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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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. I 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.

Cars x Bubbletea – July 13th – Esoteric Coverage

Finally had our first “official” cars x bubbletea meet last Friday as weather is getting nicer and restrictions are loosening up. I think it’s important to note that although restrictions are lifting, we still need to be mindful of the distancing and safety of others. There were many that were respectful of that and others that might have forgotten all about it. As the season goes on and meets happen, please remember to stay respectful of those limits! 🙂

Overall – it was a great turnout. We ended up pairing up with the Redline Sorority girls as they have their meets every Friday so it was kind of a double gathering. Personally, I think it’s cool to have the meet randomly rather than every week as to not have it be so consistent. I don’t know what it is – maybe it’s me getting old and not wanting to do it every week, but when the meets pop up randomly one week, it seems to be a little more fun because everyone rushes and tries to make it out rather than have it become habit.

The only thing I want to mention here is the shit show put on by some attendees last week. I get that we’ve been in quarantine for months and the weather is finally getting nice enough to bring the toys out and show off, but man… There is really no need to 2-step your car or build up revs in a damn parking lot to get your BOV going. It’s really the most annoying thing to have at a meet and you might feel all big-dick during the moment, but trust me when I say everyone else is shaking their heads at it and thinking “that guy must have a small peen”. It’s literally quite the opposite of what you’re feeling. We don’t need the meet to be cancelled and have cops starting to hang around – it ruins it for everyone. I also want to say that it’s all the kids that just got their cars and finally saved up enough money for a cereal tune but unfortunately it’s not. There are guys that are as old as my dad in their Corvettes that are still doing the same shit and it’s embarrassing. It’s tough to put up a meet and have a disclaimer that says “cool people only” because that will always attract the uncool people. All I ask is that if you attend the meet, please don’t do stupid shit… Keep it at the Barlow or Menace meets or whatever the hell they’re called if you want to give other guys hard-ons. Not here.

Aside from the fact that we had the most small peens out last week, it was decent. The coverage below comes from Cholo Abat AKA Esoteric. I don’t have my camera or PC out right now so I will be MIA from taking any pictures for the next little while. Thankfully he brought his and had them edited super fast! Some great photos below… Thanks Cholo!

Some great shots of my car. Love that he captured how clean the wheels are *cough* LOL

Barb’s S2000

Steve’s M3 on TE37’s

This Z31 was probably one of my favourite cars there that night. It was just so clean and the vintage vibes it was giving off was too good. Bravo

Even the placement of the stickers – just really oldschool Japan feels.

Love.

Mitchell’s Toyota Mark II – right beside the Z31. Two really rarely seen cars around here done up with very simple but classic style. Seeing these two at the meet is a treat.

Randy’s new Supra on TE37’s.

Super clean G slammed down on Work VS-XX’s (if I recall correctly?). Super clean overall… No bashed fenders or broken pieces…

Jeev’s super clean EK on Mugen MF10’s

A pretty sweet GT-R V-Spec II appropriately named Lapras… Ha! You’d only get it if you know the first gen Pokemon… That’s how old I am.

Jonathan’s S2000 on TE37’s

Type R crew over here. Cholo’s Type R is the one in front with the Type 5 Voltex wing btw…

Up front with the Varis hood

Tracy’s R32 with the classic Adidas livery

Rafael’s STI sedan aired down on ZE40’s.

Varis STI – I dig this look.

Jack’s LS Silvia. Clean as always

Jeff’s CTR on white TE37’s and full Cusco cage inside and edirb seats.

Another Varis STi in hatch form.

Another Varis Evo

Red CTR on TE37RT’s

Can never go wrong with a black Evo X on bronze TE37’s…

Bill’s Focus looking mean…

This S14 has seen better days… Years ago I believe it was in pretty great shape and attended a lot of the shows. At least it looks like it’s being put to use now!

Ryan’s super minty S2000 on Mugen MF10’s.

VIP odyssey…

I’m usually not a fan but this one was dope. Loved the lip kit – not sure if it’s OEM or not though. Looks like it?

Ending it off here with Eric’s VIP Sienna on Advan GT’s. Still my favourite van in the city…

Thanks for looking! And remember – burble tunes does not equal big dick. It means you just chose the wrong tune.

Hype R?

I don’t know why, but all of the sudden, I’ve had an itch that I’ve needed to scratch. The problem is that I don’t know whether I should scratch it or just leave it alone. It’s kind of like a mosquito bite – you know if you scratch it, both good and bad things will happen – it will feel good, but it’ll also get worse. If you don’t scratch it, it’ll just go away with time.

That itch is the Honda Civic Type R. I’ll be completely honest – I don’t actually know when or how the itch started. I think it was just a seed that was planted long ago when the Type R was announced and in the last few weeks, it’s been sprouting and growing like a weed in my head. You know when you get the idea that you need something, you’ll come up with 1,001 reasons why you need it and literally 0 reasons why you don’t need it. Going back to the seed analogy – it’s just been in the back of my brain for months and it only recently got watered when Josh told me he’d throw me the keys one day and I could take it for a spin. That’s the worst thing that can happen – someone encourages the growth of a seed you didn’t really want or need to grow. This is my problem right now.

