April 17, 2013

MBWorld Toronto C63 AMG Meet

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 11:00 AM

MBWorld – Toronto | C63 AMG Meet
Undisclosed Location
Markham, Ontario, Canada
April 14th, 2013

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon when the MBWorld Toronto (C63 AMG) chapter gathered for a meet just north of the city. The meet was one of a loosely organized nature bringing cars from all over the Greater Toronto Area and ranging from the usual Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan to coupes.

A little background information on the iconic Mercedes-Benz brand tells a story of not only the first petrol-powered car back in 1886, but of over a century of automotive engineering feats above and beyond all other car manufacturers. The iconic brand name didn’t appear until three decades later known at the time as Daimler-Benz and hails from the motorsport-enfused city of Stuttgart, Germany. Mercedes-Benz and its star emblem have always been synonymous with comfort and luxury in way of the automobile, but as of recent the push for high performance products have become ever so apparent case in point, the C63 AMG. Set to rival BMW’s popular M3 and Audi’s S4, the C63 AMG makes minced meat of its Bavarian rivals.

There were a total of 16 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMGs at the meet resulting in a combined power out put of nearly 10,000 horsepower! Adding to the great turn out is the variation of C63s that ranged not only in terms of year-generation, but also levels of modifications. The king of the hill that day was without question the white BlackSeries coupe (middle of photo) not only for its hefty $115,000 (CAD) price tag and rarity of only 30 units within Canada, but more so for the massive 510 horsepower from the massaged 6.2-liter V-8 under the bonnet.

Each C63 AMG packs a 6.2-liter V8 that produces a limited 451 horsepower capable of launching the German sedan / coupe from 0 – 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. There is a option to get the Performance Plus package from Mercedes-Benz when ordering the German panzer, which bumps power up to 481 horsepower with the addition of a limited-slip differentials, red brake calipers, carbon fiber trim, top speed raised to 280 km/h, and more for an additional $6,000 (CAD).

Like any true German creation, much dedication and fine tuning has gone into each and every AMG. For the added assurance Mercedes-Benz has an engraved plate on each engine with the builder’s signature, a nice touch that pays homage to its racing roots while injecting that extra bit of specialty element.

One of the many modified C63 AMG sedans at the meet looking very inconspicuous with its perfectly fitted wheels and carbon fiber vented hood.

For a little more in-your-face appearance, this gunmetal C63 had tinted the headlights, blacked out the grill, and is sporting a carbon fiber front lip spoiler. How about that slammed look? Yup, something was definitely done to the suspension as well because that is surely not stock ride height.

The face-lifted (newer) C63 AMG is less aggressive in way of styling and more sleek, some love it others don’t. In the case of this one which has been wrapped in a matte grey vinyl and sporting some mean ADV.1 wheels. Clean is the method to this madness and I simply love it!

For the sport-minded drivers, there was one lucky gent who rolled up in a matte black coupe and rolling on some black wheels with polished lip. A little more carbon fiber aero bits and I think the traditional Euro turners would approve.

Part of the beauty of any AMG are the massive brakes found all around, in this case (due to the red calipers) this is the performance plus package on this C63. Who needs brake upgrades when they look and perform amazing from factory? This is why you buy an AMG… among other reasons.

In true German V8 fashion, the meet concluded with a little “clutch slip” (by accident Mr. Police Officer) even though all AMGs are automatic. How else can one show the raw tire-melting pleasure of owning a sub-500 horsepower German bruiser than by a celebratory send off? If Mercedes-Benz  plans on selling more of these incredible sedans / coupes, maybe they should consider making all their ads look like this; food for thought.

It was a pleasure meeting the MBWorld Toronto members and checking out their beautiful machines. Hopefully this summer will bring an even bigger meet gathering all AMGs from across the city (or even province) if possible. Regardless, the weather was ideal, the cars were a dream, and no one could ever say that a V8 sounds bad – WIN, WIN, WIN! Hopefully the M3 and S4 clubs don’t get too intimidated by this piece or not…

For more information, please visit MBWorld.org

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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October 17, 2012

Models of Import Expo 2012

Import Expo 2012
Markham Fairgrounds
Markham, Ontario, Canada
October 13th, 2012

Just a few days ago one of Canada’s premiere tuner show closed out the season. Our coverage of Import Expo was well received especially considering the 200+ photo gallery which includes pretty much every competitor vehicle and the awards. What sets tuner shows apart from other automotive events like the more formal Canadian International Auto Show are the lovely ladies representing the exhibitors dressed in everything from tight one-piece suits to the usual baby t-shirt and booty shorts.

In the MissSexy booth was none other than the Russian-Chinese bombshell Mandy Monroe giving off her seductive looks as usual!

Upcoming star in the Canadian tuner scene and 2013 Miss MegaSpeed Melissa Danielle was looking sharp in her matching red dress next to the Import Expo NSX, even her hair matched!

Yes she’s a brunette and yes she is wearing a skimpy outfit, but who would refuse taking a photo or posing next to this beauty? Car or girl – just kidding!

Soon to be featured on AMF is the always charming Nana Akimoto. If you love all things JDM, then Nana is the model of choice for you especially with her cute stature!

Curves in all the right places is what this beauty is all about, even her pose commands attention and well deserved too!

In the AMF booth we had two of the ‘AMF Angels’ handing out our flyers, posing for pics, and as always selling our goodies to fans! The blonde bombshell is none other than Shannon Lee and the brunette vixen is Sabina Kay. Blonde or brunette – which would you pick?

By far the one model that stole the show and got photographers trigger happy was this fit and gorgeous brunette rocking the best “little black dress” ever seen on a tuner model! If anyone knows her name, feel free to post up as we would love to feature her and possibly make her into an ‘AMF Angel’ – what do you think?

Check out the Official Import Expo Event Coverage by AMF!

For more information, please visit Import Expo

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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October 15, 2012

Import Expo 2012

Import Expo 2012
Markham Fairgrounds
Markham, Ontario, Canada
October 13th, 2012

Import Expo has become known as the season-ending event in the Canadian tuner scene and this year was no different. Marking its third year of this event, everyone was excited for it despite the foul weather of cold winds and rain. Unlike the previous year, this time around four halls were used to house the exhibitors and competitor vehicles. Cars from all across Ontario showed up including a few from the United States as far as New Jersey!

AMF was lucky to be the Official Media Partner for Import Expo 2012 and as such, Hall 4 was given to us as a showcase which as always included some awesome cars on display, DJ Playa on the decks, and the ‘AMF Angels’ Shannon and Sabina. This particular red rocket is from Boersma Racing and is a boosted Honda Civic SiR that is also the 2012 CSCS Super Street FWD Champion!

The crew from Kplayground had an assortment of their Honda Civics out in full force from almost every late-gen.

The Lick Your Lips car club had an awesome showcase that included a all sorts of Civics and a Mustang too! The best part was of course the ice sculpture on display. The last time I saw a sculpture like these was in the good old days of Hot Import Nights when car clubs would go all out, glad to know that LYL is stepping up the game for everyone!

Battleground Performance had an awesome display with these two slammed Civic hatchbacks rocking no hoods and in full display.

The Yonaka Motorsports Scion FR-S was looking awesome with its factory orange paint, massive Forgestar wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber, and other performance goodies!

This “sleeper” Toyota Camry isn’t your average grocery getter, especially when there is a massive HKS T51R turbocharger under the hood putting out 860+ horsepower! Dynamotorsports is responsible for this build and we’re eager to feature it in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Over at the Teknotik booth there were an array of awesome Honda machines like this fully built RSX with enough aero to make it stick to any surface. Gotta love the matte gray paint job and polished wheels – what a great concept!

Another champion and his chariot at the show was James Houghton’s Integra Type R – 2012 CSCS FWD lap record holder with a 1.16.520! If you wanna know what time attack is like from the driver’s seat, be sure to ask Houghton and he’ll gladly tell you.

No show would be complete without some beautiful ladies in way of eye candy. We spotted this brunette bombshell near the Import Expo NSX demo car and by the looks of it both have beautiful curves in all right places!

It has been a handful of years since chameleon paint has been in the scene and by the looks of it, there seems to be a resurgence. This blue-green Honda Fit is rocking all the right parts including SSR wheels and yes, that is an intercooler tucked just behind the front bumper. Kudos to the owner for not only being creative with such a small car, but with bringing a new dimension to the tuner scene in Canada.

This EG Civic made girls scream and men drool as they passed by. What you see before you is an all out show car that not only looks good, but will also lay down rubber albeit through the massively wide front wheels. This car along with a few others made the trek all the way from United States to show their support and make their mark – point made!

By around 11pm, the award ceremony had begun with Hall 1 packed full of competitors and spectators waiting to see who took top honours. Needless to say the vibe was good in the room and so were the beautiful models presenting the awards to the winners.

The Lick Your Lips car club took home “Biggest Team” with a huge number of their members competing and parked up in Hall 4 – same hall as the AMF showcase! Not only did they bring a great selection of cars, but they also had an ice sculpture as part of their display – that is what you call dedication. Kudos to them!

Taking home the “Best of Show” award complete with trophy and prize money was Kenny Vince of New Jersey. His car you ask? The highly modified Honda Civic EG that has a custom widebody, paint, turbocharged powerplant, and everything else you can imagine to be a top show car!

For more information, please visit Import Expo

Be sure to check out our past coverage of this awesome event!

Import Expo 2010
Import Expo 2011
Import Expo 2011 – Track Event

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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October 13, 2012

#MorningCoffee | Import Expo 2012

Today marks the 3rd annual Import Expo event and AMF is not only happy for its success, but is also proud to announce that we’re the Official Media Partner for this great show! The show is held at the infamous Markham Fairgrounds (McCowan Road & Elgin Mills Road) and runs from 3pm – 12am. As the Canadian season-ending show, everyone will be out in full force for one last time before vehicles go into storage, get ripped apart over the winter months, and most go into hibernation due to the cold weather.

There are four main halls packed with four main attractions, including the AMF booth as one of them complete with two awesome Honda machines on display, our awesome DJ, and the gorgeous ‘AMF Angels’ as per usual. Come one, come all and be sure to stop by our booth to pick up some AMF merchandise which we will have for sale!

Location: Markham Fairgrounds (10801 McCowan Road  Markham, Ontario, Canada)
Time: 3:00pm – 12:00am
Tickets: $20 @ Door

For more information, please visit Import Expo

Check out our past coverage of Import Expo since the very first one back in 2010!

Import Expo 2010
Import Expo 2011
Import Expo 2011 – Track Event

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos: Import Expo, Shannon Lee, and Sabina Kay

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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

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September 27, 2012

#MegaMeet | Presented by MegaSpeed

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 3:00 PM

Well it’s Thursday and that means it is the 2nd week that AMF is hosting a car meet only this time, a couple of changes to note. The first is the name which has since been switched from #MashUp to #MegaMeet so as to not confuse people and to embellish not only the fact that MegaSpeed is presenting the meet, but that the meet welcomes all makes and models including motorcycles! The second thing to note is that this week we are supporting the Food Bank with a FOOD DRIVE! There is a shortage of food and with Thanksgiving (in Canada) just around the corner there is no better way to get a good cause going than to ask that anyone who shows up to bring one (1) non-perishable food item for which the AMFMegaSpeed staff will be collecting at the front entrance (see arrow on map).

Last week being the first time this meet was held brought out roughly 150 cars and 40 motorcycles. With the weather acting the part and no rain in sight, it should be an even greater turn out! We look forward to seeing everyone out tonight!

Please remember that there is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy in place. Let’s keep the show boating and shenanigans at home or somewhere else, especially considering that York Region Police will be present making sure everything runs smoothly.

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec

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September 24, 2012

#MashUp Car Meet | Presented by MegaSpeed

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Giancarlo Pawelec @ 9:00 AM

#MashUp Car Meet | Presented by MegaSpeed
Michal-Angelo’s Market Place
Markham, Ontario, Canada
September 20th, 2012

The first-ever #MashUp car meet was held on a chilly Thursday evening. Since the post of the Epilogue to The Car Meet Movement… Without a Car Meet, AMF stepped up the plate with the help of our presenting partner MegaSpeed to gather like-minded gear heads in a safe and secure environment without the hassle of police or a few bad apples. Cars began to arrive around 9pm and the first 50 received a #MashUp decal as a sign of thanks for their support.

Amongst the 150+ cars that showed up throughout the night, one of the most notable was the awesome looking Scion FR-S #ProjectFRST (a joint project from Brimell Scion and AMF which debuted at Import Fest 2012). This awesome looking coupe has some great looking bronze 18-inch SSR wheels wrapped in ADVAN AD08 tires, rides on NEO Motorsport coilovers, and has a custom one-off exhaust.

