24k: Dan’s Acura NSX

One of the cars of Winnipeg that I was able to shoot was Dan’s red NSX on gold Regamasters. A pretty nice combination if you ask me…

Who would’ve thought cars like this could come out of Winnipeg? I know I sound like a hater because I know nothing about the car scene out East, except for in Toronto, but GG Winnipeg… GG.

Some quick shots while we were also shooting Benji’s TSX that you may remember from some of my pics at Driven. That’s coming soon… We were running tight on time because this was in between Ryan’s ceremony and dinner. We picked up some lunch at Moxies then headed out.

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We were at the Forks for our first location – it was hot and sunny as F, so consequently it was also busy as F. We didn’t get many pics here but it was a nice location. It was like the equivalent to our Eau Claire in Calgary. This was a quick shot as we were getting ready to leave.

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The gold wheels stand out anywhere… You got all the primary colors in one shot here lol

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Dan and Benji ahead of us while we were in our Town and Country lol.

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A closer look at the gold plating.

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Stanced nicely with a little poke in the rear.

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Stoptech BBK also in red behind the gold.

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One last roller… Unfortunately, I didn’t get as many shots as we were running out of time. A lot of the time was focused on getting shots of Benji’s car because that was what we had originally planned… Glad I got some shots of Dan’s NSX though.

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Just a little teaser of what’s to come. Some of you may have already seen the shot I posted on my Facebook page that shows Benji’s TSX a little more clearer… But for those of you that haven’t seen it, you’re going to want to check it out.

Flashback: Punit’s Acura Integra

The saddest thing about winter is the lack of posts that I have and that I have to go back to old pictures and post them to make up for it. Only a few more months and I’ll be back in the groove!

However, this is an interesting post (to me, anyway) that Punit reminded me of last night. I would always go into my folders of pictures and see if there are any hidden gems that I might have missed and I always end up going into Punit’s folder and right back out again. Why, you ask? Because in all this time of knowing him, the only time I shot his car was back in 2009 and that was when we barely knew each other, and that was also when I first started shooting and started getting the hang of it. At the time though, they did beat any point and shoot lol.

Anyways, similar to JC or Ricky, Punit is/was always at the photoshoots of the handful of other cars I’ve shot. It’s not like I never see them or they never drive their cars. They do, in fact drive their cars everywhere we go… Except it’s to shoot other cars or for me to ride shotgun in to do rolling shots. We always get so caught up in shooting all the other cars that we never really think about shooting our own. Even when we talk about it, we don’t really feel like shooting our own cars and I think it’s cause we’re just around each other all the time that we don’t see the point. In retrospect, I really regret not being able to shoot Punit’s car in the various stages that it’s been in. I’m actually embarrassed that I’ve only ever shot it once and it was when I sucked balls. All other times were random shots and I think his car deserves more than that.

Last year, Punit’s car was kind of out of commission – not because it didn’t work, but because it wasn’t presentable in Punit’s mind. He was on Ohlin coilovers that were basically 4×4 height at its lowest setting, he was on TE37’s that didn’t have the fitment he was looking for, etc… He was also busy working on the GS and getting that ready so you can imagine how difficult it is to keep up with modding two cars. Over the year, he’s stock piled a bunch of parts that will be going on for this summer and I promised myself and Punit that we would go out and give his Integra a proper photoshoot once the warm weather comes our way. I’ve seen a sneak peak at the parts he’s got so far and I think you guys will love what he’s got in store for the Integra. Until then, I’m looking back through the shots I managed to get randomly over the years…

This was when I first met Punit – the Integra was done up decently and he had just gotten rid of his Rota’s for the Work Meister S1’s that are now purple and on Diana’s Fit. Unpainted carbon hood and hatch, the basic interior mods like Recaros and ITR wheel. Keep in mind this was way back in 2009 when real wheels were rare to see… This was considered quite modded back then.

His paint was and still is in great condition. This was a noob rolling shot when I didn’t know what composition meant. LOL

Soon after he picked up a set of very aggressive CCW’s and again, at that time – the wheel specs were unheard of for a stock body Integra.

You look at the fitment today and it looks pretty standard, minimal camber, it’s flush with the fenders like they should be… But at that time, let me tell you – we were like little girls in the school yard when we saw this for the first time. He also got a lot of flack for doing this…

The following year he had the faces powdercoated to a teal. A bold move for a red car but it ended up also looking deadly! This was the only picture I got of the wheels when they were teal…

And finally the next year, he did the unthinkable and purchased a set of re-barreled Regamasters from Wheel Flip. At the time, he was the only one in the world with this set. Soon after, Wheel Flip made a few more sets… Not only were they rare, but they were wide as f*** and we even wondered how he was going to fit them. You can see how much camber is needed to do so…

Even with a wide angle, from the back of his car you could see the crazy amount of camber.

Side profile was winning though. White on red was perfect.

This was just as winter was finishing up and we all went over to his place to get the wheels on and his interior back in after he had it repainted. The only differences here from the first picture is the addition of the Mugen wing, his K24 swap and Spoon exhaust. He also dialed it in a little lower and of course the insane amount of camber.

