Throughout the 2011 car show and track season, there has been a bunch of crazy guys that I’ve bumped into time and time again with not only a diverse field of vehicles, but also the most upbeat spirit that I’ve ever met. Although mostly known in the Southern region of Ontario, Canada, the Nine-O-Five Rides crew has been hitting it big this season attending every possible show and meet in the province of Ontario – ya, no joke. It is with much pleasure that I present to you this car club feature on Nine-O-Five Rides.
Car Club / Team Name: NINE-O-FIVE RIDES
Year Established: 2008
Social Media Sites: Nine-O-Five Rides Facebook | Nine-O-Five Rides Twitter
Locations / Chapters: Niagara Region, Greater Toronto Area, and USA
Number of Members: 450+
President / Founder: Tom Wilga
Team Sponsors: Auto Styling Niagara, RTM Racing, The Card Man, DC Auto Spa, Tire Discounter Auto Center, Advantage Paintless Dent Repair
Club / Team’s History: In the beginning, we had no idea that Nine-O-Five Rides would quickly become one of the scenes leading car clubs. With a starting member base of about 10, we expected to have a lower member count. Once members started to come onboard, the club started to branch out to other ‘chapters’ like Hamilton, GTA, Barrie and even Buffalo. Being in our 4th year, our club has been able to secure a strong member base, compete in some of Canada’s biggest shows as a team, host a VERY successful show and we’ve managed to stir up a new hype for the car scene in the Niagara Region.
Club / Team’s Focus: We base our club on respect. Respecting members, other clubs, and of course each others rides.
Awards & Accomplishments: In the past 3 years since the club has been in the scene, we’ve achieved over 75 awards including 1st-3rd place ‘in-class’ awards, specialty awards, Largest Club and Best of Show.
Media Coverage: A number of our rides have been featured in Performance Auto and Sound; Stance is Everything; and other popular publications.
Shows Attended: CSCS, Tuner’s Against Street Racing, IMPORTFEST, Import Expo, Tuner Trial Series, Voice Coil Meltdown, Battle at the Border, Other local shows
Organized Meet Location: Part Source – 6812 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario – EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT @ 8:00pm
Membership / Modeling Details: Free to join. Premium membership available! If you’re interested in becoming a NOFR Girl, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Club / Team Vehicles: We welcome any make or model of vehicle, including street bikes.
Club / Team’s Future: Niagara Tuner & Truck Expo 2012!
Unlike other car clubs / teams that boast uniformity be it with all members owning JDM vehicles or all vehicles being of the same colour, the Nine-O-Five Rides crew does not discriminate in any way. Take this “show team” sample from their crew, vehicles range from a slammed S2000 to a Euro-tuned BMW to a modified Pontiac Grand-Am. Whether you’re into the show or go, the Nine-O-Five Rides appreciates all things automotive and for this reason (among many others), I give them big KUDOS!
For more information, please visit www.nine-o-fiverides.com
Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec