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Theme Tuesdays: Old School JDM

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Last week on called me out on the fact that I had not posted some old school JDM rides in awhile. Since he was right I decided to check some of my local sources for some old school goodness.

I’m not as up on my classic Japanese metal as I am my American but here goes.

Classy looking Starlet to kick things off
I think this is an old Celica? - (Nope Mazda rx-3 thanks joe)
Not sure what this is (TE21 Corolla 2 door sedan - thanks Phil) but the wheels look early Supra or maybe Mitsu Starion
Japans answer to the El Camino?
This old Subaru really does look like the wagon beside it
Judging by the plate this Celica is F20 powered, what happened with Celicas anyway
How did something start of so hard then go so soft?
This slammed wag is a popular one
Another classic wag
I love tubbed cars
Wish I knew what was under the hood
I love Datsuns
Just enough Japanese race influence for me
Another 1/4 set up piece of Japanese tin
What would this post be without a initial d esque ae86
This color looks like Hot Rod Flats Midnight blue, wonder if it is
No idea what this is anyone? (3rd Gen Celica thanks again Joe)
Respect your elders!

Feel free to heckle me with your theme of choice via the comments or

Supra Spot

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Saw this waiting for me after worked and sniped a few pictures with my iphone. but I figured I would share it here for those of you who don’t or are phobic.

After I took this shot I realized it was RHD and decided to take another
This car looks pretty serious made me wish I had stanceiseverything.com cards... hmmm

As the weather warms up expect more snipes!

Build, Build, Build, Build, Update

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Seems like every build I’ve been following along with you guys has had significant progress over the past month or so.Which makes sense because as the winter season begins to slowly give way to spring everyone begins to scramble to get their cars ready for another exciting summer.

Here are updates on Pat Cyr’s F20 AE86 Build, The M-tricks widebody 2002 build, the rebuilt track e30 build, and an introduction to Aidan’s Lexus IS300 build.

Pat’s F20 AE86

Pat cruised through the motor rebuild he started last update and has droppedthe motor back inside the freshly painted engine bay, while he was at it he also laid down a coat of paint in the interior.

There is still a lot left to do in this build but Pat seems to be plowing through the work as fast as he enters corners.

Bored out engine block
Motor with low comp pistons installed
Engine bay painted
Interior painted to match
The more assembled and ready to be installed
Until next time...

Gleb’s rebuilt e30

Last I showed you guys this build a lot of the hardest rebuild work had already been completed. Since then the car has been moved from the body shop back to the owners garage so that he can continue getting the car ready for the up coming race season.

So far the only hiccup has been that the cage is a little close to the owners head in driving position, he is hoping that some seats with generous side wings will the solution to his problems.

He could just notch his head….

Glebs car leaving the body shop, looks so mean
Got rubber?
This CF dash was removed from another e30 and installed with a bit of modification
The wheel tire setup on this car is so serious

M-tricks Motorsport 2002 Widebody Build

The last pictures of this build were in gray scale to hide the final color, but it look’s like that was all a rouse since these pictures show the car in black sealer with no base coat in sight.

Either way the car is looking great and it looks like a roll bar is about to find its way into the car. I like the rear strut bar/battery box combo looks pretty trick.

Lots of wide body and lots of dish, means this car is going to turn lots of heads
Another shot of the flares and wheels
The roll bar waiting install
Battery box/rear strut bar combo
Looks like a custom center console has also been thrown into the mix

Introducing Aidan Borges IS300 build

Not too long ago Aidan, a nomadic southern Ontario native, ed me regarding his love for the site and if I would be interested in showcasing his 2001 Lexus IS300 build. After taking a quick scan of what he had in mind I knew that I would have absolutely no problems sharing this build with you guys.

From the information he sent it seems like his car will be the most aggressive wheeled IS300, if not one of the most aggressive wheeled cars, in Ontario once it’s finished.

His plans stance wise include a set of 18×8 +36 Front 18×9 +35 Rear SSR Linea Sport Rims spaced out to +21 in the front and +25 in the rear while a a set of Tein comfort sport coil overs will be put in to replace the current Tien S-techs.

Body wise he has a Kaminari Roof spoiler, a Version Select front bumper and side skirts, in conjunction with a TRD lip for the rear bumper.

Performance wise he has a Fujitsubo cat back exhaust that should be going on within the next few days.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of this build as it progresses and being able to do full feature once it’s done.

Here are a few pictures of his car now and some of the parts:

Aidan's old Supra should give you an idea of what he is capable of
Aidan's unsuspecting IS300
Tein comfort sports
Nice new cat back ready for install
Nothing like a stack of parts waiting to be installed, and a cute dog

The Impracticality of it all

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Derek Kreindler is well educated, well spoken, Toronto based car nut who is not scared to voice his opinions. He recently wrote a article titled Hella Suck for his personal blog . Hella Suck touched on his feelings towards what is now known as the stance movement and was published on where found it and all hell broke loose.

If you have yet to read Hella Suck I suggest that you do, however might I also suggest that you take a deep breath before responding to it.

After reading Hella Suck it would be to say ‘you mad’ to Derek or call him a hater, and plenty have, but if you take a second to look past the harsh words he might have for your particular vehicle or styling prefrence you might just notice that he does raise some valid points.

One of his main points in regards to practicality is fairly valid:

Maybe it will fly in California, but in Toronto, with roads like the surface of the Moon and 6 months of snow, this style is impractical if not unfeasible.

While myself, and a fair number of others in Toronto, drive their lowered  car year round I would be lying if I said it was practical. I’ve pushed snow and scraped speed bumps from Toronto Ontario to London Ontario, and even as far as State College Pennsylvania.

The fact is Toronto’s best lowest, fitted, vehicles are rarely seen in both the summer and the winter months. This is because while six months of the year we have to compete with snow, the other six we have to worry about police officers pulling our rides off the road for being ‘too low‘ a practical mind field of newly formed potholes.

Have not and will not see this car in the winter

So Derek is right this look doesn’t really ‘fly’ in the GTA, it sort of glides with occasional touches on the ground or entangles in the power lines. Those of us who love it, do it, and those that don’t ride their cars a little higher.

The second point of Derek’s really got me thinking:

Setting up a car for drifting is usually ass-backwards to what actually makes a car handle. Still, it has managed to permeate the collective consciousness of young car enthusiasts, who are unaware that buying coil overs with absurdly stiff springs doesn’t actually make a car handle well, but rather masks the deficiencies of a poorly designed car.

I’m not going to pretend that I know the ins and outs about drift setup (or grip setup for that matter) but I know a little bit about both and I have seen a few people set their cars up for killer stance and try and also claim that they have improved their handling at the same time.

I think we all know that lowering a car has a breaking point and once you get past a certain height (which is different for all vehicles based on their initial suspension geometry) handling performance begins to lose ground to aesthetic.

Which is fine!

Yep slammed, but I can't imagine it tracks as well as it could

If the owner of the car, is willing to sacrifice performance for a look that is pleasing their eye than I think they deserve the freedom to do so. This freedom should also be granted to those who choose not to slam their cars as well.

Every aspect of the automotive hobby centers around personal choice and I think it would be beneficial for all of us if we all remembered this rather than trying to force our opinions on one another.

Moving on:

Most of the “cool mods” you can do to a given car makes it ineligible for most timed amateur competitions.

This point is one that really rang true to me and I think that a lot of people missed it because  it was closely followed the “Where else could anyone consider a Corolla as “dope” while keeping a straight face” comment.

While the modifications I made to my vehicle have not made me ineligible for timed competitions (that I am aware of) they have placed me in an autocross class that is not representative of my driving skill or experience which is, and I am not too proud to admit, a rookie.

When I do finally pop my autocross cherry there is a good chance I will be racing against drivers who have done the same modifications I have done not for looks but because they exceeded the limits of the factory components rather than just got sick of how they made the car look.

While I made sure the parts I fitted to my car were from quality manufacturers and took care to install them properly their is no telling how they will have positively or negatively affected my cars track performance and this is because I didn’t build my car with a track focus if I had I surely would have consulted the rule books of whatever classes I chose to participate in.

I think that while all of us become more and more wrapped up in our own preferred tuning scene it’s becoming to easy to forget that people outside of that scene do have valid opinions.

Instead of trying to shove the stance movement, or functional movement, down each others throats lets learn to respect aspects of each others point of view in discussion and go home to build our cars to our tastes.

We don’t have to agree but that doesn’t mean we can’t be civil because at the day we are all car enthusiasts that share a love for our cars that goes far beyond the transportation tool it really is.

If you are interested in reading more responses to Derek’s original article check out “Guys, I think we should let Rudolf play some of our reindeer games before he goes postal.” and ““

WTF Friday: By the power of Gray Skull

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As a child of the 80s (84) and a product of syndicated Television I spent a lot of my youth watching cartoons such as Transformers, M.A.S.K, GI Joe, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and He-man.

All of these shows involved a some sort of crazy vehicle that made an awesome toy but not an awesome 1:1 vehicle. Thank god for people with money, skills, and determination because two of these vehicles regardless of their practicality have come to life.

He-Man Land Shark

When I saw this on (a great blog for 80s nerds) I could hardly believe my eyes. Of all the toy lines the vehicles from He-Man could easily be considered the least practical to make into a 1:1 scale replica (well G.I. Joe had some bad ones too) and yet here it is.

The owner of this Land Shark says it was commissioned by Mattel originally but no one has any idea what for. My personal opinion is that someone had it commissioned on their last day at the company as some sort of elaborate joke.

Or Skellator really exists.

Yes for the curious the mouth opens and closes
Imagine the guns shot tennis balls like American Gladiator? Also note the car from Viper in the background
LOL, first diamond plate steering wheel I have ever seen!
Note the toy on the hood, this thing is alarmingly accurate
I wonder if fake tank tracks are in the works

This car is currently being restored by and I am not sure when it will be complete but if it is half as awesome as the video below it should be great!

TMNT Party Van

I am sure a lot of you saw this one on but I have been waiting for more photos of this car since I did the first ever Theme Tuesday on Vans. At that point I could only find one picture but thankfully now there are a few more.

Naturally this 1:1 replica is based on a VW bus and really makes me wish I kept the one I had as a kid.

Not sure why the Turtle looks so bad when the rest of the build is so good
Gotta live the stingers
The interior is spot on, and the memorbilia inside, epic
Again attention to details

Site Updates

I’ve got an idea for a spring themed post that will involve a bunch of my favorite independent bloggers (ie most my blog roll) so I am going to work on s to send to some of you guys this weekend.

Other than that I am going to bug my gf to clean up those stickers so I can send them off to .

Oh I also plan to weigh in on the big debacle that’s going on right now as well.

Flashback Friday

I am going to be posting some updates on basically every local build on Monday so for this Flashback Friday I decided to throw it back to my original Build Thread post.

A few of these builds I have not checked in on in awhile so I’ll probably check a few tonight and become reacquainted.

Knightx's build is still one of my favorites, I hear its going full track next year

You ma boy blue!

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I came across this DC Integra when looking for cars with BMX bikes on the roof for this weeks Theme Tuesday.

I know nothing about this car and can’t remember which forum I saw it on so for all I know these photos could be very old. Regardless I liked the car and the photography so up it goes.

Ironically I think I would prefer it without any rack at all.

Nice composition in this shot, I think anyway
Sittin pretty flush
The green actually works well with the blue under the hood
Clean interior with Bride seats
Don't you hate when summer showers come in the middle of a photo shoot?
DC integras take very well to a slightly raked stance
I think shocker stickers have run their course but I dig this rear shot
This shot really made me wish I could see the car without the rack

Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white

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I don’t post Acura NSX’s  nearly as often as I should, I posted this drift one and this one from CSCS5 sure, but other than that I can’t really recall posting anymore.

My lack of posting the Acura super car in no way represents that I don’t like the car, in fact I think they are awesome, its more due to the fact that I can count on one hand the amount I have seen in person. This means I often forget about this car all together which is sad really as the deserve shine time.

With that in mind I decided today would be a good day to share two NSX’s that have been on my hard drive for some time (Theme Tuesday idea that has yet to materialize). One black and one white because Grosirbajuanak is an equal opportunity blog.

This car looks mean as hell
Blackface and polished lips are still not played when done this well

Anyone else got some NSX’s they would like to share? Wouldn’t mind seeing some in the comments. Is the Phaze2 one still killin it?

