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Commuter Car Show

8th Annual Commuter Car Show

The Commuter Car Show is finally here!

Wednesday, May 22nd
10 AM - 2 PM
Race Street Lawn
(between 33rd and 34th Streets on Race)

CTSE and Liberty Mutual Insurance are excited to host 31 students who have entered their cars or motorbikes in 4 different categories. Below are the participants for this year's Show along with the descriptions of each Show Category.

Vote in person at the Race Street Lawn or vote online at the link below.

You can win gift cards sponsored by Cort Furniture from:

  • Wawa
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Walmart
  • Starbucks
  • Naked Chocolate  

Breakfast is sponsored by The Courts will be served at 10 AM followed by lunch at noon sponsored by the USGA and the DEA.

We hope that you will stop by and check out the entries below!

Car Show Categories:

Vote online here:

Then click on the categories below to take you to each set of participants for today's Show

Built Not Bought - Is the only thing your car has in common with the one on the showroom floor the company's emblem? If your car is a rolling expression of your personality, built from the ground up, show our University your true-one-of-a-kind! (Moderately to heavily modified vehicles, no restrictions)

Philly VIP - Does the number of cup holders matter more than the number of cylinders? If fine leather and wood grain trim express your ride's executive reputation, show Drexel your definition of a stylish luxury car! (BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Infiniti, Cadillac, etc.)

Daily Commuter- Does it get you from point A to B with no questions asked? If your ride is what gets you through your daily grind of life, we'd like to see your daily-drivers!  (No restrictions)

Power Sports – Do you think four wheels and doors are over-rated? Prove to us that two wheels and off-roading are truly more fun! (Any automobile not classified)

Car Show Participants:

Category: Built Not Bought

Dillon Brennan

2006 Acura
RSX Type S


Her name is Arcie. I bought her in December of 2011 and she has been one of the best investments of my life.  Though I have
to pay a decent amount to make monthly payments I get the most out of my car.  I drive her to and from the train station every day, and I drove her 120 miles, round-trip to Allentown and back during co-op. I baby her when she's not on the go.

Arcie's color is "Milano Red," also known as "Milano Pink" in the RSX Community due to its tendency to fade.  She came with a K20Z1 i-VTEC motor in the form of a 2.0 L power-house.  Although not torquey, this engine can rev to 8300 RPM and surely does put out an efficient horsepower per liter rating (rivaling that of supercars).

At about 2800 pounds Arcie can certainly make a move on faster cars with bigger motors.  That's why I love my Honda.

Custom painted AEM Short Ram Intake, DC Sports Ceramic Shorty Header, APEX'i GT-Spec Cat-back Exhaust, Ingalls Torque Damper
Reverse-stagger Work Emotion CR Kai's (17x9 and 17x8), also custom-painted, Sumitomo HTR ZIII's in 255 width up front with and 235 width in rear, EM1 Civic Clutch Master Cylinder, ACT Stage 2 Clutch and pressure plate, ACT Pro Lite Flywheel

Josh Bryant

2001 Honda S2000

Handling and Braking:
TEIN Monoflex Coilovers
Eibach Front and Rear Sway Bars
Moog Sway Bar Endlinks
Cusco Front and Rear Strut Tower Bars
J's Racing Offset Front Lower Ball Joint
Megan Front Anti Bump Steer Kit
Custom Alignment by RT Tuning
Stoptech Slotted Rotors
Stoptech Street Performance Brake Pads
Stoptech Steel Braided Brake Lines
LHT Performance Master Cylinder Brace
Custom Painted Calipers

Hard Dog Double Diagonal Roll Bar
Recaro Pole Position
Buddy Club Low Down Seat Rails
Moddiction Two Piece Hard Top Hardware

C West N1 Front Bumper w/ Carbon Fiber Canards
Custom Bumper Extensions by J.E. Customs
Mulderized Front Head Lights
C West Eyelines
S~Factor Custom Front Splitter
J's Racing Front Wide Fenders +35mm
J's Racing Rear Over fenders +40mm
Extreme Dimensions J's Style Rear Bumper
Shine S style Diffuser
Forbidden USA Mugen style Hard Top
APR GT 250 67" Carbon Fiber wing with 14" Pedestals
S2000 CR Black Honda Emblem
Enkei RPF1 18x9.5 +15 Formula Silver
Michelin Pilot Super Sports 265/35-18

The Honda S2000 is one of the greatest driver's cars of all time.  Created to celebrate Honda's 50th Anniversary it combines everything that represents Honda. When it debuted it came with an engine that had more horsepower per liter (120 hp/L)than most exotics.  There is no way to truly express how great the car is.  If you ever get a chance, drive one and then you will most likely understand.

Honda F22C Pistons, Rods, and Crankshaft
K&N FIPK Short Ram Intake
PLM Header
PLM Test Pipe
Invidia N1 Exhaust
AUT Radiator Cooling Plate
S2000 CR Serpentine Belt w/o A/C

ACT Prolite flywheel
ACT Heavy Duty Pressure Plate
AP2 Clutch Master Cylinder
AP2 Clutch Slave Cylinder
AP2 Transmission
Megan Half Shaft Spacers
Handling and Braking:
TEIN Monoflex Coilovers
Eibach Front and Rear Sway Bars
Moog Sway Bar Endlinks
Cusco Front and Rear Strut Tower Bars
J's Racing Offset Front Lower Ball Joint
Megan Front Anti Bump Steer Kit
Custom Alignment by RT Tuning
Stoptech Slotted Rotors
Stoptech Street Performance Brake Pads
Stoptech Steel Braided Brake Lines
LHT Performance Master Cylinder Brace
Custom Painted Calipers

All Installations were performed by myself and my other Co Owners.

Build can be seen at


Joe D'Ambrosio

2011 Mustang GT
2011 Mustang GT Premium with Brembo Brake and Comfort Packages. A few changes have been made to the car so far with a lot more to come. Recently dynoed at 425 rwph.

Lund tuned, C&L CAI, BOSS 302 intake manifold and strut tower brace, Kooks LT headers and O/R x-pipe, Magnaflow comp cat-back, FRPP 3.73 gears, Hurst Billet Plus 2 shifter, BMR lower control arms and brackets, JLT oil separator, H&R Trak+ hubcentric wheel spacers, MMD quarter window louvers, widened rear rims
Michael Eisen

1998 1/2, BMW, M3
Drove from Philadelphia to Cincinnati, Ohio to pick this up. 600 miles there and 600 miles back. Was it worth it?
I get to drive exactly what I want at the exact point in my life I want to drive it. What else could I ask for in a car?

Tein Adjustable Coilover Suspension, Active Autowerkes Front + Rear Strut/Shock Tower Braces, Stromung Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust, OEM BMW Z3 Shift Rod, ZKW Projector Headlights with Phillips HID Xenons, Euro Clear Lenses and Mesh Front Grill. Additional Upgrades include: Alpine In-dash CD player, Alpine 4-channel amplifier powering MB Quart component speakers, Alpine mono amplifier powering Infinity 10” subwoofer, suede interior trim on door panels, steering wheel, dash and center console, illuminated BMW shift knob, M3 trunk mat and keyless entry system.
Kyle Evans

2007 Toyota Tacoma
Its a 2007 Toyota "Taco" Tacoma. It has the TRD Off-Road package with the rear locking differential. It's a double cab short bed and has 725xx miles on it. Its an off-roading machine and is truly one of a kind.

4x Innovation's HREW tubing sliders
-All-Pro Off-Road ISF and Transmission skid plate
-Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/75R16 tires
-Custom grill with 2 Hella 500ff lights mounted behind
-Custom sound system with an 8" ported sub
-Plasti-Dipped rims
-Bed-linered rear bumper
-Differential breather tube
-Aftermarket taillights
-Blacked out headlights
Matt Patterson

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 
Original SS, not a tribute.  Runs a 1/4 mile in 9.75s and then can go cruise down South Street or go to a car show. 
Took 3 years to get it to where it is now.  It is fully restored from the ground up and no shortcuts were taken. 
Interior is original and radio works.

588 Chevy big block stoker.  6 point cage.  Full exhaust.   Custom ported heads and manifold.  Custom cam and crank.  Dominator carburetor.   Pretty much everything was replaced or upgraded but the interior which is original.
Justin Phan1993

BMW 325is 
Boosted BMW E36, Built Motor M50 8.0.5 CR, Custom Twin Scroll Turbo Kit Precision 6266 Turbo
Custom Exhaust, Recaro Sporster CS Seats, TRS Harnesses  / Harness Bar, Fikse Profil 10 Rims / Dunlop Star Specs, KW Coilovers, AMS-500 Boost Controller, Stack Gauges, Authentic Varis Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser
BMW Motorsports Adjustable Front Lip, FX-Retrofit Headlights
Jordan Ramos

1997 Honda Prelude
1997 Honda Prelude, 2nd owner, 160k miles on the body 70k on the motor and transmission.
This car is my daily driver, but still sees track time on special occasions.

LSD 5 speed maunual transmission
Skunk 2 Intake
Skunk 2 Full Exhaust
DC Sports Ceramic Headers
Excel 17 inch wheels and Kumo low profile tires
Tanabe Racing Sway Bars
Eibach Road Race Springs
Bilstein Struts
Mark Santerian

2003 BMW M3
KW2 Variant 2 Suspension, Eisenmann Race 4x83mm Tips, Double Walled Round Exhaust, Supersprint Resonated X-pipe
CSL Software Flash, AFE Air-Scoops, Macht Schnell Intake Elbow, Streamline Air Filter, Khoalty 3000's angel eyes
Led Tails, Carbon fiber/suede Interior, Carbon Fiber Mirror Caps, Gills and Grills, Square OEM 19x9.5 M3 Wheels
(Powder coated Hammered Gold/Anthracite), 75/82mm Stud Conversion, Muteki Burning Blue Lugs
Stoptech Stage 2 Break Upgrade-Slotted, 25% Sun-tech Tints 
Jenya Shuportyaka 

2004, Saab, 9-3t
Everyday car with a little bit of flair. Does not do well with speed bumps. Septa bus turbos don't sound louder than
this little Saab.

