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Function Vs. Form

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Every day I like to make my rounds in the automotive blogsphere to keep a breast of what’s happening in other scenes. One of the blogs I frequent is . For those of you who don’t know Speedhunters is an automotive culture blog run by Electronic Arts, this blog touches on every part of the automotive hobby. Every month they do a theme, October was , and November was . Surprise, surprise, I was a big fan of slammed month. One thing I did notice via the comments though was that was that quite a few people were not fans of slammed month. It seems most of the people who were not fans based their arguments around function and those who were fans based theirs around form.

I think the age old function vs form argument is an interesting one and I look at it perhaps a little different that most. I think that regardless of what the factory’s original functional intentions were, beyond meeting the necessary requirements to move someone around, the final function of the vehicle is up to the owner.

Cars can be built a variety of ways; track rat, street machine, hard parker (show car), garage queen, dyno queen, knee jerker and so on.

that recently took the internet by storm is definitely what I would call a knee jerker.

Form: Exhibit  A
Form: Exhibit A

This car was built to the owners tastes and it causes a knee jerk reaction. I am quite sure that everywhere this car goes the same few questions are asked ‘Why would he do that?’, ‘How did he drive that here’, ‘How can someone do such a thing’, ‘When is he going to paint it’ and ‘Why would someone ruin a Datsun like this?’ I know because when I saw it I asked some of those same questions.

One could say that the owner took what a great platform and totally robbed it of its handling ability by slamming it do the ground via , sure, but at no point does the owner of this vehicle pretend it’s a track car. He built this car to bring a smile to his face every time he looks at it and drives it and as far as I can tell it’s working so the car is, in a way, being functional is it not? It’s new function is to bring enjoyment to the driver.

To flip the coin lets look at car that was built to put in a lot of track duty:

Function: Exhibit A
Function: Exhibit A

Similar to the aforementioned 240z this e30 was built to turn heads, however the difference is that it was meant to turn the heads of fellow competitors and people watching it slide sideways around a track rather than those who walk up and down the isle at shows. Sure the fact that it’s an e30 pick up would make it stand out at a show but little else was done to make this car flow together as one cohesive looking vehicle.

It’s interesting to note however that while this car now functions very well as a drift car it’s original factory function has been compromised. Non m e30s were built to carry people around in luxury, not to be track machines of any sort. BMW never intended for someone to lop off the ass end of an e30 and slide it around some pylons and corners. So if you want to look at it from that angle this e30 is now just as non functional as the 240z.

But I am not here to split hairs, we all know that cars leave the factory with a lot to be desired in both form and function.

As car enthusiasts we need to be able to embrace and appreciate at least to some degree all aspects of the hobby. but stop and think for a moment that while we are argue with each other non car nuts are laughing at all of us for putting our money into depreciating assets.

Now with that my opinions on the matter sufficiently off my chest lets look at some cars that I think function and form factions alike will find appealing.

Function meets form
Function meets form
This z28 looks great and performs
This z28 looks great and performs
I've never seen an aston look bad
I've never seen an aston look bad
Both capable machines
Both capable machines
Who said you can't rock wide dish and kick  it sideways?
Who said you can't rock wide dish and kick it sideways?

Theme Tuesdays: One Brands Trash

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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: One Brands Trash

In the early days of this blog I wrote an article titled One Brands Trash where I outlined some of the pros regarding putting down the parts catalog and looking at some other manufacturers wheels for your next set of rims. I love this trend/look and I think it helps push creative modding.

