Bill Mackenzie’s Ford Focus

The last shoot of the season happens to be Bill’s Ford Focus sedan. It was a very last minute thing since I had been scrambling to get a bunch of shoots done and the weather was getting cold so I was about to cancel a few of my last ones. The day ended up being somewhat nice enough to shoot so JC and I went at it again one last time. Bill has been an outstanding member and individual in the automotive scene and has shown a great amount of appreciation for all things that are cars. Bill’s taste in cars has always been on the domestic spectrum – his 1992 Grand Prix in quite fantastic shape and now his 2012 Ford Focus sedan that he acquired last year, I believe. I met Bill at one of the car meets when illmotion first started up and since then, he’s always shown a lot of love to my cars even though it’s quite the exact opposite of what he’s doing. I dig that – it’s hard to find individuals who have a taste palette and appreciation in cars that is as wide as Bill’s.

Since he’s acquired the Focus, he’s been doing some modding here and there – adding pieces to it as he goes and I can tell he wants to gradually move up to items that are more aggressive. The idea of playing around with a new car and changing something that is far from broken but rather practically new can be a deterrent to changing it out. But once you do a few pieces, you end up wanting to do more. That’s how the mod bug works – it just nibbles at you until you cave and then it starts taking chunks out… Of your wallet, that is.

We’ll start off with my favourite (as you already know) shot of the day. It was still kind of an early morning, just before noon so the sun wasn’t as harsh yet and there was still some overcast so it went nicely with the yellow blaze metallic paint. Kind of reminds me of a Ford commercial. lol

We started off by meeting at Edworthy Park. I’ve never personally been since I had no reason to go there, but it was definitely a nice spot. Secluded, down into a hill, etc. Great timing for a fall shoot. Again, JC was the driver and I am once again grateful for not having to drive hahaha

With the sun just getting to it’s peak, it made for great light in the little passage down into the park.

Love the look of new paint… and bumpers… and headlights…

JC way off in the corner all alone.

One of the unique pieces on Bill’s car is his carbon lip. I believe at the time he got it, it was a prototype – I’m not sure where it’s at now, but it’s definitely a nice piece and a great addition to the front of the car to make it look more aggressive. I’m a big fan of the look of the new front fascia of the Focus.

Bill has also gotten himself into the decal cutting business – which is great news because now I know where to go to rice out my car. In fact, I have something in the works that I have proposed to Bill and I’ll be posting it up soon. It’s already on my instagram but I gotta sit on it to see if it’s really what I want… Anyways, Bill makes unique decals for the events that he attends and they’re all pretty cool. Awesome that he displays it.

Another unique addition is the set of Volvo R wheels and his custom centercap that he made.

Another cool addition was the retrofit of the Ford Focus ST center exit exhaust. Looks great the back of his sedan.

Always a soft spot in my heart for a titanium shift knob…

A good shot of the front of the Focus. Love that opening.

A little shot of the stance from the front quarter. Bill is on springs right now, but I suspect something else is in the works…

A shot of the skyline from where we were. Cold as shit that day.. but I guess I can’t complain compared to this weeks’ weather haha

Here is a nice shot of the rear and the way the center exit exhaust looks. I like it.

Love the look of brand new headlights…

In JC’s car heading out of Edworthy park to do some rollers.

The last shot of the day. I have a few more rollers, but I’ll save those for another day. Loved this one with the leaves rustling around – matches his car nicely. Another one in the bag!

That’s it for photoshoots for this year. I’m glad I was able to get so many done in such a short amount of time. Again, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of JC and getting a bunch of them scheduled and then picking my lazy ass up to go do them. If it were up to me, this blog would have been pretty hurt this summer. I have a few other things to post, so check back once in a while. I’ll try to keep it consistent with content of other things going on in my life for those of you that care. Other than that – this year is a wrap! Next year I hope to do a little more and start a little earlier 😉

Montreal 2013 – Part 2 of 2 *The Cars*

Well I’m super excited to post this because I was super excited when I saw it going down. I was wanting to go to Gibeau Orange Julep for a long time because a few years ago when I came down, I didn’t get the chance to go since it’s kind of far from where we are. I made sure that we would make the trip this time, and we went sometime in the evening after dinner.

Just a side note – where we are is very inner city and it’s an older part of Montreal, so there are rarely any nice cars driving around unless you go into the Downtown area and it’s all apartments and not one single house to be seen.

