When my truck got broken into and written off I was left in a bit of a lurch looking for a car. I liked the wagon like properties of the Blazer but hated it being a slow gas pig, I loved Subaru Wagons but couldn’t afford one, so I started to look at Mazda Protege 5s and although I ended up with a 3 I still have a soft spot for p5s.
I spotted this white p5 in a Automotive Appreciation thread I read and I have to say this thing looks great slammed on some works.
This p5 is actually local and I had pictures of this car saved as inspiration when I was still looking for a black p5, since then I saw this car in person at Scrape By The Lake 2009
As it would turn out these cars are actually pretty prone to rusting so maybe its good that I didn’t get one, but if I did springs would have been first on the long list of mods you can do to these cars.
Lately photographers to feature have been few and far between, winter has a big part to do with this as motivation to shoot cars often goes out the window when the weather outside is consistently -15 degrees below zero and all the cars are covered in salt. Luckily while browsing the I stumbled across a talented photographer named Santiago Gomez.
Santiago got into photography in 2007 when he was 17 and combined his new found passion for photography with his existing passion for anything automotive. Originally starting with a Nikon D40 Santiago quickly learned that the person who holds the camera, and not the camera make great photos so he did something uncommon of a lot of budding photographers, once he had a firm grasp of the basics of camera set up such as exposure and aperture, he sold his Digital SLR and dropped back down to a point and shoot Canon G10.
Santiago shot a great deal of his favorite photos with this point and shoot and was so pleased with what he was able to accomplish with this camera that when it was time to get back into the DSLR game in 2009 he stuck with Canon and picked up a Canon Rebel T1i.
So far he has been shooting with kit equipment but he is using winter downtime to research which lenses to pick up this spring to further increase the already high quality of his work.
Having already made a lot of connections in the GTA automotive community Santiago’s future as an automotive photographer looks bright and I feel very privileged to showcase his work so far here on Grosirbajuanak.
Static Santiago Gomez Automotive Photography
Dynamic Santiago Gomez Automotive Photography
Santiago Gomez Photography
Big thanks to Santiago for allowing me to post his work and if you want to see more of his work be sure to check out as well as .
Santiago is looking at picking up a project drift car of his own and considering the crowd he rolls with don’t be surprised to see his car on this blog once it’s finished.
Awhile back I saw some wild lifted cars on the (which was linked to on the ) and they amused me so I saved the pictures. I know lifted cars are nothing new but sometimes you have to wonder if they are worth the effort involved. Either way over the past few months I came across these pretty often so I figure WTF Friday was a way better way than Theme Tuesday to share them.
I sent out quite a few back logged stickers this from the Christmas giveaway and I still have one or two more sets that I will ship out on Monday. I plan on (finally) setting up a sticker page this weekend to make ordering a lot easier and it will also serve as a place for me to post up new designs as well.
I’ve also made a few small changes to the design and layout of the site over the past few weeks minor things like moving blog rolls around and making the footer not quite as deep, these changes will continue over the next little bit with a big one happening soonish so stay tuned for that. Won’t be a drastic functionality change or anything just cool looking.
consider the Stance/Fitment/Flush up-rise a terrible trash bin worthy fad that is one it’s way out, acknowledge it as valid facet of the automotive community which is helping the scene move towards a cleaner less is more approach to modification. The dedicated know that it’s all nothing new and and have been doing it for years.
AndreNY had already been going steadily against the grain for awhile when I caught up with his antics around 2005 or so. At this point he had already developed a deep fondness for what was going on in the and decided it was time to bring it the New York with his 325e.
Quite frankly he didn’t make many friends doing it, people called his wheel fitment Mexican, the fact that he chose one of the slowest e30s as rice, his car a bondo bucket and his ride height as impractical. No matter what the haters had to say though his e30 got noticed globally and was even featured in Performance BMW Magazine and is still to this day consistently posted in ‘e30 appreciation threads in forums everywhere’.
Andre sold his e30 and I know it ended up in the hands of a member for awhile but I have no idea where it is today. What I do know is that after his e30 he had a number of memorable German rides and I have complied as many as I could find into today’s post (I know an e36 is missing).
Hope you enjoy the work of someone who’s had their finger to pulse of the North American stance scene when it was barley beating.
Keeping it German and keeping it classy Andre’s tri stars have always been eye catchers.
Andre’s love for German vehicles is not brand based so he looks to keep it fresh and switch it up, here are some Audi’s AndreNY style.
Andres 5 series
Andre’s 5 series still actually lives on today with a but here is what it looked like when Andre had it.
This is the car that made Andre internet (in)famous, say what you want about the man, the bodywork, and the motor, this car it’s still iconic among the e30 community to this day.
Hopefully everything is still good with AndreNY today and he posts some photos of his latest euro car because if there is one constant among all his cars it’s that his stance will be dead on point.
I got the words “CLEAN Dinah Bitch” sent to me by via (which was a retweet of the same thing by ) with a link to the car in this post. I still have no clue what Dinah means but after some light digging I found out that this car is actually a tidy little Toyota Starlet.
A quick trip over to revealed a nice little feature on this car which is a nice little read which describes just how much work went into making this clean hatch into the car it is today.
