looking back on 2009 [part ii]

Caleb made a big change this year. Went from a Sentra SE-R Spec V on Tein coils (if I remember correctly), Nismo lip kit, rear wing & catback, Work XD9’s, Bride Zeta III and some other stuff to an 09 Civic Si sedan.

Don’t have any stock pictures of his car but I’m sure you can imagine what a stock red Si sedan looks like.

No time was wasted – suspension and headers were ordered – Skunk2 Pro-C coilovers, Eibach (SPC) rear camber kit, & T1R race header.

A set of 17×8.5 Volk SE37’s were also bought from someone on NWP. To be honest, when I first heard about them, I was a doubter. But damn, was I wrong.

Somewhere along the way in the season he picked up a Bride GIAS and a set of Spoon calipers. Should’ve held out for something better. But if I recall the calipers were pretty cheap so I guess it’s justified. ~_~

And finally, late in the season, a CTR rear end was put on. Probably my favourite part of his car so far, definitely looks a whole lot better than the stock Si rear.

lol. Some big things next season are planned from what I know. Will post updates … after the winter. *sigh*

looking back on 2009 [part i]

2009 started out pretty well. Actually, it began in Dec. 2008 when I went to Vancouver for a bit, then to HK, and finally to Tokyo. Vancouver is a great place. Love the scenery, the sea, the mountains … not so much the rainy weather though. Made the first stop at AJ Racing in Richmond, got a ride in their time attack turbo GD3 Fit:

Ben’s Amuse equipped GTR:

Wasn’t too hard to get to AJR by public transit, I must admit, Vancouver’s TransLink is pretty good, better than TTC anyways. The stay at Vancouver was short, hopped on a plane a few days later to reach HK.

Didn’t check out too many car shops in HK, spent most of the time wandering the streets and malls. Picked up a set of Defi’s there though from Top Racing, probably one of the better car shops in HK. Price was goooood, even with the horrendous exchange rate after the economy took a dump.

Peninsula Hotel around Christmas time:

Balling hotel, took delivery of 14 long wheelbase Rolls Royce Phantoms a few years ago to shuttle guests around HK. Always see a couple of them parked out front.

Inside IFC mall:

One of the panda’s at Ocean Park:

Stuck around in HK for a couple weeks, then headed to Japan at the start of the new year to make it for Tokyo Auto Salon 2009!!

I took too many pics there so I’ll just leave these two links here:
<<<Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 day 1>>>
<<<Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 day 2>>>

Definitely the most tiring car show I’ve been to. Between checking out all the cars and products there, to taking pictures, and buying stuff, 2 days was definitely not enough. Should’ve went for all 3. ~_~

Also visited ASM Yokohama & Studie Yokohama while I was here, photos were posted on my blog earlier.

That pretty much concludes the extremely short summary of my trip to Asia – definitely was a great way to start 2009.