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Another e30 changes hands


Remember that dished out m-tech e30 that Sam and myself took pictures of at the 2009 maxbimmer.com  autumn e30 meet? You know it was silver, dumped, m30 powered and also got ?

Of course you remember it how could you forget? Well it’s been sold.

It’s been up for sale for awhile now and just this past weekend a deal was finalized and the car changed hands. Thankfully the previous owner ed his friend to snap a few photos of this car before it road off into the sunset.

Brought out in the middle of winter for one last shoot
Side profile, this shot is well framed
Can't get over the amount of dish on this car
Front end of mtech II goodness
Hopefully the new owner treats this car right

Who knows where this car will end up in the future or how it will look in the days to come. Hopefully the new owner just builds upon the already established look, but whatever happens we can always remember it as it was via pictures.

If you want to see more work from this photographer visit

Winter Wednesday: Lost e30 m3


Wow with the holiday on Monday I forgot today was Wednesday when I woke up this morning.

It wasn’t until I was driving to work in the snow that it clicked and I realized I needed to do a Winter Wednesday post for this week.

Luckily I had this gem stashed away in my gmail account and it just so happens that it will go well with what I am posting later today.

Fate perhaps.

With e30 m3s being pretty rare in the GTA I can thankfully say I have never seen one out in our salty winters, of course that’s not to say that no one brings theirs out in the snow somewhere else, as the picture below illustrates.

Looks like she didn't get very far which is could because I would hate for some dolt in a Caravan to smash into this car

Quite honestly I don’t see any reason not to drive this car, with proper winter tires, in the snow as it would be a lot of fun.

I don’t think snow (which is just cold water after all) leads to the early demise of vehicles, rather I think it’s the salt and idiots who can’t drive in the winter that kill a lot of the best enthusiast cars.

Fingers crossed this car was just brought out for this shoot and then tucked back away for fairer conditions and fingers crossed I can find more pictures of it in my travels.

JDM Rides Valve Cover Build Off


Here in Toronto our winters are long and boring, and while awd guys have fun amusing themselves in the snow, the rest of us drive around in our salt covered cars hating life.

For the past two winters has stepped in with a valve cover build off contest to help kill of some of the winter blahs.

While this years entries trickle in lets take a look at some of the best from

They are all pretty creative and I am not sure how many Honda followers I have but hopefully this post inspires someone somewhere.

Land of the rising sun
Land of the rising insurance rates?
It makes me sad that this is done so well as I despise Hello Kitty
My personal favorite, can
Not a JDM rides member but amazing none the less

If you want to get in on this contest head over the , and if you just want to look at more valve covers

Theme Tuesdays: VW Harlequins


VW Harlequins are pretty interesting little cars. Like most people the first time I saw one I thought it was some sort of joke and was pretty surprised to learn that they were actually a limited run of Golfs by VW.

I don’t think any other car company would have had the guts to produce a car that looks like this, and I don’t think any fanatics other than VW guys could make them look good.

I know the ride height isn't all that low but we are just getting started
Kids R Us? I thought it was Toys R Us? What
With mismatched panels you can rock mismatched rims
Another shot at the same show, nice plate!
Night time shot with matching BBS wheels with mis matched caps
Harlequin sittin on Daytons
Rollin shot, fitment on these is actually quite nice
This next Harlequin sits on Borbets and gets around...
infront of a VW dealership...
...at a show collecting trophies, note the shoes
Harlequin lawnmower on Ronal Turbos
The late edition, Keven reminded me I forgot one
Jetta owner getting in on the fun
Was this foreshadowing on VWs part?

Apparently only around 264 of these Golfs exist, but a few of them have been repainted solid colors in order for dealers to move them off the lot so the number is a little harder to narrow down.

If you would like to know more about Harlequins check out vw nut . He in all the different base colors, wild!