This car looks like a blast to drive but can anyone further enlighten me to what ‘Clean Dinah Bitch‘ means though? I am a little lost on that still.
We got enough snow in the GTA yesterday to make my after work commute to the gym fairly lengthy so a Winter Wednesday post is justified this week. It’s also been and when it’s cold there are few things more aggravating than brushing snow off your car. What really gets me is the snow that flies in once you open your door, I need to keep a snow brush in my side skirt or something…
For today’s Winter Wednesday here are two cars that got caught without shelter in heavy dumpings of snow. Thank god I have always had a garage or underground parking.
So far my Hankook winter ipikes have got me through all of what winter has dished out, take that s.u.v. owners!
The concept of theme Tuesdays here on Grosirbajuanak is simple, every Tuesday I pick a theme and post a collection of vehicles with that theme that meet the stance criteria (modified suspension that suit the vehicles intent). This weeks theme Tuesday topic is: DC chassis Integras
I had two friends who owned red DC Integra’s and both of them rotted to pieces before the owners had a chance to finish them. That’s the downside to our climate I am afraid.
The clean Acura/Honda movement is one I love to follow.
Got an idea for a Theme Tuesday? I am open to suggestions let me know in the comments.
Del Sols have always stuck out as interesting little cars, they tease with the look of a mid engine sports coupe while their underpinnings are actually hinged on the ever popular Civic chassis. As a successor to the much loved and ever popular Honda CRX Del Sols never seemed to catch on quite the same, however for every 10 people who look over the Del Sol there is one individual who is willing to put some time and money into this light and nimble chassis, Erich Hachey is one of those individuals.
I first spotted Eric’s car at Scrape By The Lake 2009, I am pretty sure it was the only Del Sol at the show and it looked pretty nice sitting in the grass in front of the hotel. The second time I saw Eric’s car was at Importfest and even though there were 7 other Del Sols at the show Eric’s is the only one I noticed.
While it was fairly obvious that Eric’s Del Sol had some work done to it, it was not until I joined and Eric ed my directly that I got to know just how much work he has put into his car.
Eric, a Hamilton native, has been into the turner scene for about eight years shortly after getting his liscense and first car (an 89 Civic) at age 17. Like many car enthusiasts he has owned quite a few cars since his first and they have all received a few modifications. His current daily, a 2005 turbo Jetta, for example has about 10 grand worth of money into it just to get from point a to point b.
Off all the cars he has had Eric decided to turn his Del Sol into his show piece and while he didn’t have any pictures of the car in progress to make this a full feature he did have a few pictures and a lot of info to share about the final product.
Right out of the gate Eric was not happy with the factory performance of the Del Sol and therefore swapped the factory motor in favor of a 99 Integra GSR motor with a plethora of bolt on modifications including an AEM intake, AEM fuel rail, AEM cam gears, and venom throttle body, a Fluidyne race rad keeps everything cool while a clutch master stage 2 clutch helps put the power to the ground. Finally a DC sports Header and 2.5″ exhaust was then installed to let everyone know when Eric feels like getting well acquainted with the speed limits here in Ontario.
To balance out show and go Eric spent a great deal of time and care shaving the emblems, wing, antenna, rear license plate and third brake light off of the body. He also sourced out and modified a Buddy Club Body kit and mixed 1950 Ford green with HOK flake to create the unique mint green color his Honda now wears.
Eric knew that the stock stereo wouldn’t cut it on the show scene so he replaced the stock deck 7″ pioneer head unit, the stock speakers with Zapco components, and added some thump in the trunk with 2 OZ audio subs and installed some 2 Kenwood amps and a capacitor to power it all. As a final I.C.E. touch and a throw back to his 80s roots a 15″ tv was added with a classic Nintendo Entertainment system.
While the interior of the car was out for the I.C.E. install the door panels were replaced with custom fiber glass versions and the seats were wrapped in black leather and alligator skin. For the icing on the cake interior wise Eric replaced the factory shift knob with a Coors light beer tap.
Last but not least around here the stance was brought down via Nuespeed springs and Koni shocks while the rolling stock is 17 MSR wheels painted black.
While the Del Sol might not be a popular platform among the stance crowd I think that Eric’s unique sense of style and tasteful modifications help remind us that this platform does have a lot of potential and in the right hands () can become something worth taking a second look at.
Thanks to Eric for ing me regarding the mini feature and being the first featured ride of 09.
Looks like Christmas was good to some this year as two of the builds I have been sharing got pretty significant updates over the winter holiday, both the 2002 build and F20 AE86 build were updated so let’s take a look at what’s been done.
Pat’s F20 AE86 Build
Pats full rebuild of his drift car seems to be coming along quite nicely. The floor has been cleaned up and reinforced and he is knocking off the beginning stages of getting that Honda s2000 motor to sit between the Toyota frame rails.
Since this car was completely stripped down it will be awhile before we see complete shots of it’s new stance but Pat was nice enough to add a teaser to his account that gets me excited.
Now all of the restoration and body modification are complete and the car has been rolled into the paint booth for to get some color. The owner is keeping the color secret until the car is completely finished, I am sure it will be worth the wait.
I’ll keep my eye on both of these builds for you so keep checking back for updates.