Winter Wednesday: Apline White on Alpine White

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After I got in last night, from shoveling snow at my fathers place, I decided to torture myself and look at coverage from . I quickly found my self among the crowd.

After seeing a while 3 that caught my eye I ended up on , a site dedicated to Mazda’s in Southern California.

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t snow in Cali but had this car posted on their blog anyway. Seeing speed3s in the snow is not uncommon but seeing speed 3s on 18″ SSR’s in the snow is.

I love the front end of mazda 3s looks so meaty... in a good way
The wheels are SSR Vienna Kreis. - Thanks Rob
18×8.5 +37  225/40, 18×9.5 +37  235/40
The specs are: 8×8.5 +37 225/40, 18×9.5 +37 235/40

So far our winter has still been fairly tame and here is to hoping it stays that way!

Theme Tuesday: BMX bikes on roof racks

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I am sure that I am not alone in noticing that roof racks have become a growing trend in VW, BMW, and Honda tuning scenes. While I am not sure how it started but it doesn’t have any indication of going away.

Since there are already lot of roof rack appreciation threads on the internet I figured to get a little creative with today’s Theme Tuesday and only focus on cars with roof racks that have BMX bikes on them.

Non riders

The interesting part about a lot of the bikes you see on the roofs of cars at shows is that they are set up nothing like how someone who actually rides would set their bike up.

The easiest way to tell if a person uses the BMX on the roof for more than just transportation is seat post height.

It would be extremely hard to do any tricks with a seat this high
Classically styled ef with a parking lot cruiser on the roof
Looks like someone is about to throw a pylon at this civic... or they are just moving it
Nicely dropped civic that I could have used in the painted wheels Theme Tuesday
Not a riders bike, but couldn't leave this one out

Old School bikes

These are bikes that the guys from would love to have in their own personal collections

The mag wheels are a nice touch with this older accord
I would love to know more info on this car and the bike

Possible riders

These bikes are a little harder to tell if they ride, they could be casual riders, or they just stole their younger brothers bike.

This hatch is perfect I love clean, glossy, black paint
The bikes a little lost in the trees so it
Even though this VW is hammered the bike has to be removed before going in the garage
Ok so it's not really on a rack, and impossible to tell the setup of the bike, but how could I leave this car out

Certified Riders

I can tell by the bike setups on these rides that these guys can, or at least could, get rad on a BMX bike at some point in their lives.

Diving board e30, BBS wheels, BMX on the top, man after my own hear
Industrial areas are always good places to ride, skis can make fun ramps in a pinch
Slamburglars has a bmxer in their midst
The fisheye makes the bars on this bike look super wide, matches the wide saw blades
This mid 80s civic wears its BBS wheels and roof rack well
This little CRX has a nice cruiser (24" BMX) sitting on its roof my guess would be an older racer
While this may not be a bmx bike, Logan from Full-lock owns this car and he does shred a bmx as well as he does a drift course

This was a fun one for me personally as I love when my love for BMX and cars come together. Hope you guys enjoyed it and for the record I keep my bike inside my car 😉

Event Coverage: The 2010 Toronto International Auto show

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This Saturday I went to the ,  which I used to go to all the time with my dad as a young buck but this is only my second year going as an ‘adult’.

Going the Saturday before the show closed was perhaps a mistake as the show got busier as the day went on making it harder and harder to take photos.

You could say I went to the 2010 Toronto International Auto Show and all I got  were these crowded photos, however the show was a perfect way to add some event coverage, and therefore original content, to an otherwise event less winter season.

A view of the madness... this was about 12 o clock or so

Big Bird

Oddly enough this truck was in the parking lot I parked at. Being pretty high this truck juxtaposed next to my car was pretty amusing to me. I couldn’t actually park beside it though as someone did the spot beside it an injustice by throwing up in it meaning that for me to get out I would have had to walk through vomit, gross.

This car needs some mudders to make the lift make sense... Mack emblems?
Lol at my roof not even making it up to the bed rails...

The Transformers Camaro

GM I have a bone to pick with you… how dare you show a Camaro SS Autobot edition with a automatic transmission. As a Transformers fan and a car enthusiast I do not condone such a travesty.

Regardless here is a pic of the emblem and offending transmission.

