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.

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IMG_3322 copyThe LS

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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.

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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!

Pre-Show: Driven 2013

Yesterday afternoon was the beginning of roll-in and this is by far the most exciting part of the whole show for me. It’s exciting because we’re all able to form a big group of some great quality cars, all cleaned up in one place for one long day. It’s the one place where we can all hang out, show our cars and all the work we’ve all put into them over the months or even years leading up to the show.

Roll in for illmotion in particular is huge because the booth is usually quite big and it’s quite a handful of work positioning the cars and waiting for people to come – maybe they’re late or coming from out of town… tons of stress. Props to Ryan for taking care of most of it and setting the booth up nicely.

I’ll be taking a bunch of pics this year because I know every year before I’ve always taken far less pictures than I could have taken and I regret it. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a great show once again. I love that everyone is starting to step it up and doing more than just carbon wraps and cheap wheels with no suspension. People pay $15 for a ticket to see good shit, so I think it’s only fair we give them good shit. Not the one car you’ve seen for the last 8 years with no changes. Painted white dash and neon lights was cool back then. Not today.

Anyways – another mini rant of mine. Here’s some pics of what you can look forward to. See you guys later today! Stop by and say hi!

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JC’s CT back in action.

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With the Junction Produce Hello Kitty air freshener to boot. So sick haha

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My big booty sedan. Regina George.

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Setting up. Maybe a quarter of the cars had show up at this time.

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Derrek cleaning up his Integra… fitted with new mag blue TE’s

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Corey’s Civic. And he’s f***ing selling the Meisters because he says he can’t fit them on his S2000. Someone convince him not to sell them because those are too awesome.

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Andy’s Skyline.

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Didn’t meet this fellow but his RX7 was bad ass with Michaels’ Mazda3 sitting right beside it. Made the trip from Edmonton for this.

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Arif’s Civic

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Phil’s AE86. This thing is still so gangster and it’ll never get old. In person, it’s just way too awesome. One of the best for sure.

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Lester’s new Mini Cooper. So awesome haha

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Another shot of Michael’s Mazda3

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Justin’s TSX. With Justin and Barb in the way… GOD don’t people have any consideration for people taking pictures?!

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Ryan’s Ep3

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Steve’s RSX

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Aldo’s S2000

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Another shot from the opposite corner. Not many cars here yet.

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Didn’t meet him either but he’s got a nice Silvia on Work 3PC Meisters

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Mike Salek’s bikes.

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Rich’s WRX.

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Duncan’s boosted Civic

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Devon and his EG. He polished the whole car at the show lol. Crazy guy.

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A shot of the mean girls. I’m biased but this looks gangster as f***.

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Nikki and Adam

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Front shot.

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Punit’s GS. Freshly finished – if you weren’t at the roll in, this is probably the first you’ve seen since Jackie at Zero Limit finished it a few days ago. Dumped on coils, pulled fenders in the rear and cambered in. Looks gangster with the dish in the rear.

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Random shot of my trunk set up since I finally got it cleaned up.

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Punit cleaning up.

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Aldrich setting up his DJ equipment for the show.

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Giuseppe and his bro cleaning his bro’s 350z. Giuseppe’s Skyline is in the VEX booth this year if you’re wondering.

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Lined up front.

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Ass ass ass ass.

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Another awesome shot. Killed it.

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Detail shots. Another of my trunk.

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Last one of Adam’s Meisters in the rear. Love the dish in Meisters.

Anyways – that’s all I got for the pre-show. The next few days will be tons of pics of coverage. I will try to take pictures of all the cars I can and post them up day by day. Stay tuned! Like I said above, if you’re showing up to the show – come by and say hi!

Lazy Sunday is Back for 2013!!!

We’re back at it again – chillin’ every weekend and doing nothing but enjoying the good weather and having our cars out. The weather is still chilly, but good enough to hang out. I think the high today was like +9C and I was in shorts so that means it’s pretty much summer lol.

Anyways – we planned to just chill after everyone was done their Easter stuff and take some pics. East Village is officially our new meet/hang out spot on the weekends since it’s pretty quiet and you don’t get bothered too much. I got there early and the police came twice to probably run my plate while I was playing Hungry Shark Evolution haha. I was kind of hoping he’d come up and ask me what I was doing, only to see me doing legit citizenly stuff. Once in a while, you’ll get runners that make their trek along the Bow River or skater kids come up and check out the cars or ask questions. Today there was a guy in a truck with his daughter that came up out of no where and gave us his cards to do vinyl work. Weirdest shit ever.

Beware – lots of group shots in this hahaha

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Ricky finally showed up.

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Got to see his trunk with the new hardwood in place. Looks good!

