I’m pretty excited about this post. Never ever would I thought I was going to move to California a few years ago and be able to experience the amazing car culture that only Southern California has to offer. There is seriously a car event every week of all different types, if I want to go to a Ferrari gathering, I can do that and see some rare ass Italian machinery, if I want to only see Japanese imports, I can do that too, and see some rare Japanese classics. Living on the east coast, the car community is much smaller and they don’t focus on the crazy Japanese Tuner oriented builds as much like the guys out here.
I remember being one of the few in Virginia/DC really focused on high quality authentic Japanese parts, looking up to my favorite tuners like ASM, Spoon, J’s Racing, and trying to execute it to the best of my ability, anyone can buy some wheels that say Volk on it and put them on your cars, ask any Volk GT-N owners…..(kidding not kidding). The small niche in our automotive community that are absolute nerds of high quality and rare Japanese parts and will take it to 11th degree are mostly based in California. Over the past months I’ve been lucky to meet and talk to some people that have insane builds and have an extensive wealth of knowledge when it comes to oddball JDM stuff…..
A few weeks ago I crashed an NSX meet with some S2k guys (we asked the organizer before we went), luckily I ended up seeing someone I know that owns an NSX, so it wasn’t too bad….. Speaking of, don’t crash vehicle specific meets with another type of car! If it’s a car specific meet and you show up with a CRZ, generally the owners of the meet don’t really give a crap about your car even if you have all the legit JDM goodies…I know it’s an elitist attitude, but if a civic shows up to an S2k gathering and talks about his car, I generally don’t care…… Once again sorry for the shaky pictures, I have the shakes pretty bad and I left my Tripod at home…..
Never ever would I think I would what I found there……(/end Buzzfeed)I love this look, Black NA2 face with Volk CE28, with an NSX-R Bonnet, NSX-R Wing, and Recaro seats. I remember seeing a car like this for 21-23k back in 2008…..These things are going up in price so fast now…..
Clean Black NA2 I posted in my Ferrari Petersen post. I was able to take a closer look at this car.
I’m really digging the red Bride Cuga seats. It’s nice to see a change from the normal Bride Gias or Stradia seats. I kind of miss my old Bride Gias sometimes.
Nice carbon fiber wing, not sure who makes this one…
This guy was showing me his Taitec NSX engine cover, it’s super light and high quality. The NSX stuff makes the S2k parts seem cheap in comparison.
This wide-bodied NSX came out. Random tangent, my first time I came to LA by myself, my buddy actually brought me to his favorite bar in Atwater….
It was super charged
I have no idea what kit this is, but for rims he’s running Wedssport tc105n
Group shot of the NSXs and that damn CRZ kid that was telling everyone how he’s trying to import jdm parts for his car…… aren’t we all…..
Few of the S2ks. These were relatively clean, the other S2000s were in pretty rough shape.Beautiful White NA1
Some Red NA1 NSXs
From my observation, it seemed like the NSX guys were a bit older, they seemed like Honda guys that used to run Civics back in the 90s and early 2000s and graduated to an NSX. The S2000 crowd are Civic owners that were able to get the S2k once they dropped in prices…..
Of course I gotta have a shot of my car, I don’t post enough photos of it.
This is what really set off the night for me. An authentic full Ap2 Mugen Catalog car, down to the brake fluid…. The owner told me he is just missing a sway bar they don’t make anymore…..
And if that wasn’t enough, parked next to it also is his Ap1 Full Mugen catalog car, that’s right he owns both Mugen S2000s, an Ap1 and Ap2……
It’s so complete, Mugen Dry Carbon fiber hardtop, Mugen Dry Carbon Hood, Mugen GP wheels……..
Here you can see the Mugen GP wheels, with Mugen Active Brake Rotors……
Mugen Underbite vs Mugen Smiley face. Of course Mugen MF-10 Wheels on the Ap1.
I believe this is the same Mugen Ap1 featured on Road and Track years ago….
I don’t see many Mugen GP wheels nowadays. It’s refreshing to see them. This car is running RE-01R tires…. I haven’t seen these tires in years.
Of course Mugen MF10 are always a classic look. One of my favorite all time rims. This is also running the Mugen active gate rotors and pads. The wheels are so mint, they are still running Potenza RE070 tires.
Another shot of the MF10 Rims. I can’t get enough. This wheel is from the early run, the newest wheels don’t have this same color……
Both of the S2ks have Mugen Dry Carbon Hardtops! This hardtop is a prototype and doesn’t even have a serial number on it!
The crazy thing about the black AP1 is that he has an engine custom built by Mugen. Yes, you heard that right. In the early 2000s King Motorsports, offered customers the opportunity to order a fully built Mugen engine….. and this car has one of them. There are only a few of these fully factory built mugen engines floating around in the world!
As always, Mugen Dry Carbon hardtops, the quality is insane…. This is why I think California is the Mecca of S2000 tuning or tuning in general. Including this gentleman, I can think of maybe 4-5 guys that have Authentic Mugen Dry carbon hardtops in this State! No where else has that, not Florida, not New York Metro area, no where else besides Japan.
It wouldn’t be a complete Mugen Catalog car if it didn’t have Mugen S1-R seats. Everything is so period correct here.
I took a peak under the Dry Carbon Mugen Carbon Fiber Hood.
Of course he has all the Mugen goodies under here, Mugen Dry Carbon Spark plug cover which was recently discontinued….. The Red Wires are the ASM Grounding kit, I remember when grounding kits were all the rage.
Mugen Dry Carbon Intake, Mugen Radiator which was has also been discontinued, and a Mugen Radiator cap….. The engine also sports Mugen Mount kit and Mugen Headers…..
Mugen Ap2 Rear bumper with Mugen Ap2 Titanium Exhaust and a Mugen Wing with the wing stands powered coated black.
These cars are like time capsules, they’ll always be relevant no matter what time period as they were 10+ years ago when they were built.
Comparison of the different Mugen Wings.
I’ll close this out with this rear shot of both Mugen S2000s, the Ap1 also sports a Full Mugen Exhaust system……
I was so blessed to see both of these cars, it’s so rare to see an extremely complete Mugen S2000, let alone two of them.