The Return: Punit’s Acura Integra

I think the most epic weekend for photoshoots happened this past Sunday for me. Based off of my previous post – I was banned from the house pretty much all day so I had to find something to do. Luckily JC wasn’t working and the rest of the gang were also game to show up. Also interesting because there was a diverse line up – super exciting. If you follow me on Instagram then you would’ve seen the line up… If not, then it’s going to be a good surprise for the upcoming shoots 🙂

I’m juggling a lot of balls right now with the wedding since we’re just about a month away – to be honest though, I should start focusing more of my time and energy on finishing up that stuff rather than do photoshoots…….
Ha what the heck am I talking about? As long as I have my camera and a few free hours on the weekend, I’ll be shooting cars!

Anyway – the first shoot of the day was none other than Punit’s Acura Integra. If you recall my post of Punit’s Lexus GS450h, I mentioned that the last time I shot his Integra was years ago when I had first met him. Between now and then I’ve taken random shots of his Integra parked here and there but never a proper shoot and as I write this, I’m still wondering why I never got around to it.

The day has finally come though! Punit just recently finished up his Integra and brought it out for a long overdue photoshoot.

IMG_2088 copyI took Diana’s Fit because I had just polished and waxed the FRS and I didn’t want to ruin the finish because it was set to rain.

IMG_2090 copyAnd just when I thought I would’ve been the most stock car at this photoshoot, Derrick goes and brings his Corolla. He is currently working on an engine swap on his Integra so it was a legitimate reason to bring this.

IMG_2092 copyAnd of course, JC’s whip.

IMG_2093 copyPunit showed up shortly after and he had a level one decal to throw on before we started the shoot…

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Derrick and JC placing it appropriately.

IMG_2100 copyOf course Punit just sits in the damn car while we do all the work. Doesn’t even undo his seatbelt.

IMG_2103 copyFinally got it on… Most of the credit goes to Derrick lol

IMG_2106 copyAnd here we go… It’s been a while since I’ve had this through my lens.

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One of the biggest changes to Punit’s car is his new wheel set up. In particular – he’s now rocking a 5 lug conversion with a rare set of slightly concave white TE37’s. The set up is now more functional than his Regamasters were with the crazy camber and this set up is way better IMO.

IMG_2127 copyThe white on red looks awesome

IMG_2135 copyThe rear end hasn’t changed much. It’s still my favourite gen Mugen wing.

IMG_2146 copyBreaking necks and snapping iPhone pics

IMG_2147 copyPunit himself snapping some pics…

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IMG_2165 copyIf you take a closer look, you’ll see that the 5-lug conversion Punit went with also came with NSX brakes…

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IMG_2189 copyThe interior is also a little treat when you get inside. In the back you can see the S2000 cluster conversion…

IMG_2193 copyAnd if we take another closer look – you’ll see that his full hatch is carbon. A little attention to detail goes a long way if you know how to look for it.

IMG_2201 copyQuick shot filling up before moving onto the next location.

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IMG_2211 copyA closer look at his Te37’s and fitment. I love this look so much.

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IMG_2218 copyA quick shot of the full interior. Still looking mint.

IMG_2221 copyJC and his dirty ass mirrors again. That guy just can’t get his shit together (LOL)

IMG_2222 copyGetting ready to rollout

IMG_2223 copyDerrick creepin…

IMG_2270 copyAnd I will be the first to admit that I was not on my A-game for this shoot. While I do enjoy shooting overcast, I’m now better adjusted to shoot in direct sunlight. Overcast (IMO) just doesn’t make rollers pop like I want them to. Who knows – that’s probably my weakness that I need to work on but this happened to be the only good rolling shot I got of Punit’s car.

In my defense, we didn’t have much space to work with but I did promise him one more shot at more rolling shots the next weekend to get something even better!

Hopefully I’ll get more shots at the same time too – either way… That’s another shoot in the bag!

Rolling Shots: Team Silver

Last night I was editing some pictures of Errol’s S2000 to post up and that’s when Brad reminded me (complained) that I hadn’t posted the other rollers yet. I know I said I was going to, but I honestly forgot… Even after editing Errol’s pic because the rolling shots were in the same folder lol.