So as we came up from the Metro at the stop near Gibeau Orange Julep, there were highways, tons of cars, traffic – it was like a whole different city. As we were walking there, I saw an RX7 with an APR GT wing, I saw a bunch of dumped BMW 325XI’s, S2000’s, an M3 and I thought to myself “DAMN, Montreal DOES have people that do up cars!” and I was excited to see it. Once we started getting close and finally took a seat, the parking lot had some modified cars there too. I remember even saying to Diana “It looks like this is where all the ricers hang out”. A blacked out silver Cobalt SS was there pumping his music… Other oldschool VW’s with checkered pinstriping and steelies a few stalls over…

As we were waiting for our food, the parking lot started filling up very quickly. One after the other – Audi A4 on BBS, A white Lambo, Some more VW’s ranging from matte paint to oldschool and aired out, a 2JZ Soarer… Wait a second. Is this… like Montreal’s version of the “Beyond Meet” that we have here at Chinook mall on the upper parkade? Diana and I sat there for a while and watched the cars roll in one by one and people got out of their cars and started chillin’. You’ll notice there are rarely any Japanese cars here… It’s almost Euro across the board.

Yup – this WAS Montreal’s version of the Beyond Meet and I wasn’t going to sit around drinking Orange Juice without taking some pics. So off we went! I was a little hesitant at first cause I had no car, but once I got in the crowd – who would know? People love when other people take pictures of their shit. I’m that guy.

A shot of the place with some oldschool VW’s parked on the side. It gets crowded here cause it’s super popular. It’s like Peter’s Drive-in… but better.

First up was the oldschool, minty red BMW.

Super clean and fresh VW on air. The paint was immaculate.

The white lambo that pulled in. Crazy. Montreal has a ton of ballers. I think on St. Catherine St I saw R8’s, a Bugatti Veyron, an oldschool Lotus, a bunch of A7’s and S8’s… incredible.

A MK6 GTI on BBS. Clean, but to be honest – I’ve never been a fan of those BBS wheels. They just don’t flow right and I haven’t seen a car that looks great on them. But still clean.

Another MK6 GTI aired out with what looks to be CCW LM5T’s but not sure. Loved his stance though.

Tried to get a shot of his trunk set up, which was super legit. Hardwood all the way on to the backs of the rear seats.

Front shot of it.

Another super clean MK5 GTI on air.

Oldschool love.

This MK5 GTI was probably my favourite one there – unique matte cream colour scheme on MB wheels. Simple, but it stood out like a sore thumb. In a good way.

This BMW was pretty clean. Saw the red/pink wheel bolts and thought it was cool. Up close it was kind of a shoddy job though – looked like it was painted on with a brush. Some areas were missed, some even got onto the wheel. Nice try though.

Another one on bags. Audi TT on MB wheels. God I love the look of that.

And another MK5 GTI on bags. CAN’T GET ENOUGH

This guys car also had fresh paint and on BBS’s. Couldn’t tell if he was on bags though, but at this point – I’m going to put my money on it that he was too.

I think the three most unique and popular cars there that night were the three from Royal Flush Canada. I was surprised to see a following like that over here, even though only three of them showed up. All done up exceptionally well with good all-around modifications. This 3-Series was bagged on oldschool Ferrari wheels. His rear was insane.

Another was the FG Civic on a static drop I believe. Also very clean. Not sure what wheels those are.

And the crowd pleaser of the night was this 2JZ Soarer on SSR Sp1’s. I have a super soft spot for Meisters/SP1’s so when I saw this, I couldn’t get enough. His fitment and everything was perfect. Kudos to you.

Better shot of his stance.

Shot of the rear wheel.

Rear decal.

A shot of the trunk set up of that green VW earlier. So legitttttttt

Was surprised to see a Volvo C30 there. Pretty good fitment, but I wish it was bagged too lol

Matte black VW on matte bronze wheels. The body was nice, but the wheels and fitment needed some work.

One of the confused ones there.

Tried to get a big shot but the girls glared at me as soon as I had my camera up.

Another shot of the matte cream GTI.

Some betters shots of the 3-Series and his rear fitment.

Even unpacked their flag. l need one of those.

So goooooood. check the alternating bolts too.

Where do VW guys get these ideas?!

Tried to get a group shot of the Royal Flush group but everyone kept crowding the Soarer lol. Guy with the long hair is the owner.

I’ll just end it with this one.

The caliber of cars there is pretty much the same here. There is always going to be a handful of cars that stand out and do it right, and there is going to be a bunch that are halfway there, got lost along the way, or are just confused altogether. Either way – it was nice to see a car meet and I’m lucky to have been there while it was happening to take some pics.

I don’t think I have anything lined up until the weekend for illmotion’s Sunday School Show & Shine… but stay tuned. Maybe something will come up!