Mean Girls Photoshoot: Part 1 of 2

First of all – Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there. There’s no reason any dad doesn’t deserve to hear a little of your gratitude today. After all – you wouldn’t be reading this without him haha! The fam will  be taking him out to dinner later today, so during the day he wanted to do some yard work and stuff so I decided to spend some time doing a shoot. Finally with all three Lexus’s together…

Steve, Rich, and Gopesh came by and Jackie also came to chill for a bit since he’s in town for a few days. First we went to go wash the cars.

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Gopesh cleaning his wheels and Punit beside him.

IMG_3316 copyQuarter shot of Punit’s GS450h

IMG_3317 copyDirty wheels. Hasn’t been cleaned since Driven, I think haha

IMG_3318 copyGopesh’s GTI looking great

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IMG_3320 copySteve’s RSX – slammed.

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IMG_3322 copyThe LS

IMG_3323 copyJackie came in Barb’s TSX while she’s in Vegas.

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IMG_3328 copySteve and Barb also just came back from Hong Kong not too long ago. I asked that they find me some fake Louis Vuitton belts so I can strap down the tank in the trunk. I don’t usually like faking the funk, I wasn’t about to spend $800 on two belts that no one will ever see in the trunk lol. All I have to do is paint the logo matte black and it’ll look good as real LOL. They look pretty legit though if you aren’t inspecting them up close. hahaha thanks Steve and Barb!

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IMG_3331 copyPunit made Gopesh clean his wheels… ahahaha

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IMG_3333 copyRollin’ out. I managed to get all the cars in this shot except for Punit’s haha

IMG_3339 copyAgain – I should’ve stopped the camera down a bit more to get more wheel spin… but it’s tough when I’m doing it with one hand outside my window and driving at the same time.

IMG_3348 copyRolling shot of Punit’s GS. His car looks beastly from behind.

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IMG_3360 copyBlue skies, super green trees everywhere… It was supposed to rain but it never did. I was actually wanting overcast for most of the day and it never came. The exact opposite happened haha…

To be continued with the shoot!

Zero Limit Chillin’

Well today was a fun filled day. Spent the morning at my uncle’s 65th birthday party at a brunch at the Royal Inn which was delicious. I loaded up on food, had some good times with the family and went on my way to work. The past two weeks have been hectic as hell and the next two weeks will be exactly the same. I’ve been MIA on the blog for a little bit because I’ve been doing a lot of staying late or coming into work on the weekends to finish up a project. When I’m not at work, I’m hustling to get things done on the car to get it ready for Driven which is on May 11th. It’s crazy. I’m crossing my fingers that my wheels get here this week and I’m expecting all my air components on Tuesday. I’ll have a little less than two weeks to get it together for the show, and even then it won’t be completed the way I want it to be. Paint issues drive me crazy but it’ll have to wait until next year…

After a few agonizing hours at work, I decided to stop by Zero Limit – Jackie’s shop – to hang for a bit until I had to go again. There was a bunch of stuff going on all at once… Such a nice feeling to start getting into the nice weather and just doing car stuff again. I mentioned before that Jackie’s shop is looking to become a new hangout and today was the first sign of it – all of us gathered doing different things and just having a good time. Thanks again to Jackie for accommodating all of us and just letting us chill. It’s good business LOL!

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When I pulled up, Brad was working on his EM1 and was replacing his rad.

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K20 Swap…

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His cage was freshly powdercoated a battleship grey and he finally got his interior seats in.

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Beside that was Nikki’s Yaris getting her Air Runner suspension installed.

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Laid out

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Outside the shop was a ricer meet all on its own. Aldo’s S2000 waiting to go in to get some work done as well.

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Zero Limit! Hit up Jackie for all your needs.

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Back to Nikki’s Yaris. I was interested in taking a look at how it was set up. Mainly because I wanted to see how it would be compared to mine and also to see the build of the Air Runner system. Very nicely built.

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Placement of the pressure gauges inside. Just mocked up.

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The front of the Air Runner set up. The struts were nice too. IMG_1867 copy

The tank and the Viair compressor. Simple set up.

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Here’s a full shot of Jackie’s shop. Super roomy and clean.

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His brand new alignment rack.

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Later – Steve, JC, Rich, Barb, and Punit showed up. Looks so good with a bunch of different colours… We used to only have white and black haha

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Steve’s RSX completed finally. The rear was painted finally.

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Rich’s WRX on his Advans as well with painted lettering on the tires.

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Barb’s TSX. As I was taking this shot, she was yelling at me not to take the shot. Made me want to take the shot even more. It’s back to stock now and 4×4 status. Barb – everyone deserved to see this.

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Wait what’s going on here? Rich told me to show finger gap and that shit is loose. (That’s what she said).

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Bossman arrived from picking up some stuff to do the air install. His second cracked lip took more damage here haha. Not that it mattered at this point.

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He decided to go around and back in. Looked and sounded great. The gold Advan RG’s are such a perfect combo with red.

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Errol took his GTI in to get some things fixed up on the alignment rack.