Anyways – I *THINK* that I subconsciously neglected to edit these mainly because I’m not 100% happy with them. The main reason being that the backdrop is really not that special and there’s random buildings and stuff that just suck. This would have been awesome if it was on the highway with mountains or something because the lighting was fairly good and it gives it a good night time feel, but maybe I’m just being picky… Perhaps we’ll do another shoot this year with some better planning. In any case, some may look familiar with a slightly different angle, but there are a few other ones that I left till now.

In case you haven’t seen it… Here are the two parts to their shoots:

Brad’s K20 EM1

Errol’s Amuse S2000

These shots were done a little earlier in the evening and you can see the sun setting in the back

I liked all of this shot except for the traffic up front. The rain clouds mixed with the sunset made for a great background.

From JC’s car… I was contemplating cloning out that Saturn but I didn’t feel the need to last night. Now I regret it. lol

Flashback: Punit’s Acura Integra

The saddest thing about winter is the lack of posts that I have and that I have to go back to old pictures and post them to make up for it. Only a few more months and I’ll be back in the groove!

However, this is an interesting post (to me, anyway) that Punit reminded me of last night. I would always go into my folders of pictures and see if there are any hidden gems that I might have missed and I always end up going into Punit’s folder and right back out again. Why, you ask? Because in all this time of knowing him, the only time I shot his car was back in 2009 and that was when we barely knew each other, and that was also when I first started shooting and started getting the hang of it. At the time though, they did beat any point and shoot lol.

Anyways, similar to JC or Ricky, Punit is/was always at the photoshoots of the handful of other cars I’ve shot. It’s not like I never see them or they never drive their cars. They do, in fact drive their cars everywhere we go… Except it’s to shoot other cars or for me to ride shotgun in to do rolling shots. We always get so caught up in shooting all the other cars that we never really think about shooting our own. Even when we talk about it, we don’t really feel like shooting our own cars and I think it’s cause we’re just around each other all the time that we don’t see the point. In retrospect, I really regret not being able to shoot Punit’s car in the various stages that it’s been in. I’m actually embarrassed that I’ve only ever shot it once and it was when I sucked balls. All other times were random shots and I think his car deserves more than that.

Last year, Punit’s car was kind of out of commission – not because it didn’t work, but because it wasn’t presentable in Punit’s mind. He was on Ohlin coilovers that were basically 4×4 height at its lowest setting, he was on TE37’s that didn’t have the fitment he was looking for, etc… He was also busy working on the GS and getting that ready so you can imagine how difficult it is to keep up with modding two cars. Over the year, he’s stock piled a bunch of parts that will be going on for this summer and I promised myself and Punit that we would go out and give his Integra a proper photoshoot once the warm weather comes our way. I’ve seen a sneak peak at the parts he’s got so far and I think you guys will love what he’s got in store for the Integra. Until then, I’m looking back through the shots I managed to get randomly over the years…

This was when I first met Punit – the Integra was done up decently and he had just gotten rid of his Rota’s for the Work Meister S1’s that are now purple and on Diana’s Fit. Unpainted carbon hood and hatch, the basic interior mods like Recaros and ITR wheel. Keep in mind this was way back in 2009 when real wheels were rare to see… This was considered quite modded back then.

His paint was and still is in great condition. This was a noob rolling shot when I didn’t know what composition meant. LOL

Soon after he picked up a set of very aggressive CCW’s and again, at that time – the wheel specs were unheard of for a stock body Integra.

You look at the fitment today and it looks pretty standard, minimal camber, it’s flush with the fenders like they should be… But at that time, let me tell you – we were like little girls in the school yard when we saw this for the first time. He also got a lot of flack for doing this…

The following year he had the faces powdercoated to a teal. A bold move for a red car but it ended up also looking deadly! This was the only picture I got of the wheels when they were teal…

And finally the next year, he did the unthinkable and purchased a set of re-barreled Regamasters from Wheel Flip. At the time, he was the only one in the world with this set. Soon after, Wheel Flip made a few more sets… Not only were they rare, but they were wide as f*** and we even wondered how he was going to fit them. You can see how much camber is needed to do so…

Even with a wide angle, from the back of his car you could see the crazy amount of camber.

Side profile was winning though. White on red was perfect.