This local VW looks amazing on these e46 m3 wheels
This local VW looks amazing on these e46 m3 wheels
I know BMW owners who don't rock these rims this hard
I know BMW owners who don't rock these rims this hard
Flawless execution
Flawless execution
Another VW on e46 kicks
Another VW on e46 kicks
Apperently this e36 was rocking these c5 wheels about 2 years ago, trend setter?
Apperently this e36 was rocking these c5 wheels about 2 years ago, trend setter?
There are quite a few people getting into the vette wheel game these days
There are quite a few people getting into the vette wheel game these days
Grosirbajuanak reader Dan rocks these Vette rims hard
Grosirbajuanak reader Dan rocks these Vette rims hard
Faisal keeps it G on his Fat 5s
Faisal keeps it G on his Fat 5's
Anyone know what a set of Bentley wheels go for?
Anyone know what a set of Bentley wheels go for?
I'd drive this over a B machine...
I'd drive this over a B machine...
I actually don't like these wheels on the Benz they come from
I actually don't like these wheels on the Benz they come from
Classy
Classy
This Volvo looks right at home sitting on Porsche wheels
This Volvo looks right at home sitting on Porsche wheels
An easy way to up the status on your ride is an upscale set of wheels
An easy way to up the status on your ride is an upscale set of wheels
Another Audi on a set of Benz rims, this time something a little flashier
Another Audi on a set of Benz rims, this time something a little flashier
The Porsche/Audi/VW swapping is a family affair
The Porsche/Audi/VW swapping is a family affair

This is how it’s done

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Being Canada’s largest bmw community is known for having a few nice rides, however it’s been minute since someone on Max built up a simple, clean, low, e36. Doogee has been a max member for awhile now and every time he started a new thread with photos of his car I saved them for a future e36 Theme Tuesday. When he got a new set of wheels and spun his coil overs down I knew that this car deserved a post all to itself.

Doogee’s 328is has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last year or so. After being rear ended by a preoccupied young driver he took his car to one of the best shops in the city and got it repaired to essentially factory, if not better, condition.  At this point the car already had a few appearance and performance related modifications however the car really caught my attention when he pulled out his H&R sports and installed Bilstein PSS9s.

Dooge and a local BMX legend showing of their clean e36s
Dooge and a local BMX legend showing of their clean e36s
Doogee's ride sittin on K-1s with shave Toyo tires
Doogee's ride sittin proper on K-1s with shave Toyo tires
Doogee's car in track trim
Doogee's car in track trim with the PSS9s spun down

With an M bumpers, a new stance, Kosei K-1s, and a bunch of performance mods including: an M50 manifold, AA intake, Remus Exhaust, X brace, sway bars, and a reinforced sub frame it seemed like Doogee was just about done with this e36 modification wise and ready to make the jump to an m3 (some argue he might not actually notice a difference at this point).

That was until he found a set of oem style 5’s and lowered his car a bit more. His new look proves once again that not only are style 5’s one of the best oem BMW rims ever made (M parallels are another), but that you don’t need much more than subtle mods, clean paint, dope wheels and a perfect stance to look dope.

Being friends with a former black e36 owner I know how hard it is to keep clean
Being friends with a former black e36 owner I know how hard they are to keep clean
This is fitment.
This is fitment.
It's pretty wild that we are in November and it still looks like fall
It's pretty wild that we are in November and some areas still looks like fall
Real men rock amber corners
Real men rock amber corners
The body shop did miracles to this car, you can't tell it was ever hit
The body shop did miracles to this car, you can't tell it was ever hit
The side profile shows off just how serious this stance is
The side profile shows off just how serious this stance is, this car is perfect

While I should have posted this car multiple times before judging by Doogee’s sense of style, taste in mods, and photography skills this is not the last time you will see this car posted on stanceiseverything.com e36 owners take notes, this is how it’s done.

WTF Fridays: Two very strange things

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The world is a very, very strange place and will continue to be strange with or without the internet, the internet just makes it easier for strange stuff to be passed from person to person. While I’m not sure if that is a good thing it is at least something and it means WTF Fridays will be going for a long, long, time.

Mechaphile

I’ll tell most people I love cars, but I don’t love cars, not like this. During the course of a restoration on his VW beatle this lad fell in love with his car to the point where he needed to express his love sexually. He uses a condom, the exhaust pipe, and his imagination to get the job done.

The weirdest part is that he bought another car he considers male and is experimenting with a gay mechaphile relationship…WTF?

WTF?? Seriously
Looks like he should have spent more time restoring less time diddling

Flairs – Truckers Delight

This animation is super well done and loosly car based and very loosely based in reality. It contains animated nudity and sexuality so if your work is really tight wad might be best to watch at home.

