Brazzers: Nick Chows Nissan GTR Bangzilla POV

I’ve been extremely behind on posts lately – it’s been hectic and the true countdown is on before the wedding. There’s about 3 weeks left and it still seems like there is so much to do! It’s difficult to find time during the evenings now because most of that is taken up by more planning. I’m now writing this on my lunch break at work because that’s the only down time I have during the day it seems. Oh well… Let’s see if I can pound this out in the last 15 minutes I have left.

I was super stoked to finally shoot Nick’s GTR – I know when he picked it up he said it was going to be a slow build and that was only about a year ago. Since then, he’s added a few more goodies – and if anyone knows anything about GTR parts, you’d know they don’t come cheap. The GTR in and of itself is a automotive masterpiece and it’s hard not to appreciate something of this caliber and class whether you like Japanese cars or Nissan or cars at all. Nick’s cars have always had a certain appeal to them – done up with precision and nothing but the best parts and the best workmanship that he could get his hands on. It’s hard not to be influenced by his path to building great cars. In fact – lots of the cars (including mine) that you see on my blog have in one way or another had Nick somehow get his touch on the build. One example is Danny’s STI hatch that you may recall or even his previous car – the VIP Junction Produce Lexus GS – a car and style that really was quite a different feel to the automotive culture here at the time and is now spreading like a wildfire.

Nick has been in the game quite a while and has a wealth of knowledge that any one could appreciate – whether you’re starting out or have been in the game as long or longer than he has. A funny side story – when I had sold the STI, I was set on getting a 370Z – which he swayed me away from and into an LS460L – which btw I had no regrets owning. After the LS460L, I was once again determined to get into a 370Z and a second time I was swayed away from it and into an FRS I went. During this shoot we briefly discussed the funny story of how this all unfolded and he said “I will forever prevent you from getting into a 370Z”. I’m not gonna lie – I STILL want a 370Z but I don’t think it will appeal to me as much once I own it. Who knows, maybe my next car will be a 370Z if I don’t tell him…

Anyway – back to the GTR. Nick was extremely patient looking for a GTR and he had been looking for the perfect white one even before I owned the LS. We chatted back and forth and sometime in between, he finally found one and in great condition as well… And so the story begins…

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Starting off with the rolling shot!

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The GTR looks great from every angle. It’s one of those cars that you can just walk around and just love every curve. I know that sounds creepy, but anyone who loves their cars knows they can watch their car all day if they could…

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Sometime last year, Nick was able to cop a set of Advan GT’s in gloss black. A popular wheel for GTR’s and rightfully so – they look right at home.

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Even the headlights are fancy

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Not too long ago, Nick fitted a T1R exhaust to help give the GTR some more rumble.

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On the way to the next location, I rode shotgun and he took it for a quick rip. I’ll admit that in the extremely short time that I sat in it and the one quick pull, it felt faster and stronger than the Ferrari F430 I drove around the track in Las Vegas. There was no comparison… Of course, two different cars but just such a big difference in terms of that feel of power.

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Shot of the rear set up. I believe the rear tires were 305… Love it.

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Them hips.

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lol Derrick snapped a shot of me moving the car into the right locations.

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Shot of his front set up.

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Took a shot from inside of JC’s car. Punit and Derrick bonding over their love for Integras…

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Rolling out

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Artsy

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Another shot of the tips.

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Close up of the Advan GT’s and engraved spoke.

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Beautiful Varis lip in all it’s glory. Nick actually ordered this the same time I ordered my SSR’s for the LS460 and he didn’t receive it until way after my wheels landed… Quality takes time. After my Varis STI, I’ve had a soft spot for all things Varis. I can’t wait to get started on the FRS with it either…

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Awesome JDM Nismo cluster as well. It currently reads all in Japanese but it’s a very nice addition to the cockpit.

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Of course, Nick hasn’t forgotten his Honda roots either with Asimo hanging from his rear view.

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On the prowl

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Pull up to this at a red light. PS – we smoked it in JC’s CT200h. No biggie…

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I was ragging on Nick about black wheels on a white car – that’s the worst combination to shoot because like I’ve mentioned before – you either over expose the car and you get a shot of the wheels or you underexpose the car and see nothing but black holes where the wheels should be. I was lucky enough though that I got enough light – even though it was overcast – to light both up properly. The one downside to shooting in overcast is that when you have simple coloured cars – they don’t pop as much as they should.

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One of my favourite shots from the shoot is this from up top. I absolutely love the look of the GTR (as well as many other cars, in fact) from up top. It’s not an angle you see too often).

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And voila! Another one in the bag. I wasn’t too stoked on the overcast that day because I feel like this car can really shine when it’s sunny out. My plan is to grab Nick again when we have another awesome day and do this more justice.

Video: My 2011 Subaru STI

The reason I’m posting this is because I was at the gym this evening and Otis by Jay-Z and Kanye started playing on my iPod and immediately I thought about this video that Corey made last year of my STI.

Thought I would post it again cause it’s still so good!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately guys – been super busy with so much stuff lately. I’ve missed out on a bunch of shoots and I’m pretty bummed about it but at the time being, I have other priorities that I need to deal with. Hopefully it all calms down soon! Being a grown up is hard. That is all.

iM Film: Jason’s Subaru Impreza WRX STI from illmotion on Vimeo.

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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Steve’s RSXIMG_6312 copy

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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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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Not sure who the owner for this is now. It seemed to have gone through tons of owners, but it’s sick either way. IMG_6378 copy

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Jimmy’s GSIMG_6384 copy

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

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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…

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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 threwΒ  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 πŸ™‚

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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…