Driven is, by far, the biggest and best import show to come to Winnipeg. Once the date is announced clubs immediately start finding cars to show, owners start ordering parts, and the hype for the show begins. The amount of time and dedication put into this show by both the organizers and the participants is second to none, it really is the event for import enthusiasts.
There was something for everyone, Euro to JDM, bikes, cars and a handful of trucks, all of which had their own personal style based on the owner’s preferences. With Driven being the show it is, there was a big debut in the Speed Factor booth. Al’s immaculately built 350Z came out of hiding after years of work.
Complete with a Stardast widebody kit, air, and a shaved and tucked engine bay it was definitely a show stopper.
Another project that made its first proper debut was Seaver’s R32 Skyline, over the winter it received a new motor, larger turbo, paint under the hood, and tucked wiring. We were proud to have the Skyline parked with us, it certainly grabbed a lot of attention from the crowd with its bright green engine bay.
Of course there were strong entries all around the venue at the Red River Exhibition grounds with displays put on by Garage 106, JDM Winnipeg, Vicious Alliance, Option Plus, Speed Factor Racing, and of course Top Tier Imports.
Along with the show, Formula Drift Canada was making use of the ample open spaces outside of the venue putting on a drift demo and offering ride alongs to fans. Drivers included Mats Baribeau, Brad Carlton, Matt Murphy, and Winnipeg’s very own Chris Gonzalez.
For the time being there aren’t any really big drift events around Winnipeg, so to have Formula Drift Canada make their way here was great. Hopefully the drift scene in Winnipeg can continue to grow.
All in all, it was a great day to look at some beautiful cars, hang out with friends and make new ones. Despite differences between individuals or groups, this show is really what it’s all about, coming together and celebrating the hard work that’s gone into these cars. It really is an honor to be a part of Driven and we can’t wait for the next time the show comes to Winnipeg; here’s hoping for next year. Until then, take some time and check out our coverage of the show, there’s a lot to see.