World of Wheels 2016 – Winnipeg

Finally the season looks like it’s getting close for Winnipeg’s enthusiast population.  For many World of Wheels marks the beginning of Spring.  The first big show of the season, and the push many need to start getting their cars ready for the summer ahead.

World of Wheels has been an interesting show over the years, filled predominantly by classics.  However last year, and furthermore this year, imports are slowly making their presence known at the show.  There’s definitely something for every enthusiast to appreciate when walking around WoW, with a wide range of vehicles from full restorations, to rat rods and everything in between.

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What we found most interesting of the show is, the interest shown by the older generation towards the imports.  Of course there will always be some that scoff at the “rice-rockets”, but the genuine interest by the majority was something else.  It’s nice to see that import cars are receiving not only recognition, but respect from the older crowd.  Not so long ago it seemed as though the import crowd and the classic crowd were constant opposition, now it seems as though finally most have been united by an appreciation of cars and the work that goes into them, regardless of what year the chassis rolled off the production line.

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With the first show of the season in the books we’re anxiously awaiting shooting more, especially as cars come out of hibernation.  We’re also happy to have Darcy Tiderman joining our group of photographers this season, we can’t wait to see more of his content on the site and the Motive Empire Instagram.  Looking ahead Motive will be at Top Tier Imports Spring Awakening, but if you’re looking for photos of your car before the big meet get a hold of us here at Motive and we’ll get some content for you!

Driven 2015 – Winnipeg, MB

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.