Tokyo Auto Salon – 86/BRZ Goodies

Some of the previews of what’s coming for TAS this year look promising – still a show I want to go to sometime at least once. Until that happens, I have to live vicariously through other peoples’ photos and posts.

I’m particularly excited about what’s showing for the 86/BRZ and as time goes on, the aftermarket offerings just get better and more innovative. Some are totally wild and crazy, some are super weird and odd, and then you have the tame and subtle. I love them all because it gives me inspiration of what I want my build to be. It’s nice to draw from different sources and put something together that becomes unique in your own way.

One of the latest previews/leaks I’ve seen have been the 14r60 Carbon Concept from Toyota. I would kill to have the 14r60 aero but so far only the swan neck GT wing is available at a hefty price of $4000. Once that rear bumper or front bumper become available, it’ll be on the top of my list to get.

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While the other is the new Varis Kamikaze kit for the 86. These were the only photos posted by Varis and it essentially just plays off of the original widebody kit withΒ  more aggressive canards, a bigger splitter, the Kamikaze swan neck wing and a new diffuser with a center exit exhaust. Just from these pics alone, it doesn’t look like much and it doesn’t seem to deviate too far from what the original widebody but there could be more to come. It just looks like they bolted on extra pieces and ruined the flow of the kit entirely but who am I to judge… I’ll never do the Varis widebody anyway.

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If anyone goes to TAS, you’ll have to send me pics – including anything 86/BRZ related. It’s like Christmas to me seeing new parts for the platform!

Winter Hibernation – AKA Worst Day of the Year

It’s that time again… To put our cars away before the white stuff falls. It’s actually not so bad anymore but it’s still depressing having to see your car tucked away in a corner everyday as you come and go for work.

It’s a little easier for me knowing that it’s almost aesthetically complete – just a few more additions here and there but nothing mind shattering. It’s in a state where I just love to drive it now and with a few more toys here and there, it’ll just be more exciting to drive.

Anyway, just some super simple shots just to fill the blog a little bit… Hopefully I’ll have some time to gather some parts over winter and update you all. I’m sure there’s plenty of other things I can post too πŸ™‚ Happy parking!

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Before I put it away, I wanted to get a shot of Aria in the Recaro. It’d be nice to see what a difference it will be when summer time comes next year, and I take the same shot. She wasn’t too pleased about the whole idea, but I’m sure time will change her mind πŸ™‚

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After a sudsy bath… Doing this in -2C is not fun. A lot of people ask me why I put it away so early… I agree, it’s a bit early considering the roads are pretty dry, there hasn’t been any snow, and there still isn’t any gravel on the roads. A big reason I put it away earlier is because it’s much easier to clean and dry and make sure all is good in warmer weather than it is in cold, snowy weather. Even in -2C, it was a bitch to dry the car properly.

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The last booty shot of the year.

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All clean finally. The next piece is to tuck it away tightly in the corner, hook up the trickle charger and let ‘er sleep for the next few months. I have a feeling these winter months will go by quick since I’m spending less time thinking about when I can drive it next, and more time with Aria. Not a bad thing, I suppose!

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And one last shot of the cockpit… Until next year!

The Black Swan @ Driven 2016: Different Perspectives

A few different shots that I found floating around the interwebz and some shots that were emailed to me (Thank you!). Just wanted to post them up to give a quick shout out for them. I love seeing shots of my car from a perspective than my own – it’s always refreshing to see!

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Photo from Vin Hwang – shows the lines of the Arise kit well.

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A photo from Brandon @ the flying penguin. Love how wet the black looks in this photo. Great coverage on his blog as well!

Check it out here https://theflyingpenguin.ca/2016/05/12/driven-to-perfection/

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A few shots from Bill at Threetwenty. He’s captured a rare moment when my reverse LED’s are on… LOL a sight that I rarely even see myself! haha

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One more from Bill.

Check out his coverage here: https://officialthreetwenty.com/

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Great shot from Lawrence Tse. Again, that black thoughhhh

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And one more from Ken Au coming all the way from Winnipeg. A very different angle from the rest – and I love it! Another great shot to show the lines of the Arise bumper.

Thanks again to those that emailed me the pics! I love them!

A Day In The Mountains…

… Kind of. It was as good as it was going to get without having to drive out to the actual mountains lol.

This is just a continuation of my last post with my own car. When we went out on Saturday, we did kind of a double shoot. We were in such a good location that it would be a shame if Alicia and I didn’t get pictures of our own cars. We were also both fortunate enough to trade our lenses for a bit and get a different take on photos. She had always wanted the 135 F2.0L which I had, and I have always wanted the 85 F1.2L which she had. Both extremely good lenses with different capabilities and it really helps you learn different angles and perspectives. But enough nerding out… I’ll just post these here until I find the motivation and time to go and shoot again.

To be honest, shooting is the last thing on my mind these days. Back in the day, I used to want to go out and shoot no matter what the weather, the time of day, or the type of car – I would do it all. It’s a lot of time and effort and it’s definitely helped me grow into a better photographer and each and every car that I’ve shot has helped me learn new things. At this moment in time, I look at my camera and I barely even want to pick it up. I’m not sure what it is – maybe I need inspiration or a car that just totally sets the stage for an epic photoshoot. Nothing has come my way lately – maybe I’ve shot most of them already? Maybe I’m done with photography? Probably an unlikely case… One day I’ll be inspired again.

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This spot was particularly cool with the Rockies in the back. The lighting that day was perfect – slight overcast and there was just enough cloud. Check that background…

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Loved this shot with Alicia’s 85mm. So sharp.

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Another one with the Calgary skyline in the back. Not as awe-inspiring, but still a nice view.

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Still my favourite mod to the car to this date – JDM/GT86 headlights. Say no to Winjet.

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Vertex with optional gold horn button.

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TRD x Craft Square

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Here’s another shot with the 85mm. The great thing about this lens is that you can get closer to the car with a lot more bokeh or shallow depth of field. The 135 can do something similar, but it’s just not as crisp.

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And then some grass shots. Although we wanted it to be more green, I think the yellow/orange hues helped this shoot.

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Tried to take a cool photo. Not sure if I ended up with a cool photo. lol

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Noir gang.

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One last one!