There is a lot you can tell about a car club by reading about them online. The size of the club, the cars that make up the club, and how many awards they have won all things translate easily through text.
Things that don’t translate quite as easily are the presence the vehicles they drive have, the reactions they cause, and the personalities of the individual members.
These are things that to really get an understanding of you have to experience in person.
Prior to meeting some of the Liberty VIP members at Importfest I thought I had an good idea of what to expect in both regards (people and cars) but upon meeting them I realized everything I had read had fell short of accurately describing the group, and that shooting through a mods list simply wouldn’t do these cars justice.
I mean I could take a minute to talk about how perfect Brett’s Wald kitted LS400 looks on Auto Couture’s, how Aidan’s IS300 car simply never looked cleaner, the fact that Yudi’s Junction Produce M45 went through nearly a complete makeover prior to the show, how subtle yet significant the widened rear fenders on Mikes CL500 are, and just how crazy Jermaine’s Y33 looks in person but going any further just talking about the pages worth of modifications done to these cars would just be doing them a half service.
The best way to describe these cars would be by telling you that every time I passed by these cars in the lobby of Importfest they were surrounded by people who simply couldn’t get enough of them. There are now hundreds of people in Toronto and abroad with photos of these cars on their cameras and phones most of which who had no doubt never seen VIP cars of this caliber before.
But of course that was more or less expected because shows draw enthusiasts and as as car enthusiasts we appreciate top notch work.
What wasn’t expected was what happened the night before when the cars were parked out in front of the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Once they all pulled up and parked people who had previously looked determined to get wherever they were going suddenly slowed to take a look at what was going on. A few trying to figure out who these cars belong to, and why they were there.
The sight of these luxury cars sitting out on the street unannounced was so unique that it even lured one of Toronto’s less fortunate away from their belongings and across the street to and put together the words to describe how ‘magnificent’ these cars were.
And all the while the owners remained as humble as ever.
One of the most important things I took away from Liberty that weekend was that no matter how deserving their cars might be of awards, and no matter how much of a crowd they draw, none of them ever really seemed the slightest bit concerned with taking home an award or receiving any sort of special treatment.
In fact after being introduced to Mike and Jermaine, along with their co pilots Tom and Dave (Aidan, Yudi, and Brett I had met previously) it became apparent to me that the show was just a good reason for all of them to get together in a place they had never been and anything else was just a bonus and at the end of the day it’s this mentality that makes a great club.
Thanks to all of the guys at Liberty VIP for coming to Toronto and giving a lot of people a first hand experience of a dedicated VIP car club, and congratulations once again for all of the awards you took home.
If you are in the New Jersey area and want to check out the Liberty Team in person be sure to head out to BLACK 2 which is an event put on by the club exclusively for VIP cars.