BRYAN AN­TO­NIO

2013 SCION FR-S

Pasmag (Canada) - - Competition - BY ADAM STEIN­BERG | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY ALI­CIA BLAKELY ( @it­slish_)

It can of­ten take some time un­til cer­tain things grow on an in­di­vid­ual; whether it’s a new hair­cut, a change in ca­reer or move to a new city. Some­times, like in the case of Bryan An­to­nio and his 2013 Scion FR-S, it’s the pur­chase of a new car.

“At first I didn’t like the look [of] this car,” ex­plains An­to­nio, “but when I saw the red Rocket Bunny wide­body on this car by Kei Miura, that sold me. I in­stalled [a] Five Axis body kit first while sav­ing up for the Rocket Bunny kit, as I re­ally don’t like the stock look on this car.”

The Rocket Bunny kit fit­ted on the FR-S is ac­tu­ally one of the big­gest chal­lenges An­to­nio faced while work­ing on his build. “I tried a lot of shops here in Cal­gary but all of them don’t want to cut a new car. My last op­tion was to head down to Van­cou­ver to one of the shops [that] have ex­pe­ri­ence in­stalling Rocket Bunny wide body on an FR-S. I’m glad I found some­one closer to Cal­gary, which is Leonard Song, owner of First Gear Pro­ject – Ed­mon­ton.”

“I just wanted to build it for my­self: not for show, not for race. [It was] dur­ing Driven Cal­gary when I fully com­mit­ted to it, and what do you know, I won an award. So for now my in­ten­tions have changed to show car, and it might change [again] when I fin­ish my en­gine build.”

For those in­spired by his story, take heed to a les­son from the builder him­self. “When I was build­ing my car it had lit­tle im­per­fec­tions and some tem­po­rary parts. Dur­ing those times you will get neg­a­tive com­ments from ran­dom peo­ple; peo­ple that don’t know what you are build­ing, or your plans…and es­pe­cially those peo­ple who are jeal­ous of your build.” An­to­nio con­cludes.

“When you are build­ing some­thing, don’t let those neg­a­tive com­ments bring you down. At the end of the day it is your own build [and] your own money to spend.”

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