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.
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.
Old School bikes
These are bikes that the guys from would love to have in their own personal collections
These bikes are a little harder to tell if they ride, they could be casual riders, or they just stole their younger brothers bike.
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.
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
God bless the internet it’s provided such things this week as , rumors of a sex tape (ugh), and today’s collection of strange car related images.
Bless you internet for without you I would be jobless.
As some of you might have noticed on I finished some preliminary designs for some new stickers and the art department, aka my gf, is going to look over to clean them up before they are sent to my printer.
I have new versions of stickers with the url, something for the auto-x/track crowd, some stickers with girls in them, and something sexually suggestive. I would post some teaser pics but I want a few in my hand first so that if they do get copied at least I know I had made some first.
For those of you living outside of Canada let me give you a quick break down on our car importation laws… they suck, and when I say they suck I mean they are strange.
To tell you the truth I am not 100% on them, all I know is that going by our odd rules this R33 might be the first on our streets.
You see a lot of desirable cars that are less than 15 years of age are generally impossible to import into our fair country, and to make matters worse we have an inadmissible list that bars cars of any age for reasons only people in suits understand.
For example we can’t import a 2000 Lexus SC400/300, 1995 and 1996 Dodge vipers, and 1995 Dodge Spirit/Acclaims, and I’m not even sure anyone would want to import a Dodge Spirit but I guess someone out there needs a replacement for their reliant K.
What this means in relationship to today’s post is that prior to 2010 R33s could not be imported into Canada to be titled and insured.
With a strong knowledge of importation laws this local Toronto Mazda 3 member waited until the 2010 New Year rang in before he imported this 1995 Skyline GTR V-spec which he says is the first one titled and insured for Canadian streets. His car is the 88th R33 GTR built in this year and is 1 of 1,423 Vspecs built.
Now an r33 would be impressive at factory specs but this one has quite a list of mods; 1998 Skyline GTR factory HID headlights,Greddy 4row FMIC with polished piping kit, Greddy Profec B boost controller, with factory boost re-stricter removed (boost is now 13psi), HKS Turbo Timer, Nismo 320KPH, 11,000RPM cluster… the list goes on and on lets just say that this car is suited and booted and in near mint condition.
While this car looks amazing the owner has no plans to show it, or let it sit around collecting dust as soon as the weather clears up it’s running its paces on the track regularly, and that’s always good to hear.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
Let’s see how much I can accomplish. Should you want more pictures of cars on Work wheels check out