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Rich and Barb hanging with their dogs.

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He was shaking the whole time and Barb said he was just being a bitch. But I don’t believe her. I have a knack for sensing abuse. I sense that I will get abused after she reads this.

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Brad’s car just finishing up and getting the bumper back on.

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Front interior shot of his EM1. Baller spoon carbon bucket seat.

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Things going on all over.

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With Brad’s Civic off the hoist, Aldo’s car was up next.

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Aldo was getting his coils installed and his J’s exhaust. Still my favourite exhaust ever.

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Jacking up the rear to get it on the hoist.

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Steve and Aldo taking off the old system.

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While they did that, my feet hurt so I went to go sit in Brad’s car. I couldn’t even see over the steering wheel, let alone even see over the dash…

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I’ll end it here with this artistic shot. Actually – it’s not artistic, it’s just underexposed and it looks cool because it’s in a shop with silhouettes. I didn’t get a chance to stay to see how Aldo’s car turned out, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing it soon.

This is only the start of summer! Hopefully have some good content going forward – this week should be full of updates for me. Stay tuned!

Beautiful Day for an #IMissSummer

Let’s go back to 2011 to the first illmotion Sunday School show & shine that was held. This was partly because Driven/DTP didn’t come and frankly – this blew it out of the water. The hottest day of the year, tons of people came out and a good time was had…

Lots of changes to a lot of these cars today – some have been parted, some have been sold, and some have gone through drastic changes.

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The stage of the STI I actually hated the most now that I look back on it. However, it only ever had two stages… hahaIMG_6282 copy

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JC’s Corolla – now gone.IMG_6289 copy

Ryan’s Ep3IMG_6291 copy

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Rhys’s MR2IMG_6317 copy

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Jeevs’ 240 and A4 with Nick’s (now gone) J’s S2000IMG_6335 copy

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Eric and Jack’s drift slutsIMG_6344 copy

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Jame’s fully custom built STI – body work and paint was done himself and the wing – I can’t remember the name – kognition I think – is mounted and welded into the chassis through the trunk.IMG_6371 copy

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Jimmy’s GSIMG_6384 copy

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Jackie’s S2000 with Jackson’s ex-S2000IMG_6393 copy

Hoang’s turbo K20 civicIMG_6394 copy

Terry’s turbo K20 Type RIMG_6397 copy

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The Ultimate Random Throwback Post

Like I said earlier, I was going to go through all my pics and just edit random shit where we’re hanging out, installing things, going to meets, doing shoots and everything that’s just not really formal. I feel like besides the posts about my own car and its progress, all you really get is shots from the shoots I’ve done. It’s a lot better when you can just look at pics that were taken for fun. For some of you guys – those that are part of some of the pics – it’s good for memories to look at how our cars used to look, what we did and we can even say we regret some of the stuff we’ve done. At the end of the day, I’m glad I got the pics I did that show us just having fun – that’s the main reason we all look forward to summer so much.

Keep in mind – NONE of this is really in a chronological order – batches of the pics will have been taken together, but it would take forever for me to put all this in the proper order. We’ll be jumping anywhere from 2008 all the way to 2012. The main point of this post is just to randomize the throwback and go through all the things we’ve been through since I really started picking up the camera and taking pics of cars. I’ll try my best to explain each batch as we go…

Let’s get started

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The night we shot Darren’s RSX – a rainy and gloomy day, but an awesome shoot.

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BTW this was back when I still had the Civic. Man, that was its prime right there…

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Like I said, the times we just get together and do random things are usually the best. I’m sure everyone reading this that shares the same passion can agree. We were installing Barb’s coils this day. Some of you might remember my post of it.

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Sharing the heater…

IMG_0863 copyCheck out Punit keeping warm with the heat gun.

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This is usually my friend whenever we go to Rich’s. Every time we go there, it’s cold for some reason…

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Fast forward a bit more and this is the day that Ricky picked up his SSR SP1’s after a long wait. Just in time too!

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Derrick also came by – I can’t remember why… but we ended up sanding Ricky’s engine cover and repainting it.

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Here is the day we braved the snow storm in the beginning of 2012 to make the 3 hour drive to Edmonton for the season opener meet. A lot of us were supposed to go but they chickened out because of the snow. It ended up being an awesome short day trip.

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Punit showed up…

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This was some of the ride.. It only lasted for about 45 minutes… slow driving and drafting behind big trucks helped lol

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Cleared up and we were good to go.

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Stop at gasoline alley to take a washroom break.

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When we got there, the weather was awesome. We made a stop at iHop for brunch.

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We “heard” there was a BBQ at Speedtech Edmonton – we made the trek there because we got lost on the way so many times and there ended up being nothing. That, or they didn’t like us… haha

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This is where Daniel and Isaac invited us to their shop and let us wash their cars VIP style… This was the best part of that trip lol

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Troll

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Derrick somehow hit his head on his trunk and got this huge ass bruise. He blamed it on me for some reason…

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The awesome group shot we were able to get with the help of a super high ladder. I hate heights so this was scary as shit.