Front fitment – with more dish than my SSR’s lol *facepalm*. He also got a lot of hate for this set up too, but it was awesome IMO.

The rear wheels. Absolutely love how they look.

And that is the final shot I really ever had of Punit’s car. I didn’t even get a chance to shoot it while it was on the Regamasters which I also regret dearly. However, I think with the changes Punit has in store for this summer, the photoshoot I want to have will be perfect.

Lexus Garage Day

All week we were looking forward to today because it was supposed to be +12C and a sunny ass day. Last week we planned to install JC’s coils and just have a good time – all went as planned except the weather was shitty. The one thing you can’t trust is the weatherman in Calgary. The only time they are right is when they are telling you what the temperature was yesterday – they aren’t even right about what the temperature is presently.

Anyways, started nice and early at 10AM and it was still pretty chilly at -3C or something but that doesn’t usually stop us from working on our cars. If anything, that’s a nice day to us LOL! Tons of stuff going on today and it’s really starting to feel like deja vu from last year when I was blogging around this time. It’s depressing because you still see the ice/snow on the ground and all the nice cars out haha

Let’s just move on to the install and all the other shenanigans…

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Nice and clean!

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JC’s coils

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Brand spankin’ new

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I decided to pull up on the driveway cause I wanted to be in the shot haha

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The all mighty hybrid engine

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Another shot. Love it dumped – even on stock wheels it looks gangster.

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Alright let’s get started. Jacked up the front – check out that droop.

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What we had to work with. Very similar to JC’s Corolla set up so it wasn’t difficult. The only pain is the link but nothing big.

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Out! Took all but 15 minutes.

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New vs Old

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BTW – anyone who is using coils needs to get fluid film. It’s a lubricant that you can spray on metal that will basically protect it from rust and shit for months, if not years. I had them on my Buddy Club’s for the Civic all summer and when I removed them again, they were still so easy to turn.

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A shot of the rear droop lol

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Test fitting…

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JC putting the wheels on before a test drive.

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Pulling out… Looks good

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It ended up being good so we tightened everything up and move on to the rears.

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Gopesh bringing the rears up

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The rear suspension. I called it when we started that the rears would be a bitch. I hate doing rears on every car for some reason… Always something that’s a pain. My side was fine, but the right side ended up taking a little longer because the spring wouldn’t go in.

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JC getting the strut loose

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Just checking the dampening knob lol

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Left side in and good to go. BTW – all around, there was only about 3 threads left. The rear shocks were turned all the way into the cup.

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Look who decided to show up too… First time out all year.

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Missed seeing this.

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Prashant’s winter beater C63 AMG.

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Group shot. You’ll be seeing lots of these this year.

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A pipe to bring the rear arm down…

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We thought we’d leave it there as an extra aftermarket exhaust. Looks legit.

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Rears were finally done and JC went out and tested again.

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Looks sick

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JC back with all smiles. Love how the wheels accent the interior too.

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Took a quick drive and the strut was moving a bit in the rear so we brought it back in to make some quick adjustments.

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Good to go. The sun was peaking out a bit, but still nothing that we expected. It was still freezing – our hands were cold and numb haha but still a good day overall. Loved this shot.

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Front quarter shot.

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Nice color mix now lol. Before it used to be black and white and then Punit. LOL

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Looks better on the CT than the Corolla IMO.

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We went to go grab some Subway cause it was a long day and on our way back, Nick came by in his GTR to say hi. So sick.

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The most money that has ever been in the hood in one place.

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Nice rear.

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Sat and chatted with Lynna for a bit and soaked up the interior haha

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All the leg room……

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Profile shot. So clean in white.

A few more things happened later that afternoon – I’ll save it for another post! Ended up being a great Saturday!

Wednesday Funday…?

Well, another chill day during the weekday… helps pass the time quicker. Punit got his wheels mounted and put them on and put his interior back together after getting the headliner re-done in all black and painting all the grey pieces to black as well. Looks slick – OEM, even. haha

Before that, Ricky dropped his GTI off at Concept-1 to get his bags installed, hopefully it’ll be done by the end of the week or early next week. Shits gonna be nuts. Right after, we went to my place and put on the carbon stickers real quick and polished it up a bit. Then we made the trek all the way down to Chestermere…

Derrick’s Teg.

Some rolling shots Ricky took. After taking some of Derrick’s, we stopped over on Stoney quick and he went into Derrick’s car to get some of mine. I’ve been wanting rolling shots for so long lol

Crazy.

Arrived.

Walking up to the garage – the car is already on the ground and they’re working on the interior…

DAMN SON looks cRAZY

Lots of stretch, but still looks pretty good. I was scared for him but he ended up pulling it off. No rubbing.

JC and Gopesh putting the interior back.

Some of Punit’s goodies…

Nice Key’s wheel… Suede is such a love/hate relationship.

Nikki and Adam stopped by as well in her Yaris. They just installed coils but the fronts don’t seem to go that low. The body itself is pretty low – we’ll probably work on it on Sunday to see if we can get it lower.

Derrick’s Integra

Finally rolled out.

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Went for a quick ride and decided to get a wheel shot. Looks good!