Throwback: Honda Days

Whoa – been MIA for a long time… Been crazy busy lately. There’s one month left until Diana and I move into the new house and so that also means making sure all our bases are covered – insurance, utilities, services, change of address, etc… It sounds pretty simple, but it can take a long time to contact places and get quoted then decide what you want to do. So that’s been on my plate and mind for the last few weeks while Diana is busy trying to book all the stuff we need for the wedding. It’s hard to find free time as of late… And when we do get free time, it’s to just try and relax because of all the rushing around.

Anyways, it’s also about another month until we get some nice weather finally and cars are going to start coming out slowly. I have literally run out of anything to post because I’ve posted every single behind the scenes shot and unedited shots over this winter. We’re coming up on photoshoot weather again so hopefully I’ll be back up and running with shoots. It also looks like we’re coming into one more week (hopefully) of cold weather and we should be in the clear – this weekend is showing a low of -25C.

Other than that, I happened to stumble upon these pics of when I first got the TE’s on the Civic and I had pretty much converted back to a simpler state – coilovers to springs, basic lip kit… AKA boring.

The day I got the new Toyo T1R’s on… Super sticky and at 245 up front, it was kicking up rocks all over the place.

Did a TE37 photoshoot with Arif that day.

Look at that 4×4 height. T_T

When I sucked at rolling shots…

This was when I decided to put coilovers back in and got it a bit lower…

And finally again a year later – when I got the Meisters, J’s wing and Spoon diffuser.

Loved this look even today.

Alas – that’s my throwback Thursday post for today. Hopefully I’ll get the new Mode Luxe pinstripe decals from Bill this weekend and I can post up!

Unedited Shots: Adam’s Honda Civic

Going back to just last summer when we shot Adam’s (now totaled) Civic (not by him BTW). His Civic was definitely one of my favourites in terms of styling and simplicity. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I was really digging the wheels, stance and overall look. It wasn’t so much of a functional look but more of a “fuck it, I’m gonna fit the craziest wheels on here and look good doing it” type of look. I’m a fan of anything put together with the right pieces – whether it’s functional or not.

Later, near the end of the summer – Adam ended up parting the Civic and trading it for an LS400 that was also quite slammed and on a set of wheels (I don’t recall what they were). Realizing that’s not the route he wanted to go, he sold that not too long after and is presently looking for a new project car. We always chat about how we miss the one we let go – in our case, my STI and his Civic. There was just something about my STI that I was completely bored of but absolutely loved at the same time and you don’t realize it until you sell it that you made a huge mistake. I’m sure Adam feels the same way, as do many others that may have sold a car to move on and realized it was a bad decision.

Anyways – most of these shots are ones that I don’t remember editing or completing skipping either because I didn’t like the composition or whatever. Either way, I am totally abusing the shit out of this edit right now and I love it. Although, I already see how it can be abused quite easily… I’ll tone it down after this post and get back to my usual edits, I promise haha!

Filllin’ up before we head out to the wilderness

An angled rolling shot of JC

This shot in particular wasn’t my favourite… But like I mentioned in Almond’s post, the edit seems to make the blur/out of focus look decent.

Has cleaning supplies. Still has a dirty bumper.

And the last shot.. I believe I have edited this one before but it was too good to leave out again. Look at that dish.

Flashback: Punit’s Acura Integra

The saddest thing about winter is the lack of posts that I have and that I have to go back to old pictures and post them to make up for it. Only a few more months and I’ll be back in the groove!

However, this is an interesting post (to me, anyway) that Punit reminded me of last night. I would always go into my folders of pictures and see if there are any hidden gems that I might have missed and I always end up going into Punit’s folder and right back out again. Why, you ask? Because in all this time of knowing him, the only time I shot his car was back in 2009 and that was when we barely knew each other, and that was also when I first started shooting and started getting the hang of it. At the time though, they did beat any point and shoot lol.

Anyways, similar to JC or Ricky, Punit is/was always at the photoshoots of the handful of other cars I’ve shot. It’s not like I never see them or they never drive their cars. They do, in fact drive their cars everywhere we go… Except it’s to shoot other cars or for me to ride shotgun in to do rolling shots. We always get so caught up in shooting all the other cars that we never really think about shooting our own. Even when we talk about it, we don’t really feel like shooting our own cars and I think it’s cause we’re just around each other all the time that we don’t see the point. In retrospect, I really regret not being able to shoot Punit’s car in the various stages that it’s been in. I’m actually embarrassed that I’ve only ever shot it once and it was when I sucked balls. All other times were random shots and I think his car deserves more than that.

Last year, Punit’s car was kind of out of commission – not because it didn’t work, but because it wasn’t presentable in Punit’s mind. He was on Ohlin coilovers that were basically 4×4 height at its lowest setting, he was on TE37’s that didn’t have the fitment he was looking for, etc… He was also busy working on the GS and getting that ready so you can imagine how difficult it is to keep up with modding two cars. Over the year, he’s stock piled a bunch of parts that will be going on for this summer and I promised myself and Punit that we would go out and give his Integra a proper photoshoot once the warm weather comes our way. I’ve seen a sneak peak at the parts he’s got so far and I think you guys will love what he’s got in store for the Integra. Until then, I’m looking back through the shots I managed to get randomly over the years…

This was when I first met Punit – the Integra was done up decently and he had just gotten rid of his Rota’s for the Work Meister S1’s that are now purple and on Diana’s Fit. Unpainted carbon hood and hatch, the basic interior mods like Recaros and ITR wheel. Keep in mind this was way back in 2009 when real wheels were rare to see… This was considered quite modded back then.

His paint was and still is in great condition. This was a noob rolling shot when I didn’t know what composition meant. LOL

Soon after he picked up a set of very aggressive CCW’s and again, at that time – the wheel specs were unheard of for a stock body Integra.

You look at the fitment today and it looks pretty standard, minimal camber, it’s flush with the fenders like they should be… But at that time, let me tell you – we were like little girls in the school yard when we saw this for the first time. He also got a lot of flack for doing this…

The following year he had the faces powdercoated to a teal. A bold move for a red car but it ended up also looking deadly! This was the only picture I got of the wheels when they were teal…

And finally the next year, he did the unthinkable and purchased a set of re-barreled Regamasters from Wheel Flip. At the time, he was the only one in the world with this set. Soon after, Wheel Flip made a few more sets… Not only were they rare, but they were wide as f*** and we even wondered how he was going to fit them. You can see how much camber is needed to do so…

Even with a wide angle, from the back of his car you could see the crazy amount of camber.

Side profile was winning though. White on red was perfect.

This was just as winter was finishing up and we all went over to his place to get the wheels on and his interior back in after he had it repainted. The only differences here from the first picture is the addition of the Mugen wing, his K24 swap and Spoon exhaust. He also dialed it in a little lower and of course the insane amount of camber.

Front fitment – with more dish than my SSR’s lol *facepalm*. He also got a lot of hate for this set up too, but it was awesome IMO.

The rear wheels. Absolutely love how they look.

And that is the final shot I really ever had of Punit’s car. I didn’t even get a chance to shoot it while it was on the Regamasters which I also regret dearly. However, I think with the changes Punit has in store for this summer, the photoshoot I want to have will be perfect.