Stretch & Poke! Fitted Showcase 2013
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
May 25th, 2013
Another year and an even bigger venue brought out hundreds (if not thousands) to the 4th annual Fitted Showcase event. Last year’s event (S&P Fitted Showcase 2012) was a huge success at the packed Downsview Park venue which brings us to this year’s location at the Brampton Fairgrounds – about 30-minutes north-west of Toronto. As a proud media partner, AMF was on hand to scope out the new rides on the block or those that have come out of the wood work since last season and it was not an easy feat. Cars came from all over the province ranging from the usual slammed Volkswagen Golf to some JDM machines and even a handful of domestics (including pickup trucks).
Even before the gates opened there were hundreds of cars lining up to get in and register for the show ‘n shine competition. If it had wheels and it was looking proper, it was here.
It seems that the white rim trend is back once again having died down in the early 2000s (during good old days of The Fast and the Furious).
One of the best OE+ looking rides at the show was this Mk5 Golf rocking some Bentley wheels (most likely off a Continental GT). The fact that they fit snug is one thing, the fact that they might be worth the price of the car they’re rolling on is another. Can anyone venture to guess the cost?
By far one of the coolest looking Fiat 500s in Toronto, let alone Canada now sporting some new concave mesh wheels this season.
Whenever you see an E46 M3 you know it means business especially when it’s dressed in carbon fiber, rollin gon Work Meister S1 wheels and tucked behind are massive StopTech brakes on all corners. Apparently the owner is a racing instructor and well, no doubts about that as this car is all business.
If you can stance out your Jetta, you can definitely stance out your shopping cart too! It’s always great to see tuner enthusiasts having fun with their creativity especially in way of show displays like this. Sadly there aren’t many that do so anymore, but hopefully that will change as the season progresses.
Seeing a slammed Chevy S10 is not a rarity, seeing one done with the rat-rod-rusted-out theme is. What’s not to love about the #NoFucksGiven look of this Chevy? Certainly a different approach than the usual candy paint jobs, pin striping, and chrome wheels.
New stance vs. old stance. Japanese engineering vs. American passion. Deep dish vs. rally-style. The comparison can go on for days with these two, but it does give a sense as to the changing times as a car enthusiast spanning nearly five decades. Back then looking cool was having a V8 under the hood and an odd-coloured factory paint job whereas nowadays it is about forced induction and crazy wheels barely clearing the fenders – my how times have changed.
Gotta love it when ride heights are just on point, case in point this Audi A4.
There were plenty of car clubs (or like-minded brand loyalists) scattered about the show grounds, case in point these Subaru-heads. KUDOS to them for the perfect parking jobs!
It’s good to see that 240SX enthusiasts are also starting to change things up in way of the typical look. Surely Work Meisters are a common wheel choice, but colours and aero kits are now starting to take a look of their own like this primer-colour which I believe came from the Audi paint catalog.
In case you’re wondering what’s with discoloured hood, it’s a “work in progress” – as per the driver. External oil cooler – yup, that’s intentional.
People movers, station wagons, family bus, whatever you want to call them – they’re tres cool! Who wouldn’t want a sedan with even more storage space and longer wheelbase? Put on a set of wheels and some help from air ride suspension and you’re golden.
The red Accord Coupe from LEVEL1 appears again this season with the only major change being the wheels and tires – from first glance that is. Still one of the favorites in the local scene.
Bentley wheels on a VW Golf (as seen above), wonder which costs more – 4 rims or the car? This setup is not knew to the scene (especially in the US), but becoming quite popular up in Canada.
The perfect example for what VIP tuning is all about courtesy of Liberty VIP with this pristine Lexus LS. Black with red, and lots of chrome all over.
Perfect stance and a matte grey finish makes this Golf just right for Euro fans.
There was also an inside showcase at the event housing some of the sponsor’s demos and top notch builds like this chameleon paint Honda Fit.
Love RC drifting? Well there was a nice competition going on inside and a crazy miniature track setup for participants to get sideways on.
If you wanted to pick up some of the FITTED gear, there was also a nice section to outfit your wardrobe which reminds me – I need a hat!
G35 Coupes are-a-plenty in the tuner scene with boosted engines, crazy widebody conversions, and the like. Seeing a stanced out one like this (with white mesh wheels) is something new and well, damn it looks good!
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Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec