A few weeks back I was able to make the short trip north to Montreal, Quebec for the Canadian Grand Prix with my wife and friends. Those who live in Montreal or anyone who has been lucky enough to be a part of this weekend celebration, understands that this event marks the unofficial start to summer in this amazing city. It’s been about two years since my last trip to the race here, but the excitement was none lesser the first time we made the trip back in GOSH…1998 ?
Having followed the sport year after year, it’s always a new and exciting season with the ever changing rules and technology. From changes between normally aspirated V10s to V8s and 1.6liter turbo V6 in 2014…from Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) and reduced down force zones, it’s fun to see what new is going to happen each and every year. Formula One is truly all about who has the deepest pockets which some will claim to be a bruise on the face of F1. I prefer it remain that way as this is the pinnacle of Motorsports and this is where all the ground breaking technologies are created. If money didn’t drive these teams, it would be just as boring as NASCAR with cookie cutter cars and drivers who are retired X-games athletes.
It’s very cliche to say, but one cannot truly understand the skill these drivers possess and sheer power these cars produce till you experience it in person. If you watch closely and have a good vantage point, you can actually see the car set itself with down force as it shifts through third gear on acceleration reaching top speeds in excess of 200mph.
I could go on and on about how cool and fast and powerful blah blah blah….you get the picture. But Grand Prix in Montreal is not all about the race, It has more to do with the party than anything while even the drivers will explain that this stop on the calendar is one of the most anticipated during the season. The city opens its arms to the race teams and the thousands of fans who descend upon the beautiful and diverse city.
The parties abound in all corners of the city. From the wild night activities on Crescent Street, to more refined entertainment on Rue St. Laurent or Old Montreal, there is no shortage of various ways to spend your weekend at the race. Even the race track itself is surrounded by an abundance of non-race activities as is evident from these images. This year as with many years past, Bud Light plays host to the event and literally takes over the center of the race track to toss a dance party like none other. The party seems to start on Friday and ends late Sunday with no stopping in between. I’d have to say this is always one of the highlights of the weekend.
For the longest time this was the only North American F1 event after the US Grand Prix left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but this year marks the start of the new event in Austin Texas in November. It’s great to see the FIA making a push to bring more racing to the US and everyone is crossing their fingers that the planned race in New York City will take place in 2013.
The hardest party about photographing an Formula One event especially at this track, is that it’s very hard to get a good location to shoot from so I was forced to be creative with what a Grand Stand ticket could afford. I was very happy I made that decision to rent a 300mm and an added 2X converter to get me 600mm of zoom. Please enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed taking them and DO ALL YOU CAN to get out to an F1 event !!
Every time a new model line comes out, there???s always the same reaction. There are the adventurous few who ???get it??? right away, and then there???s the majority who aren???t fans right from the start. It???s those first few who convince the rest of us to accept the new body styles, engines and whatnot. I admit, I???m not the adventurous one, but I like to sit back and see the creativity of those who are ??? case in point Mike Zimny. Certainly this has to be one of the cars that has convinced me that mk6???s have great potential, and add something different to the Volkswagen game.
Perhaps the biggest difference in the new mk6???s was the body style. The rounded shapes of the mk5 was long gone and replaced with sleek, sharp body lines. Although plenty of changes were made with the new body style, Mike had a few more idea in mind. His version of the GTI features a Euro lip, a Jetta Sportwagen grille, Euro aspherical mirrors, a 20% tint, smoked Golf R taillights, and a custom front lower grille by Dorbitz Design. Mike also chose to repaint the roof and mirrors with L041, another shade of VW black.
That???s hardly the extent of work done to this car, and I???m certain that by now your itching to know about our favorite topic- stance. Mike???s running the DP Motorsport AMP’s with copper plated face and bolts and the classy polished lips. The wheels sit perfectly with the help of custom adapters to fit the 17×8 front, and 17×9 rear wheels wrapped in Falken 512???s. Wheels are nothing without achieving that perfect low though, and Mike does so by running Airlift XL front struts and Slam Specialty SS-5???s with Airlift Shocks. He chose a 5 gallon aluminum skinny tank with ????? lines, Easy Street Manifolds and a Vlair 444C compressor with Bag Riders flow control.
