Life: NSX & S2k Meet at NWP

Hi all, 新年快樂! or happy Chinese new year. I’m writing this all the way from Beijing China where I will be for a couple of days for the lunar new year….

In January my friend hosted a S2k and NSX meet at NWP. NWP is Northwood Pizza, a popular spot car enthusiasts used to meet up frequently in the Irvine area. This is the NWP in NWP4life…. This meet was on a Saturday and unfortunately I work some Saturdays, so I showed up a bit late to this meet after my stint at work, probably around 1pm in the afternoon.  By the time I got there, things were already in full swing and some people started  to roll out.

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S2k and NSX were both properly represented. In the past few years the price gap between the S2ks and NSXs have been increasing drastically. The s2000 has remained relatively at the same price, while the price of the NSX has been on the rise. Since the NSX is a more expensive car, I feel like they bring a more mature crowd and the majority of S2k owners nowadays are younger due to their low cost of entry…. I can understand that most NSX owners do not want to associate themselves with a younger crowd….which is why I’m so stoked that this meet happened and had a great NSX turnout. The NSX owners that come out to these are usually older guys, who cut their teeth modifying Hondas and “Upgraded” to the NSX while still sticking true to their roots.

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New Formula Red NA2 front end, HRE Wheels, and type-r style hood make this NSX yummy

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Another shot of the NFR NSX. You can see the painted stock NSX Calipers peek through. I remember the days when getting NSX calipers was hot shit to put on older Hondas, I.E Civic, Integra, my old BB6 Prelude……

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My crap framing, but this Berlina Black S looks great with a Voltex Front bumper, Bronze Ce28N, Mugen Hardtop, and Spoon Calipers.

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Blue S2k with ASM or ASM styled front bumper and Hood.

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I checked out this Black S2k with an ARC Cooling plate and the HKS Supercharger. This is my first time seeing the HKS system in person. I am impressed how clean it looks compared to the other SuperCharger systems such as Science of Speed or the Vortech unit. The Oil Catch can setup and Coolant reservoir looks clean too, you don’t really notice it unless you look at it very hard.

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Close up shot of the HKS SuperCharger.

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The squad posted up. Areen’s Spoon AP1, Chris Lum’s Mugen AP2, and Sung’s Mugen front Ap1.  Areen is rocking his limited official Spoon team jacket, you can’t buy this jacket unfortunately….

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Clean Ap2 on Volk Racing RE30 and OEM hardtop.

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NFR NA1 NSX next to an Ap2 with Spoon calipers under the ap2v3 rims!

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Michael Mao’s internet famous NSX. Vortex wing, fancy burnt exhaust tips and all…..

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Signature Longreach Valve cover…with a one off Twin Turbo Kit….

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Some people started to roll out, like this black NA1 NSX on Regamasters and a Voltex wing.

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This very clean GPW S2k with an ASM front, 04 ASM rear (not pictured, I’m bad at taking pictures of the whole car, but trust me it’s there), and a host of Mugen goodies.

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Mugen Spark plug cover…. which was recently discontinued, Mugen Intake and Orgin Fabrications intake arm and enough Mugen bolts to blow himself up…..

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Man I want that damn spark plug cover!

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Nick doing work!

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Sung giving the bumper a good look over probably comparing it to his Mugen half lip for his bumper…..

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CWEST Mirrors! you can see his ASM front fenders here too.

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After the meet I stopped by one of my favorite spots in Costa Mesa, Period Correct. Period Correct is a clothing store that sells vintage racer inspired clothing. I love the layout of their store, the interior of the store feels like a petrolicious video. My car and the owner’s Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3-16v. The 190E is one of my all time favorite Benz, I hope this picture if a preview of things to come in my personal garage….

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Looks so good in black, I love how boxy the car looks….

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I love the vintage automotive artwork, the owner is a definite petrol head!

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The showroom has this beautiful Porsche 356, absolutely mint…..

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Also has this beautiful Martini Livery Lancia race car.

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I love how raw this race car looks, especially inside the store.

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I wonder if this even runs…

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Of course being Italian Pininfarina designed this beauty…..

Thanks for reading, I’ll have more events to cover when I get back.

 

 

 

Life: Tech day!

After the new years my friends decided to host a tech day. We all had various maintenance items to address on our cars or some people just took it as an opportunity to hang out.

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Having an accessible lift definitely made it easier. The red Miata was doing a clutch job.

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Black S2k with Regamasters, I don’t see too many S2000s with Regamaster wheels these days….

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Silver S2k with Black CE28RT in 17×10 +45? I love the look of the RT Edition C28, I like how the the lip is machined not painted. The machined Volk logo is also badass! No peeling stickers here! Funny not so funny conscience, I saw his car at JCCS Neo Classics a few month ago, this was before I didn’t know who owned this car.

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Voltex 1S Wing! I think the best looking “streetable” s2000 Wing on the market.

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That Carbon life yo.

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Everyone was working on various car maintenance. Andy installed some JPM Coachworks interior pieces for his BRZ. The quality is superb and it flows with the interior of the BRZ….This is the CLUSTER HOOD IN ALCANTARA

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It also helps when you have the JPM Coachworks Shiftboot….else known as the 6MT SHIFT BOOT IN ALCANTARA

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and JPM Coachworks Kneepad….KNEE PADS IN ALCANTARA

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How cool is this? Official Honda preset 80FtLbs Torque wrench for wheel lugs.

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Areen’s S2k Looking all Spoon and multicolored

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Chris Lum’s ASM duckbill

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End this off with my ASM goodie, the ASM seat rear cover 🙂

News: Legalo Face Kit from Amuse has been re-released!

Powerhouse Amuse Fans, I’m happy to announce that Amuse has re-released their Legalo Kit for the s2000.

From what I can read, the Legalo bumper has improved downforce due to it’s more flat under-tray. The fenders have been widened by 25mm to improve downforce and cooling, in addition, the canards have been developed with the bumper and fenders to create…..even more downforce. To top it all off, everything is made from Dry Carbon for maximum lightness and strength (and price).

For more Info about the bumper, check out the POWERHOUSE AMUSE Website

Finds: Blackmarker’s Amuse s2000

I don’t know if money grows on trees in Canada, but Canada definitely has some high quality builds, this car is a great example of that.  Check out Blackmaker’s Amuse s2000 from S2ki.  This is definitely done right with a full authentic amuse kit, j’s racing wing, and mugen hardtop.

 

 

Want: Front Bumpers

I’ve been debating what bumper to get for the longest time now. At one point I had my heart set on an amuse r1 front bumper. I just don’t know if the price can justify a bumper that looks like an ap2 bumper with a mild lip. I like how clean and subtle it is.

Another option is to add a CR lip to my current Ap2 bumper. This would give me some aerodynamics for the track and is relatively cheap. I’m still not 100% sold on the design though. It definitely is growing me more and more.

I really like the voltex kit evasive has come out with. The problem is that it is taking years for them to release the kit. I’m not too sure how it will look on my car, but if it is like anything else voltex, I’m sure the quality will be up there. I hope this can come out soon!

courtesy of evasive

What?!? really?

The japanese do really think about just about everything. This hood support by Y Factory was given the burnt finish as seen on the Amuse exhausts. This is very unique and is so detail oriented it just blows my mind.