Monthly Archives: January 2015

10 Porsches You Didn’t Know Exist.

I have been a Porsche fan since my earliest childhood. Prestigious, beautiful, capable, dangerous, and (the best of all) stubborn, are the words I would use to describe these machines of Stuttgart. I admit I do not know every detail, race or model number of the long standing history, but I think I have a pretty good grasp.

The soul of Porsche is in the 911, air cooled, engine behind the rear axles, fast enough to kill, a true drivers car. Capable of records on the circuit, the drag strip, the auto show, Dakar and Le mans, yet can comfortably cruise to the supermarket or cater to cross country road trips. It’s the jack of all trades paired with beauty power and prestige, a seemingly impossible mixture.

Through out my years admiring Porsches and driving my own, I have found several I really like besides the standard 911, here they are along with why I like them and some basic history.
550 : This is a more popular model because of its involvement in the death of cultural icon James Dean in 1955. Produced from ’53-’56 the 550’s flat 4, 1.4L mid engine only had 110hp, the car weighed 1300lbs but with a body length of only 11ft and a height of 3ft 4 in. It is little more than a go kart draped in amazing body work. A RS version sold in 2012 for a cool $3.6 million.
RUF CTR3: This is a model modified by a company called Ruf, who use unmarked Porsche bodies as their canvas to create their own legend, starting production in 2007 to current day. The CTR3 uses a mid 3.8L flat 6 fitted with twin turbos to put over 700hp to the ground and propel it to 233MPH. $500,000 gets you a very unique hypercar.
953: Need to race off road across 10,000km in one of the worlds toughest race?  Screw the more popular 959 Porsche chassis. This model won the 1984 Dakar first. 300hp and 4×4 will get you anywhere. With only one is in private hands don’t hold your breath trying to find an original.
GT1: Race cars are cool. Thankfully Porsche is in the habit of making their race cars street legal as well. 25 of these mid 90’s rockets are on the street with a 3.2L twin turbo flat 6 putting a de-tuned 530hp on your local blacktop. $2.3 million will get you bragging rights and a Le Mans win.
RWB: Rauh-Welt is a Porsche tuner from japan that builds modified 911’s all over the world with outrageous fashion statements mixed with mean looks and fast lap times . They are growing in popularity and if they where still as underground as they once where, my inner hipster would have gladly shelled out the roughly $30,000 + 911 to get my very own.

904: Called the Carrera GTS, this is one of the most beautiful non 911 porsches ever created. In 1964-’65 106 purred out of Stuttgart under a 2L 200hp mid flat 4, powering a 1400lbs fiberglass body on steel frame. $2.2 million would be a privilege to pay.
935: These bi products of racing had smoothed headlights, two rear windows, twin turbos hanging off the back bumper and +800hp. They won the 1974 Le mans and then the 24 hours of Daytona and 12 hours of Sebring 6x each and then the trans am series…ect. These Monsters kicked ass spit flames and looked bad ass. Check your self for $300,000 before you wreck yourself.
911 GT2: Bolt on over fenders, double stacked wing and deep rims, must be another RWB…Wrong in ’93-’98, 57 of these upgraded 911 turbos where made by Porsche with a style that is still catching up in 2015. 3.6L flat 6 aircooled and twin turbo’ed 450hp. $500,000 gets you 20 years ahead of the game.
962: 1987 Le Mans winner, 3.xL twin turbo flat 6 with 580hp just beyond cool and worth the $600,000 to show up at a 7-11 in one of the many road legal versions across the world.
RUF CTR YELLOWBIRD: Beginning in 1987 29 Yellow-birds where produced from scratch at RUF and the rest converted from customer cars. 2500lbs with a 470hp 3.2L twin turbo’d flat 6 equaled 211mph beating the Lamborghini Countach and Ferrari F40 making it the fastest sports car in the world in 1987. It was notorious for kicking its ass out and produced quite the youtube video blasting around  Nürburgring showing what a handful it was. I have a certain liking to this car since my 80’s 911 is styled after the Yellowbird, with RUF bumpers and wing, although doing without the twin turbos and the $300,000 price tag.


Brodie Gwilliam, the man, the myth, the legend.

The unjust thing about people with the most passion in life is that these people never seek the attention of spot light, often going unannounced to the masses. Their name is only ever whispered among people in the know, carried along in conversation of legend and fable. Brodie Gwilliam is the most passionate BMX’er I have ever met and can confidently say he is the most passionate BMX’er I will ever meet. It is almost impossible to communicate his dedication but I can try.
When I first met Brodie I didn’t like him very much. With our first meeting at the skatepark, Brodie made fun of the “Fly” brand pedals I had, saying something along the lines of “Those are the worst pedals ever, you would have to be a pedophile to ride those on your bike” I was a much more vain person in adolescence and was offended he would say that to me. My fly pedals where very expensive and I loved them, I was offended and rode off…failing to notice he had the same pedals on his bike. Meta humor and sarcasm was not my strong point but it grew and so did our friendship. I think Brodie just couldn’t be bothered to try to be friends with stuck up people, he probably wont explain his joke that referenced a obscure movie made 2 decades ago and only included one line and then a pun on the next line. If you missed the joke too bad, it probably makes in funnier to him as well. But once you get to know him, deep down beneath all those jokes, remarks, and references you will find your self…even more jokes. No hidden motives, Brodie is a great guy who wears it on his sleeve. Its hard to even comprehend sometimes, we’re so used to acting and preforming a certain way for society that we cant even recognize someone without those social restraints as being truthful, which may put us off and question why this mid 20 year old is asking for meth and directions to the nearest dead body, but in the end its me being the prude who has forgotten how to play.