There were also plenty of two-wheel machines scattered about the lot with roughly 40 total that came out in three different groupings. Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, BMW, Yamaha, they were all there! One thing to note is that throughout the night, there was no police disturbance (although they were around the area), this is in part due to our enforcement of the ZERO Tolerance policy for which every participant adhered to.

By around 11pm many at the #MashUp meet got word from others attending the “other” meet that York Region police had shut things down and kicked people off the lot. Furthermore, numerous cars got pulled over and drivers got slapped with tickets. It is unfortunate that there is a negative stigma to car meets due to a few bad apples in the scene. We will continue to host this meet with the help of our friends at MegaSpeed, although a name change might be in order from #MashUp to #MegaMeet. Post your thoughts on the name of the meet!

A huge thanks go out to Michal-Angelo’s Market Place for letting us use their property for the meet as well as to the entire MegaSpeed staff for their assistance in coordinating! Shout-outs go to Shining Moneky, Rockstar Graphics, ENEOS Motor Oil (Canada), and MT Motorsport for contributing to the “Best in Show” prize pack! Also, notable mentions to TERM416 for coming out strong with an entire row of awesome tuner cars!

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos: Norman S (Contributor)

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September 18, 2012

The Car Meet Movement… Without a Car Meet: The Epilogue

Filed under: Blog — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , — Patrick Logan @ 5:00 PM

Without everyone there would be no enthusiast movement and my life would be pretty boring. Hell, I’d probably drive a Prius! I am writing this to clear up some miss-conceptions about Thursday’s article regarding Ertefa (The Car Meet Movement… Without a Car Meet). Foremost, those who thought I was bashing the organizers are wrongly mistaken as I wasn’t. If you read every word you will see my mention about how I hope the meet comes back. The article was to tell people the story of what’s happening and to bring out people like me, who want a car meet and have missed the regular Thursday night ritual Ertefa provided.

I asked for help and I got an overwhelming response from people who are here to assist in helping bring back a Thursday night meet – you all deserve a high five! Here at AMF we have reached out to our contacts and secured a location for Thursday night. If Ertefa find a location then we will be there to support, if Ertefa wants to visit the #MashUp car meet that we’re hosting they are more than welcome with open arms. We are not looking to build an AMF meet, but rather fulfill a need for which enthusiasts have asked for week after week since the Ertefa meet has been cancelled! We also have a fresh batch of people who are ready and willing to help handle traffic, pick up garbage and in general bring back the greatness.

The details, so mark your calendars! Thursday September 20th at 9:00pm everyone is welcome to come to the Michael-Angelo’s Marketplace parking lot at Woodbine Ave and Hwy 7 (8555 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON).

LINK >http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Michael-Angelo’s+Market+Place,+Woodbine+Avenue,+Markham,+ON&hl=en&ll=43.850189,-79.356565&spn=0.035096,0.084543&sll=43.851257,-79.357038&sspn=0.008774,0.021136&oq=Michael+Angelo’s+Market+Place&t=m&hq=Michael-Angelo’s+Market&hnear=Woodbine+Avenue+Bypass,+Markham,+York+Regional+Municipality,+Ontario&z=14

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Pat and the team from the MegaSpeed Custom Car & Truck Show for helping us get permission for use of the lot.

The usual rules apply: Don’t be an asshole and ruin it for everyone. No burn outs, no racing, no blasting your stereo and no fighting. I have reached out to my car friends in York Region and there will be some on and off duty officers walking the crowd. A new rule… pick up your damn garbage! If you want the meet to take place every week it needs to be self sufficient. No more making organizers, property managers or anyone other then those who make the garbage pick up after themselves. Let’s be a mature crowd of fellow gear heads and appreciate such an opportunity for the gathering.

The #MashUp meet welcomes everyone from car nuts to bike riders – hot rods, rat rods, classics, muscle cars, exotics, tuners, etc… If it has an engine and you’re an enthusiast, come out!

Again I need to thank everyone who reached out with their support, it is people like you that keep the scene going – we’re just doing our part. Feel free to ‘LIKE’ this post and ‘SHARE’ it with your fellow gear heads.

Words: Patrick Logan

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