iM Highlight: Taylor’s VR Coupe

Often times I find that I am being asked by many others to shoot their cars that it is extremely hard to find the time to shoot my own. I usually go out with the regular group of car enthusiasts, thinking that I will finally take a few shots of my car, the end result being I am taking photos of others. This past week was different, I set out a day away from the crowds and it was actually great to get my first “real” photos of the car I have been staring at for so long thinking of the possibilities. While winter is in full force on the island, the day resulted in having dry roads and the opportunity to put the summer shoes on for a few waterfront photos. Hope you enjoy my mk2 coupe.

|OWNER: Taylor Smith
|VEHICLE: Mk2 Jetta Coupe


– 2.8L VR6
– Ported and Polished Big Valve Head
– 42mm Intake (+2mm over stock)
– 36mm Exhaust (+1.8mm over stock)
– Heavy Duty Schrick Valve Springs and TT Titanium Retainers
– Lighter MK4 INA Lifters
– Intake ports reshaped
– 268 Dougherty Racing Cams
– Exhaust Manifolds Ported and Polished
– Megasquirt ECU (Dyno tuned on 94 octane, 200 whp, 184 lbsft)
– Megasquirt and Spark-Extra using a Ford ICM EDIS for Ignition
– Cat Back 2.5″ Custom Exhuast with Flowmaster Muffler
– Rebuilt Tranny with Peloquin LSD
– TM Tuning Short Throw


– Rokker Coilovers
– Polyurethane Bushings
– ABD 25mm front sway bar
– Autotech 28mm rear sway bar
– Rear Brakes converted to discs
– Wilwood Dynalite Calipers and 11″ G-60 Rotors


– 15×8.5 Schmidt TH Lines
– White Lips with BMP Baskets
– 195/45/15 Toyo Proxes T1R


– 16v GTI Recaro Pleather Door Cards
– VR6 Corrado Front and Rear Recaro Seats
– Custom Revolution/VDO Gauge setup
– Momo Steering Wheel


– Car Painted Hot Rod Satin Black
– Engine Bay Painted Dolphin Gray from a 1964 356 Porsche
– Real OEM Euro Bumpers Front and Rear w/ OEM Euro Rebar
– 16v Flares
– 16v Front Lip
– Badgeless Grill
– Single Round Headlight Conversion
– GLI Rear Wing
– Single Wiper


iM Random Snaps: VW Generations

Our good friend Matt from Bergwerk Photography sent over these sick pics of a recent shoot he did. Here you will find two Jettas owned by brothers who share a passion for their VW’s.

The green Jetta houses some form of a diesel engine at the moment and plans for the winter are to swap in a TDI motor. Fitted with some classic 15×8 et30, Snowflake wheels and dropped on H&R suspension, it’s a dub done right.

The other Jetta is one of many MK2’s that has been owned by this brother. The custom stripe by Dublu Design set’s this apart from the others. The car sits on 13×8 ATS Classics and suspension is a custom creation which is unknown.

Enjoy the pictures and be sure to check out Bergwerk Photography!

A little quote from Matt:

Right now both cars are just runners that are really low. The green one is so low that when I was doing my rig shot, the subframe was scraping and shaking my camera. 🙂 You have to be dedicated to roll these cars daily.

iM Event Coverage: GarageBox Track Day 4 – September 5, 2011

With the season nearing the end, and with the impending coming of cooler weather, we were happy to have such an awesome warm day for the final GarageBox Track Day of the year and possible last at Race City. It was quite a busy day with a lot of cars out on the track, including a few owned/driven by our very own team members.

I tried to get everything that I could, but a bunch of pics didn’t turn out unfortunately, but all of them can be found here: flickr link

A special thanks goes out to Paul and the crew at GarageBox for putting on another awesome track day. Here’s hoping that there can be more!

iM Event Coverage: Waterwerks 2011

Waterwerks first kicked off a few years ago, when one of the major PNW Audi/Volkswagen events was cancelled. Local enthusiasts then came together to organize what is now the PNW’s largest European car show. Chaney Stadium has been the venue since the first event in 2008. While there were only 300 cars, there was room for growth in the rather large venue. Over the years this event has done nothing but grow. For 2011 there were over 700 cars, while at least 3000+ people walked through the gates to come and witness this event. In the years Waterfest NW has been able to pick up some huge tittle sponsors including Rotiform Wheels, Podi Gauges, Air Lift, Fine Tuning, and many more.

When you come to Waterfest, you want to come for the whole weekend. With events starting on Friday, there are endless activities to not only to partake in, but to spectate as well. They include Auto-x, Kart-x, Dyno, Teeter Totter, and the Air Ride Limbo. You want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything. Though Sunday is the climax for the whole weekend, with over 20 vendors showing their latest products. And lets not forget the the main show. Overall Waterwerks NW is a must attend event if you live in the PNW or anywhere near. Its events like these that redefine the European scene, and make it what it is today. Here are only a small amount of the photos from this event.

Additional photos from the event can be found HERE

iM Event Coverage: DTP Vancouver July 16, 2011 – Part 3

Keepin’ things going with more coverage from DTP Vancouver, Part 3 of our iM Event Coverage will focus on the illmotion crew and the awesome homies who came out to represent with us.

Gotta give a huge shout out and thanks to Steve, Terence, Gopesh, Chris, James, Kirsten/Brodie, Michael and Dave (and the others who came along for the ride) for reppin’ with us and cruising along with us on the drive to Vancouver. It was definitely a pleasure meeting those we haven’t met before and kickin’ it with you guys at the show!

The rain did have its downside, but rockin’ with the crew and taking home 4 awards made it all worth it! In the end, it was all about the people at hand getting together for the love of this lifestyle we lead.

Once again, a HUGE congratulations to Chris, James and Michael on winning in their respective classes. Good job guys!

Lastly, big ups to illmotion’s very own Punit Patel for winning 2nd Place Best Acura. I don’t think there is a single person in the crew who hasn’t put in work in that Integra, so it was definitely a good feeling to see you win that award. Congrats homie!

Let’s move on to the pics!

More pics can be found HERE