Although Highway 93 was given the name Icefields Parkway for its abundance of glaciers, there are many reasons why this route is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Connecting Alberta’s Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, this 232 km (144 mile) stretch of road combines jagged mountain peaks, sweeping valleys, turquoise hued lakes and curious wildlife into one spectacular journey. It’s estimated that over a million people drive the parkway each year to marvel at its dramatic and diverse landscape.
Taking the Scenic Route Through Alberta’s Rockies
Anyone who has spent some time in the province of Alberta, Canada will likely have travelled between its two largest cities, Edmonton and Calgary. The road most travelled is Highway 2, at under three hours it’s the most direct route if you want to quickly get from one city to the other.
After picking up a 2014 Acura MDX loaner from Acura Canada’s Calgary office one June morning, I hopped onto Highway 2 towards Edmonton, only to exit off after just a few minutes. I had already decided weeks beforehand that I wouldn’t be taking Highway 2 North. I was Westbound, towards the majestic Rocky Mountains of Alberta. This detour would eventually lead me to Edmonton, but not before experiencing a road trip through one of the most scenic drives in in the world: Banff to Jasper via Highway 93, also known as the Icefields Parkway.
Here are some amazing shots of Source 1 Automotive’s widebody NSX photographed by OJS Design. Apparently these photos were supposed to go to print, but with the recent closure of Honda Tuning Magazine the only way you’ll get to see them is online.
“Well, Here is the final rendition of the car. This shoot was done a day before the car was dismantled. These shots have been on hold to be released as they were for an issue of Honda Tuning Magazine coming out in a couple months but now that the magazine is closed my photographer sent them to me to share… Huge thank you to: LoveFab, Inc. CCW Forged Wheels KW suspensions Umbrella Auto Design FX Motorsports Development Toyo Tires Downforce USA Seibon Carbon Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc. Sparco Acura Hygh Octane For the amazing parts that made this car special.” - Source 1 Automotive
Whether it wears an Acura or a Honda badge, the admiration and passion for the NSX is worldwide. While the number of NSX owners may not be as strong on the European side, the love for this machine is still definitely present.
NSX Club Europe recently brought together 33 NSXs from all over the continent, and that’s a huge turnout from their perspective. But this was not your typical meet up, this was a carefully planned three day tour that took them to three countries, two legendary race tracks and the Autobahn.
Here’s how it went down:
“The route we set out would take us to Spa-Francorchamps, where the Spa Classic was held An event where all kind of race cars from bygone times would meet and go head to head again. From there we would drive to our hotel in Luxemburg. On Saturday a navigated drive to the Nurburgring was planned. On the (in)famous track, a VLN race was held. On the agenda for Sunday where long Autobahn straights, directly to Europe’s biggest Honda gathering, HondaFest. With these ingredients on the table, NSX owners from all over Europe started to subscribe. 10 from The Netherlands, 9 from the United Kingdom, 4 from Norway, 2 from Austria, France and Luxemburg, and one from Belgium, Croatia and Switzerland. And we were honored to welcome five special guests from Japan, of which the President of the NSX Club of Japan, Hirofumi Tomiyoshi.” - NSX Club Europe
Visit nsxclubeurope.com for more photos and coverage from NSX Club Europe Tour 2014.
If you’re wondering what 22″ wheels would look like on the 2014 Acura MDX look no further. The folks over at Acura of Pembroke Pines put a fully accessorized 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD on 22″ Vossen CVTs. All other things aside, I think this setup looks fantastic.
Also pictured is a 2014 Acura RDX sitting on 20″ Vossen CV5s.
[Source: Acura of Pembroke Pines]
Senior vice president and general manager of Acura Mike Accavitti, and vice president of Acura Development Mat Hargett take the stage to introduce the 2015 TLX at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.