December 5, 2013

How Paul Walker’s Death Has Turned Toronto’s Tuner Scene into a Pissing Match

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — Patrick Logan @ 11:00 AM

Sunday morning your Facebook feeds were filled with shock of your friends with the death of Paul Walker. He was our generation’s Carroll Shelby, not because he built a crazy sports car or won a ton of races, no he helped build the tuner scene on the big screen. We watched him grow into a gear head through all but one of the versions of the Fast and Furious franchise.

In the days that followed – like any celebrity death the news trickled in and out – and we are still left hanging in this unknown of what actually happened, but in the end does it matter? Two people lost their lives (as a lot of people are glazing over Roger Rodas’ death as well), two families are torn apart and everyone is left sad.

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So how do you fix that sadness? Well a lot of the Toronto tuner community has been talking about doing a memorial cruise to raise money for Paul Walker’s foundation It is a great idea, but it has quickly (and sadly) turned into a pissing match with three groups now wanting to all cruise on the same day. Now the smart idea would be for everyone to follow up with the first group and send their followers there, because in the end this is about raising money for charity and not about who’s name is presenting the cruise!

That common tuner spirit has lost its way as the “Wal-Mart of meets” has done it’s very best to muscle in wherever it can. To add insult to the situation they are pushing their own name and its “sponsors” within its advertisement for the cruise, a true act of classlessness.

What we are left with is a divide between the first to announce and the biggest in town. Its sad really and it gives a good sneak peak into how next summer will be.

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As for me, well I have donated $100 to and to honor the late Paul Walker I will be taking my car to a parking lot and revving the hell out of it as I speed to a nearby guardrail shifting 8 times only to put my car into a spin then walking into the AMF office and yelling “My car topped out at 140mph this morning… I need NOS!”

Want to do something positive? DONATE to ROWW —-> HERE!

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa


September 19, 2013

Stouffville Motorfest 2013

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — Adam Gordon @ 11:00 AM

Stouffville Motorfest 2013
Teva Grounds
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
September 14, 2013

Since 2009, the community that attends Stouffville’s Motorfest has been growing exponentially year by year. The show started with a group of enthusiasts who wanted to gather the local car scene together and raise money for a deserving charity. A few years later, the plan came to life as the Stouffville Motorfest became an official donor to Teen Challenge GTA, a charity aimed at helping young people overcome addictions of all kinds.

As the show went on through the years, the annual summer gathering became bigger each year, eventually becoming what we saw on Saturday: A big, diverse community with a common passion: Nice cars. Now that the show is one of Ontario’s premier car shows, you can imagine the quality that attends the meet. Variety was the name of the game as hundreds upon hundreds of cars filled up several parking lots, open fields and even the surrounding town. Let’s dive in, shall we?

One of the first things noticeable from the road on the way in was this super rare 1975 Bricklin SV-1 in show-worthy condition. Its gull-wing doors stretching high into the air demanded a glance or two from passing drivers.

Is there a Mr. Bond in the house? This Aston Martin DB7, also visible from the road, was proudly waving the flag of its true heritage.


The show was especially popular among the hot-rod crews from the surrounding areas. As you can imagine, these guys made quite the noise.


Good old fashioned muscle was a big theme here as well, and this Plymouth Barracuda was a stunning example.

Custom trucks were a big part of the show. This awesome S10, which we also spotted recently at Torque Modified, drew a lot of attention. It was a clear favourite among many mini-truck fans.

Here’s a new one. We weren’t kidding when we said variety was the name of the game. This V8-swapped RX7 was really one of those love-it-or-hate it ordeals. We love it.


One of the more outrageous vehicles was this restored, and fully functional, sprint car, which made well in excess of 700 all-motor horsepower.


We spotted these two classic beauties in one of the lot’s corners. Does anyone recognize these two from Tim’s garage?

As always, we would like to thank everyone who made this show possible. We’re excited to see Stouffville Motorfest growing so quickly, and we look forward to seeing what future years bring to this great show for a great cause. If you’re a classic or custom fan, this one is a must-see!

