Pre-Show: Driven 2013

Yesterday afternoon was the beginning of roll-in and this is by far the most exciting part of the whole show for me. It’s exciting because we’re all able to form a big group of some great quality cars, all cleaned up in one place for one long day. It’s the one place where we can all hang out, show our cars and all the work we’ve all put into them over the months or even years leading up to the show.

Roll in for illmotion in particular is huge because the booth is usually quite big and it’s quite a handful of work positioning the cars and waiting for people to come – maybe they’re late or coming from out of town… tons of stress. Props to Ryan for taking care of most of it and setting the booth up nicely.

I’ll be taking a bunch of pics this year because I know every year before I’ve always taken far less pictures than I could have taken and I regret it. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great show once again. I love that everyone is starting to step it up and doing more than just carbon wraps and cheap wheels with no suspension. People pay $15 for a ticket to see good shit, so I think it’s only fair we give them good shit. Not the one car you’ve seen for the last 8 years with no changes. Painted white dash and neon lights was cool back then. Not today.

Anyways – another mini rant of mine. Here’s some pics of what you can look forward to. See you guys later today! Stop by and say hi!

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JC’s CT back in action.

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With the Junction Produce Hello Kitty air freshener to boot. So sick haha

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My big booty sedan. Regina George.

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Setting up. Maybe a quarter of the cars had show up at this time.

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Derrek cleaning up his Integra… fitted with new mag blue TE’s

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Corey’s Civic. And he’s f***ing selling the Meisters because he says he can’t fit them on his S2000. Someone convince him not to sell them because those are too awesome.

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Andy’s Skyline.

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Didn’t meet this fellow but his RX7 was bad ass with Michaels’ Mazda3 sitting right beside it. Made the trip from Edmonton for this.

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Arif’s Civic

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Phil’s AE86. This thing is still so gangster and it’ll never get old. In person, it’s just way too awesome. One of the best for sure.

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Lester’s new Mini Cooper. So awesome haha

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Another shot of Michael’s Mazda3

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Justin’s TSX. With Justin and Barb in the way… GOD don’t people have any consideration for people taking pictures?!

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Ryan’s Ep3

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Steve’s RSX

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Aldo’s S2000

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Another shot from the opposite corner. Not many cars here yet.

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Didn’t meet him either but he’s got a nice Silvia on Work 3PC Meisters

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Mike Salek’s bikes.

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Rich’s WRX.

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Duncan’s boosted Civic

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Devon and his EG. He polished the whole car at the show lol. Crazy guy.

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A shot of the mean girls. I’m biased but this looks gangster as f***.

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Nikki and Adam

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Front shot.

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Punit’s GS. Freshly finished – if you weren’t at the roll in, this is probably the first you’ve seen since Jackie at Zero Limit finished it a few days ago. Dumped on coils, pulled fenders in the rear and cambered in. Looks gangster with the dish in the rear.

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Random shot of my trunk set up since I finally got it cleaned up.

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Punit cleaning up.

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Aldrich setting up his DJ equipment for the show.

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Giuseppe and his bro cleaning his bro’s 350z. Giuseppe’s Skyline is in the VEX booth this year if you’re wondering.

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Lined up front.

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Ass ass ass ass.

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Another awesome shot. Killed it.

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Detail shots. Another of my trunk.

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Last one of Adam’s Meisters in the rear. Love the dish in Meisters.

Anyways – that’s all I got for the pre-show. The next few days will be tons of pics of coverage. I will try to take pictures of all the cars I can and post them up day by day. Stay tuned! Like I said above, if you’re showing up to the show – come by and say hi!

DTP 2011 Favourites… Part II

Since I saw that one of my top posts was DTP favourites from 2011, I thought I’d revisit it and share some other shots. I catered the original post to be around the cars mainly with GT wings because of my obsession with them. Trust me – if in some weird world, VIP cars existed with GT wings – I would be the first one to have it. However that is not the case, and I don’t foresee it ever being the case, so I have to admire other cars that have them now.

But as I was going through this – 2 years later – I am still at the same conclusion that I came to when I posted part 1 last year. It is that the automotive scene – only a province away – is much more evolved than ours today. Even 2 years after I’ve shot these cars, they were still ahead of the curve that we see here. There’s no cutting corners, everything is done right. You might even find that I’m writing a similar paragraph to the one in part 1, but I swear I didn’t read it again before writing this.

Truthfully, when we attended this show – you could see the differences in our group compared to the rest of the show. Subtle, minor modifications vs. aggressive and all out – which is something that is just catching on locally here IMO. There is a certain aesthetic value in creating a car with great parts in combination with each other and that just doesn’t happen all too often.

Anyway – I think I sound bitter because I’m jealous, not because I hate. Enjoy.

Here’s the first part I posted WAYYY back in April 2012.
DTP 2011 Favourites

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CL63 AMG – one of my favourite from Mercedes. I saw one in the lot when we were looking for a GS for Punit and I wanted one so bad. The Ti exhaust on this was bad ass.

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I also don’t usually dig the black on black, but this was pulled off nicely.

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NSX

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Rear scoop

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STI Hatch of Wedsports SA-60M’s.

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Honda CRZ on Spoon CR93’s. These were pretty new 2 years ago and I was pretty close to buying a set because they were quite affordable but they were too bland for my tastes.

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370Z. I still love this.

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370Z and 350Z together in the AJ-R booth.

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GT G35. Love the look.

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Matte black M3 on black Volk G2 wheels. I remember way back when they were rumored to be replacing the original TE37 with these… I was devastated cause I didn’t like them at all lol. Thank god they didn’t.

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Speed Syndicate AE86. Love the color

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VIP Merc. Now that I have a greater appreciation for VIP style – I can totally dig this. Not that I didn’t back then, but I love this even more now.

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Speed Syndicate Matte Red 350Z.

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Nice green 350Z

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Gangster GS on Bazreia’s. Love these wheels.

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Super clean S14 on Meisters

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Matt’s yellow Initial D-inspired FD. The white TE’s will look deadly on this.

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The internet sensation bagged VIP-style Fit was also there.

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M3. I forget the name of the company, but they did a lot of accent styling and cues which was different. Doesn’t work on many cars, but on all the BMW’s they brought out – they were nicely done.

EDIT: The company is MW Designs. Thanks Brad!

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JP Scara’s – too crazy.

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Wicked Miata from Garage Five on SSR SP1’s.  Fender flares killed it.

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Finish! I want to go back…

Titanium Bolts!

The ricer in me needed to get Ti bolts for the license plate again. Since I had them for the STI and thought they looked awesome, I thought I’d replace the rust dealer bolts on the LS too.

Thanks to moddiction for these bad boys!

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Sick teal color.

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On!

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Close up.

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And I also said goodbye to these last night. Simon came by in his FRS to pick them up for his friend in Vancouver. After talking for a while, I realized he was the owner of the yellow FD that I first saw at DTP in 2011. Gangster car – I asked that he send me pics when it’s good to go but there are a few things he has to work out before they’re on.

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The tires are also gone. Instagram is a great marketplace lol.

A few shots of Matt’s FD from Canibeat