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Big SoCal Euro 2016

Big SoCal Euro 2016 

One of the hottest shows in SoCal, Big Euro has something for everyone. From new cars to classics, from vendor shopping to drag racing, it’s all there. Gathering at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California, this event brings thousands of car enthusiasts together. A big thank you to Lon Mok and his team for organizing one of the best events on the coast. We are looking forward to attend next year’s event and hang out with our friends again! 

 

 

 

More photos here!

 

Words: Denis Podmarkov (@_dpod_)

Photos: Denis Podmarkov & Igor Polishchuk (@catuned_igor)

Monterey Car Week - Legends of the Autobahn

 

 

   Part of Monterey Car Week, Legends of the Autobahn is a must go concoures for any German car enthusiast. Considering that CAtuned specializes in German classics, this is one of our favorite shows of the year. Unfortunately our entire team couldn’t make it this year, so we sent Denis out to the show. He didn’t seem to mad about it.  Celebrating BMWs 100 year anniversary, the spot light was on Bavarian Motor Works.  From new to old, from race car to fully restored, there was something for everyone. We can talk about Legends of the Autobahn all day, but we would rather show you the pictures. Make sure to come out next year!

 

 

 

  photos / words : Denis Podmarkov (@_dpod_)

Ceramic Pro at CAtuned!

 

Everyone loves a clean car.

Whether it’s new, old, fully restored, or a work in progress, a car is simply nicer to look at and more enjoyable to drive when it's clean. That is why we have decided to expand our services to offer full paint correction that ensures a car’s paint looks as good as new and Ceramic Pro protective coatings to make sure it stays that way. We really cannot over exaggerate Ceramic Pro's ability to preserve your car’s finish both on the outside and the inside – protecting its paint from etching, its trim from fading, the wheels from losing their shine, and the leather from staining. 

What is Ceramic Pro?

It’s a "nano-glass" protective coating for automotive exteriors and interiors that also has a multitude of other applications. It can be applied to a car’s paint, metal, plastic, glass, leather, and textile surfaces. Pretty much anything goes – if it’s on your car it has the potential to be coated and protected. Once that surface is coated it will be preserved, protected, and easy to maintain for the life of the coating. 

Easy to Clean and Maintain

Ceramic Pro is not just a wax or sealant, it offers so much more. Once a surface is coated, it will exhibit super hydrophobic properties. In other words, water will not want to stick to it. What does this mean? Well, for the parts of the car that are coated, they will now exhibit some self-cleaning properties. Yes, you still have to wash your car; however, the self-cleaning ability means water will help lift off dirt from the protected surface. Other substances such as bug guts, bird droppings, and brake dust will be no harder to remove than a gentle wipe with a wash mit and some car soap. 

Preservation and Protection

After the coating is applied, your car will not need any form of wax, spray wax, or sealant for the life of the coating. The coated surfaces will be preserved and their finishes protected. It even works on satin or matte finishes. Ceramic Pro protects these finishes in many ways. It is SGS certified for hardness, meaning fewer scratches to your finish. It is also chemical and UV resistant, so your paint won’t be damaged by harsh elements like bird droppings or acid rain. And your leather or dash won’t fade from the sun. Not only that, but it can withstand temperatures of over 2000°F! This all ensures that whether your car is new or has 50-year-old paint, it will never deteriorate

Packages for Your Car

There are multiple packages available ranging from one year to a lifetime and it’s all backed up by a warranty. The length of the warranty and lifespan of the coating corresponds to how many layers of Ceramic Pro are applied to the vehicle. The more coatings the higher the level of protection and the longer it will last. The 3 main packages are BRONZE (2 year warranty) SILVER (5 year warranty) and GOLD (lifetime warranty). These packages can then be customized to better suit your needs such as adding an interior package or even an extra layer of Ceramic Pro to the bumpers and side skirts. 

Other Services

Don't want your entire car coated? That’s okay. We offer a variety of packages allowing you to customize what gets protected. Just got a fresh set of 3 piece wheels that you don’t want to polish before every show? Just want the interior done? Or maybe just the windshield? Ordered CAtuned coilovers and want them coated before they're even delivered? Got a sweet pair of shoes you want to stay nice? We have you covered. 

The Process 

Prepping the car to be coated can be as simple as a wash and paint decontamination with a clay bar; however, any imperfections in the paint will be sealed in once the car is coated. The only way to fix it is to remove the coating by way of aggressive abrasion, which adds up to a lot of extra work. So we recommend getting paint correction done before getting your car coated. Every car is different and has a different use, so this could range from a simple and quick polish to full on wet sanding to get that immaculate show shine. However, this is not necessary to get your vehicle coated. For example, if this is your off-road vehicle, you may not care about scratches and just are looking to make it easier to clean. In that case, paint correction wouldn’t make sense for you.

After preparing the car, the coating is applied by hand one panel or part at a time. The amount of time it takes to apply the coating depends on the size of the vehicle or complexity of the part. The coating can also be applied with a spray gun, which is useful for coating vehicles such as motorcycles that have lots of hard to reach nooks and crannies. After the coating is applied, it is inspected for imperfections then hardened using infrared heat lamps 

Pricing

Pricing varies depending on package, size of vehicle, and complexity. For example, an Audi Q7 will be more expensive than an E30 M3 and BBS RSs will be more expensive than a set of Rotiform NUEs. To get a quote, or for more info, email us here: sales@catuned.com 

BONUS IMAGES

WordsColin McCarty ( @coolin_mc )

PhotosDenis Podmarkov ( @_dpod_ )

Bavarian Restoration

Today we examine a california based company: Bavarian Restoration

http://www.bavrest.com/

If you have a classic BMW or know someone with a 2002, e12, e24, e28, e3, e9, e21, e30 and much more then you know that these models have lot's of instrument cluster problems and issues. Years ago we were using a few other sources for the repair and upgrading of our clusters as well as repairing them in house and could never get them just right. It became a real issue at one point as we ended up spending lots of money and still had issues. That's when we turned to the best and never looked back. 

Bavarian Restoration uses state of the art practices and one of a kind machinery that no one can match. They are also able to calibrate for the correct MPH, Customize colors, install LED lighting and much much more. 

They also calibrate and rebuild loads of AFM units. This is a huge help! Everything comes with warranty and a technical sheet to show data and graphs. Si boards are not left out as well. Loads of info HERE

Here are some amazing examples of what could be done. 

 

 

For any Cluster needs, AFM, SI boards, and much more contact http://www.bavrest.com/

BavarianRestoration@gmail.com

 

Pictures & Txt via: Denis Podmarkov & Igor Polishchuk

Look Back: CAtuned Open House 2016

We take a look back at our first open house event at our new location. If you didn't come out to our shop on the 30th of January, well this is what you missed out on. We had a lot of great cars show up and a lot of support from the community. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank everyone that was there, and helped organize the event. CAtuned will have more open house events in the near future, follow our social media accounts for updates! 

 

Words/photos: Denis Podmarkov (@_dpod_)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE PHOTOS AT: CAtuned Open House 2016 Album

E30 Picnic 2016

The E30 Picnic is what most car events should aspire to be like. It's more of a leisure social gathering for E30 fanatics than it is an all out concourse or car show. It just so happens there is lush grass to park your 25+ year old BMW coupe on, and everybody around you is equally as obsessed as the next person. At the E30 Picnic, it's possible to see every E30 variant, including a touring, baur, and even a custom pickup. Furthermore, this year's attendance was roughly 200 cars (and yes all were E30s), with some people driving from as far as Nebraska! Needless to say, if you live anywhere in North America and share the same addiction for the E30 chassis, attending this event is a must. 

 

Photos & txt via: Nick Caron

Nikon D7100 & Nikon 17-55MM f/2.8

nscaron@gmail.com

IG: @caronn

Bimmerfest 2016

Bimmerfest 2016

W/ all things BMW it was 2 days of awesome. 


Photos via: Igor P.

Formula DRIFT at Road Atlanta, 2016

The Road to the Championship was an amazing event. Being my first Formula DRIFT event, it felt unreal seeing these cars in person for the first time after seeing hundreds of social media posts about them. The crowd at Road Atlanta stayed from the opening time of the gates to sundown, and well after, and was full of grass-roots drivers and car builders that made the experience even better. Between Pro and Pro2, so many well built cars and skilled drivers got their turn on the key-hole in the Road to the Championship. Here are some the shining moments of this event.

 

Pictures via: Hans Leatherman

@hansleatherman

hansleatherman@gmail.com

Using: Canon 6D w/ 700-200MM F2.8 & 50MM F/1.4

Luftgekühlt at Modernica 2016

Luftgekühlt at Modernica 2016

For more info see: http://luftgekuhlt.net/

A PORSCHE HAPPENING.
In the Porsche vernacular, Luftgekühlt represents all the air-cooled cars in the the manufacturer’s history, from the Pre-A 356 through the 993 model line, which ended in 1998. More specifically, Luftgekühlt is the brainchild of two-time Le Mans class winner Patrick Long and noted Southern California creative director Howie Idelson. A true Porsche happening.

Luftgekühlt™ is a brand founded initially as a series of automotive-themed events featuring a tightly-curated list of historically significant or interesting cars – both race and street. There's no set formula for our events, but we're excited by cool venues, fun people and creative expression, so you can bet those elements will always be in our recipe. We like coming up with wild ideas that celebrate the passion we have for all things air-cooled, and we love collaborating with likeminded people and brands.

 

A special Car being a rally-style 911. Auctioned off to benefit the Autumn Leaves Project

 

 Some more pictures from the event:

Pictures via: Igor Polishchuk

GMG OPEN HOUSE 2016

Global Motorsports Group, known as GMG Racing, opened the shop for everyone to see during their annual open house. GMG is a company inspired by racing. Since 2001 they have been focusing on professional racing and servicing those race cars.

The open house showcases projects and customer cars. Walking around the event you will notice that the event is sprinkled with exotics and rare cars throughout history. Classic cars from Audi, BMW, Porsche were all present. It was a lively event with lot's to see and new people to meet. Here is just a few photos from the event. 

 

Photos via: Denis Podmarkov & Igor Polishchuk