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Then JC showed up after his Easter lunch. Lookin’ good on the VS-XX’s. First time I’ve seen him riding around on them. Fenders rolled too.

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Ass shot.

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It got chilly so we hopped into the LS and waited for everyone else to come.

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Playing with the gadgets in the back. I LOVE sitting in the back of this car haha – I really need to find someone to drive me around, but it’s also super nice to drive. Tough.

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New kicks, shorts and my sexy legs for all of you. Probably too cold for shorts still but I regret nothing. LOL

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They found out my roofliner was suede so then they started writing shit in it.

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Ricky wrote “Gold”. Mainly cause he had this idea that I should replace all the chrome trimmings on the inside to gold. LOL

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Punit showed up in the GS finally. In all its stock glory.

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Steve showed up and we popped 2 Fast 2 Furious in and watched it with the Mark Levinson Surround Sound system.

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Everybody all up in that first race. R34 FTW haha

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Ass shots again. Steve’s rear lip still needs to be painted since he switched out the Mugen one to fit the Spoon Diffuser.

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Punit and his GS with a lift kit. (JK)

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#MeanGirls shoot finally. Still not legit since Punit and I are still missing wheels and stuff.

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Ricky and Steve off to the side…

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Liked this shot.

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Pulled Steve and Ricky in.

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Standing around loitering. We basically took up that whole cul-de-sac for our photoshoot lol.

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Punit way off in the distance being an emo. Contemplating life.

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Aldo showed up in the meantime and I think when I took this pic, Rich was also coming down the road.

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Threw him in the pic and voila. Tough shooting tons of cars especially when you’re shooting on the same level. Wish I had a ladder haha

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Single shots. Aldo’s S2000 on CE28’s. Legit.

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GS450h in stock form. Let’s see how much Punit can change it this year…

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Ricky’s GTI you guys are all probably familiar with.

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Steve’s RSX

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JC’s CT200h

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Rich’s WRX

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The big boat.

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We made a trip to Five Guys for some food. Love this lot cause there’s always tons of space and nobody ever comes here cause it’s in the middle of nowhere off the main road haha

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Rich trolling.

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Ricky goes and grabs some peanuts and disrespects my phone.

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Community fries thanks to JC!

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Rolling out. I put on my auto brake and took off my seatbelt to take a good pic and I didn’t know that once you take the seatbelt off, the autobrake releases (for some dumb reason) and I almost rolled into Ricky LOL. SHIETTTTT

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Aldo behind.

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Ricky peaced it on home.

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Rolling shots on the way to Rich’s. Lookin’ good

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Arrived at Rich’s. Also tried out the self park feature in the LS for the first time because Steve reminded me of it. Didn’t work out too well this time, but I tried it later on at Diana’s and it worked perfect lol. Amazing.

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Swapping wheels on Rich’s buddy’s FR-S.

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Barb giving the rear seat a go – it’s a must for everyone who has never tried out the LS with the long wheelbase. Reclined and tons of room…

That ends another edition of the first installment of Lazy Sunday 2013…

2012 Wrap Up – Part IX

This will probably be the last wrap up post. There’s no point in wrapping up what just happened in the last few weeks.
This was pretty much the end of summer. chilly nights and mornings, breezy days, cars were getting put away again. We managed to get some shoots in here and there when we were up for braving the cold weather.

After this, we’ll be going back to our normal broadcasting schedule. It’ll be slow around here for the next few weeks with me being gone in Vegas next week and then Christmas right when I get back. I’ll try my best to post what I can, but when the new year comes I’ll be back in full force!…. Hopefully. lol

Anyways time to wrap this up.
The illmotion Sunday School video was finally finished.

iM Film: illmotion Show & Shine 2012 from illmotion on Vimeo.

This was the coldest shoot I did all year. Finally got around to shooting Eric’s 240 before he put it away for winter. Running around in the freezing cold shooting pics is not easy, and rolling shots are even harder lol. But we got ‘er done and it turned out great.

Inside the shop getting ready to go. Rich is being a creep.

Getting ready to go.

On the way to deerfoot. Getting some rollers.

Off ramp to Deerfoot. You can see Rich’s new Advan RG’s too.

At the location it was perfectly smooth pavement. When we were finishing up, we all sat in Rich’s car and knew he couldn’t resist…

This is how low he actually is. His kit drags on the ground everywhere. Pretty gangster.

And finally – my favourite shot of the night. You get so used to shooting perfectly clean cars that all the drift damage and zipties adds enough character to make it look bad ass.

Did another round in Richard’s FRS after he had broken it in. The first time I took it out, we took it easy. Also shot it with JC’s corolla 🙂

At Richard’s house.

We went to go for a quick car wash before we took some shots.

Into the carwash…

Waiting around. It was cold as F

A quick roller. Always.

