Winnipeg HID

While at Speedfest we got to see the unveiling of Adam’s GT-R, who’s headlights received some work from our friends over at Winnipeg HID.

Winnipeg HID - Nissan GT-R

So far Adam’s R35 has received a handful of modifications including dual intakes, a new mid-pipe, lowering springs and a Cobb Accessport.  But what truly sets this car apart from other GT-R’s in the city are the headlights.

Nissan GT-R

Winnipeg HID, a product of 3 years experience and countless HID installs, tackled the headlights on the GT-R to prep the car for the show.

Seeing so many vehicles out there with ‘plug-n-play’ HID kits Tom;  Winnipeg HID’s owner, decided it was time to take matters into his own hands.  With help from The Retrofit Source Inc. Tom began bringing in high quality HID products that were otherwise unavailable.

Nissan GT-R

Winnipeg HID has 3 main objectives when installing HID systems into vehicles; safety, performance and quality.  They are the only company that offers true HID projector retrofitting in all vehicles for maximum performance and safety on the highway at night with using only the highest quality of HID products so they will last our harsh weather conditions. We can create basic projector headlights for someone just looking for better light output in their car or we can go all out and make a custom one-off set of headlights for show cars, the possibilities are endless.

Nissan GT-R

Winnipeg HID is currently working on launching their website;, and  will be expanding into a new shop this year that will be their main location dedicated to building custom headlights and selling high quality HID products.

We’re proud to see Winnipeg HID’s progress, and love the work they do, so much so that one of our photographers had Tom retrofit projectors into her Kia Koup.

Winnipeg Speedfest 2014

What a weekend

After what seemed like weeks of prep, Speedfest has come and gone in a flash.   Narrowly dodging bad weather on the roll-in we were happy to see our display near the center of the show.

We had a great group of people that we were proud to have show with us, including this beautiful Z.

Nissan 350Z

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There were several builds that had their full debut at the show as well, including this S2000

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As well as this gold clad RSX


We had a few members who brought home awards for Motive, including Ryan for Best Truck, and Brianna for Best Female Build.

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We were pleased to be a part of the show and look forward to what next year will bring as the show grows.

Full coverage can be seen in the gallery below!

The Road to SpeedFest – Josh

The beaSTi

What started off as just another Stage 2 STi, has evolved into something all it’s own over the course of a few years and many hours in the garage.

Last year at Driven we saw Josh’s car with a freshly painted engine bay, and a Process West V-mount setup.  However, over the winter Josh decided to look for something to provide him with a little more response from the GTX3076 under the hood, and Grimmspeed had recently released their top-mount option for the STi.

The beaSTi

It’s safe to say everyone knows Josh’s build, if not by the solid work, then certainly by the exhaust note.   With a TurboXS catback Josh’s STi has one of the most distinguishable exhaust notes of any Subaru.

The beaSTi

We’re pleased to say that Josh will be showing the beaSTi with us a Speedfest July 19th, at the RBC Convention Center, come down and check it out in person!


While it’s  undecided what’s next for the beaSTi, we’re all excited to see where this car goes.


The List


  • JDM STi replica shift knob
  • Kartboy short shifter
  • Kartboy/Cobb shifter bushings
  • Competition Clutch Stage 4 6-puck sprung clutch
  • Perrin diff support bushings
  • Whiteline outrigger bushings
  • TIC transmission mount bushings
  • Torque Solution pitch stop mount

Intake l Exhaust l Fuel

  • AMS v-band rotated kit
  • Garrett GTX3076R .82 a/r turbo
  • Turbosmart 40mm EWG
  • AMS cold air intake
  • Grimmspeed electronic boost controller
  • Grimmspeed TMIC
  • Grimmspeed Y-pipe
  • Vibrant 45 degree elbow
  • Grimmspeed/Vibrant couplers
  • Forge BOV
  • Factory headers
  • AMS uppipe
  • AMS downpipe
  • TurboXS catback
  • Walbro 400lph fuel pump, hardwired to battery
  • T1 race top feed conversion fuel rails
  • ID 1300cc injectors
  • T1 race/homebrew -6an fuel lines
  • BWR fuel pressure gauge

Cooling System

  • Mishimoto rad
  • Mishimoto shroud/fans
  • Mishimoto rad hoses
  • Perrin rad stays

Oil System

  • 08+ STi oil pump
  • Moroso 6qt oil pan
  • Moroso oil pickup
  • Cosworth baffle plate


  • Top Speed SS1 block
  • CP ceramic coated pistons
  • Forged rods
  • 08+ STi nitrided crank
  • Factory heads
  • Torque Solution motor mounts

Engine Bay

  • Fully shaved/painted engine bay
  • Fully tucked wiring harness
  • Brake line tuck
  • Battery mounted in trunk
  • Washer fluid tank in trunk
  • Fuse box in the steering column area
  • Custom AN power steering lines
  • Relocated power steering reservoir

Suspension l Wheels l Tires

  • Dunlop SP Sport 01 235/40/17
  • XXR 527 17×8.25 +35
  • HSD coils
  • Helix rear end links


  • Custom jet black paint with blue/red flake, sprayed by GDS
  • Wingless trunk
  • Fully debadged
  • Shaved key hole on trunk

Interior l Electronics

  • Pioneer D series 6.75″ components up front
  • Pioneer D series 4″ rear speakers
  • Pioneer D series 1200W amp
  • JVC KDA95BT head unit
  • AEM digital air/fuel gauge
  • AEM digital boost gauge

The Road to SpeedFest – Ryan

The countdown is on!

We’re a week away from Speedfest, and the hustle to get ready for the show is in full swing.  After a day out at the Southbeach Casino car show we got the chance to photograph another one of the vehicles that will be showing with us July 19th at the RBC Convention Centre.

2014 Toyota Tundra

We love what Ryan’s doing with the truck and can’t wait to see what happens with it next.

2014 Toyota Tundra

Taking a break from lowered cars to photograph something that doesn’t have to worry about ditches, much less speed bumps was a nice break.

The Stormtrooper
The Stormtrooper


With a freshly installed grille from Ryan’s sponsor Royalty Core we had to put the lightbar to use for a couple shots!

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Not to mention the beautiful work on the headlights by Winnipeg HIDHeadlights from Winnipeg HID
If you’re in the Winnipeg area July 19th, make sure to stop in at the RBC Convention Centre and check out the Motive Empire booth at Winnipeg Speedfest!

2014 Toyota Tundra

The List

Intake l Exhaust l Fuel

  • Volant Cold Air Intake
  • Flowmaster Outlaw Series Exhaust

Suspension l Wheels l Tires

  • Fuel Renegade 20×10 wheels
  • 35×12.5″ Nitto Trail Grapplers
  • Pro Comp 6″ Stage 2 Lift


  • Winnipeg HID Custom HID retrofit headlights
  • Bushwacker fender flares
  • Royalty Core RC1X Grille
  • Toyota tow mirrors
  • Paint matched front/rear bumper, grille, and tow mirrors