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!

IMG_2434 copy

JC’s CT back in action.

IMG_2436 copy

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

IMG_2438 copy

My big booty sedan. Regina George.

IMG_2439 copy

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

IMG_2440 copy

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

IMG_2441 copy

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.

IMG_2442 copy

Andy’s Skyline.

IMG_2445 copy

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.

IMG_2446 copy

Arif’s Civic

IMG_2447 copy

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.

IMG_2448 copy

Lester’s new Mini Cooper. So awesome haha

IMG_2449 copy

Another shot of Michael’s Mazda3

IMG_2450 copy

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

IMG_2451 copy

Ryan’s Ep3

IMG_2452 copy

Steve’s RSX

IMG_2453 copy

Aldo’s S2000

IMG_2454 copy

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

IMG_2455 copy

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

IMG_2456 copy

Mike Salek’s bikes.

IMG_2457 copy

Rich’s WRX.

IMG_2458 copy

Duncan’s boosted Civic

IMG_2460 copy

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

IMG_2461 copy

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

IMG_2462 copy

Nikki and Adam

IMG_2463 copy

Front shot.

IMG_2464 copy

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.

IMG_2465 copy

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

IMG_2466 copy

Punit cleaning up.

IMG_2467 copy

Aldrich setting up his DJ equipment for the show.

IMG_2468 copy

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

IMG_2469 copy

Lined up front.

IMG_2471 copy

Ass ass ass ass.

IMG_2477 copy

Another awesome shot. Killed it.

IMG_2479 copy

Detail shots. Another of my trunk.

IMG_2481 copy

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!

Zero Limit Chillin’

Well today was a fun filled day. Spent the morning at my uncle’s 65th birthday party at a brunch at the Royal Inn which was delicious. I loaded up on food, had some good times with the family and went on my way to work. The past two weeks have been hectic as hell and the next two weeks will be exactly the same. I’ve been MIA on the blog for a little bit because I’ve been doing a lot of staying late or coming into work on the weekends to finish up a project. When I’m not at work, I’m hustling to get things done on the car to get it ready for Driven which is on May 11th. It’s crazy. I’m crossing my fingers that my wheels get here this week and I’m expecting all my air components on Tuesday. I’ll have a little less than two weeks to get it together for the show, and even then it won’t be completed the way I want it to be. Paint issues drive me crazy but it’ll have to wait until next year…

After a few agonizing hours at work, I decided to stop by Zero Limit – Jackie’s shop – to hang for a bit until I had to go again. There was a bunch of stuff going on all at once… Such a nice feeling to start getting into the nice weather and just doing car stuff again. I mentioned before that Jackie’s shop is looking to become a new hangout and today was the first sign of it – all of us gathered doing different things and just having a good time. Thanks again to Jackie for accommodating all of us and just letting us chill. It’s good business LOL!

IMG_1843 copy

When I pulled up, Brad was working on his EM1 and was replacing his rad.

IMG_1846 copy

K20 Swap…

IMG_1854 copy

Love it.IMG_1852 copy

IMG_1849 copy

His cage was freshly powdercoated a battleship grey and he finally got his interior seats in.

IMG_1850 copy

Beside that was Nikki’s Yaris getting her Air Runner suspension installed.

IMG_1851 copy

Laid out

IMG_1856 copy

Outside the shop was a ricer meet all on its own. Aldo’s S2000 waiting to go in to get some work done as well.

IMG_1858 copy

Zero Limit! Hit up Jackie for all your needs.

IMG_1859 copy

Back to Nikki’s Yaris. I was interested in taking a look at how it was set up. Mainly because I wanted to see how it would be compared to mine and also to see the build of the Air Runner system. Very nicely built.

IMG_1862 copy

Placement of the pressure gauges inside. Just mocked up.

IMG_1866 copy

The front of the Air Runner set up. The struts were nice too. IMG_1867 copy

The tank and the Viair compressor. Simple set up.

IMG_1863 copy

Here’s a full shot of Jackie’s shop. Super roomy and clean.

IMG_1865 copy

His brand new alignment rack.

IMG_1868 copy

Later – Steve, JC, Rich, Barb, and Punit showed up. Looks so good with a bunch of different colours… We used to only have white and black haha

IMG_1870 copy

Steve’s RSX completed finally. The rear was painted finally.

IMG_1871 copy

Rich’s WRX on his Advans as well with painted lettering on the tires.

IMG_1872 copy

Barb’s TSX. As I was taking this shot, she was yelling at me not to take the shot. Made me want to take the shot even more. It’s back to stock now and 4×4 status. Barb – everyone deserved to see this.

IMG_1875 copy

Wait what’s going on here? Rich told me to show finger gap and that shit is loose. (That’s what she said).

IMG_1876 copy

Bossman arrived from picking up some stuff to do the air install. His second cracked lip took more damage here haha. Not that it mattered at this point.

IMG_1878 copy

He decided to go around and back in. Looked and sounded great. The gold Advan RG’s are such a perfect combo with red.

IMG_1880 copy

Errol took his GTI in to get some things fixed up on the alignment rack.

IMG_1881 copy

Rich and Barb hanging with their dogs.

IMG_1882 copy

He was shaking the whole time and Barb said he was just being a bitch. But I don’t believe her. I have a knack for sensing abuse. I sense that I will get abused after she reads this.

IMG_1883 copy

Brad’s car just finishing up and getting the bumper back on.

IMG_1884 copy

Front interior shot of his EM1. Baller spoon carbon bucket seat.

IMG_1885 copy

Things going on all over.

IMG_1887 copy

With Brad’s Civic off the hoist, Aldo’s car was up next.

IMG_1889 copy

IMG_1891 copy

Aldo was getting his coils installed and his J’s exhaust. Still my favourite exhaust ever.

IMG_1892 copy

Jacking up the rear to get it on the hoist.

IMG_1893 copy

Steve and Aldo taking off the old system.

IMG_1894 copy

While they did that, my feet hurt so I went to go sit in Brad’s car. I couldn’t even see over the steering wheel, let alone even see over the dash…

IMG_1895 copy

I’ll end it here with this artistic shot. Actually – it’s not artistic, it’s just underexposed and it looks cool because it’s in a shop with silhouettes. I didn’t get a chance to stay to see how Aldo’s car turned out, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing it soon.

This is only the start of summer! Hopefully have some good content going forward – this week should be full of updates for me. Stay tuned!