan’s S2000 on Mugen MF10s

Beauty.

Another angle…

Corey’s S2000 on CE28’s

Jason Divina’s Boost Blue FK8 on TE37SL’s. My first time seeing this in person since he put the new wheels on. The guy traded in his black FK8 just for a boost blue one… LOL

Alex Yoon in his newly acquired 3-series wagon on TE37’s

You might recall photoshoots of this guy over the years when Jimmy had it… Still looks fantastic in Alex’s hands.

Adrian’s EJ1 looking real clean

Bronze CE28’s. He said they were dirty so I stayed a little further away ๐Ÿ™‚

Paul even came out in his aired out Accord wagon. Literally the only one I’ve ever seen still. Such a great classic.

Jay’s MK4 Jetta aired out on Revolve wheels.

Andrew Kwong’s (AKA my PC GOD/Creator) IS-F with his freshly kitted and painted Aimgain kit. The lines are subtle and blend in extremely well with the stock body lines – in person it looks fantastic. Sitting on the highly underrated Leon Hardiritt Jagers. God, I want to do a VIP build again…

Spencer Hogg’s Tacoma – he’s been decking this thing out weekly, it seems with his youtube video uploads. Digging the new Morimoto headlights on this.

Mike Salek’s new Dodge Viper. This brings me back to my childhood – Ricky used to be obsessed with these things and even to this day, it hasn’t aged one bit.

Still fits in with the cars of today…

Danny’s new M2 – still in a fairly stock form currently. Looking forward to seeing what he does with it.

A wild mini Cooper appears… I’m not sure who the owner is… But it goes to show you that new faces can come and fit in as long as they’re cool LOL

This thing was bad ass – Brandon Line’s MK4 sitting way down low on Work VS-XX’s. I really love the mix of Euro and JDM flavours whenever it happens.

Hella dope. Jason McWang’s MK3.

Another one of my favourites as you may know from some of my meet coverage over the past little bit…

It just sits so perfectly…

And that fitment on Watanabes…

Here’s a wallpaper for you too.

Awesome spread on the dash too. I love how some guys come to a meet, park and set up like they’re at a show. Minimal display but awesome to just walk around and check out.

Jack Connelly’s fairly new Soarer. I see he’s often acquiring all these bad ass JDM classics and fixing them up and this is one of them.

He even cleaned the barrels for me *heart eyes* lol

Mitchell Simon’s GX81. Mitchell has been a longtime supporter of these meets and keeping them cool. Glad to see him coming out ๐Ÿ™‚

I wish I had time to build something like this… Ughhh

I guess these classic guys roll in 3’s – A Ken Meri Skyline in extremely pristine condition. FUUUU so good.

This guy wins for cleanest wheels award. Either they’re brand spanking new or he just knows how to clean his wheels… God damn – even the lug nuts are perfect.

PSA for the Subie at Driven that one year that didn’t clean their wheels – come ask this guy. Yes, it’s still something people talk about. No, I won’t let it go.

I would literally eat off of this.

Also took me a while to get this shot of his – what I assume to be – air freshener. The windows were open and it was just flailing around and I must have looked like a perv trying to capture it… But worth it.

Jon’s Mini Cooper sitting on BBS’s. Jon also always comes out to our meets and chills – he’s been a day 1 guy.

Golf R sitting on RE30’s. More Euro/JDM interracial.

Justine Lalicon’s 3-series from Redline Sorority.

Bill eventually showed up in his S15. I know he’s been enjoying driving this thing way too much cause I never see his Focus anymore. Maybe he sold it? LOL jk

Cholo’s Varis FK8. I’m just going to call it that because I know he just got this baller shipment of Varis stuff that I’m pretty sure will debut next year…

I’m going to steal his hood one day too.

I was able to park beside him too – one step closer to stealing the hood. It’s also a nice contrast between Varis and Mugen.

My turd. Whatever.

You don’t see many of these anymore… I still see the rare TRD factory kitted one from time to time and I still want one…

Rich’s IS – I know he’s been actively attending meets and trying to get out as much as he can. He does a lot of the legwork in getting people out ๐Ÿ™‚

JC’s IS – as you can clearly tell, his car is missing a layer of CarPro Reload.

Jack’s LS-swapped Silvia on Nismo LMGT4’s – still my favourite combo. 5-spoke concave ftw.

Gran Turismo hood livery…

Martin’s E90 in a chameleon-esque wrap

Random shot I thought was cool…

Jonathan’s S2000 on TE37’s.

Levi’s monster truck GT-R on TE37’s. I know he’s been working hard on trying to get this back to spec and spending a shitload on seals and other random things people don’t see. It was nice to actually see this in person finally – other than his lifted coils – it looks fantastic.

Perfection.

Suyang’s RE-kitted RX7. Another one of my dream cars that I’ll probably never own…

His new RE carbon tail lights.

One more shot…

Sue’s Thunderbird. Always nice to have the T-bird out.

Justin’s new S3 on BBS’s. Super clean and simple. I’m actually surprised it’s not slammed to an undriveable (to me) height LOL

Gerald’s FK8 on 19″ TE37’s

Jacob’s 2-series – I think he sold his Advan’s, so he’s rolling on stockies right now.

Stewie’s FK8 on OG TE37’s and a V-mount Voltex wing. Still probably the only GT wing that looks good on this chassis.

Jonathan’s 3-series coupe on TE37’s

Pat’s Altezza/IS. Recently painted his wheels white for the classic white on black.

Josh’s EG – still one of the best in the game…

Jonathan Gheron’s super clean S3.

Soapherith’s Golf R in a beautiful deep blue

Shawn’s immaculate 370Z. I also still want one of these… I have too much wantsssss

Errol’s FK8 sitting so high he can park above the parking block and you can still probably fist the space under it. Amazing.

Rev’s bagged STI Sedan on ZE40’s.

Eric’s S15 still looking like it hasn’t aged one bit.

Perfect fitment on the SSR’s.

Even R8’s show up!

Jeevs’ EK on MF10’s

Front end shot of Eric’s S15

Bill came over to park beside Eric to have the two S15’s together. Same but different.

Shaylee’s S13 sitting arguably lower than Eric? lol

Mugen rear. Ft Spencer’s Tacoma tail light.

Group shot.

My last shot before I left for the day – super clean Varis Evo X on aggressive TE37’s. Really loved this build. Super clean.

The Legend of Cars x Bubbletea: A Legend Untold

I’m still getting a few questions on when meets are happening and/or where… I guess I never really explained it other than on my IG story feed, so if you missed that 24 hour window, I guess you still don’t really know unless it was by word of mouth LOL! Truth is, I don’t have the answer anymore and I don’t think I will for a loooong time. The purpose of this post is really just to remove any affiliation of my name/blog with the meets currently happening at the old spot. I see some people still reposting my art and using it as a reminder for the meets, but they are not mine.

I wanted to give a quick shout out to Bill (https://officialthreetwenty.com) for giving me a few of these decals – they pretty much summarize what our car meets turned into. You see, last year – we decided to start a Cars X Bubbletea meet for fun just to change it up a bit. Some of our older meets were dying out or not even happening anymore and we were itching to just get together and shoot the shit like good ol’ days. Iย guess that was our problem. You can never have the good without the bad

I think this is where I can start to tell the tale of the urban legend known as Cars x Bubbletea. Long, long ago – there was a group of clans that wanted to revive the remnants of car meets and they did so by gathering all the legendary cars from far and wide for one big meet to discuss the old-wives tales of neon underglow, NOS and other finer things. Individuals from the far reaches of Germany and their clans from VoLkSVAWgen and OWdEE to the corners of Japan and their clans from HAWNda and toYODA and everything in between were present. It had been millenia since these clans had met and for the first couple of gatherings – it was grand and simple, yet majestic in its own right. It was a meeting of the minds where brothers and sisters joined as one – everybody knew each other and respectfully passed each other with bows and skirtsys. Even local merchants participated in this meeting and t’was not a single fear on those nights. Life was good and there was not a worry in the world.

The gatherings continued happily until one fateful night… A small group of grotesque infidels caught wind of these gatherings and decided to see what these were about. Understanding that these meets consisted of the highest powers from around the world, they sent in small numbers of sleuths to gather intel. Initially, these heathens alarmed no one – the clans believed that greater numbers were good to stand against the threat known as Ricers. Little did they know that these heathens in small numbers were the enemy at hand – it wasn’t until it was too late that they realized it was yet another Trojan horse attack.

Ricers were known as an underground group of individuals that never really knew which path to follow. They were non-believers of quality and lived only to cause disruption of the good for their own pleasure. Although there have been many trials and cases of this clan, they have failed to reform. Many question their ability to understand the ways of social acceptance and belonging and some Doctors have even cited lower intellectual scores than average. They are often A-sexual and continue reproducing by clinging onto their birth parents to continue funding their evil. The fight against this clan is an ongoing battle that continues today – they evolve and change their appearance quickly, so they can be difficult to identify… The lower ranks consist of panels painted with mud from that of a pig pen and wheels made from steel stolen from refineries, while the higher ranks are better at blending in with second-hand quality parts and blacksmiths that turned rogue and work out of alleyways and side streets. Do not let them deceive you.

It is because of the Ricer clan that the Cars x Bubbletea meet fell to its knees. They attacked quickly and ferociously with their newly acquired tech found by pairing Rice Krispies cereal and low quality metal tubes to create what they call burble tunes. Others continue to burn their Nankang tires creating blinding smoke and piercing noise as a mating call to bring forth more of their kind. They are merciless and dangerous in large numbers and are often seen reacting to each other with raging erections and extreme salivation.

The higher clans were split and sent back to their corners of the world once again. What was once known as a peaceful estate turned into a feeding ground for the Ricers. In hindsight, although it was too late, there was nothing the clans could do to prevent the inevitable. Evil can seep through in many ways and this is one of them. Today, the clans seek new refuge and continue facing the challenges that the Ricers bring and although peace may not be on the horizon, the ongoing battle will continue.

Anyway, please don’t be a douche – I see stories every day of meets being ruined by you losers. I know you might be reading this and chuckling about it thinking it’s funny, but it really, really isn’t. I may have re-told this story in a very historic way, but I meant every offensive word of it.