The Internet Sensation: Jackie Law’s Honda S2000

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Jackie’s S2000 has been in the scene since before I even started and he’s continuously pushed the bar higher for himself. If there’s one thing that I’ve gotta give kudos to Jackie for over the years, it’s that he builds his car for himself. I know that’s saying a lot, but it’s extremely rare to find someone who truly builds their car void of outsider opinions, ideas or criticism. In fact, I think Jackie is still the only person that I’ve met that has built his car because he doesn’t give a damn about what anyone else thinks.

Admittedly, Jackie has been a source of good information and inspiration for my builds. I used to hang out at Speedtech every week for hours on end talking cars with Jackie and discussing parts and the pros and cons of this versus that. I think my love for GT wings was spawned through his S2000 – 7 years ago, GT wings were ricey as hell and really looked down on at the time. Nowadays, everyone and their mom is trying to get the biggest GT wing they can find with as many support rods, cables, and reinforcements as possible. The scene evolves and tastes change, it’s crazy to think that GT wings are not a thing of race cars, but rather an aesthetic go-to now.

A big part of my attitude towards real parts versus fake parts come from those early days of mine – I don’t hate fake parts, but I try to steer clear of them. Building a quality car takes time – Jackie’s S2000 is the perfect example of that – quality is what people admire. It’s gone through it’s phases and it’s eventually reached a point where Jackie truly believes it’s complete and that no more money is going into it. Of course, that’s what we all say but something new will come along and he’ll have another reason as to why it’s not done yet…

For those of you that have seen Jackie’s car before, you’ll know it’s no stranger to the scene. This has been his biggest overhaul to date – so while we were in Vancouver, we made the trip over to Victoria to hang out for a few hours…

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First up – a roller as per usual!

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We got onto the Ferry nice and early and it was packed. It was a nice day though so a lot of people were up on the top deck.

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Diana can’t resist her selfies.

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The view was nice – much different from when I was here a few months ago. It was all gloomy and rainy…

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Blue skies all the way!

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When we got there, Jackie picked us up and we made the trip back to his place to pick up his S2…

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The cool thing about Victoria – or BC in general – is that the landscape and scenery is just so rich and vibrant. There’s a ton of places for photoshoots… It definitely beats our loading docks and dirt in Calgary…

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Of course we get to the first spot and the girls go to play on the playground.

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Now we get to the good part. Jackie’s new set up is immaculate in person. The way the colours all go together is great.IMG_1845 copy

Probably the most noticeable change is his vibrant, custom blue TE37’s paired with T1R titanium lug nuts and a new AP Racing BBK set up in place of his T1R BBK he had for a while.

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And for the biggest change – Jackie’s turbo set up. It matches perfectly with his Spoon hood…

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Craft Square mirrors.

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Double Spoon bucket seats

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And for those that have been following Jackie’s build over the years – the most obvious change is his switch from the ASM bumper to the Voltex Race bumper. Much more aggressive.

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To continue with the flow of colour, Jackie has a set of titanium wing stands for his 1700mm J’s Racing GT wing. The piece that was responsible for my love of GT wings…IMG_1858 copy

Fun fact: the Ti bolts that Jackie has holding down his wing are my old bolts from my Civic. Good to see he still has them… Now how do I convince him to give them back to me? lol

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Jackie’s gone with a more functional wheel/tire set up – probably cause he’s sick of messing up his fenders all the time. But it still looks great.

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And yet another aesthetic change you might have noticed is the full body colour change – he went from the OEM Sebring silver to the “JDM” Moonrock grey metallic. It’s a bit darker but it’s definitely a nice shade in person under differing light. It’s grown on me…

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The TE’s shining through…

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Oddly enough, one of my favourite shots – the colours just work so well together here.

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Off to the next location – if you remember way back when I shot Ben and Chris’s cars, I mentioned that there was really only one stretch of road with nice scenery and two lanes. Victoria is fairly small so we took this road a few times until I got the shots I wanted.

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Speeding away to make a U-turn for another round…

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under the hood, Jackie got Sheepey to make him some custom pieces for his turbo set up. A nice addition.

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He recently also changed his red valve cover out for ab lack one to match the engine bay a little better and added an ARC plate as well.

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One of the mods Jackie was quite proud of was his Mugen radiator. A pretty rare piece to acquire…

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You can see the Mugen Power stencil on the front of the rad here…

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One more shot…

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We had to stop to fill up so I got the typical gas station shot. Every car guy likes these, right? I sure as hell do.

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Couldn’t help but add the obnoxious wide angle pic of the wing to make it look even wider lol.

