AIMGAIN x Lexus: Andrew Kwong’s IS-F

Another lowkey car around town is Andrew’s IS-F. He just recently got a full makeover with the full Aimgain bodykit and it’s looking hella fantastic. Andrew has been working on putting this car together over the last few years and I don’t blame him – VIP parts are expensive AF. Every little thing seems to have some premium price so you gotta pay to play. That’s the one good thing about the VIP scene though – if you cheap out, EVERYONE will know you cheaped out. Whereas you could probably get away with cheaping out on a ricer build or something and not catch too much attention.

We went out last week to see if we could capture what we have of Fall since we never really get it around here. This time last year, it was snowing and there was a huge snowfall that would’ve made it impossible for shots like this. It was super easy for us to meet up too since he lives like 2 minutes away from my parents. I rarely see this thing come out either so it was nice to spend some quality time shooting it.

I think the final step in completing this build is for him to go on air which I believe he’s planning on doing… Once that’s done, this thing will look absolutely killer.

It’s also super nice to shoot a black care that has been meticulously maintained. No swirls, no scratches, just some nice slick black WAP. (LOL)

As I mentioned in my previous post with Tiegan, I enjoy the foreground/background usage. Fall colours make it better.

That rear though…

I always say it and I’ll say it again – these Leon Hardiritts are still some of the best VIP wheels out there. I don’t know another person in this city that has LH wheels. Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone in Canada that has LH wheels… Not that I know a lot of people, but you know…

The one thing about shooting black in the middle of the day is all the god damn glare. Doesn’t help that his car is shiny AF LOL. Turned out great though

Not a front end you see too often these days…

Just to the left of this picture was this big ass house surrounded by big ass trees and nature. They were just sitting around a fire and watching. I yelled out “we’re just taking some shots” and they were like “oh yeah, go ahead!”. Rich people can be nice sometimes.

Now imagine this slammed to the ground. Can’t wait to see that

Up close of that awesome color

We positioned quickly together as Andrew set up to get some drone shots…

Way up high… I’m scared of heights so just seeing this thing all the way up there made my palms sweaty. Just the thought of it falling… LOL anyone else? No? OK.

There it is…

Andrew working the magic

And one last parting shot before this thing is probably put away for the year. Hopefully some big changes to come next year!

                       

New VIP – Alfred’s M35X 

After almost 2 years of having parts sitting in my basement, Alfred finally got around to getting them put onto his car. He had all the air components (accuair, UAS) and his wheels – he lives in Edmonton and wanted Jackie to do his install so it wasn’t easy to just make a casual drive around town to get it done.

Alfred dropped it off on a Saturday, and Jackie was able to squeeze it in and finish it by Thursday night. It’s not an easy process and it definitely takes patience and care. Coilovers take an hour or two, tops for comparison…

Anyway – I wanted to check it out and see how it all went so when Alfred came into Calgary, I picked him up and we went over right away.

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On the lift getting the final touches done…

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Jackie puttin the wheel on… The suspense
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We weren’t sure how it was going to look when we put it down, but it looked like it was going to be close.

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The rears. God these wheels are so underrated.

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The details in the center cap is amazing

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Random

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Even more random was Trung’s S2000 sitting outside the shop lol. Always looks good

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It was PERFECT when it went down. Literally – no modification to fenders or camber. It all fit like a glove.

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Later on, Alfred stopped by my place before he headed home so I could snap some proper pics… Beautiful

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Love the M body. If I could do it again, I’d probably use this chassis.

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Some fitment pics. So much tuck.

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Super close. It just fits right under.

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Dat rear

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Excellent job! Can’t wait to see what else Alfred has in store for this… Quality over everything.

Sponsord by Duracell: Punit’s VIP Lexus GS450h

Finally got around to shooting Punit’s GS450h since he’s finished with it (for now). I mentioned once before that I always find it funny how I hang out with these guys quite often but they’re the only ones that don’t have proper shoots. It’s always behind the scenes or just a half assed shot cause we were chillin’ somewhere. No one ever really asks for a shoot and I never really think about it because I’m busy trying to get another photoshoot done.

One of the reasons I bring this up is because I think about the last time I shot Punit’s Integra and that was back in May of 2009. I just started shooting, didn’t know much about dSLR’s, had my Canon XT with one lens and just pointed and shot things. Here’s one of the shots from when I just met Punit and saw his car… At the time, this car was a big deal locally. Real wheels (the meisters that are now purple and on Diana’s Fit), mint paint, low for 2009 standards and OEM plus. Hell, even by today’s standards his Integra would be considered clean. No where near aggressive but just comfortable enough for a daily driver during those nice summer days. Lots of things have changed since 2009 and I’ve had shots of it here and there but not a proper shoot. My hope is that Punit gets it all good to go this year and we can get a proper shoot going for him.

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Noob status.

But I digress. Let’s move onto bigger and better things – Punit’s GS450h. Punit picked up the GS450h shortly after I picked up the LS460L and JC picked up his CT200h – the VIP bug was biting hard and we all wanted to do something different. For me, it came and went quickly – as you can tell, but my story can be saved for another day. However for Punit, he had the luxury and privilege to own a race car and a luxury daily driver. He takes care of his cars and it shows. Punit was quick to get on board and quickly bought a set of AME Shallen LX’s in a perfect fit for the GS body and of course with big wheels means getting the car as low to the ground as possible.

Punit started off with just coils and going as low as he could and drove that way for the first season of ownership. Finally over the winter he worked on getting the car on air suspension – the way a VIP car should be set up. There’s nothing more to say about Punit’s GS – it’s clean, functional, and it breaks necks. The GS is a popular platform and with that, you have a fine line between a half assed car with replica wheels and looks to be built by a former Honda owner OR a proper VIP-inspired car with attention to detail and care which also looks to be built by a former Honda owner. The latter here applies to Punit – I’m also glad to have played a small part in his build and decisions as he’s gone through it to what you see today.

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One of my favourite shots of Punit’s GS. The fitment is fire and everything just flows so well.

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Lets start off with a few rolling shots…

JC – clean your damn mirrors.

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Clean.

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Blue skies, green grass, Lexus. What more could you ask for?

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Of course – snapped a shot of JC’s car off to the side.

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A better shot of the fitment. Tight and tucked.

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Anything you can spot here…?

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The Mode Luxe side decal looking good. Originally I had created the image and placed it on Punit’s car as a test.

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Rear quarter shot. The GS looks good from every angle.

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What would a VIP car be without chrome?

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A better shot of Punit’s fitment. All that dish in the back too. I love it.

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Remember how I said it looks to be built by a Honda owner? Punit just couldn’t resist hanging Asimo with the Junction Produce items… LOL

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Rolling to a new location…

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Right by the lake. Seemed fitting.

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Punit’s tank set up. I personally love love love the look of this. Looks so good in his trunk. Super simple and clean.

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Chillin’. I need to get them to hold equipment or something…

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Let’s finish off with the rest of the rollers. Looks HDR-ish, but I swear I didn’t touch anything… Polarizer works wonders.

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One last one. Blurry – but I liked the concept lol.

Another one in the bag! Hopefully that Integra wakes up soon…

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part II

Part 2! We made our way downtown and JC found a new location we haven’t used before and it ended up being perfect in terms of lighting and shadows. The way that the shots turned out looks like it was at night with strobes but it was actually mid day with the sun beaming down with a few clouds in the sky. The way the overhead walkway was positioned and where the sun was coming from was awesome.

Tony’s car shined at this location because it just worked so well with the overall feel of the surroundings. Kudos to JC for this bad ass spot!

The shots turned out great and this is probably my favourite part of all the sets I will be posting. It shows a lot of the details that I enjoyed about Tony’s car that I think you all will like too. You might have guessed it by now but the rear is my favourite. I’m an ass guy. Ha!

Less talk. More pictures!

IMG_0482 copyA great shot showcasing the lighting that I mentioned earlier. I did little in terms of making his car pop in this shot. Always feels good when a shot turns out just how you wanted it.

IMG_0487 copyA better angle from higher up.

IMG_0488 copyUs chillin on the other side. I’m pretty sure this is where JC started editing his hipster picture of the Bow.

IMG_0490 copyFUUUU so dirty. I’ve been lazy to wash it because there’s been and will continue to be constant construction around my house and it will never stay clean so I will never try.

IMG_0493 copyAnother one of my favourite shots. That Wald lip spoiler is to die for. I wish the LS had one… The JP Vizage rear lip compliments it well.

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IMG_0508 copyA shot of his tucking.

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And finally a shot of his Wald side skirts. Love the look of these as well…

Last part will go up tomorrow!!! If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know what’s in part 3 😉