Site Updates

This weeks been pretty textbook sent out the last batch of stickers I had on Monday so pretty much everyone who asked for them should be receiving theirs soon. If I didn’t you and say we were out (and I only had to tell that to one person) then expect some soon.

Even though no feature this week traffic was still pretty good and I have a few fans a lot farther away than I expected. I’m planning to write another article for Monday since it’s been awhile and I already have next weeks Theme Tuesday all sorted out so onwards and upwards!

Readers Rides: Nelsons VR6 Corrado

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Nelson, a member of , owns a very clean purple-ish VR6 Corrado which I first spotted at the CSCS Finale back in October. He has ed me a few times about doing a full feature on his car but my schedule and the weather just made it really hard to do late in the season, we are planning to do a full one next summer so consider this a taste of what’s to come.

Toronto  graffiti makes for great back drops
Toronto graffiti makes for great back drops
Really like this color it's unique
I really like this unique color
I've always been a fan of the fenders on Corrados
I've always been a fan of Corrado fenders
More of Toronto's great graffiti, going to have to ask Nelson where these were taken
More of Toronto's great graffiti, I'm going to have to ask Nelson where these were taken
My gf informs me Wicked is a swinger bar, but I have never been with her...
My gf informs me Wicked is a swinger bar, but I have never been with her...

Big thanks to Nelson for sending these pictures for the site and being extremely patient in waiting for his full feature.

Nice 2002 build continued

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A few days ago brought up this 2002 as the owner lives nearby where we used to work and we used to see it all the time. I mentioned to him that the car was under the knife and would look completely different the next time he saw it. Coincidentally updated his with progress pictures of the build and since the last time I mentioned it here are some of the updated shots.

This is about where we left it last time, wheels on fenders somewhat in place
This is about where we left it last time, wheels on fenders somewhat in place
Now the kit and flares have been molded to the vehicle
Now the kit and flares have been moulded to the vehicle
Early stages of the flares being attached to the body
Early stages of the flares being attached to the body
Front fender nearing completion
Front fender nearing completion
Close up of the molded rear fender
Close up of the molded rear fender

In addition to the new wheels, wider fenders, and m20 swap the car is also receiving the TLC necessary for a 70s car that has spent its entire life in Canada. The rockers and spare tire tub have already been replaced and any and all rust is being removed as work continues.

All of the work is being done by M-tricks autosports and this car should be ready in time for next summer.

Theme Tuesdays: Painted Wheels

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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: Painted Wheels

Remember not too long ago when people only put wheels on their cars that were black, gunmetal, silver, or gold?  Not too many brave souls dared to push the border past these colors, however now that black with a polished lip, and gunmetal have been done to death people are starting to get far more creative with their rim color schemes.

Like all things experimentation doesn’t always work but when it does its spectacular.

Loud solid colors

No better way to make your wheels pop than painting them a loud color. To pull this look of though you need a nice set of wheels and a great drop.

Sleepy Wagon makes another appearance on Grosirbajuanak with his old green rims
Sleepy Wagon makes another appearance on Grosirbajuanak with his old green rims
If Julian got tired of this look I can't wait to see his next one
If Julian got tired of this look I can't wait to see his next one
Without these green wheels this could be just another civic
Without these green wheels this could be just another civic

Painted Steelies

While not after market rims a lot of us rock these in the winter and maybe instead of leaving yours black this year you could try something a little more creative.

This color without the white walls would be tragic but works well  with
This color without the white walls would be tragic but works well with
This whole car took me by surprise, it's really well put together
This whole car took me by surprise, it's really well put together
Widened checkered steels on this euro hatch
Widened checkered steels on this euro hatch
A  lot of work went into these steels, worth it in the end though
A lot of work went into these steels, worth it in the end though

Painted Lips

Honestly I think I’m starting to like painted lips over polished in a lot of applications.

Pylon orange Peugeot with complimenting wheels
Pylon orange Peugeot with complimenting wheels
This Viper (srt-10) is rocking painted lips and barrels
This Viper (srt-10) is rocking painted lips and barrels
I might have posted this one before, but its worth another glace
I might have posted this one before, but its worth another glace

Painted BBS’s

A good friend of mine spent a lot of time trying to convince me to color match my RMs, I never did it because I didn’t think I could pull it off with the stock lip and the height I was at but these cars all pull of painted BBS’s (and maybe replicas) very, very well.