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As we moved closer to the scenic area, the sun started to get more harsh. It’s definitely tougher to shoot in these conditions, even with my polarizer, but it turned out well.

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All of these pictures show all of the different spectrums that moonrock grey metallic can go through depending on light.

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Another shot of Jackie’s wheel/tire/brake combo.

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I liked this shot as well – got a JDM angle going. I try to avoid it, but sometimes it just works lol.

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I lied. Another JDM angle shot.

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One more shot to show how bright the titanium stands are.

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Close up of the detail on the Voltex carbon lip.

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And alas, the Spoon hood everyone wants to get their hands on… This is the Spoon prototype race hood, and I believe there are only a handful of these that some people are fortunate enough to have. Jackie being one of them… I know that there are a bunch of individuals who have tried to take the mass-made Spoon hood and mold it to look like this, but haven’t seen a good copy yet. Either way, it’s something that I don’t think Jackie will be letting go of any time soon.

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And one last one to finish this off like always. Huge thanks to Jackie for taking us all around and letting us drive your Hybrid Highlander. Sorry we couldn’t stay longer like I promised – NEXT TIME, we will plan for the whole day and we won’t have to rush! I’m hoping I get the chance to shoot this again in the near future… Until then…

Unicorn Sighting: Randy Poon’s Lotus Exige S 260 Sport

To continue on this super awesome photoshoot streak, I also shot Randy’s Lotus Exige S 260 Sport *catches breath* while shooting Tommy’s M3. Another awesome car to shoot right after Driven – which Randy also attended. I’ve never personally seen a Lotus up close in personal because they are pretty rare to see around town in the first place, especially in a place like Calgary. I always hear about them, but they are like Unicorns to me and I’m pretty sure I could count the number of times I’ve seen one on one hand. Maybe I just don’t get out often enough or I’m always in the wrong place at the wrong time, but take it how you will.

Speaking of rare sightings, Randy’s Lotus Exige is exactly that. The S 260 Sport model was only made during 2009-2011 and of that batch, only 60 were imported to North America – and to whittle that number down even more, only 4 of them made it into Canada, and one more statistic for you nerds: Randy’s Lotus is the only Isotope Green made for the 260 Sport and the only 2009 model in Canada. So I guess it’s fair to go back to my previous comment and say that they are pretty much Unicorns 🙂

Anyway – this was an awesome shoot because of the color. I personally love shooting colored cars (as I’ve probably mentioned before) because it’s so easy to make them “pop”. They pretty much do it on their own. Randy’s Isotope Green is by far the most vibrant car I’ve ever shot and it works the camera like a Playboy model. White is a very flat color and it’s more difficult to make it pop, while black soaks everything up – many things can go “wrong” with black – like swirls, too much light, too little light, etc. But that’s beside the point – lets get to Randy’s awesome Unicorn.

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Just like with Tommy’s M3 – we’ll start it with probably my favourite roller of the day. Can you spot the differences?

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Fun fact: The difference between Randy’s S 260 Sport and an S 240 is comparably the same as when looking at the Porsche GT3RS versus the GT3 Cup. There are a number of parts that have been swapped for carbon fiber goodies. These swaps result in a weight savings of 12kg or about 26lbs.

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From the front quarter, it reminds me of a praying mantis. Bad ass.

At this angle, you’ll see the side air intake ducts are carbon as well as the fuel door.

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The eyes.

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The roof panel is carbon.

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HKFEVER carbon fiber side skirts and front lip help to make it more aggressive as well… Are you still counting the carbon?

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Some additional mods that Randy has added include a Larini dual exit exhaust, an LETSLA short shifter, and Manly 60A motor mount inserts. The ECU has also been uprated to approximately 258bhp. Lots of power for such a light chassis.

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The wheels are an ultra-light 12 spoke forged alloy made by Team Dynamics with AP racing brakes tucked nicely behind.

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The rear spoiler is carbon…

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The car also sits aggressively on a set of Ohlins dual adjustable coilovers for those track days.

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The dash top panel is one piece of carbon as well as the front access panels.

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The seats have been changed out to FIA and HANS compliant seats.

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A lot of the weight savings on the S 260 Sport are in parts you can’t really see:

– Lightweight ‘motorsport’ battery made by Odyssey

– Revised rear engine subframe with lightweight coating

– Lightweight fly wheel

– Lightweight composite bulkhead panel that would replace the rear window

– Alloy supercharger U bend pipes

– Even the footwell pads

All of these lightweight pieces further reduces the weight by another 22kg or 48.5lbs. Weight savings is everything!

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And lastly – the rear tailgate is carbon.

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Overall – an awesome shoot and a wicked little car… Thanks to Randy for giving me the chance to shoot this as well!