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!

3rd Annual Scion BBQ Meet

This was kind of a last minute thing for us – JC messaged us in the morning and said that there was a Scion BBQ at Country Hills Toyota and it  was a nice day so we thought to go and check it out. A pretty decent turn out but a fun few hours nonetheless. How can you complain when there’s free BBQ, drinks and snacks? You can’t.

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Washed my car for the first time in a few weeks. Fresh wax is so good.

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Arif’s Civic right beside me.

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Mario’s Focus ST laying low.

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A C63 AMG

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Terence’s BRZ – although I didn’t see him there at all lol. It seems to make an appearance without him most times.

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Kelvin’s 1.6EL looking aggressive as ever. K20 swap, Air inlet on his headlight, Spoon calipers, massive Voltex wing out back. I love it.

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One more shot

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The ying yang pair lol.

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Kelvin’s white RSX on white TE37’s. Exactly how I’d build it.

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Brandon’s black RSX on Regas

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Derrick’s Integra looking clean.

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Tried to get a shot of the white Mustang but buddy on the right there was sitting on his front the whole time. When I skipped him, he stood up and started mean mugging me. Too bad – it was a nice Mustang on Volks too. Note: modeling your car = no pics.

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This little dude was running all over the place. I’m thinking he wanted a pic in front of the RC-F.

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A few more shots. I love the RC-F from the front… but I feel like the rear is not bulky enough to match.

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Front spindle grill is awesome though.

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Peep the couple doing the Salsa on the right. Not awkward for me.

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Autodream’s boosted FRS

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I feel like the owner could’ve washed his car a bit before showing up… but who am I to judge…

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Joe’s FRS on a full TRD kit and CE’s. Clean.

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xB with a whole bunch of model xB’s on the inside…

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A lineup of tC’s

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Iron Man themed tC

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Gopesh’s GTI – so good.

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Ricer angle to this pic.. Meh

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Gopesh and Diana talking about Naruto and Attack on Titan. (not joking).

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Behind them was a super mint 240. Pretty rare to see.

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JC showed up a little later and started breaking necks.

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This one was probably my favourite at the show. An xB converted to the JDM Rumion and rebadged. Super clean look. A little lower and this would be awesome.

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From the rear quarter.

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RB RX7 showed up later too…

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Still one of my favourites… Mainly because it’s so rare around here. Very well done!

That’s it for this! Nice little day to get sunburned!

First 2014 Beyond Meet!

Midweek update!

Decided to hit up the beyond meet last night for two reasons: It was nice out and the forecast was showing that the rest of the week was going to be shitty and Diana and I needed clothes for the engagement shoot. ha!

Also gave me a chance to finally wash up the car and make it somewhat clean again. It was still pretty half assed but it’s good enough for now since it’s just going to rain again all week…

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Took it to another car wash in Airdrie because the one I’ve been going to sucks balls. $1.00 = 1 minute is not enough time to wash this boat. Diana doing work…

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First time I’ve seen the car this clean since probably last year. Even when I took it out this year, it was already dirty from moving. It kinda sucks cause all the wax is gone but I’ll deal with that later.

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Woot. Also – Diana looking unimpressed because she had to help me dry the car LOL.

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Rolled up to the meet and it’s busier than I’m used to seeing it. This is the first time I’ve gone since the few times that I did go last year. It’s definitely nice to see it growing… Speaking of which – it was nice to see an S15!

I took as many pics that I could of the cars that appealed to me. There were many that I wanted to take a picture of but didn’t – and if you’ve seen any of my coverage of meets/car shows you’ll know that any car or cars that have people hovering 2 inches from the car isn’t going to get a picture (pet peeve). I get that you want to watch your car, stand by your car, watch if any LG’s take pictures of your car, etc… But give it some room! Chances are if your car is not here, you were doing that or you showed up after my ADD kicked in and I decided not to take pictures anymore.

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Rich’s WRX on his new white XD9’s. First time I’ve seen it in person since he’s changed it (again).

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My limo. Sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Dirty dirty dirty.

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Kind of shows how long my car is in comparison to Punit and JC’s car. Liked this shot…

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Punit’s car looking great!

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David Fung’s matte white wrapped 335.

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Alex Ho’s FRS

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Alex Wong’s Civic with lots of aesthetic changes. My favourite is of course the J’s Racing wing. Closely resembles Hoang’s K20 Civic I shot last year.

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I enjoyed the colour scheme and fitment of this VW. Looked great!

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As I was taking pictures, I hear scraping getting closer and it’s none other than Justin Kan in his slammed TSX (static).

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Jake Stotz’s super clean S14. Been watching his build come together on Instagram. Too bad he didn’t have his hood open – nice and clean under there too.

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Kyle Hugo’s EK Sedan still looking clean on Regamasters

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As I strolled down the line – got to Justin’s TSX again. Gadamn!

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Last shot. This is the one I posted on Instagram last night because it was too good not to share. I love that my old Meisters are still local and are going on great cars. Corey had them on his Civic, they were previously tested on Ryan’s Ep3 and now on Justin’s TSX. So good.

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The new S2000 crew – Ryan, Alex, and Corey. It’s like one day they just decided to go and buy S2000’s and be cooler than everyone else. I want one now…

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Corey’s S2000 on black TE37’s. God damn it, Corey – I HATE shooting white cars with black wheels.

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JC’s CT… didn’t forget about this!

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One of the showstoppers last night was this bagged Cadillac. Sounded great, looked great… Good job owner.

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Ryan Tsang’s Genesis on his new Avant Garde M510 wheels in a great looking purple. Hard to tell in this picture because it’s really dark…

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Loved the look of this Celica

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Pretty clean TL.

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The Supra duo showed up and caused a ruckus. Charlie’s red Supra looking great on the black CR Kai Kiwami’s. Didn’t get any better shots cause there were way too many people…

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Had to get a front shot of the mean girls. Damn sun…

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Gopesh’s GTI still looking clean.

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Two Subaru’s both wrapped. The GR hatch was wrapped in a chameleon-looking vinyl. You can kinda tell by looking at the top of the drivers quarter panel. Funky.

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Love the rear of the GS and LS bagged…

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One last shot before we headed out. I forgot how shiny my wheels were.