MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show 2013
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
March 22-24, 2013
As the second annual event for the MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show held just outside Toronto, Canada, the odds were stacked against it just like last year with the show date set early in the season. Filling up nearly seven halls and 500,000 sq. ft. is no easy task especially in a region whereby the cold weather lingers well into the spring season. After two days packed of roll-ins from cars, trucks, and motorcycles coming from across The Great White and America, the doors finally opened on Friday morning to an anxious crowd waiting outside the International Centre. This year was to mark a benchmark with not only attendance numbers, but also unique celebrities on hand throughout the three-day event, including the 2013 Grand Marshall Bill Goldberg of WWE fame.
The first two halls were full of the expected classic, muscle, and hot rod selection. One of the most beautiful cars at the show was this second generation Chevrolet Impala in the BASF booth. Alongside it were three other incredible machines including Rick Nash’s custom Camaro and Kyle Marcelli’s Pfaff Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car. To make things even more incredible, BASF had legendary car builder and automotive icon Chip Foose on hand for photos and signing – a true experience for any gear head!
Although there were plenty of hot rods at the show, this one caught the attention of many possibly due to the stereotypical flames paint job. Regardless of one’s take, chrome wheels, low stance, and a roadster can never seem like a bad thing.
Our good friends at FAST Wheels came all the way from Montreal, Quebec to showcase a huge selection of their rolling products. They also had an awesome drifting-style game setup whereby the winner took home a set of rims! Talk about giving back to the car community!
The beautiful and charming Miss MegaSpeed 2013 Melissa Danielle was on hand signing posters for her fans! Does this cutie ever not smile and make you feel welcomed? Nope, never.
It was also great to see Porsche tuning experts and HRE Wheels dealer SportsCarBoutique showing up with this GT3 Cup car and a modified Cayman. If there is any race car to want above all others, it is this one!
Other than the Porsche splendor, there was also a selection of exotics in an adjacent hall from ExoticCarTours including this Aston Martin Vantage, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 360, and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. There was more horsepower in this row than most halls combined… kidding.
Over at the tuner hall, our good friends at NextMod brought out a selection of their beasts including a track all-motor RSX, widebody 370Z, and the notorious Mitsubishi Evolution.
Love your Nissan Skylines? How about the R34? Well RightDrive has the hook up and displayed this R34 GT-T that just came off the boat! For just under $20,000 (CAD) you can be behind the wheel of this right-hand drive beast or hold off a few more months until the coveted GT-R becomes legal, but be sure to pony up the coin for it as well!
One of the biggest highlights at the show was none other than the Shining Monkey booth. In it was not one, but two legendary machines – the orange beast is a Nissan 370Z driven by Formula Drift pilot Chris Forsberg and the right Ford Fiesta is by the man himself Ken Block! Forsberg was on hand on Saturday and Sunday singing posters and posing with fans. Unfortunately, Block wasn’t able to attend the event due unbeknownst circumstances despite the advertisement of such and the disappointment of many.
Canada’s favourite blonde model, Ms. Alisha Lynn looking pretty as always! Lynn was on hand all weekend long signing posters and taking pics with fans. If you may recall, she was Miss MegaSpeed 2012 so to have her around again this year was a big surprise and one that many loved!
For the Euro crowd, this slammed VW Jetta from K&H was sitting on a set of Fifteen52 wheels – yup, the same type that Ken Block rides on! As APR Tuning specialists, reworking this Jetta’s engine management was no issue. Be sure to check these guys out for your VW and Audi needs!
Got boost? Thought so. This monster turbo Honda Civic drag car had even non-Honda fan boys drooling – including myself. How fast do you think this hot hatch runs the quarter mile?
It was great to see the Boersma Racing Honda Civic SiR turbo on display at the show. This red rocket won one of last year’s CSCS time attack classes and a well deserved win at that! We’ll be posting more on this awesome man and machine in the coming weeks especially considering that he’s part of Team AMF!
For the domestic crowd there were plenty of Ford, Chrysler, and GM cars scattered about. This 5.0-liter Mustang was a draw especially as it just came out of the paint booth weeks ago and had its candy apple red paint glistening! See the massive rear wheels? Ya, that’s a hint there’s power under the cowl hood. Show and go!
One of the biggest performance part stores coming up in the scene is that of Garage16.ca and it is no wonder why – they have everything! From the usual DIY goodies of Plasti Dip to steering wheels, and having the beautiful Saven Mi on hand to help doesn’t hurt either!
One of the cleanest cars in the scene if not Canada is Tom Wilga’s TRD supercharged Toyota Celica. Every piece of this car has been reworked in some capacity and for this show, Wilga had redone the entire audio / visual setup. That is what you call dedication ladies and gentlemen!
Another awesome car in the scene that got many looks was John Weatherbie’s Mazda 3 sporting custom paint, a custom widebody aero kit and conversion, crazy concave wheels, and an incredible low stance. If you haven’t checked out this ride yet, be sure to do so this coming season and make notes!
Do you have a thing for bling? Then Brian “Elevated” Requena’s Civic hatch is one to make you cry with joy while wearing protective sunglasses from all the shiny bits. If you want to learn how to win shows and get street credit while doing so, have a talk with Requena about his build – it doesn’t get cleaner or more shaved than this!
No show would be complete without some motorsport influence in way of parts. Next to the Garage16.ca booth was a NEO Motorsport display showing off their latest goods including big brake kits and coilovers. Unlike other brands, you won’t break the bank here and at the same time are tried, tested, and true on the street and circuit – just ask any of the pro drivers currently using their setups!
For all your accessories and parts, TOO FAST MOTORS was on hand giving away some crazy deals like HID kits for $60! Just across from them was an awesome selection of cars they sponsor and have helped build including a slammed 350Z and the eye-candy of all a Ferrari 430 Scuderia!
The Nissan GT-R (R35) – what show would ever be complete without one or two or three of these beasts? Gotta love the Koi fish graphic design on Godzilla.
Bringing out thousands of spectators and one of the largest selection of cars for any show in Toronto, the 2013 MegaSpeed show was a success. Despite hitting a few speed bumps throughout the weekend (mostly pertaining to the lack of a certain celebrity appearance), fans enjoyed the cars, stage presence and crowning of Miss MegaSpeed 2014. With this year in the books, it will be interesting to see how next year’s event pans out.
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Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec