A little deep diving at Motorama

My inaugural 2022 Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo post was a celebration of the return of the show’s winner after two years of forced hibernation.

Dealing with storms is a commendable achievement. In order to use the current ‘hip’ conversation, it is important for people to give their roses early rather than later. So, Motorama organizers, thank you again for making a great comeback.


The first post also buried a lot of leads about what might happen from my Motorama coverage, and I did it knowing I would like to call those hints in the comments.


Cheap literary strategy? Probably, but it really helped to focus on my second post.


Motorama is an event where a rash-fast supra sits halfway down the hallway from a modest Honda N-III, so I needed all the help to come up with a short list of vehicles for a closer look.

Alas, I have to break it down for you, I have no more pictures of Harley / Corveyor. I can’t say I expected it to generate as much interest …

An angry cat


As Dino recently touched, the closer you get to double-digit years covering events professionally (or deeper in its case), the less you will be shocked by the wild builds. I’m still fairly green compared to Mr. Dale Carbonar, but some changes I’ve seen so many times now that they no longer seem special. Case in point: overfender and wide-body conversion.


It’s impossible to remember how many I saw or wrote. Hundreds of guesses seem a little conservative, yet thousands seem ridiculous. Anyway, before Motorama 2022 I didn’t see the wide-body Jaguar XJ6 on Cragar wheels.

Malik Roy noted that the classic 5-spoke wheel has its own unique look, and more than one person on the show tried to buy it from under the car. There have been subtle changes in the design of these wheels over the years, and this set has a double step around the spokes and bolt circles that current models do not.


Ray’s wheels, of course No. For sale, because the wide body of his XJ6 wear was designed and built to hold this particular 15 × 10-inch wheel and the white-lettering BFGoodrich rubber wrapped around them.

Originally from England, most of Roy’s physical work was done in the UK by a man who had previously worked for Rolls-Royce. Interestingly, it is made of all metals – aluminum for valence and steel for everything else. It is noteworthy that this transformation took place a quarter of a century ago, yet shows no signs of deteriorating.


Ray treats the car with the respect that Jaguar deserves, yet refrains from parking it on the dial. It is driven as much as possible during spring and summer.

With a bottle of nitrous oxide, the engine reduces to 500 horsepower or more. It sounds too Nothing As I expected.



Among the classic, drag cars and traditional hot rods in the front hall of the motor, Jug Grewal’s Jeep Gladiator stood out as something completely different.


If any build today is going to draw the wrath of the comment section, it’s probably going to be this one. The truck isn’t doing ‘non-zip’ things with a jeep for the first time in the world – it’s a companion piece / tow rig for its 6.2L hemi-powered Wrangler.

Much like Wrangler, if you can’t visualize the end result, you should at least be able to appreciate the work. From corner to corner, this truck is a combination of more subtly balanced in-your-face changes. The richness of color-matching and OEM-style changes.


Despite the purchase of the new Jeep, the cutting tools were removed almost immediately. First, the straight axis was removed and replaced with a custom independent front suspension system.

The latter was the next, spread out using a modified universal kit from NFamus metal adapted to the Gladiator platform. The drive axle is a narrow RAM 3500 unit used so that the 22-inch wheels can be stuck under the wide rear fender.


Although not hooded at the hood show, the factory engine beneath it has been supercharged.

Motorama served as the truck’s first Canadian debut since its release at the 2021 SEMA show.

Honda revival


The full-circle experience of Honda products that dominated the ‘tuner’ culture in Ontario faded, and then it was somewhat surreal to slowly begin to return. Civics – especially EF and EG – were used everywhere in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. But, irrationally, most have found their way to the junkyard – the Alteza tail lights explode and the molded bumpers explode.


Now, simpler and more refined examples of the Civic are beginning to show up fairly consistently. This green EF is a stunning example of the Honda build type that is becoming more common – built with function forward and award-winning attention to detail.

The car was incredibly clean throughout and the Enkei RPF1s shod with its turbocharged K20, upgraded shifter and fun sized rubber, definitely built for at least a bit of energetic driving.


I can’t really remember the last time I saw a DB Integra somewhere, and it included events from the Rad era. This car brought me back a few times and each time I noticed something different. First straight, rust-free bodywork. Second, the air-conditioned position. Third, the impressive engine bay.


The beehive bead-rolled panels around the Turbo K20 motor swap are an interesting touch. Rolling bee hives is not exactly easy, or it is not common in imports. It combines well with tidy-up bay and polished K-series motors.

I like the weird way these cars roll down the rear window. It brings back memories of not knowing exactly what to do with my arm as I drive around the four-door Honda.


The last bit of this mid-post Honda tribute goes to an Acura EL. These cars were made right here in Ontario, and only sold in Canada from 1997 to 2005 These were actually left for a four-door integral replacement like the one above


The first-generation ELs were originally rebranded to the left-hand drive Honda Domanis, which is why the front end of this car may seem familiar to some. However, it’s a little more unique because the owner adapted to fit an S2000 bumper, and then added a 3D-printed grille with inspiration from current-model Acuras. Of course, a turbocharged K-Series engine sits neatly between a shaved and contrast-painted engine bay.


Finally, the EL takes care of the re-working fender around the 16 × 10-inch CCW D240 wheels off.

Mini madness


Crazy mini builds have become a staple of the motor, and this Honda-powered 1967 van is a regular participant. The B-Series engine replacement mini is quite popular in the modifying world, and picking it up from a modified B18C Integra Type R means a small car has a lot of power.


Not too far from ’67 taking a different approach with a mini van with bigger power.


In this case, the engine used is a Mazda 13B rotary with a large Garrett turbocharger swinging next to it.

Through the show Grapevine, I heard that it does more than 500hp. In general, Word of mouth horsepower isn’t something I’ll reveal, however, I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of mini in big slicks and pizza-cutters, so I’m curious to know if I wasn’t a liar in the product about this car being a pint-sized monster. The bill is being sold.


The owner’s supercharged mini behind it, with the ‘Small Tire Club’ sticker on both cars, further reassures me that things aren’t just being said.


No one will stick a wheel sticker on your car if it can’t comply with it, right?

Paint guns, wire wheels and turbos

Before I finish my second post from Motorma, I need to do better with the promise of less riders.


Ontario, and neighboring Quebec, have a very wealthy downtrodden community and, frankly, I’m often grateful to find SmackDab in the middle of it all. I will Never Tired of looking at this creation.

There’s so much in the top-tier builds that it’s impossible to get bored. I was particularly impressed with the car pattern work at the Rollerz Only booth.


I’ve seen detailed pattern, flake, and gold leaf work before – it’s a major issue for both the Lorider and the custom community. What makes these cars unique is that they were all made in a home garage without dedicated energy.

The painter / producer CJ runs an extension cord from his home to his garage, closes the door, composes and works. Ovens, washers and dryers cannot be used indoors while the master is working. If it’s not a complete sacrifice of a craft, I don’t really know what.


The personal impulse of the Chief Justice was summoned by the commentator takumifujiwara13954 In my first post due to side-exit exhaust. It’s there because CJ dropped an LS motor under the hood with a fair-sized turbo.

Much like the big wheel wheels, the days of sleeping for low riders seemingly over from a power standpoint.


Hope you enjoyed this second installment from 2022 Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo. Hot rod fans, the next one is for you.

Dave Thomas
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