Driven has been around now for the past 14 years, right around the same time the very first The Fast And The Furious movie came out. Needless to say, that movie changed a lot of our lives.
The scene has never been bigger, and with an absence last year as well as the recent release of Furious Seven, Driven 2015 was without a doubt going to be the best one to date…
…and with over 400 cars in attendance, this was going to be a good one.
I’ve been attending car shows for over ten years now, so the tuning scene is no stranger to me. For some reason though, things felt a little bit more “fresh” this time around.
Maybe it was the due to the absence of Driven last year, or maybe it’s just the direction that the tuning scene is moving all together. Either way, I’m loving it.
In fact I was loving it so much…
…that this year would mark my return to the car show scene. Some of you may know that I once built and owned an award winning Eclipse GSX a long time ago. Ever since I moved on from that car I had a different outlook on tuning in general, hence why my Integra is more street/track orientated (unlike the Eclipse which was pretty much a full blown show car). Regardless, it felt good to be back.
It felt even better to be able to be there with my crew, Team No Torque. I spent a lot of timing preparing both my own car as well as this AE86 you see here, owned by my good friend Matt.
We’ve seen this car a few times in the past but since then it has gone through a few changes, the biggest being the full vinyl wrap.
We’ll be taking a closer look at this car later on, followed by a full in depth feature this summer, so keep an eye out for that!
Fran’s ITR looking minty fresh as always. This car just past 100,000KM’s and someone even offered to buy it off of him at the show.
Tommy’s unbelievably clean M3 that’s making 650HP to the crank. Insane.
This car would later go on to win Best M Car, congrats Tommy!
Randy’s Exige S 260 Sport, now a lot quieter thanks to an actual exhaust.
Jon used to have a super clean ITR, but now he is the proud owner of what is probably the cleanest EG that I have ever seen.
And don’t think it’s just clean on the outside, as it is equally clean on the inside!
Geoff’s S2000 doing a great job of showing how simple is sometimes best.
Don’t let the subtle looks fool you however, as this car is supercharged!
The last person in our group entering the show that weekend would be Ryan in a very familiar looking B18C powered EK.
This car has gone through two owners since the first time we saw it at Rev For Le Cure and I’m glad that it’s still within our group of friends. Can’t wait to see what direction Ryan takes this car next!
A minty fresh original Mini…
…and the on the other end of the spectrum, we have this absolute monster over in the ZR Auto booth.
For some reason I never got a full shot of the Funky Garage JZX100 but trust me, it looked damn good.
This was the first time I’ve ever seen a Consulier GTP-LX and oh my.
The interior looks like that of an airplane with all the gauges.
This is just so awesome, I just love the old school!
Just because you drive a wagon doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun.
An absolute blast from the past, this Prelude was oddly refreshing to see. It even has the period correct white with blue pearl paint!
Dat ass. I guess the 350Z is pretty nice too…
Ryan of ill.motion’s wild EP3 looking as good as ever.
Like a boss.
Jason’s (Life with Jason) FR-S looking much cleaner than when we last saw it in Edmonton.
A minty looking Integra over at the ill.motion booth that’s also K powered!
Can never go wrong with a classic.
Trung’s HKS supercharged S2000 sporting a new color borrowed from Porsche’s GT3 RS.
This amazing machine would later go on to win Best Honda!
Just something about the color yellow that does it for me…
…even if it’s just on the rims. Awesome.
Next to the EK was an absolutely immaculate FD…
…where the fenders were to cut to make extra room for the wheels, but instead of leaving it exposed like many drifters do, a piece of Kevlar was put in place to keep things clean in the engine bay. Damn!
I kind of miss the gigantic Voltex wing that this Amuse S2000 was rocking at the ill.motion Sunday School last year.
Garage 106 sent over this wild looking widebody 350Z all the way from Winnipeg for this show!
Also all the way from Winnipeg was Benjamin Tran’s TSX, without a doubt the craziest TSX that I have ever seen.
Asides from being clean enough to eat off of from anywhere inside the car, it had a an extremely well done air ride install, but don’t for a second think that this car is all show and no go…
…because it is also sporting a Kraftwerks supercharger!
If you look really close, you might be able to tell that the rear tires are actually Blizzaks…
Despite being a Honda guy, I’m a huge sucker for Onevia’s, especially one in Midnight Purple. Mmm…
KaJe’s Civic was surprisingly the only ninth gen Civic at the show.
Gerick’s FR-S, now looking MUCH better with some rims!
Peter’s FR-S rocking g some new livery for the show.
He was a bit unsure of how he felt about the new flashy look. What do you guys think?
Leo of First Gear’s FR-S sitting quietly for once.
I’m sure all the YYC locals will instantly recognize whose car this is.
I absolutely LOVE the new Ace’d Auto Worx carbon wing risers; they just look so aggressive!
I was a little surprised to see Alex Lee’s Formula DRIFT car at the show. This thing is insane!
This 240Z over in the VEX Performance booth looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor.
I’ve been tempted to pick up a Honda Ruckus for a while now and seeing this one just makes me want to get one that much more!
An F430 from Storm Division looking like it’s ready to destroy some competition.
This Beatle is a work in progress from the guys over at DUB Dynasty, and from the looks of it, will probably be staying at this ride height!
Really digging the style on the Legitsociety WRX.
With all the Rocket Bunny FR-S craze over the past couple years, it was nice to finally see a different car rocking the Rocket Bunny kit (at least here in Alberta anyways).
I got a pretty good chuckle out of this.
Not sure if this is an authentic F355 Challenge or not but regardless it looks absolutely gorgeous.
I kind of miss the sakura decals that used to be on this car.
I do however quite like the Converse decals!
The ZR Auto F40 looking much simpler with a new matte black wrap since the last time I saw it.
Looking for a new summer toy? This Murcielago can be yours for the low price of $250,000!
Am I the only one who’s noticed that the Aerocatch hood pins on this R32 are the ones that are supposed to mount from underneath the panel? Car looks amazing either way!
Now THAT is a hood prop.
This Ducati 999R sounds like a chainsaw when running. Badass.
Kevin’s old ITR now in the hands on a new owner and looks like he’s off to a good start already!
I don’t usually care for Focus’ but I think this one looks great. Also special thanks to the owner of this car for guiding me where to roll into the venue!
Right next to my raw and rough Integra was this much more pristine looking one. Quite the contrast I would say, but it looks pretty good to me!
I overheard someone say that this car is daily driven…
…and with 852HP on tap, that would probably be enough to wake up right up each morning!
I haven’t the slightest clue as to what this is.
Without a doubt the most menacing CTS-V I have ever seen.
This S14 looks pretty much the same since the last time I saw it a couple years ago, and that’s not a bad thing as I think it looks great as it is.
I have a few photos from the roll out so make sure to check them as well as more from this years show below. Until next year!
Click HERE to view the full photo set on Flickr.
More from Driven Calgary 2015:
Watch the Driven Calgary 2015 video HERE.
Watch my Driven Calgary 2015 vlog HERE.