Life: Random Shop Hangs

Hey all,

It’s now August if you can believe it.  This year has been pretty busy, a new job for me and new ventures in life.  This past week I made some time out of my day to head to my friend Alan’s new-ish shop.  He used to have another spot in Gardena before, but now has a much larger space in La Habra.  Hit him up on his IG if you ever need some parts for your S2k.

I will admit I am falling out of love with my S2k, or the S2k scene,  makes sense since my S2k is just a pile of metal with no end in sight.  The scene is definitely stagnant and all the builds that are coming up are all the same IG bullshit, but what can I expect? the S2k is a 20 year old car now!  Another quick irk I have with the scene is the people trying to make a quick buck off of fellow enthusiasts, raffles of cars, buying shit off of RHDJapan or Jesse Streeter and then trying to resell it in USA for 30% more, Euro Spec floor mats readily available from Hendy UK.  Come on people get a real job, it’s not nice to pray off the ignorance of people.

On to the main event…

Upon arriving at Alan’s shop I couldn’t help to notice this duo in the background.
Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Son’s Silverstone Ap1 with some Varis Goodies and a black ITR. Amazing the prices these ITRs are fetching on Bring a Trailer now.  Son’s Ap1 is rocking a HKS Supercharger kit! Probably my favorite SC kit for the S for obvious JDM reasons.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Some S2ks from Alan’s personal collection.  His S2k CR with a Ballade Sports integrated bumper/CR lip combo he uses for the track (he still has his factory one) and his amazing red Ap2 with J’s racing half lip, ZE40, Mugen Dry CF hardtop, and wing.  This car is probably my favorite Red S2k of all time.  Of course JDM model girls in the back to match!

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Alan’s Ap2 is rocking an Official Brembo BBK under those Ze40.  Not some ghetto fabbed DC5-R conversion kit.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA Love it, so well put together. Realized I should have took a picture of his RX7 spirit R Recaro seats in the car…..

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Now back to Son’s car. Son is a true track meister, all of these parts on his car have purpose to chase down the fastest lap times…  I believe he manufactures these vents on his car.  Those Stoptech Calipers look great behind the SSR wheels.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA If you guys know me, you know how fanatical I am about authentic parts, but knowing how hard Son drives this car, I can look at the other way…. sorta.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
yeah…

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
A wider shot of what goes down at this shop. Collectively they are Zero Auto Factory, you can follow everyone here

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA I should have took a picture of the HKS supercharger, but Son wasn’t around and I didn’t want to touch his car without his permission.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Alan and his crew part out S2ks by the boatload, so they were some F20c/F22C chilling around

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Circling back to Alan’s Ap2.. You can see the Mugen dry CF hardtop, AUTHENTIC OF COURSE….. voltex wing + tamon design trunk spoiler. The exhaust on this car is a FEEL’s exhaust. Which I believe is for sale.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
They were working on this S13 with an SR20det. They told me this used to compete in formula D wayyyyyyyy back in the day when SR20det cars could actually stand a fighting chance.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Man this car is perfection

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Cody’s 300zx. Man as times go on, these are so cool and so 90’s. Remember they used to have a commercial of this car racing a fighter jet? Link here for those that have never seen it.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Alan has all sorts of cool stuff laying around for sale. Like this ASM 07+ header

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
I’m better with my money nowadays…. or else I would have bought this already!

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Son’s Varis trunk + J’s racing rear bumper.  Love the lower aero bits.

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Voltex swan neck

Alan S2000 Shop La Habra CA
Closing this out with the best Red S2k in the game.

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Spotted: Authentic Parts J’s Racing S2000

Had sometime this week so I hung out at my buddy’s garage. A sweet Authentic parts J’s Racing build stopped by that is heavily tracked! Super refreshing to see a car with authentic parts get tracked here in the USA, something that is much more common place in Japan.

I had a sweet side shot, but I had my friend take the picture for me since I was holding my baby…. unfortunately it was out of focus haha……

J's Racing Themed S2000

What I saw when I rolled up. Those Takata Green CE28n are amazing on a white car. I think only white or yellow cars can pull of these wheels, but they definitely require an aggressive body to match.

J's Racing Themed S2000-7

Classic J’s kit. This is known as the “street version” not the crazy GT version that is even wider. In my mind, J’s Racing has three distinct bumpers, this one, the street version, the Ap1 half lip, and the crazy GT version that looks closer to the Amuse GT wide body. All the right parts here that I would imagine on an early J’s Touge monster clone. Waza sticker Check! J’s Hood Check! Craftsquare mirrors Check! The rock chips really show how this car is tracked and quite heavily.

J's Racing Themed S2000-8
The rear end, love how he put the stickers in the correct places to play homage to the JDM legend. Of course this wouldn’t be complete without the J’s wing! I am curious what type of trunk the car is running. The exhaust to me looks like one very dirty Amuse Exhaust!

J's Racing Themed S2000-4

Body is one thing, but details like this dry CF mugen hardtop really set this build apart in my head. Seriously, what type of person takes a $5k+ USD hardtop and tracks the hell out of it, especially with this SoCal Sun constantly beating down on it. I really think SoCal has the most Authentic Dry CF Mugen Hardtops of any region. I can think of 5 cars off of top of my head right now.

J's Racing Themed S2000-5

What you can’t see is the single Bride Zeta III Seat. Classic combo, the Momo Tuner wheel with an NSX-R horn button.t Interesting stack gauges! No carpet is so right, sometimes people just rip shit out and say ohhh “track car”, but I think it is just an excuse for a crappy build, this guy can legit say it since he has this super rad and authentic exterior to back it up.

J's Racing Themed S2000-6

Endless Calipers peeking out under those Takata Green CE28N! Do I have to say it again, I love authentic parts beaten to death! I know it seems counterintuitive, but it’s my kinda style somehow…. look I bought some super expensive stuff, now I’m gonna treat it like crap and let it wear!

J's Racing Themed S2000-9

At this point my friends were about to start working on the car. My baby was acting up, so I took my exit. Before I left I took a quick shot of the JRZ coilovers on the car, some $$$ stuff that is definitely used to their potential! Hopefully the owner can continue tearing up SoCal race tracks in this awesome car. Builds like this really bring me back to 2007ish when people bought these cars new and spent real $$$ on it and still tracked them. It’s rare to see builds like this nowadays.