For more information, visit Stouffville Motorfest


July 23, 2013

Tim and Brenda’s 3rd Annual Cruise for the Cure Show ‘n Shine

Tim and Brenda’s 3rd Annual Cruise for the Cure
MHS Farms
King City, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, July 21st, 2013

This past Sunday, King City car collector Tim Schmidt, opened up the doors of the family estate to the public for a massive charity show ‘n shine. For the third year in a row, classic, rare and eccentric car owners came in spades to the countryside to enjoy the day at Tim and Brenda’s place. Drivers, spectators and family alike were treated to a wide variety of entertainment, ranging from live bands to an inflatable bouncy playground for the kids. In addition, guests were also able to walk through Brenda’s barn, home to 6 beautiful horses, appropriately named after some of Tim’s mightiest cars.


As soon as 9 m hit, the gates were open to an eager and early line of cars. It’s a good thing Tim and Brenda have a large property, because the size of the show has been growing exponentially since its inception and this year was no exception. Row by row, classics, muscle cars and hot rods began to fill the judging area. As the day went by, the variety of the cars grew, as classic exotics, donks and some real automotive gems made their way to the show.


Towards the back of the estate, Tim’s garage was opened up as a showcase of his car collection. His newly-wrapped chrome blue GT-R, which was absent when we first took an inside look at his garage, was sitting pretty next to his muscle cars. There was even a cake for Tim’s birthday made to look just like this car!


If rare, gorgeous and powerful is your thing, you might like this HEMI Cuda almost as much as we do. Looking absolutely stunning, this black beauty stole the show, and drew a constant crowd throughout the day. This is truly a timeless dream car.


Adding to the list of legendary muscle cars was this beautifully rebuilt drop-top GTO ‘Judge’, rolling with a group of other GTO drivers.



Not all of the legendary status belongs to the muscle. Take a look at this incredible Lamborghini Diablo SV flexing for the camera.


The custom and hot rod crews of the surrounding area also made their presence known at the event. Some of the attention to detail was beyond impressive.

By the end of the day, as tired guests and awarded drivers packed up to go, Tim and Brenda’s 3rd Annual Cruise for the Cure hosted over 600 cars with the goal of raising $100,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada and Shriners Hospital for Children. Until next year, Tim and Brenda!

For more information, please visit Tim and Brend’s Place


November 20, 2012

CIAS 40th Charity Gala | Presented by MegaSpeed

Canadian International Auto Show 40th Charity Gala
Metro Toronto Convention Center
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
November 16th, 2012

Each year the Canadian International Auto Show alongside the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association host a charity gala to raise funds for a good cause. This year the theme (if you will) was all about Canadian motorsport legends such as Ron Fellows, Paul Tracy, Scott Goodyear, Richard Spenard, and Alex Tagliani. Furthermore, our good friends at BASF and MegaSpeed got together with other partners to build an incredible looking Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that was to be auctioned off later in the evening.

Upon entering the hall where the gala was to take place, there were an assortment of iconic Canadian motorsport race cars like this #43 Chevrolet Camaro as well as Paul Tracy’s awesome looking IndyCar.

Starting off the night was well known Canadian comedian Mike Bullard with some opening words and shots at a few notable guests – in true Bullard fashion of course.

Canadian artist Ron Gibbs of Burlington, Ontario painted a commemorative hood depicting the Canadian motorsports legends honored at the gala along with the graphics on the Camaro ZL1.

The highlight of the auction was by far the custom ZL1 that has been customized with an incredible BASF paint job and graphics to start. The custom carbon fiber bits were produced by Multimatic of Markham and the wheel package courtesy of MegaSpeed thanks to MHT Wheels Inc. It is said that nearly $40,000 went into this one-off project build tallying up the vehicle’s value at nearly $100,000!

President of the Canadian International Auto Show Sandy Liguori and his beautiful wife pose for a photo op while enjoying the evening’s live entertainment.

One of the presenting partners of the charity gala was Nissan Canada seen here posing next to the event’s highlight celebrity and fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd aka Blues Brother Elwood.

One stage for a good portion of the night was a Blues Brothers cover band that played all the awesome songs one would expect. Not only was their performance on point, but so was their appearance making it seem like the real-deal.

By the gala’s end, it was time for Blues Brother Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) himself to take the stage and rock out with the band. As if the alcohol and delicious multi-course meal didn’t already make people happy, rocking out to the very best blues n’ funk tunes sure did. People young and old took to the dance floor to strut their stuff – this is what good nights are made of!

A big thanks to the staff of the Canadian International Auto Show and MegaSpeed for the invite. Onto an incredible car show come February where all the new toys will be out on display!

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec



November 19, 2012

‘Bolt Gold’ Nissan GT-R Charity Auction

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 9:00 AM
  • Nissan to offer a specially gold-painted 2013* (MY14 for US market) model year GT-R Premium Edition via charity auction
  • Auction begins November 22
  • Nissan to produce only one ‘Bolt Gold’ GT-R specifically for this online charity auction
  • 100% of the charity auction’s proceeds to go to the Usain Bolt Foundation

Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is taking his passion for speed and performance, and his desire to help others, and applying them to charity. A unique 2013 model year “Bolt Gold” GT-R will go to the highest bidder in a global online charity auction to be held on eBay from November 22 to December 2, 2012.

The highest bidder in the charity auction will become the owner of the one-of-a-kind ‘Bolt Gold’ GT-R, a 2013 model year Nissan GT-R painted the same gold color that left a lasting impression on Olympic champion Usain Bolt at a fan appreciation event hosted by Nissan in Yokohama on October 11. All proceeds from the charity auction will benefit the Usain Bolt Foundation, which was established to support educational and cultural opportunities for children and young people in Bolt’s home country of Jamaica.

Usain Bolt teamed up with Nissan in June 2012 as a brand ambassador, and he recently became the company’s honorary “Director of Excitement” for the new Nissan “What IF_” global brand campaign. As part of this expanded partnership with Bolt, Nissan is preparing a special 2013 model year Premium Edition GT-R, painted ‘Bolt Gold’, for the charity auction. The car will feature a gold plate embossed with Bolt’s signature and his autograph.

It will be built to the performance specifications conforming to regulations in the winning bidder’s country of residence. Nissan plans to deliver the car to the winner in March 2013.

The car will be auctioned on eBay Motors;  please see the eBay Storefront page at The online listing can be accessed by people in regions around the world, and bidding will be open to residents in countries where the Nissan GT-R is currently sold. Bidding is set to begin at 12:00 GMT on Thursday, November 22, and ends at 11:59 GMT on Sunday, December 2. Bids will be limited to residents of countries where the GT-R is currently sold. Please refer to the corresponding Nissan Global Facebook page at for more information, including FAQs and applicable regions.

All proceeds from the online charity auction will go directly to the Usain Bolt Foundation (, established by Bolt to give back to his community and help children in Jamaica.

“This project excites me because it brings together my passion for speed and excellence, and my desire to help kids and young people,” said Usain Bolt. “Thanks to Nissan, all the revenue from the GT-R charity auction will be donated to the Usain Bolt Foundation, which will go directly to children to help develop their education and allow them to participate in sports. It warms my heart to help kids and young people who are in the starting blocks of life, and it would be wonderful if someday this activity leads to a ‘Second Bolt.’”


September 28, 2012

#MegaMeet Car Meet

#MashUp Car Meet | Presented by MegaSpeed
Michal-Angelo’s Market Place
Markham, Ontario, Canada
September 27th, 2012

The first-ever #MashUp car meet last week was a great success, since then the car meet name has been changed to #MegaMeet. The decision to change the name was not an easy one, but it had to be done considering both MegaSpeed and AMF wanted to welcome and incorporate all makes / models of vehicles and what better name than Mega to represent such a thing? Marking the second week of the car meet, the crew decided to put a spin on things in way of giving back to the community especially considering that the Daily Bread food bank is in dire need of non-perishable goods and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So instead of just a gathering of like-minded gear heads, why not incorporate a food drive – right? All that we asked was for participants to bring one canned good and to the surprise of many, our calling was heard. Furthermore, the first 100 cars that showed up would receive the all-new logo decal for #MegaMeet (courtesy of Rockstar Graphics) and by 9:15pm, the first lot began to fill up.

Cars came from across Southern Ontario from as far away as Waterloo and Durham Region. Our good friends from Brimell Scion brought out three stellar machines including the TTS project Scion tC, the new Scion limited edition tC and #ProjectFRST!

#ProjectFRST caught the attention of many enthusiasts that passed by, be it domestic big-block fans or even those on two wheels coming north from the Leslie & Lakeshore meet.

On the other side of the lot sat this awesome looking Nissan R33 GT-R with some dished wheels and stretched tires.