Equipped MX-5


I got in late last night from a weekend long snowboarding trip I am a little tired and disoriented but thankfully today is a holiday. I am going to use today to catch up on some things Grosirbajuanak related after I do some cleaning up here around the house. Until I get some time to write a little bit more here is two quick shots of a Mazda MX-5 dumped on some Equips.

I know a few of my Miata owning readers might say this height is impractical
But they won't say it doesn't look good 😉

Alright first things first off to make some breakfast, clean up, design some stickers, and write an in depth about this magazine that occupied my time during the driving this weekend:

This was a good read

Let’s see how much I can accomplish. Should you want more pictures of cars on Work wheels check out

WTF Friday: Lucky Camaro Owner


This might be a little old now, I’m not entirely sure, but since I just saw it, it’s safe to assume that all of the internet has yet to see it. Although these pics look super gruesome the drive actually walked directly from this accident to buy a lottery ticket since he has a horse shoe way up his butt.

The story from says that the crash is still under investigation but it’s pretty likely that excessive speed was involved. Regardless of what happened the driver is very, very lucky.

From this angle it looks pretty bad but nothing too out of the ordinary for hitting a pole
Air bag deployed always good
Holy shit!

Site Updates

Monday is a holiday here (Family Day!) so I will either be designing stickers or at the , either way I should have some interesting content for next week.

Speaking of stickers my package arrived and I am sending out some stickers today after work to San Diego, Tucson, and Hamilton.


Traffic wise this weeks Theme Tuesday is continuing to do really well which I am glad because it took some time to put together and I was somewhat worried that not everyone felt the same way I did about car models. However the response has been good and I am already working on a part 2!

Finally, depending on when you read this I will either have added, or soon be adding , , , and to the blog roll, welcome fellas.

Flashback Fridays

These two cars are some of my favorite from the VAG crowd. Low slung and dripping red paint, love it.

I like the Audi just a hair more than the GTI


I found out this week that Clint Eastwood has at least 2 Typhoons. Lucky guy.

Paparazzi should have asked for a ride, I would have
The heli might also be his

Mr Dori


I’ve posted a few S cars here and there but I really like this one. So clean, so simple, so dope.

No zip ties, no flares, no nonsense, all buisness
Such a nice setup, the cherry freshener is a nice touch

Sup Nz? More pics guess this is an oldie?

Featured Ride: Mike’s Zombie Forrester


When Mike Latter bought his 2001 Subaru Forrester he had no intentions of modifying it, however shortly after joining the he was bit with what we enthusiasts like to call the mod bug. After plenty of online research hours, wrench turning and visa bills later, Mike’s car is on it’s third revision and currently awaiting its fourth.

Like most Mike’s first round of modifications started off fairly conservative, he installed a set of RaceGear coil-overs and OZ Superturismo wheels and called it a day. Since modified Forrester’s are such a rarity in the GTA Mike’s Forrester quickly stood out and turned a lot of heads in the Summer of 2007.

Unsuspecting little Forrester
Revision 1
Back end revision 1

With the mod bugs venom seeping into his veins via the compliments he was getting on his rides new look Mike began to modify his Forrester over the 2007/2008 winter months.

Once summer of 2008 rolled around Mike further improved upon his Subuaru’s suspension setup by adding a trio of Perrin suspension parts including: a 22mm rear sway bar, sway bar mounts and sway bar end links. Mike also got out his chop saw and welder to fabricate a set of heavy duty front and rear strut bars.

While the suspension was apart he improved braking performance by installing power slot rotors on all four corners.

Revision 2

Under the newly fitted WRX hood, Borla headers were mated to a custom vibrant exhaust system, while inside a GroupA Short shifter was added, along with a set of nex carbon bucket seats for summer use, and 2001 WRX seats for winter. He also took some time at this point to shave a few pounds of sound deadening weight.

When the summer of 2009 came around Mike was at it again installing a set of 19×8 OZ Ultra leggra wheels along with a set of cusco coil overs that allowed him to drop his car lower than his previous, RaceGear, setup would allow.

Garage shot

Near the end of the 09 season, after having some time to take in his cars new look, Mike decided that his wheel fitment left a little to be desired. Aiming to fill his wheel wells a little better Mike ordered a set of custom spacers, which required longer ARP studs, and open ended lug nuts.

Mike knew that a set of Work Lug nuts would be the perfect way to set off his new fitment so he placed his order. Unfortunately for Mike these lug nuts were back-ordered and as month, after month, went by Mike soon found himself in the middle of a snowstorm on summer tires.

Dark Knight

This is when tragedy struck, one snowy November night in Burlington Ontario, in the form of a very stubborn pole. With a significantly damaged front end Mike was put in a position that none of us as car enthusiasts want to be in.

That was some pole…
Beat but  not beaten

With time, love, dedication, and money invested into this vehicle it was heart breaking for Mike to see his Forrester now almost fit for the scrap yard. After much debate on what to do with his bent ride mike eventually pushed his emotions aside Mike and decided to rebuilt his prized possession.

After spending two days locked in his garage Mike was able to get his car back on the road with a new rat/hoodride inspired look.

This car has soul

Mike’s Forrester now wears it’s battle wounds with pride and while one day Mike plans to transfer his parts over to a clean chassis he currently loves his car now just as much as he did before the accident

Mike’s plan, once he gets a new chassis, is to continue to modify his car in a way that makes it unique and eye catching.

Personally I can’t wait to see what comes next, and with the dedication and passion Mike has shown so far the sky is the limit.

Here are a few more photos of Mike’s ride in its current winter and battle ready condition:

Ratted and ready
Washing or rusting?
Flared, racked
Ready for a Canadian winter

Winter Wednesdays: an argument for ABS plastic and not fiberglass


Every year when winter comes around I have taken the lips off my cars, I take the one of my Mazda because it is fiberglass which gets really brittle in the cold, and I took the air dam of my e30 because I spent way to much time fixing that just to have some cold water mess it up again.

If I had a nice non damaged ABS example like I can only assume this civic owner does maybe I could leave my lip on…

ABS plastic is much more resilient to bumps and thumps than fg and all you would really have to worry about is it breaking at the mounting clips and paint chips.

I like the BBS RX's on this civic, damn fine looking winter mode

Still seems easier to me to take it off though…

As for our ‘big’ snowstorm today I got to work the same time I always do however it is still snowing so this probably means that it will just take me longer to get home to my ps3. Bah Humbug!

Until then though I have a draft featured ride I am going to push up on my lunch break so be sure to check back.

Theme Tuesdays: Classy Car Models


Car modeling is an interesting thing, I never really know how to interact with models at shows since I figure that by the time I show up (usually late) they have already dealt so many assholes that they have written off the entire male population for the day. Often for good reason as we can be pigs when women are dressed in their skivvies.

That’s why for today’s post I decided to pull together a collection of classy, mostly fully clothed, models that would be more approachable than a girl in a bra and some ‘?’ shorts.

This was a lot more difficult than I thought and I had to spend hours upon hours looking at women, the stuff I go through for my readers…

Ready for a night on the town
Car needs a little down and out
I posted this one before and it was well received
Santiago Gomez had the privilege of shooting this young lady
Local shop Next Mod has done a few shoots with nice models
Another with their is300
Both the girl and the car are unobtainable to me.
This photo shoot is super popular shouts too @solefoodOG on for finding these for me
Low car long skirt
This pic works your emotions... get it? ...ya
Nice hand tat here
Another internet famous shoot
Car matches the shoes girls gotta accessorize
Threw this one in for my gf since she drives a Soul
This one came from an escort service site haha
The poor mans Bentley
Another Ferrari
Photo wise this shot is amazing
Just another pretty face...
This picture is awesome
Maybe this is why models normally don't wear dresses?

If you are like me and ever wondered what goes through the mind of an auto show model be sure to check out – a blog of an unidentified auto show model. She is also on at: . I’ve already spent a few hours at work reading this blog…