A random shot of JC’s fifty shades of grey stick haha

Looks kind of like a Forza shot. I hate the wheels that come on these so much. It’s like they put all their effort into the design of the car and then said “let’s put the ugliest wheels on this. And to top it off, let’s make it a 5×100 bolt pattern”. *FACEPALM*

Last shot. FR-S and Corolla together. It’s like the Corolla’s step brother.

We were lucky that we had a few nice days here and there so we took the opportunity to shoot Ricky and Adam’s car all in one day. Both sick cars that I’ve been wanting to shoot but never get around to. The thing with us is that we hang out all the time, but we never shoot each others cars. Either because we always see each other and never think about it, or because we’re looking for something fresh and new to shoot. But when we do finally get around to it, it’s always sick.

Once again – we meet at our chill spot. I showed up and Ricky was already waiting. I am driving my Civic now cause the STI is parked and it’s so brutal driving around with everyone in it. I don’t actually miss driving the STI (yet), but I do hate driving around in the winter car while everyone else is still driving around in summer mode. I’m like the ugly duckling in the pack when we drive around… It’s so sad.

Look at that spectrum silver.

Adam finally showed up. He was actually there but he was lost and ended up driving by us so many times never bothering to look the other direction. Ricky and I were standing there laughing at him because he was driving so slow and still missed us. hahahaha

A nice shot of his car.

We ended up at Oceana and Q. Haute. Getting in he scraped a bit, and it’s usually more difficult to get out than it is to get in. JC, Ricky and I all made bets that something would break off coming out. Unfortunately, nothing scraped and we all ended up being disappointed. LOL

We went for some rolling shots and ended up turning off somewhere and made our way into a parking lot. This bad ass M3 was parked all by its lonesome. We saw it from the road and when I saw that it had one of my favourite wheels on – BBS FI’s, I wanted to take a few shots. This has to be one of the nicest and cleanest M3’s in the city.

White Brembos.

And the obligatory rolling shot.

On our way to do rolling shots, of course!

Check out the symmetry. lol

Another shot of the spectrum silver. It’s rare to get a glimpse of how it actually looks. Most of the time it’s just gunmetal, but if you’re lucky and catch him driving by in the sun, you get to see this.

The most depressing time of the year for me is when I have to put the car away. Regardless of whether or not I’m bored of it – it just sucks knowing you have to go back to driving your winter beater and that the cold is coming. At this point though, I had the intention of finding a new car.

Still dirty. When I took this pic, I was really just so lazy that I almost walked back inside and left it till next week.

Most of it cleaned. Wheels and barrels all washed up. Interior all done. Exterior all done. All that was next was to remove the bumper.

After a few pain in the ass clips, I got it off. The reason I took it off was because I had cracked the lip a few months back when it was still dumped. I was careless and the lip smacked the driveway and needless to say, it’s been needing some TLC.

Looks gangster without a bumper lol

Bumper off. Next up was to remove the lip from the bumper. T_T

After a few bolts, the lip came off easily.

If you look, you can see two cracks. The first one is right where the lip begins to go straight. Upon further inspection, the lip was actually split all the way down and under. The biggest one was right in front of that second hold in the picture. It literally came apart. I ended up sanding it down and epoxy-ing it together until winter. It ended up holding quite nicely, but it could be better.

Parked away in the corner it shall stay for the next 5+ months and battery removed.

Now that I look at it, I guess it gives me a chance to install some hella horns…

The plate hangs once again.

Bags of bolts. I know it’s kind of lame, but I labeled and even drew the bumper out so I knew where the bolts would go. Right now I know it’s simple enough to remember, but 6 months down the road, I’ll probably be like “uh…” hahaha JUST INCASE

There they are…

Another sick shoot we got to do was of TJ’s R32. I’ve never really seen many R32’s around and if I have, they were stock. TJ’s was just so mint and nice to shoot for two reasons. It was brand new to me – I had never met TJ until that day and shooting colored cars is awesome. Most cars I shoot are black or white lol.

This location had to be one of the best locations I’ve ever used. It was in some rich people area lol. When TJ had got his car positioned, a guy came out and we were asking if it was OK to shoot quickly. He just kept walking towards us and we all thought we were going to die – I’m not even joking lol. Anyways, he went on to say something about it being some other person’s house but then he told us it was his… anyways, we got our shots and got out of there pretty quick lol. Well worth it.