The Beyond meet was on Wednesday and truthfully, I wasn’t planning on going but when Josh said that Wednesday was the day – I couldn’t have said no, right?! So I went… And as soon as I saw Josh, his hand reached into his pocket and out came the Type R key, and he said “go for it”. If there’s anything that makes any car guy giddy (no homo), it’s when someone hands you the keys to their car and tells you to just go have fun.

This was it. I was going to see what all the hype was about. You can’t just walk into a dealership and test drive it cause you “wonder what it’s like”. You have to be serious. I’m not at that point yet – I’m toying with the idea – and there’s a very clear line between the two and so Josh’s offer was pretty much THE next best option for me.

There she is, ladies and gentlemen. The Type R right beside my ol’ gal. There’s something to be said about the Type R compared to my FRS (my opinion only because it seems like people get butt hurt about my opinion). My FRS looks better than a stock Type R. I know, I know – super subjective opinion – but from someone who is either

A) going to sell the FRS

B) keep both

It’s just what I think and If I were to go with option A, I would be totally sad about it because of all the cars I’ve gone through, I’m still not tired of looking at the FRS. And BTW, this has nothing to do against Josh – I love the guy – but I’m talking about Type R’s in general.

The interior is nice. It’s refined, it’s clean, and it’s got all the usual things you’d expect from a 2018 model. There were some things that Josh pointed out like – only the front door cards and other misc pieces is wrapped with suede/alcantara, while the rear is all fabric. Not a deal breaker – but kind of weird to have excluded the rear altogether on the Type R.

The seats are a loud, flashy red – I guess somewhat expected with the Type R. They’re comfortable and hold you well. Nice side bolsters – slightly comparable to Recaro SRD’s.

Instrument cluster is nice – all digital and reminiscent of when Honda first brought that design in 2006.

Brembo brakes up front with 20″ wheels. A bit excessive IMO…

Around the car, there is A LOT going on. It’s very aggressive and as many have already stated – is kind of like an STI.

The LED headlights are also one of my favourite things of the car. I’m glad almost all companies now are understanding and catering towards the aesthetics, function, and form of headlights. If you’re still in the halogen game in 2018, you’re out to lunch.The

The rear is one angle of the car that I’m quite fond of. I like the triple tip exhaust, I like the STI-type spoiler, I like the big rear non-functioning vents. The rear as a whole works for me, the lines all flow well and it just screams “kid racer!!!” and I love it.

The top vortex generators are funky and weird and I know if Honda left this empty and then offered it as a Type R add on – everyone with a Type R would have bought it, me included. So I’m not going to complain about ricer add-ons, because I would buy ricer add-ons.

The lip looks home made, to be quite honest. It’s got those funky batman ear things, it’s fake carbon and looks like it’s wrapped – but it’s still cool as hell. It’s just a combination of such weird and quirky things that kids would make in their garage that make the Type R so Hype R. It’s amazing how something that’s OEM can be so acceptable to me versus something that was home made. There are a lot of other factors (actual testing, proper fitment, etc) that change my opinion but Honda… You basically created a Honda ricer dream car!

Josh’s CTR was outfitted with a more aggressive carbon EVS deck and it looks great.

And so ends my quick thoughts on the CTR and before you go look at the rest of the pictures I was able to capture before my camera battery died, I’ll leave you with where I stand right this minute on the CTR because it seems everyone is wondering what I’m going to do. (Who knows, it might change as soon as this post is published…)

There’s really two options:

Option 1: Sell/part out the FRS and getting the type R.
Option 2: Sell the RX and get the type R.

I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’d be too devastated to let go of the FRS. I know what the pain of regret is like and I’ve decided that option 1 is not the way to go.

You are probably saying “well if you only have one option, why don’t you have the type R yet?”. It’s because if I sell the RX, the CTR becomes my new daily… Which also means I drive it in the winter and I’m not sure if I can come to terms with putting the CTR through our winters. I would also miss AWD, but that’s an issue for another day…

Anyway – the conclusion is this: if I can be OK with putting the CTR through winter, then it may happen. If not, then someone has to convince Diana that having 4 cars makes perfect sense. Back to pondering…

Here is extra content:

This Datsun was sick. I kind of liked the look of the white flares… Either way – it’s hard not to appreciate an oldschool Datsun – flares or not.

M3 on TE37’s

Drift Squad came through too… Pretty rad to have all three show up with the same livery. Here’s Noel’s S14.

Work VS-KF’s

Rear quarter shot.

Here’s one of the 240 that went off for a test drive before I was able to get a shot of it…

And the last one – R32 with an LS swap I believe. Rowdy.

Titanium!!

And literally the last shot I was able to get before the camera died. I’m happy I got this one – This was super clean and I dig the red!! Good job!