Brodies humor and dedication is reflected in his own start up “Bad4Life” even the name is a stab at people trying to act “hard” and “extreme”. The guy with flame tattoos and neon hair who proclaims aloud he is in fact a bad guy who is totally extreme, is posturing and no where near what he pretends to be. Real doesn’t often talk big or brag, modesty comes from wisdom. So meta humor and BMX is what Bad4life is all about. Hurting someone is NOT Bad4Life…Double parking in a empty parking lot is totally Bad4Life, Destroying property in NOT Bad4Life…one foot passed the “keep out” sign is. There is your crash course in B4L, now memorize every Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, and Seinfeld reference imaginable and you’re scratching the surface.

Here comes the serious part. Saskatchewan has a small population and BMX is a niche scene within that population, somehow our province has more BMX publicity and recognition than every other province, no one is sponsored here, no one is putting money here, we spend the money and make the publicity ourselves. There is no company driving and motivating us, we do it because we love the sport and love BMX and a disproportional amount of this is due to Brodies dedication to the sport, he has always made the best biking edits, organized the best trips and filmed the most. Hell he purchased a $30,000 camera just because he likes the way it makes BMX look when it captures every minute detail. The camera is just a easy thing to reference because of its oddity in any extreme sport around the world but it fails to mention the 75+ videos made before his newest camera, the dollies and cranes used to get the perfect shots, the mass amounts of lenses to film through, the trips across Canada funded by himself to make full length blu-ray videos. The ramps build in tractor barns and half pipes created in fields or the ramps towed in his truck to make sure no matter what, there will be something to ride in this flat province. All because he wants to, who can you say does that? Not for a year or 2 or 5 but for decades. He not only created the game here, he is years ahead of the entire industry when it comes the cinematography and has done it without making a dime. That is the truly fucked up part about passion, un-seeking of publicity and what is truly special and rare about Brodie.

On top of all this his passion is still riding his bike and its safe to say he is VERY good, but just as he is himself, his riding is also just as unique. To appreciate his style you have to have a very good understanding, yourself, of BMX and probably at least 10 to 15 years previous BMX history on top of what is current. The guy rides SARCASTICALLY, every move is a joke about something or a statement on current trends it is impossibly entertaining to watch, but as you laugh go ahead try one of his tricks. The tricks look funny but will have your ass on the ground moaning in pain because of the difficulty involved instantly. If a trick has to be called out he can do it, but that’s just not him. Indian fuf’s and roman candles replace the smith 180’s and barspins of modern BMX but do not underestimate him or his passion. Brodie gwilliam is the driving force behind Saskatchewan BMX cinematography and the scene itself. He is generous and eccentric in many ways and somehow still has the drive to do so without recognition, but most importantly Brodie Gwilliam is Bad4Life.

2014 Year In Review

This was Rii Projects 1st year and I think it did well. I still haven’t found the concrete direction that I want to take it and I don’t really have to rush. I think I will just keep doing what I’m doing.

2014 was the year that I:

-Launched Rii.
-Learnt to write.
-Enjoyed the fruition of becoming athletic of Crohns.
-Started the biological immune depressant Stelara.
-Helped get Brodie’s indoor ramps finished.
-Drifted a Miata with the top down in the middle of winter with my brother and his FR-S
-Learnt to standing backflip/double backflip.
-Learned to sew
-Traded a BMW E30 for a S13 coupe, a favorite car on mine and for my brother.
-Traveled for the first 1st time out of province in 3 years
-Won best trick in the opening competition at Three Hills.
-System BMX started helping me out with BMX parts.
-Started BMX double backflip training.
-125,000 views Rii.
-Bought and blew up a Aw11 MR2.
-Traded my Miata for a Truck.
-Completed a self-filmed edit.
-Started on the Blanch ranch action sports compound.
-Brothers FR-S and my Drift AE86 got finished.
-Broke finger.
-Met my wonderful g/f Sydney.
-Got a 240sx hatch back for a case of beer.
-Front row of Tegan and Sara
-Did my doublebacky on my bike at Blanch Ranch.
-Went skinny dipping and brought half a bar with me at 3 a.m.
-Rii west trip started.
-Rode North Battleford
-meet a guy from Japan biking to Argentina from Alaska
-rode Lloyd
-rode Edmonton
-Drove a RX-7 GSL-SE at redline.
-rode Vancouver with system bmx
-rode Kamloops  skatepark
-rode Vancouver trails
-got jiggy on a nude beach
-touched a Lexus LFA/599 gto
-busted my face in vancouver
-rode edmonton,
-rode Calgary
-Fixed with help 911 wiring problem
-cliff jumped at seebee falls (story to come)
-rode canmore with Aaron Brown
-took a week in Banff
-got speeding tickets
-stayed in lake Louise
-walked all of johsnton canyon
-swam in a glacier river at 6000ft
-drove bow valley
-rode Calgary
-filmed street drifting
-strathmore box jump shows with wade
-ran with bulls
-did saskatoon box jump shows
-front row at billy talent
-sister’s horse had its colt
-Porsche blew up
-leg blew up
-took my car drifting
-competed in Toronto dew tour
-made finals
-night on the street of Toronto (story to come)
-visted the AGO and ROM
-rode joyride 150
-jumped my red ae86
-started building Rii workshop
-rode kamloops!
-landed a flipwhip
-foot blew up
-moved to sasktoon
-learnt to photoshop
-got a Yamaha motorcycle
-caught my first fish then ate it
-bought a xbox one
– hit depression
-rode 3hills
-rode underground parking lots
-rode brodies
-went to hospital for crohns