It takes a lot of commitment to paint a set of sought after wheels completely white
It takes a lot of commitment to paint a set of sought after wheels completely white
The license plate on this mini is killer!
The license plate on this mini is killer!
Chop shop's checkered TT once again
Chop shop's checkered TT once again
One my my favorite VWs ever
One my my favorite VWs ever
Brian's wagon had to make the list, clean and stylish
Brian's wagon had to make the list, clean and stylish
How this owner knew these two colors would work together I will never know
How this owner knew these two colors would work together I will never know
Neon green works, especially when you have enough dish to eat out of
Neon green works, especially when you have enough dish to eat out of
This post would not be complete with Sean Dub's car
This post would not be complete with Sean Dub's car

Readers Rides: Brians WRX Wagon

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Julian, the owner of this super clean wagon, from the last readers rides post spread the word about Grosirbajuanak to his friend Brian who also happens to own a WRX Wagon. I’m a big fan of Subaru’s and BBS wheels so once I opened Brian’s I responded to let him know that I would love to run some shots of his car.

Brian’s clean white 2003 WRX wagon sits on Tien Flex coilovers and rolls on a set of color matched 17×8.5 +35 BBS RS wheels. Everything on this car works really well together and it flows quite nice.

Bug eyes are my favorite generation Subaru Wag
Bug eyes are my favorite generation Subaru Wag
Props to Brian for keeping white BBS wheels so clean
Props to Brian for keeping white BBS wheels so clean
This fitment and stance is perfect, the right balance of everything
This fitment and stance is perfect, the right balance of everything
I'm normally not a huge fan of roof racks however Brian pulls it off quite well
I'm normally not a huge fan of roof racks however Brian pulls it off quite well

Ironically both he and Julian’s wagons fit in with what I have in mind for tomorrows Theme Tuesday so you might just see different pictures of them again tomorrow and if Brian and Julian are examples of the type of cars posters on drive then I might just have to get an account there as well.

On a boat

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Before emissions tests and the fear that we were going to run out of gas in the foreseeable future cars were big, very big, land yachts in fact. While today large cars seem to be slowly but surely becoming a thing of the past some cars are still big enough to be considered new age boats. 300c’s are one of these cars, compared to most cars on the road today they are pretty big, big enough to attract attention in stock trim but once slammed they demand it.

Today’s Sunday quick post is a a few 300c’s I had in my collection.

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Not only is this 300 super slammed check out the dish on the front and the rear
Fenders layin nicely on those fat lips
Fenders layin nicely on those fat lips
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VIP'd out nothing but dish
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Once again fender meets lip
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While balling rims are nice this SRT proves they are not always necessary
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Tuckin rim
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This car is probably my favorite of the bunch

WTF Friday: Crazy Finnish Rally Crashes

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Recently, one late Saturday night, I was watching and among videos of and wrecking a town,, , there was video of some insane rally crashes. Then, a few days later I saw this 10 minute video of crazy finnish rally crashes. Whenever I see these videos  my first reaction is WTF why are spectators always so close to the action?

Warning: If you are squeamish or don’t like car crashes this isn’t for you. From what I have watched it doesn’t look like anyone gets critically injured but some people defiantly come close to a spinning rally machine taking off their  heads.

If I ever go to a rally event you can bet I will be standing far away with a long lens, as much as I would want to see the cars up close I don’t really need to see the catalytic converter that bad, or feel how much it burns.

Site Updates:

Once again the featured ride stole the show for weekly top content but the readers rides this week also did pretty well, I’m always down to do both readers rides and features so if you are interested just send the to tonight regarding getting another batch done. I am thinking of getting 15 of every color this time however if you think their is a color I should get let me know in the comments.

I think I am throwing my winter tires on this weekend which is a bummer but I will probably leave my lip on until the first snow fall, we shall see. I will be working Saturday so I might need to blow of some steam with a quick post so if you have a second over the weekend take a peak back at the site and you might see something new. Keep it rubber side down!

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