The Chozen Customz crew of Durham region came out to support the meet and brought out some awesome cars including this mean sounding Oldsmobile Cutlass. Under the hood is a fully built 383 stroker built by Patriot Performance and hearing it enter the lot shook our bones in delight.

For those fans of American Muscle, there were plenty scattered about from the usual supercharged Mustang to this drag-ready black Chevelle SS. Yes, what you’re seeing is a cut out in the hood which can only mean that this Chevy isn’t mild mannered.

Other modern muscle included this 550hp Dodge Charger SRT8 that was completely blacked out with the exception of two off-centered racing stripes. As soon as it pulled in everyone began talking about it especially as it is fairly rare in its own right, let alone the custom work done to it like the one-off wheels.

Our friend from SK Performance showed up with his slammed VIP Lexus LS. If you’re looking for a boss car then the LS is your only option. If you’re looking to get some lighting goods for your ride, then SK Performance is your only option.

This gent came all the way from out West with his Lotus Exige. If no one is aware by now, I (along with many track fiends) hold a special spot in our heart for this English sports car. Talk about riding on rails, the Lotus doesn’t get any better.

These pocket bikes were brought to the meet and everyone welcomed them with open arms, especially as they kept on riding around the lot. A big shout out to TERM416 for coming out again to show their support and for proudly rocking the decals on their rides!

It is without a doubt that the food drive was a huge success. We were able to fill an entire shopping cart full of non-perishable items from pasta to canned soup and everything else one could image. It is times like these that as a community we must gather around and help those less fortunate. A big thanks to everyone for making this possible!

The winner of the “Best in Show” prize pack was the owner of that sweet looking Charger SRT8! In the goody bag consisted two (2) passes to MegaSpeed 2013, a complete Shining Monkey car care kit, decals, t-shirts, and an oil change voucher from ENEOS Canada and MT Motorsport. The meet brought out just under 200 vehicles throughout the night and a handful of motorcycles as well. The weather was chilly, but that didn’t keep the true gear heads for showing their support. A big thanks go out to all the staff, volunteers, sponsors, and of course those who brought out their cars be it from 20-minutes away or farther.

We have now setup a #MegaMeet Fan Page on Facebook for everyone to ‘Like’ and get information about future meets. As it stands, we will be hosting the #MegaMeet once again this coming Thursday October 4th, 2012 from 9pm – 12am and look forward to seeing everyone there again!

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos: Mark Harris


May 4, 2011

A Rocking MINI by DSQUARED² for the 2011 Life Ball

Filed under: Lifestyle,Press Release — Tags: , , , , — AutoMotoFoto @ 10:03 AM


A rocking MINI by DSQUARED² for the 2011 Life Ball.

Initial sketches of the Charity MINI are presented in Vienna.

Munich/Vienna. Dean and Dan Caten, better known as the designer duo DSQUARED², yesterday presented the initial sketches of the MINI they have designed exclusively for the 2011 Life Ball. Three weeks before the grand unveiling of this one-off model on 21 May, the Canadian twins are granting a first preview of what this absolute MINI must-have for men will look like. Since 2001, a MINI created by world-renowned designers has been a pivotal element of the Life Ball. This year, carmaker MINI is supporting Europe‟s biggest AIDS charity event for the 11th time. Each year a legendary one-off MINI is produced for the Life Ball, the proceeds of which go to projects combating HIV/AIDS.

Dean and Dan have been dedicated fans of the MINI brand for some time. In April 2010 – freely based on the motto “Time to pack my… MINI Countryman” – they kitted out the latest MINI model with their selection of essential travel accoutrements for the perfect get-away. The brothers have long cherished a desire to design a MINI Cooper S in their very own style. Dean and Dan are thrilled with the assignment: “If we were a car, it would be rugged and robust. Our MINI „Red Mudder‟ is an accurate reflection of that. With the maple leaf on both doors and the DSQUARED² logo on the front shield and wheels, this is unmistakably our style.” In recent years, designers such as Agent Provocateur, Donatella Versace, Diesel, Missoni and Gianfranco Ferré have stepped up to the drawing board and designed a MINI for the Life Ball. The 19th Life Ball will be held in Vienna on 21 May and, as ever, will draw in celebrities from around the globe.

The social commitment of the BMW Group.