Custom fit Megan euro sport track coilovers
Custom air intake
Pre stage tune for air intake
Custom fabric upholstered interior pillars
Kenwood sub and amp setup
Turbo internals upgrade

Catagory: Power Sports

Jena Dorrin  

2009 Harley Davidson
2009 Harley-Davidson Dyna
John Melora

1997 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200cc 
  My motorcyle is fast and pretty loud
Fraz Tanvir2007 Buell Firebolt XB9R Hot Red, Crotch Rocket Harley

Category: VIP

Michael Abramowitz 

1981 DeLorean DMC-12
This is Vin 819.  This is the 320th car built.  It has the original gas flap hood.  On the original production, the antenna was mounted in the windshield, after a factor recall, the option for a mounted antenna was done on the right fender. 
Later they offered a power antenna and replace the mounted on and place the famous rubber plug in the hole of the front fender. 
This has the orginal PVR V-6 2.8L engine.

This DeLorean is approximately 95% Original.  The only non OEM parts are the dash and seats have been recovered in leather with the simuliar graining as the original.  Also the coolant bottle has been upgraded from the OEM plastic to a more durable stainless steel version.
 Jim Gavaghan
2010 Black Mustang

2010 Black Mustang with white striping. 4.0L V6 engine.

Quarter Window Louvres
Jensen Touchscreen Radio
Kenwood Speaker System 

Edd Lalo
1998 BMW 528i
If I could describe this BMW E39 in one phrase... It has aged like fine wine. 15 years and over 210,000 miles later she still turns over like a charm.

In this fast-paced world we live in, it's great to appreciate the time capsule of fine engineering. While everyone is competing to be the fastest car
on the block, slow and steady is the goal for this luxury car. After all, it's not the destination that is most enjoyable, but the journey there.

OEM Style 5 Wheels, Hella Rep Facelift Headlights & Tail lights, 6000K 35W HIDs, LumiDock iPhone Integration, E60 Short Shifter, Hamann
E-Brake Handle, 20% Full Tint by 215Motoring

M5 Clutch & Flywheel, M5 Limited-Slip Differential, AirLift Performance Air Suspension, Staggered Luxury

Commuter: Daily Driver

David Binder 2004 Ford Taurus This is my Taurus, and I've known her since she was brand new. I learned to drive in her. She took me to my first day of high school.
She took me to football practices. She took me to prom. She took me to my first day of college. Some of my best memories with my
friends and family are entwined with her history. I've celebrated with her when she hit milestones, and I've cried with her when she broke.
She's more than just an engine and tires...she's my loyal friend. 
Jim Dhima

2007 Honda Civic
Stock Civic, 1.8L I4
Michael Duley

2001 Nissan 
Gray Nissan
Nicholas Eggert

2001 Madza
I am proud to say that I am the only Mazda 3 sitting on Fifteen52 Tarmac wheels, and because of this it has been getting quite a lot of attention. My
theme for the car is simple and clean with a little pop. The pop of course comes from the blue wheels. The car is lowered substantially over stock,
but it still functions as a daily driver. Unlike a standard Mazda 3, this is fitted with a more powerful turbocharged 2.3L engine making it a very fun car to drive.
Steve Ford

2007 Subaru
I have a Subaru Impreza WRX STi Limited. This is # 2 / 800 ever produced.  The car is powered by a 4 cylinder turbo charged engine with Subaru's symmetrical
all-wheel drive.  The has 425 whp and 400 wtq.  This is my daily driver and has plenty of battle scars from living in this tough, Philadelphia environment.
Jake Galloway

2004 Volkswagon
Displayed is a MKIV VW Jetta. Given its naturally aspirated state, I've decided to dedicate a majority of my time into the aesthetics, rather than increasing
racing performance. 
Dante Hinson

2012 Hyundai
A simple and very attractive vehicle with a few bells and whistles to make anyone's ride a convenient and fun journey. Much more at home on the highway
than in the city. 
Michael Hubbard

2007 Ford Mustang
V8 American muscle car with 300+ horsepower. Definitely will catch your eye driving down the street, and if it doesn't, at least you'll hear it!

Corrine Johnson


2003 New Beetle

The decorations on my car reflect the things I love and the places I've been, so Drexel had to be included for both reasons.
Ilya Medved

2008 Subaru
The Subaru Legacy comes standard with all wheel drive, 5 speed manual gearbox, and a horizontally opposed boxer engine, which makes
it a fun and reliable daily driver. I like to keep it clean by washing it when I can and using wax + detailer. The car gets me to where I need to go,
even in adverse weather conditions like rain or snow. Plus, it looks different than other standard sedans on the road. 
Michael Swanek

2007 Mini Cooper
 Pepper white mini cooper with black racing stripes and checkerboard mirror caps
Rostyslav Bukachevskyy

2007 BMW 325i
A 5 speed automatic, rear-wheel drive sedan, which makes for a fun daily driver.
Bill Timm

1997 Honda Accord
This beautiful piece of machinery that gets me from place to place. Her eggplant purple paint sets her apart from the crowd and gives
her character. She has never let me down in all of 50,000 miles I have put her through these past three years.