The Rolling Shot Photoshoot: Colin’s Subaru STI

The title literally says it all… A first for me was a request from Colin to take some rolling shots of his STI. He wanted to have a nice photo to put onto a large canvas to maybe hang above his bed. I’m personally not sure how he got his wife to agree to that… Or he just hasn’t told her yet.

JC and Diana tagged along to meet Colin and Eric for lunch. Colin ended up taking us to Smash Burger because Diana and I haven’t been there yet and it ended up being terrifyingly filling and probably supremely unhealthy LOL. After that awesome lunch, we pretty much did the easiest photoshoot ever… Only because Colin really only wanted rollers. That meant JC, Diana and I never had to get out of the car and we just drove everywhere until I got the shots I needed. It was a nice day, not a cloud to be seen, and bonus for me: a World Rally Blue STI to pop with the perfect weather today.

No need for words – just some cool rollers!

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The cleanest shot from today. That blue is perf.

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We really tried to capture the Rocky Mountain in the back but it’s tough when there aren’t too many roads that overlook them nicely… You can see them if you squint!

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COP in the back!

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We ended up stopping on one dead road for some bonus shots I guess. Let everyone stretch their legs lol

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And one last shot of JC’s fitment and wheels. The rears are dumped as hell – pretty close to bagged height. Also check the colour of his VS-XX faces. Remember in my earlier post, I mentioned that the gold faded and now it looks like rose gold? This is a good shot of them.

Kraft(werks) Fed: Terence Wah’s Subaru BRZ

This shoot is a little more close to home for me – mainly because it’s pretty much the same platform, just badged differently and in a fancier suit and tie. Terence has actually gone through a decent array of cars since I’ve known him and I was surprised and excited when I found out he had a BRZ, and even more excited when I heard he had already supercharged it!  When I first met Terence back in 2009 – he was building an S2000 and at the time (keep in mind this was 5 years ago), this was – and still is – a very good set up for a car that was beaten around the track whenever Terence could get out there. He has always been function-oriented, using mods that worked and looked good. I believe a year later, he had a J’s Racing hood, J’s Racing Wing, he changed the wheel set up to Volk RE30’s in a more aggressive fitment and paired it with Spoon brakes for the track.

Shortly after that, he got his hands on every Honda fanboys dream car – the NSX and while the dream was achieved, he didn’t hold it for too long. It sat in the garage most of the time and as much as he wanted to enjoy the car like it should’ve been, things just never worked out – and so they ended their relationship.

Honda S2000

A shot I took way back in 2009 of his S2000 in its early stages. This was when I was still fairly new to shooting and practicing my skills and one of the rollers I took during this shoot made it into Import Tuner’s back page snapshots which became my first shot to ever be in print (as small as it was).

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Enter Terence’s Subaru BRZ with a Kraftwerks Supercharger right beside the heart of the Boxer. Again, nothing much has changed in terms of Terence’s vision of building cars – functional and simple – and sometimes that’s all you need to have a car that you can just enjoy and not worry about e-fame or status.

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One of the things you’ll notice is that he’s got the STI-style lip kit on to give the stock body a little more aggressiveness.

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The BRZ headlights was one of the first things I fell in love with when I was in the market for a BRZ. This, along with push start button were the only two things that I liked on the BRZ over the FRS. Even though I would have changed it all out for something else anyway…

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Nice little gurney flap on his wing.

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Terence’s BRZ sits on KW V3’s – a perfect choice for the FRS/BRZ platform.

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The shoes are BBS CH-R’s

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The obligatory mirror shot – and JC’s mirrors are clean for once. (Have they ever been clean?)

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Got into a nice alleyway and it worked nicely with the white. Reminded me slightly of my photoshoot with my old STI way back when…

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Random rear shot and I would’ve put more effort into this if JC wasn’t in the way…

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So I decided to take a quick shot of his car even though it was in the way just to be nice before rolling out.

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Oops one more with the lights on 🙂

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This shot makes me excited for some reason. I think it’s because I can’t wait to start modding the FRS and seeing something come together so simply with good quality parts makes me happy. The FRS/BRZ platform is so popular that it’s difficult to differentiate your car from everyone else – I usually compare the FRS/BRZ to the shadow of an S2000 – it is significantly cheaper brand new, it’s RWD, it’s essentially a 2-seater and it has parts for days from some of the best manufacturers out there to the cheapest ones. The combinations are endless and I often find myself shopping for one part for a week straight because there’s just so many.