Worldwide measures to combat HIV/AIDS are one of the main elements of the corporate and social policy pursued by the BMW Group. The company‟s involvement in South Africa is particularly wide-ranging, covering a comprehensive workplace programme for employees and their families, plus a number of different projects in the local communities and further afield. The carmaker is also committed to fighting this pandemic in other affected countries, such as Thailand or China. Membership of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC) underlines its long-term commitment at its various locations.

Timeline of the Life Ball MINI.

2001 – camouflaged MINI, as event precedes market launch

2002 – Charity MINI
With autographs from German/Austrian and international celebrities (e.g. Elton John, No Angels, Heidi Klum, Emma Sjöberg, Mavie Hörbiger)

2003 – MINI designed by Missoni
MINI Hatch by Angela Missoni

2004 – MINI designed by Ferré
MINI Convertible by Gianfranco Ferré

2005 – MINI designed by Versace
MINI Convertible by Donatella Versace

2006 – MINI designed by Diesel
MINI Convertible by Diesel / Renzo Rosso

2007 – MINI designed by Testino
MINI Hatch by star photographer Mario Testino

2008 – MINI designed by Agent Provocateur
MINI Clubman by Agent Provocateur / Joseph Corré

2009 – MINI designed by The Blonds
MINI Convertible by The Blonds for Katy Perry

2010 – MINI designed by Diane von Furstenberg, Kenneth Cole and Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection
MINI Hatch by Diane von Furstenberg
MINI Convertible by Kenneth Cole
MINI Countryman by Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein Collection

2011 – MINI designed by DSQUARED²
MINI Hatch by Dean and Dan Caten

Life Ball 2011.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the HI virus in 1981. Over these 30 years, major progress has been made in the field of research and prevention. Notwithstanding these advances, HIV remains a significant challenge to health and development policy in many countries. Millions of people are infected with HIV every year. The Life Ball has made it its mission to draw attention to this and to campaign for tolerance, enlightenment and solidarity.


An intelligent mix of ambition, tailoring art and a maniacal eye for details are the founding qualities of the DSQUARED² philosophy, which has given a new life and alternative to the concept of luxury. The Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten launched their first prêt-à-porter collection in 1995, obtaining, from the beginning, an enormous success amongst the press and big international celebrities such as Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and David Beckham. In addition, the brand proudly collaborates with the world of sports: after the three-year collaboration with Juventus, for the last two years the new off field uniforms for Barcelona FC have been signed DSQUARED². The brand has also received numerous tributes and recognitions in Canada and beyond. Last September Dean and Dan Caten marked their star on Canada‟s prestigious Walk of Fame in Toronto, and for the occasion of the Winter 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, the twins were nominated Headline Talent Costume Designers for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Recently, the twins have also made their debut in the media world: they have been presenters for Launch my Line – a reality show centred around the fashion world and broadcast by the American TV station Bravo TV. In addition to this they have been speakers for Sirius XM Radio. The DSQUARED² team personally designs the men‟s, women‟s, accessory, eyewear and fragrances collections. DSQUARED² currently has mono-brand stores in Milan, Capri, Kiev, Hong Kong, Cannes, Dubai, Singapore, Monte Carlo, Athens, Thessaloniki, Shanghai and Beijing.


February 27, 2011

Help A Great Cause for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society…

Filed under: Lifestyle — Tags: — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 3:04 PM

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec

Although this may be a surprise to some of you, is not only about cars but also about the people and lifestyle that revolve around our shared passion. AMF’s very own Alison Merion Padron (who is a major contributor with her beautiful motorsports imagery) is on a quest to save lives for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in way of running the Mayor’s Marathon in Alaska on June 18th, 2011 to raise money through Team in Training. Alison’s goal is raise a mere $4,200 by May 5th, 2011 for this worthy cause. The money collected by Alison and her fellow charity runners will go directly to fund blood-cancer research and support patients currently battling the disease.

On behalf of myself and, I strongly encourage you to support this cause and Alison’s efforts by making a donation of $13.10, $26.20 ($1 a mile), $50, $100 or more through Alison’s donation page >>> CLICK HERE <<< Furthermore, all donations are 100% tax-free (tax ID# 13-5644916) and considering that on average we make silly purchases, why not start the 2011 year right by helping save a life!

For more information about the cause, please feel free to read more below (just click the links to read and / or download the PDF files).

Thank you and remember that there ARE powers in numbers! ;)