Cars & Kopi – Goodbye 2016

There is no denying it, 2016 is a year to be remembered for mostly the wrong reasons. And while we would love to give this year a final send off asap, we can’t really do so without first having our year-end Cars & Kopi meet!

With it being the year end, i kind of expected it to be slightly more subdued and while it wasn’t the carpark busting meet we had months ago, the smaller scale meet kind of felt rather nice and more casual than ever, allowing owners to mingle much more freely and for shutterbugs like me, we had the luxury of time when capturing each car.

With Project944 STILL not yet done, it looked like our grand ‘ol E34 will be back at Cars & Kopi once again. Except this time, it wasn’t. This time, i was behind the wheel of an E30.

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I can’t remember how long it had been since i last sat behind the wheel of an E30. I think it’s been almost 10 years. But once in the cockpit, everything fell into place once again. It’s alot more snug than the E34 that’s for sure, i almost forgotten how compact it was.

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Back then, my E30 was a little 316 sedan with a measly 1.6 4-banger, in comparison the car i was so graciously lent is a beautiful 325i Cabriolet adorned with Alpina flourishes, under the skin was 2.5 liters of silky BMW Straight-6 power mated to a snicky snicky 5-spd manual. It was lovely. (Even with the roof up.)

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With 2 Japanese Nostalgic Cars in tow, we drove up to the location of the meet together. As you can see from the above picture, i was in pretty good company.

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If there was a day when i was glad the weather forecast was wrong, it was this day. All through the week, the met service had predicted rain and even a thunderstorm on the morning of the meet. Instead, what we had was a really sunny morning! Perfect weather for a Sunny?

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No doubt the star of this meet, a stunning Kenmeri that had only been registered the day before. Still strange seeing this outside of Japan, but i love it.

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Great looking with a ton of character.

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Get a lift(back)!

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Immaculately kept R32. Previously on big brakes and Enkei wheels, now back to stock brakes and stock 16s. Still looks fantastic.

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We need more cars to be produced with Spartan air!

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Next to the San-ni, we have a San-yon, bathed in it’s signature Bayside blue paint.

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JDM crew’s game was strong this time round.

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The only Nissan President left on our local roads. Nicely dropped. Did you know this car runs on air suspension?

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Our unfortunate tax system on older cars have meant EVO 7/8/9 numbers have dwindled.

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Team CyberIMP.

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Team Larry Kosilla!

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You know what’s rarer than an EVO? A stock EVO. So clean right?

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Facing off with its long time rival. Those were the days.

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I never did get enough pictures of this S204 on previous meets.

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To most people on the street, this is just another WRX, to people who wake up stupid early on weekend mornings to ogle at cars, this is something special.

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From the same family tree.

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Singapore Kanjo?

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Hachiroku looking fine.

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Maybe i should have shipped one of these in instead of Project944, i’m guessing parts will be a lot cheaper.

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Perennial favourite. Really looking forward to seeing the RF in Tokyo next month.

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Back on the Euro front, we have the Air cooled cars from Stuttgart leading the charge.

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Love the grey on this 993, and those wheels!

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Backdate was super sweet as well.

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I was doing some interior “research”.

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I still want one. Still can’t afford one.

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Photobombed.

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Better… (i think)

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Great looking Jaaaaaaaaaag

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Mini was on point!

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Then there were two.

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Many many many years later.

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Esprit.

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Not too many BMWs this time around (as usual), but an E36 Coupe will always have a place in my heart.

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Elegance in mechanical form.

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One generation later gave the SL a major redesign. Although not as pretty as its predecessor, it does age rather well. I’d prefer it back on its single headlight configuration, the US-spec lights don’t work as well in my opinion.

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Lovingly restored Bus looked stunning with many little lovely details.

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All the way from Italia, a 147 GTA.

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You can’t have a car meet without at least 1 Fezza right?

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Doesn’t matter what you have as long as you have fun!

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After we bade our farewells, it was time to head off with Mr Kenmeri in tow. I hope you guys enjoyed it and if all goes to plan, our next meet will happen not too far away!

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But before that… Tokyo agogo (again)…

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