I'm curious what the cost of replacement emblems would be and how many will be stolen
*facepalm*

Factory performance accessories.

It’s always nice to see what sort of performance accessories manufactures offer for their own vehicles. Things like these are espically nice for people who want to keep their factory warrenty in tact.

Here are some examples from Toyota/Lexus/Scion camp.

TRD spring, strut and bar package
Lexus fsport spring/strut set up
F sport big brake kit

Concept Cars

It’s always cool to see concept cars at auto shows like these. It shows what the automotive designers really had in mind for their creation before it got watered down to meet the needs of the general public. Could you imagine where our cars would be today if more automobiles stayed in tact from concept to production?

This VW NCC hybrid concept proves that you can do Hybrid cars that don't look silly (look at you Toyota Prius)
This Soul based jeep like concept was pretty interesting, don't think Kia has a rugged frame though
The following Mazda 2 concepts are based on the upcoming to North America Mazda 2 Chassis
You can see the stock version in red, I think these have a decent chance in becoming reality
Though a little small for my needs I prefer these to the Fit/Yaris
I had considered getting my wheels powder coated a similar color
The Lexus LF - CH concept was looking pretty rad
I think the idea of hiding rear door handles on 5 doors should make its way to production
Another hybrid concept the Infiniti Essence
The Infiniti Essence concept
This car had Bat mobile like lines, I dig

New Models/Introductory Models/ Current Models

I didn’t take pictures of all the new cars at this years show because stock cars, as a rule, are fairly boring and have copious amounts of fender gap (do we really need fist size fender gaps on sedans?).

However I did take pictures on some of the more interesting models.

The more modified Coopers I see the more I like them
Some uninformed folk looking at this car were sure it was setup for drag racing...
I really like the WRX hatch but my gf seems to think I will never get one...
Nissan had this super nice GTR out
Couldn't really get a good angle of all of it so I did the next best thing...
Looks like Fords up to something
Ford Fusion T4 concept/joint project anyone know if Ford will produce any of these?
Are we finally getting a decent Focus again? Looks good
I witnessed a young man get out of this car and say it was nice but too low not a S.I.E fan I guess!
This Scion was done up to the 9s and fairly clean for a show car
Dish bigger than my iphone
Whats up fatlace?
Cars which you are supposed to be driven around in don't really appeal to me
The SLS brings back the gullwing and it's about time!
This car had so many people around it getting a good picture was impossible...
There is a lot of buzz around the, Pléthore LC-750 , aka that Canadian super car. I am interested to see how it does

Classic Motor sports and other memorable cars

There was a pretty awesome classic Motor sports exhibit at the show. In all honesty my knowledge of racing is pretty sparse but I know when a car is worth stopping to snap a photo.

In addition to these there were also a few classic sports/muscle/rods strewn about the show which were there, I would like to think, just to please me.

Every event needs a deuce coupe
Cool to see that Audi doesn't forget it's past
Race height is serious!
My program just fit underneath
This car was un restored and looked ready to get back on the track
Classic race engineering at it's finest
I sort of want to go to a vintage race event now...
This 81 Jag XJS was hands down my favorite car of the show, I've never seen a race prepped Jag before

Shelby Exhibit

Carrol Shelby is a boss. What this man has done for automotive enthusiasts everywhere is incredible. The Toronto International Auto show had a very well put together tribute to his accomplishments over the years. The aforementioned Jag was my favorite car of the show but this was my favorite part of the show.

Shelby was a big part of the vipers development, anyone remember the show Viper?
The rear wheel gap on these is a lot more than I every remembered
Sign says do not touch and yet smudges everywhere
Shelby Green Hornet Mustang replica... fine piece of machinery this
Interesting thing I notice was that this car had a mat underneath, it wasn't leaking though marking its territory!
Carols touch influenced all of these cars
This un restored bar find Cobra makes me want to go hunting
Several million dollars worth of Automotive history here
This particular one was worth 2.3 million
The information card near this car said that it was akin to driving on marbles at top speed, nice
Built to be driven
Magnificent

If you want to see some more photos from the autoshow check out Ste’s shots from media day over at and at .

Perhaps next year I can try and weasel a press pass? Doubt it but here’s hoping!

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