780 Tuners Season Opener 2019: Part 2

Blast to the Past: 2019 Main Event

2020 is here and it has been interesting so far with the majority of events being cancelled or postponed with ongoing regulations for social distancing and the unfortunate situation of limited numbers for attendance.  2019 on the other hand was business as usual with the 780Tuners season opener where room was hard to come by to park at the Yellowhead Casino.

After everyone had left Clear Choice for a cruise to the show, I was able to sneak into a parking lot close by and witness the variety of cars and their owners patiently waiting to park and spectate.  In the distance, I could see a Mclaren 570s, Ferrari 458 and Dodge Viper take their queue with the other vehicles as everyone slowly rolled in.  The one thing about the 780 gathering is the fact that it draws all ages and types of vehicles to one location for a laid back night with no club commitments and it provides the ability to mingle with other enthusiasts.

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You never know what might show up for the season opener with this Ratrod truck taking it’s place between a couple of imports.

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The Supras managed to stick together for the drive from the Clear Choice premeet and prepared to find some parking.

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Quite the polar opposites with an FRS and a classic streetrod joining the parade in.

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The quality of this Corvette build was second to none with a very aggressive stance.
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This was the first time I had seen a Veilside RX7 in person and  it was sporting Avant Garde F121 wheels.

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I figured I would grab a couple of shots of the NSX while I was waiting to get into the lineup myself.

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Just a little bit of variety in this shot all lined up.

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Finally parked, I started to walk around and see if there were any vehicles that peaked my interest when I was surprised to see a gentleman riding by on a custom motorized cooler.  Not only vehicles come out for the night but sometimes you will see modified RC cars, slammed shopping carts and other unique creations.  One of the cars I was looking forward to see was the Liberty Walk Maserati owned by the organizer of the event.  This used to be a red color but I much preferred the satin blue he chose for the season.

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Very clean Lexus

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I had first seen this RX7 back in 2014 when it was black and this year it transformed into an RB swapped track ready version.

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The cooler finally parked for a moment. I wasn’t sure if there were actual beverages inside though.

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This Exige filled a spot on the north side of the lot while a Porsche GT3rs took on the east side.

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Wheels can always change the look of a car whether it is wide body fitment or a clean OEM look.

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This 427 Cobra (not sure if it was a replica) was quite the sight to take in with it’s custom wheels and deep metallic red paint.

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A few more shots of the bumperless Gallardo that was showcasing the exhaust work.  Mercari had a couple of cars in attendance.

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This was a rare car to see with a stock body. I have an appreciation for the classic imports with this MR2.

 

As the sun started to set, participants started to look for an opportunity to sneak out before it became too busy for exiting the tight parking lot.  Of course I love the dreamy look of the setting sun through my 135L lens so I continued to walk around and see if the crowds had dispersed for some unobstructed shots.

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A few more shots of this Supra I had seen earlier in the day.  The setting sun accented the orange paint.

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What is a car event without club participation as Ruthless Clique represented with several vehicles
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Looks like I forgot to clean the glass haha

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This Datsun rocked the brown paint perfectly and I was surprised to see one without flares. Great execution.

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Fellow Cold Lake enthusiast, Nate, had brought his BRZ out after having his custom hood installed earlier that weekend. The second photo, I decided to park my NSX close by and get some clear shots of the front of his car. I was not expecting it to draw a crowd.

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The owner of this immaculate R32 is always a staple for the Edmonton events as he is part of the organizing team for the 780 Tuners and Driven shows.

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Roll out began and the night was still young as some of the owners made their way down Whyte Ave for a warm spring evening and they ended up at the old location of United Cycle.

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2019 was another great success for the organizers.  The ability to draw all enthusiasts together both young and old, exotics and classics, imports and works in progress, shows that the Alberta scene is still alive and well.  2020 will be a bit different, but one thing I have noticed is that networking will always find a way and adversity only helps grow the community.

Individuality Uncompromised.

Regards,

Travis

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