This weekend I got a chance to check out the show here in Toronto, according to advertising this is the largest car show in Canada.
While I am not sure if that is true I will say that I was fairly impressed at the diversity of the cars in attendance. I took a lot of photos and as usual I am going to pay respect to the OG’s and have the muscle cars and hot rods go first.
Even in the classic/rod/muscle section of the show there were a few interesting side attractions worth stopping to take a picture of.
New Age Muscle
These new era of the muscle car has arrived and is thriving, thankfully it looks nothing like the Plymouth Prowler or PT Cruiser
Cars that are rare around these parts and a few I have never come across before.
For whatever reason my dad utterly despises Chrysler’s despite never owning one, pretty sure he wouldn’t turn down any of these though.
If I had to chose Chevy or Ford, I would be a Chevy man. Thankfully I don’t have to choose.
At one of my previous jobs I used to walk by a local Toronto Mini dealership on my way to work, as I passed I would look inside and wonder why there were not more modified Minis cruising the streets. It seemed that at the time, for whatever reason, the enthusiast crowd over looked this capable platform.
Lately though the Mini has been making a lot of waves in the online stance/flush community and one that’s been causing is Nathan Gilbert’s o9 dark silver blacktop.
Having previously owned and modified a Volkswagen Corrado Nathan knew exactly which factory options and upgrades his Mini needed in order to work with the vision he had in mind, and almost immediately after he drove his Mini off lot it was it was under the knife to have a JCW Aero kit and set H&R coil overs installed along with a set of 18×7.5 Konig wheels.
Not about to build a car that was all show and no go Nathan added a turbo back exhaust system, and intake to give the mini a little more zip, and opted to make his time behind the wheel further enjoyable by adding a JCW Recaro seat imported from the United Kingdom.
For those of us who do not know much about Mini’s Nathan explains that this seat is essentially a deluxe version of the Recaro Sportster seat; equipped with side impact air bags, heating units, and the John Cooper Works logo embroidered into the alcantara covering.
After rocking the Konig wheels for awhile Nathan was fortunate enough to come across a set of staggered CCW Classics, CCWs are quickly becoming popular among the stance crowd and for good reason. These wheels instantly transform the look of whatever car they are on and always look good doing so.
Nathans CCW setup consists of 18×8 front wheels with an offset that has been adjusted from 32 to 27 via a set of 5mm spacers and a set of 18×8.5 rear wheels with an offset of 28.
With the new wheels Nathan set up his H&R coils with 2 threads left to go down up front and 5 in the rear, this setup allows Nathan to drive his Mini daily without having to worry too much about the conditions of the corners he is tearing up.
I am very glad that Nathan ed me and gave me the opportunity to not only show off the transformation of his car, but also showcase his great photography skills. If you want to see more of both his car and photos click over to his flickr account: flickr/gilboyto.
To end here are a few photos that I particularly enjoyed:
Once again a huge thanks to Nathan for the opportunity to showcase his ride.
Body drops have been around forever in the mini trucking community. When bringing the body of a vehicle over it’s frame it’s not uncommon to end up with a truck that lays rocker, or even door, but this, this is ridiculous!
This s10 has been sectioned just below the mid body line and is so low that the wheels stick up past the top of the fenders and bed rails.
I would like to see some pictures of it at ride height as I can’t imagine it looks pretty aired up with a 1/4 of the body missing, however if the builders were trying to prove that they can go lower than anyone else, point proven.
WTF Is this?
Ok, while the new stickers are not in production yet this car mocks me every time I look at the folder on my hard drive dedicated to this site. I saved it sometime ago and forgot to write down what it was and seriously have no idea.
So guess what this car is and win a set of the URL stickers, you have to be able to prove it though.
I am covering this weekend and will have my photos up latest Wednesday because on Monday I will have a new Featured Ride.
My design mocks are with right now as we work out manufacturing costs but I am really hoping to get them printed before the month is out so that they can ship out just around the time everyone has their wheels and lips back on.
Don’t get me wrong, I love slammed cars with lots of dish, camber, and stretch, but sometimes it’s too easy to forget what can be accomplished with a moderate oem+ styling approach.
This MK2 Jetta isn’t over the top, and would probably wouldn’t bring home a lot of trophies at a show, but I think it’s one of the cleanest, and best looking Volkswagens I have ever posted on here on Grosirbajuanak.
This car is so clean that I found it on a Honda forum and not a Volkswagen one.
As you all know I am a sucker for a nice set of RS’s and white and gold is a color scheme that’s hard to beat. This car is the complete package and the owner really knows how to keep it clean.
Combine that with a great photographer and you have an awesome set of photos.
If you want to see more great photos of awesome VAG cars check out
Chris used a collection of modified off the shelf parts to give his super charged 5.0 its final stance, which according to him, is the lowest of any static fox body sitting on 18″ wheels.
I will be checking out this car, and his e36, in person at this weekend, and while I can’t confirm whether or not it is the lowest 5.0 around (as I have no way of knowing) I will take lots of pictures of it so that if it is the lowest it will be well documented and if it isn’t it can be disputed.
If you are in the area I suggest that you come check out the because regardless of whether this stang is the lowest it’s road to the show has been quite interesting and it be a real treat to see all of Chris cars this weekend after all of the hard work he has put in.
While basically pointless outside of a drag strip everyone still stops to watch a nice burn out. It’s just one of those things that comes with being a car enthusiast. They are an awesome spectacle when they go well.
But when they don’t…
My sent me this first one, I pictured a lot of things happening but I didn’t expect the car to spontaneously combust! At least they chained it up instead of having people holding it?
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I am pretty sure I saw this second video on the , tires blow up in burnout contests all the time but I have never seen them do this much damage to the car after exploding. I guess Camaro’s are sort of weak?
I’ve let you guys wait long enough here are two of the 4 (maybe 5) new sticker designs I am sending off to the printers on Monday. Feel free to leave color preferences in the comments so that I can make sure to have them for the first order.
I decided to a a little ‘riskier’ with these stickers since there are quite a few clever stickers out these days and I didn’t want to feel left out!
Hopefully no one rips them off between now and when I have them in my hands!
Watching the above burn out fails reminded me of a lot of classic automotive fails I have seen via youtube so I decided that what better way to cap off today’s WTF Friday than to throw it back to a previous WTF Friday: 10 Crazy youtube car crashes
For those of you who want the WTF Friday guessing game to return it will as soon as I get some of the new sticker designs in.
Anyway I am off to ride in a BMX contest today so fingers crossed see you Monday injury free!