As if that wasn???t enough, Mike threw in some finishing touches. The GTI is running with APR Stage 2 software, an APR 3??? RSC Turboback Exhaust, N2MB Wot Box, Revision D diverter valve, VF Engineering short shifter and APR Carbonio Intake, among other things here and there throughout the car.
Mike has thought of just about everything with this GTI, and executed each idea perfectly. I???m sure that his work will convince you to love and respect mk6???s as it did for me, and hopefully inspire some of you to get into one of your own.
Pole position, a magnificant start and the fastest lap of the race: The BMW Z4 GT3 left a lasting impression in the 40th running of the 24-hour race at the N??rburgring. While the two BMW Team Schubert cars had to make do with finishing 7th and 8th respectively after suffering technical issues, the crew had all reason to be proud of its performance in “Green Hell”. Film makers Tim and Nick Hahne sum up the eventful race weekend in this amazing video. Source: BMW Motorsport
Here’s a few photos from Formula Drift – The Wall Test & Tune yesterday. Competetion starts today and we’ll be bringing you photos from the event over the next week. Enjoy, and keep checking in for more sideways slidin’!
I was probably about fifteen when I first got to ride in a mk4 R32. Hands down, it became my favorite car. I loved the power, the speed, and the style ??? a true masterpiece. Time has passed since then and it???s become more of a challenge to find a clean, creative R that is still in good shape all these years later. My own interests have led me to drive other cars, but the R32 always holds a special spot in my heart and my memories.
I think I can speak for owner Genaro Romero when I say the R holds a special spot for him too. Volkswagen did an excellent job of designing a racecar, this one really amplifies the best features and makes them better. The list of work done to this car goes on and on, and on, and on, and, you get the point. Usually pictures can speak for themselves, and while they might here, there???s more than meets the eye ??? and I know you???re all itching for the scoop.
Everyone always wants to know about the wheels, so let???s begin there. This R currently features a set of 18??? staggered CCW 3 piece LM5???s: 18×9 with a 3??? lip up front and 18×10 with 4??? in the rear. There are also KW Variant 3 coilovers with Koni rear springs and Bluewater Performance adjustable control arms.
It???s great for a car to look good- and this one does, but the R was built for performance, so most of the mods took place under the hood. You can???t really miss the HGP R30 Garrett Ball Bearing based Hybrid turbo. The change also required custom compressor housing, an integrated recirculation valve, a head spacer plate to lower compression, high-flow fuel pump, injectors and catalysts. That???s not the end of upgrades in the bay though, including VF engine and transmission mounts, custom wrapped silicone piping, a stainless steel braided oil feed line, oil return lines, water inlet and return lines, Race Grade connecting rod bearing, Raceware head studs, and 268/263 Schrick Cams. With the power behind the new turbo, of course, the R is also fitted with an ECU upgrade and a South Bend Stage 4 clutch to ensure that the entire car works together perfectly.
Finally, this R is finished up with another all-important feature: exhaust. Every little detail has been thought of from the engine bay to the tip : Flowbenched Cast exhaust manifold with external O2 sensors, Short Runner Cast Aluminum Intake Manifold, upgraded side mount intercoolers, and a stainless steel heat shield, all running to produce the infamous R sound through a 70 mm downpipe and Milltek full exhaust.
Clearly, the mk4 R was a great model right from the start, and the opinion on that hasn???t changed over the years. Fewer and fewer fine specimens are around for us to drool over, but luckily we have Genaro???s to keep us interested and remind us of the well-deserved hype that still surrounds the mk4 R.
Let???s face it. Not every person has the ???vision.??? Or maybe, more often than not, they have the vision but they don???t have the ability to translate it into real life. Sometimes, we stumble across someone that can not only see the idea, but execute ??? and the result is spectacular. In this case, I think this is how the truck should have been made to begin with.
Yeah, yeah, I did say truck. You know were all about showing you all something new, something creative, whenever we can. This time something new means taking a step back in time to 1979. What I love about this feature is that owner Mike McKinney didn???t try to change what the truck was- a ???79 Ford Courier, but he just improved on little things to make it better than the original.
Anyone else may have called this Ford a lost cause after it was literally pulled from a lake. But it still ran and that was all the motivation that Mike needed. He kept the basics of the truck original- from the engine to the interior to the paint, paying tribute to a great old truck. The original was a 3 speed automatic, so it was converted to a five-speed. The gas tank was relocated to the bed of the truck, and a bunch of work was done to lower it: hand built shock mounts, frame notch and triangulated 4-link, and a creative technique of attaching the bags to the bars instead of the axles for a smoother ride.
Mike hit the nail on the head by paying tribute to an already beautiful vehicle, but did just enough to make it his own and cause every onlooker to do a double-take. I think many of us could take a cue from Mike and appreciate some of the finer aspects of these now antique vehicles and try to incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed???
Hot out of the box fresh, Klutch SL14 Wheels in staggered fitment is the perfect combo for this Audi B6 S4. With some small spacers the owner was able to dial in his ideal fit.
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Front: 18X8.5 ET 42 with 5mm spacer up front.
Rear: 18X9.5 ET 45 with 16mm spacer in the rear.
Tires: 235/40/18 General Exclaim UHP’s
Every Thursday night starting from May 3rd to September 27th Martino Auto Concepts and the Glen Cove Fire Department host a weekly GTG (Get-Together) for car lovers of all sorts. If you’re into cars with stance, performance, quality, exotic, or even hypercars, this is the GTG for you.
Around 9pm people start leaving to head to a follow-up meet located at RPM North which specializes in highend cars, tuning and other automotive needs, where people hang out and enjoy the essence the automotive community brings.
Without further adieu, I give you some images brought to us by Klutch Photog, Arthur Leytman.
One of the biggest factors when buying a car is money. Always has been and always will be. Sometimes that means that the car we have big dreams for is far from perfect when we sign on the dotted line. August of 2010 found Bobby Kershaw signing away for an mk4 Golf 2.0. He purchased the car with the intention of getting him from A to B while in college.
The Golf was far from perfect when purchased; so much so that many others would have been scared off by the primered bumpers, lights that didn???t even work, Ebay halo headlights, and missing pieces of the interior. Bobby saw the diamond in the rough and found his daily driver. There was plenty to do just to get the car up to operating mode. Once he finished fixing the little things though, he just kept going and going and going.
Looking at the Golf today, you would never imagine what it has evolved from. Time and lots of hard work has led Bobby to this point. Today the pristine white paint offsets the Jetta front end, R-line bumpers, a nice set of Bixenon X5 projector headlights in place of those Ebay lights. The body has been rolled, shaved and pulled so that everything flows perfectly: from the fenders to the doors to the hatch.
Plenty of cosmetic upgrades have been added to the Jolf helping to form a complete package, each piece tastefully selected. Bobby has thought of every detail, down to a color-matched euro plate. The car now has an STI stubby antenna, a mkV steering wheel, color matched trim and engine covers, and 20th AE pedals, among other cosmetic mods.
The car is lowered on Raceland Ultimo coilovers, and a frame notch helps it sit perfectly around a set of staggered Miro 111???s (18×8.5 and 9.5) and wrapped in Falkens. I???m certain that buying a car in the shape that this one was in was no walk in the park and probably caused plenty of headaches. However, it was a blank slate for Bobby to create with and we can all see the payoff of his hard work.
It???s so easy to lose sight of a car. What I mean is, when you???re working on a build, it???s all too common to forget what you started out with. The result is usually a bunch of cool ideas all thrown together into a not-so-cool ???show car.??? One of the hardest things to do is to keep in mind what you started with and stay true to what the manufacturer had in mind??? only better.
You???ve seen this trend happen in the MK4 world. Sometimes they don???t even end up looking like MK4???s anymore at the end of the process. It???s refreshing to see someone take the OEM+ route and keep it clean, simple, and tasteful. With cars like this, the pictures really speak for themselves.
This MK4 GLI does just enough to highlight the cool features of the car without going over the top. Mike has made well-thought out choices on this build so far- starting with a full Reflex Silver re-spray, spiced up with some heavy doses of PPG Frost Blue Pearl, to give it a little extra oomph. It is honestly little details like this that brings life and style to an already well-thought out car.
Of course like any car in the euro world- the focus is on the wheels. And wow, holy wheels. They look like they were made to be on this car- a perfect match. The polish of the OZ Futura???s and the Reflex Silver are a simple combination, yet such an eye-catcher. The stagger, 18×8.5 up front and 10???s in the back, is perfect framed by the body of the car, lowered to wrap around the wheels with Airlift Slam XL up front, and, surprisingly, Firestone bags in the rear.
Exhaust, a Momo steering wheel, mk5 antenna, and euro trunk finish off the car. As we???ve seen all along, keeping it clean, simple and beautiful actually makes this car stand out from a sea of wannabes. Props to Mike for remembering what he started out with, a clean MK4 GLI, and making sure that is seen even in this end result.
Another Klutch Wheels product feature. This time we put another staggered set of Klutch SL14 onto a bagged MK4 Volkswagen R32. The set-up is very straight forward and only required small sapcers to dial in the perfect fitment. The SL14 wheels will clear stock R32 calipers with no spacers but may be required depending on which coil over setup you are running. In this case only a small spacer was needed to make room for the air bag set-up.
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Front: 18×8.5 ET35 (Final ET25)
Nitto Neo Gen 205/40/18
Rear: 18×9.5 ET30 (Final ET 22)
Nitto Neo Gen 225/40/18
Airlift Slam Series Air Suspension
Accu Air Management
We’re starting something new here at Klutch in the form of Product Features. We’ve got a lot of really awesome customers from all over the world putting our wheels on cars, and we want to share them with you. A lot of exciting stuff is going on here at Klutch HQ to make this show season the best one we’ve had yet. So without further adieu, Check out these shots of Chaz Culver’s Mk4 GTI on Full Polished SL14’s.
Front: 18×8.5 ET35 (20mm Spacer; Final ET 15)
Nankang NS-II 215/40/18
Rear: 18×9.5 ET30 (No Spacer)
Nankang NS-II 225/40/18
Finish: Full Polish
If you live in the New England area, then you probably already know this car. For those of you who don’t, and those of you who already do, meet Annie and her b7 a4. The b7 is still a relatively new platform in the euro world, and not too many people have tackled it yet. Luckily, Annie isn’t afraid of being a ground-breaker.
Annie has started off with tried and true mods on her car: from wheels to exhaust to achieving the moar low that we’re all chasing. The A4 has an 034 test pipe and Stasis exhaust. Its also been upgraded with a Carbonio CAI, BSH catch can, and a carbon fiber engine cover under the hood.
I have to say that those wheels are definitely the highlight of this build so far. It’s hard to turn away from them, especially the polished look against the full BMW jet black color- resprayed by Alpex Autobody. They’re CCW Classics: 18×9 in the front with a 1″ lip and 18×9.5 in the rear with a slightly larger 1.5″ lip. The wheels are really brought to the forefront with the car slammed around it- with AirLift Slam series all around and with a full Votex kit to top it off.
This Audi’s already a show-winner, snagging first place at Dustoff just last weekend, and lucky for us, Annie isn’t done with the car yet. She’s hoping to do bigger lips on the CCW’s, a new trunk setup and big turbo. You’ll be sure to see this car at the shows this year, likely snagging more awards, so keep an eye out for this girl!