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A bad ass burnout as this guy was leaving the meet… pretty random, but this car was rad.

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Gas fill up on the way home. Gas station pictures are always, I repeat – ALWAYS sick. lol

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The day Ricky took his car home after installing his ballin’ air suspension.

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Accuair e-level…

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Oh look, Boo decided to use his face to clean the exhaust openings of my bumper. How kind. Gopesh approves

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Installing my JDM brake light… lol it actually didn’t take this many people, but it was faster.

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Installing Gopesh’s APR exhaust… this thing was a pain. But once again – teamwork.

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Prashant was up top installing the APR intake.

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The old..

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The new…

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A random shot when we were shooting…

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Summer 2012 – good days…

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I think this was 2010 track days when Race City was still open. Romel’s AE86 – still minty.

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Peep Punit’s Integra – still on gold meisters. PS – those meisters are now on Diana’s Fit in purple… we’ll get to that soon.

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The MR2 shot that made Speedhunters…

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The random day we went to go chill at our chill spot and some random old guy wanted to use our phones. We all said no but I threw  Derrick under the bus…

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Derrick is not impressed. LOL

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A random shot I didn’t even know about until today haha

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This was the day after we put Ricky’s SSR’s on finally. Played hookie and we both called in sick to chill. One of the best sick days haha

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Went out for a shoot too… Same location I shot my LS a few days ago.

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Chillin’ in the sun… This was the day JC got his VS-XX’s on and we were waiting for him to wash his car.

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Random shot at the beyond meet.

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The day we shot Almond’s 335 and G wagon…

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Rooftop!!!

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This was the night that Diana took her Fit home for the first time. We were out late and everyone came to gather behind Speedtech… I called Diana to come by to chill and we ended up test fitting Arif’s TE37’s on there.

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So new.

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Boom! They’re 16’s so they look kinda small on the fit.

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Some JDM poses…

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Still looked good though. White on white was nice. Diana was trying to decide which wheels to go with – I think the TE37’s and the Meisters were the two choices.

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JC doing random shit.

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A random day. Don’t even know what we did that day… but we cleaned our cars. Always a good time.

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JC still on Rota’s. Glad he’s out of that black hole.

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The day Corey and Ryan shot the video of my car…

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One of the more popular pictures of 2010. We got Jackie’s S2000 under the trailers – legit too. A lot of the under trailer pictures that you see are only the front part of the car because it actually doesn’t fit. I remember the cage and his wing were just cm’s away from hitting. This was shared on a ton of pages… still is today.

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Another night – when Dal still had the Integra that Reggie owns now – recently featured on The Chronicles top ten Honda’s – we swapped wheels.

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This was a FWD stagger – 17×8.5 +30 up front and 17×7.5 +40 in the rear. We ended up trading – my TE37’s for his J’s wing. That’s where that came from 🙂

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The trip to Vancouver for DTP in 2011 I think. This was another awesome trip with a group of good peeps. Washing our cars in the outdoor car wash.

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When the STI was stock. This show was kind of shitty cause it rained ALL day.

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Chillin

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Daniel’s BMW M3 GT shoot…

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Mean looking…

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BOOM. I was actually surprised when I came across these pics. This was the day that Diana bought the Meisters off of Punit – he dropped them off and we test fitted them right after. Hard to believe that they were gold, especially after seeing them in purple for the last 2 or 3 years… Look at that droop. Holy shit haha

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4×4 height.

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Still looks fresh.

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The day my Civic was finally complete. I went over to Speedtech after work to get Paul to put on the Spoon diffuser for me…

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Test fitting Prashant’s wheels on his ex-GTI…

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Outside chillin.

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Here we installed Diana’s T1R springs.

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Comparison.

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Not sure what’s going on here. We’re in the hood, so that must be the reason for gang signs.

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Nice height!

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Punit putting in work.

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The finished product. The purple she ended up choosing was perfect. I’m guilty for hating on it at first… but it’s actually dope. I wanted to paint my meisters purple for quite a while…

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Random shoot. This was when we shot Benny’s AE86 and 350z

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Steve ended up coming in his 2JX Cressida… Burnout in the alley!

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The day we shot Devon’s CBR and EG… Guess what they’re actually looking at?

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Random model that came up to us…

See this post for the full story

https://lifewithjson.com/2012/09/23/our-not-so-typical-lazy-sunday/

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The AE86 shoot…

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Arif getting his Spoon diffuser mocked up for the EK

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Pieces had to be cut off for it to fit. With the left over pieces, I dremeled out a Spoon crane. I have two of these – legit spoon crane made from legit spoon carbon fiber. I bet no one else has these lol

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Jackie making fun of the skinny tires lol

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Antics. Ryan’s EP3

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One afternoon Jackie and I decided to swap wheels to see what it would look like…

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I think it looks awesome on meisters…

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Drift practice…

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IMG_9765 copyEric’s 240… Way back before it’s transformation. Hard to believe ain’t it?

That seems to be it! Hewph…