JC’s feature was finally up on illmotion. A trend that we’ve noticed is that whenever someone gets an illmotion feature – they get rid of the car and move on. illmotion curse? haha

I’ll just post it all with the write up and everything.
Here’s the link to the illmotion feature
iM Feature: JC’s Toyota Corolla XRS

Here’s the link to when I first posted a pic after the shoot:
Sneak-a-peak – JC’s Corolla

The one thing about JC’s Corolla is that it’s different, whether you hate it or love it – you can’t really deny that he’s gone the road less traveled. For most of us, the first cars that we might think of modifying are Civics, RSX’s, Impreza’s, Lancers, S2000’s – but I’ll be honest, The Corolla, aside from the late AE86 is not a platform that comes to mind right off the bat. But don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s cars like this and people like JC that bring a little flavour to the scene.

An S2000 will always be sick but it seems like it has been done in every possible combination that it’s difficult to make it unique. Civic’s are in the same boat. The thing with those cars is that you really have to go above and beyond what everybody else is doing and do it better. But that’s the good thing about it all – once in a while, you see something totally different that nobody ever thought of and wonder why it didn’t happen sooner. People are always thinking outside of the box but not following through. But that might be the problem – outside-of-the-box thinking will always get you criticism and dare I say, hate. Everybody is so scared of the internet and its gang of keyboard warriors that what “could be” a great idea never actually happens.

Anyways back to JC’s Corolla. While I can honestly say that the Corolla would’ve never been my first choice, JC has really changed the way I see them. While I am an “over the top” kind of guy when modifying my cars – JC’s simple and functional attitude does help me respect the finer things in cars like his. “Less is more” is the only way of describing his car because less is really all you need in this case. An easy way to describe it is “Damn” – the kind of “Damn” that means two things:

1) Damn, that looks crazy.

2) Damn, and he did it to a Corolla.

Props to you, JC for going against the grain and building what you see fit. An example of a combination of quality products, simple taste, and a vision of what the total package should look like. We need more innovation in the scene – not in the products we buy, but in the way we put them together.

Thinking back – the way that JC’s Corolla sits now has been from a bunch of lengthy discussion and debates. I’m even guilty of telling him that I didn’t agree with what he wanted to do and even to remove or add certain things. At the end of the day he goes ahead his own way and takes my opinion with a grain of salt. Even after all that – he still asks for my opinion lol. But that’s how it should be, opinions are just opinions.

VS-XX – classy.

Still blows my mind looking at this picture. A mix of VIP and a car that wants to be a sport coupe.

Cruisin’ downtown Calgary

Boom! Another one in the bag.

The day that I’ve been waiting for finally came! Corey finished the video that he shot a while back and it turned out sick.
Peep it here if you haven’t seen it already.
Thanks again to Corey for doing the great video work. Love it.

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

I was getting ready to put the STI up for sale – but I had to put it back to stock first. Kind of weird to see it back to stock since I hated how it looked stock.
People still ask me why I sold it and the only reason I can think of is that I was bored of it.
I actually got a call a few nights ago asking if the car sold. He was pretty bummed and was shocked I had it up for sale so quickly.

I explained to him that it was a fun car to drive but at the end of the day, I felt that it was just an overpriced turbo 4-banger. Don’t get me wrong, the STI is an awesome car but I probably wouldn’t pay so much for it if I had to do it again. The interior has pretty much stayed the same for years with nothing really exciting. The suspension gets tweaked a bit, but I end up changing it out anyway. The engine is practically the same every year. So really, the only thing that changes is the exterior.

I get bored of things quick if it’s not exciting enough for long periods of time. You get into the car and it’s nothing spectacular – it’s plastic-y and the only cool things were my seat and shift knob which I had to pay for after the fact lol. Maybe that’s why I settled on the LS…

Anyways… pics of it going back to stock.

The stock wing. Minty. But not gt enough. LOL

The last time you guys will see it like this

Bye bye

Wing off

Stock wing back on. Looks so weird to me.

Weird. But still good

Next up was the seat. Easy

Came out in 5 minutes.

OG stickers coming off.

Then this son of a b**** took a little longer. It’s like 80lbs. Jesus.

Interior back to stock

And this is what I have for sale if anyone is interested. Email me.

Anyways – the rest of the posts for October was for my obsession with the 370z. I mean, I’d still like one but at the moment I’m pretty happy with the LS purchase and I’m stoked to get started on it. Maybe when I have my midlife crisis, I’ll get it. But by then, something new will probably be out again haha

AND that’s a wrap for 2012! Super long posts. It was cool looking back, hopefully everyone can hold out for 4 more months until summer comes again. I get the feeling that this summer is going to be even crazier than this year in terms of everyone’s cars and plans. Stepping it up year after year – what I love to see.
It’s exciting to be surrounded by people that only want the best of the best. There isn’t any cutting corners or doing hype shit like sticker bombing lips.

More notably – a few builds to watch for next year is Ricky’s GTI, JC’s CT200h and quite possibly, Punit’s GS. Ricky is really pushing the VW scene here and the VIP scene is coming slowly.

***End October/Part IX***