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Stopped by a gas station to feed the beast.

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Here’s a good shot of the front end with the intercooler sitting behind the grill…

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Reminds me of a Panda theme. I dig it.

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Under that hood sits the main attraction…

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Kraftwerks Supercharger – installed by Compact Tuning Lab, pushes about 270WHP according to Kraftwerks. He has yet to dyno it for true numbers but Terence said he’ll be getting to it soon as there is a race track slated to open up in Drumheller next year (we hope) and I’m sure you’ll see this there.

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Still weird for me to see Toyota and Subaru under the same hood. It’s cool and all but still kind of weird.

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An overhead shot of his engine bay – very clean and simple.

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One more of the Kraftwerks power plant.

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And the last one to close off. This shoot made me order parts…

Throwback: Danny’s Subaru STI

Just hit me that I haven’t posted Danny’s STI shoot on the blog yet… I posted a few behind the scenes and edits, but never the full shoot. I went back and re-edited them slightly to try and give it a more gloomy feel rather than the warm, sunny look that you might have seen previously. Danny’s STI was really one of the driving forces behind my STI build. He built an STI that I had originally planned on building – using real Chargespeed pieces and Volk TE37’s. In some ways, his car helped me envision some of the elements that I wanted in my own car.

Looking back at my old post: Spy vs Spy – you can see some similarities.

https://lifewithjson.com/2012/07/02/spy-vs-spy/

But I digress… Danny’s car is one of the few that I know has been done up with the best of the best and I love it. The major differences between his car was that his was fast and quiet and mine was fast and loud. He opted to get rid of the “Subaru rumble” that everybody was so familiar with, because he hated it. I wanted to keep it… Because, well, I’m a ricer and I love that shit. Danny daily drives his STI even in the winter – with all parts on except for the TE37’s. I asked him near the start of winter if he had raised it at all and he said “Nope. Too lazy”.
You’ll also notice in some of the pictures that Danny has brought over some elements from his VIP past. Before this, Danny built a VIP GS400 – a beautifully done VIP car fully kitted with Junction Produce parts as seen below…






Now back to his STI…

Beautiful TE37 SL’s

The Junction Produce Tsuna somehow fits in well here.

Junction Produce “Baby in VIP car” for his kids.

Another “TE37’s look so good on everything” picture.

2 Year #lifewithjason Anniversary!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately – I have nothing much to post, but at the same time I’m sure I could find something but I’m getting kind of busy every weekend with more house and wedding stuff so I have less time to commit here.

However! I did get a special notification that today is my 2 year anniversary of blogging! It’s not much, but it sure as hell is good enough for me. There’s been so many things that I’ve blogged over the past two years – I’ve totaled 466 posts including this one. That’s 466 posts of everything that I’ve felt were good enough to share with you guys – everything from cars, hanging out, installs, new parts, my own life milestones, my personal thoughts and opinions and everything in between. I’ve had the opportunity to share so many great cars on here that I’ve had the privilege to shoot and it only keeps coming! As long as friends continue modding their cars, I’ll always have something to shoot.

My first post ever on this blog was my STI. Why not continue the tradition and post another of my STI on this 2 year anniversary. That was one of the biggest things that I shared with you guys here since I started the blog. From the moment I purchased the car, I posted every single thing I did to the STI and it’s progression all the way up to when I sold it and took the last picture of the new owner driving it away. It was truly bittersweet because at that point in time, I was ready to move on but I don’t think I had spent enough time with it to really let it go. I know this all sounds really lame but those of you who have put time and money into your cars and sold it know how I feel.

Anyways – here’s to another great year of blogging and more posts! I know next year there’s going to be a ton of things to post and I already know some of the cars I have shot a few months ago are already undergoing a few changes… Me on the other hand, don’t have much to report on the LS. I wish I had more funds, but with both the wedding and house – all of my attention goes to that. Maybe after that, I can put more focus into building the VIP car that I had imagined when I first sought out to buy one. (Can someone convince Diana that this is important? Please?)

I’ll try to have a few posts ready soon!

In the sunset! God, I miss having a GT wing so so much.