This was just as winter was finishing up and we all went over to his place to get the wheels on and his interior back in after he had it repainted. The only differences here from the first picture is the addition of the Mugen wing, his K24 swap and Spoon exhaust. He also dialed it in a little lower and of course the insane amount of camber.

Front fitment – with more dish than my SSR’s lol *facepalm*. He also got a lot of hate for this set up too, but it was awesome IMO.

The rear wheels. Absolutely love how they look.

And that is the final shot I really ever had of Punit’s car. I didn’t even get a chance to shoot it while it was on the Regamasters which I also regret dearly. However, I think with the changes Punit has in store for this summer, the photoshoot I want to have will be perfect.

Tim Lee’s Supercharged Honda Civic

Sorry for the delay in posts lately… It’s another burst of busy for me lately and I haven’t had much time to sit down and do much blogging. Not to mention it’s also officially super shitty outside with the snow outside now. We got our first dump this weekend and it’s sticking around now for a while. The number one thing I hate hearing on the radio or the news is “There is a snowfall warning in effect” because it makes it so much more worse than it actually is. Sure, we’re getting 15cm or snow throughout the weekend but if they would just say exactly that – “We are expecting approximately 15cm of snow from Saturday through to Sunday”, then people wouldn’t be all scared and butthurt drivers. It sounds exponentially better than “There is a snowfall warning for this Saturday and Sunday and we are looking at getting 15 cm of snow”. Warnings in general make people freak out. It seems like for the past few years, they like to put out warnings every week… If it was 50cm of snow, then I’d be cool with it.

Anyways – the end is also coming to all of the photoshoots that I was in such a hurry to do a month or so ago. They’ve gone so quick and it’s not even December yet lol! I say it for every one that I post up but this is also one of my favourite shoots from the year – that’s not to say the other ones I’ve shot weren’t good, but it’s hard to separate great builds from other great builds, if you know what I mean. For example, if we put the last few Honda’s that I’ve shot against each other in terms of the best build – it wouldn’t be an easy choice. In fact, I’d probably spend days upon days thinking about it and when I finally do reach a decision, I’d probably end up changing it again anyways. That’s how awesome these cars are IMO and it’s a shame that they haven’t gotten much recognition. Maybe they don’t want it, but I’m happy that I can share a bit of it with everyone.


The last Honda photoshoot of 2013 for me was Tim lee’s S/C K20 Honda Civic. This, like all the other ones I’ve shot is quite a rare sight to see. Of all of them, I think I’ve seen this a total of once in my life, and that was at the illmotion Sunday School Show & Shine. Before that, I had never seen it and I have never heard of it… That’s how often Tim takes it out. It’s one of those cars that are just built so perfectly and put together so meticulously that you want to drive it so much that you just don’t – if that makes any sense.

As you scroll through the pics you’ll just see how immaculate the car is. The paint still looks like it was just painted yesterday, the pieces are all in perfect condition and it’s just really refreshing to look at and take it all in. It’s a work of art, really. Some people build cars because they want to drive it for what it was built for. Others do it to create masterpieces that might be best left alone – maybe drive it around the block once or twice. Whatever the case may be, Tim’s car is the perfect example of that type of art.

Inside the cockpit is a Spoon steering wheel but what part of the car even looks like it’s been used? Tim’s car is one that will age by the year, but will remain aesthetically pristine. Every other part on the interior are all replaced with JDM eg6 parts.

Nothing but wet paint on the outside. All put together perfectly – almost like Honda would have built it. The Spoon wing out back, wings west front lip and type R sides and rear lips are perfect to finish the exterior off.

Behind the Spoon SW388’s are Spoon twin blocks. The word “Spoon” will probably be used a hundred times in this post.

I actually really loved his license plate. Translation from Chinese to English is literally “No Money” – which is what this lifestyle will mean if you are involved in it. This is probably one of my favourite vanity plates of the ones I’ve seen because it’s so true and funny haha… And to top it off, he’s got Mugen bolts holding that plate on.

Can’t forget about the Spoon seats. What would this build be without Spoon seats?

Oh and Asimo too. Honda boys need Asimo.

It doesn’t stop on the outside. Under the hood is a Comptech supercharged K20. Tim’s car was originally owned by Terry – owner of the turbocharged K20 ITR I shot not too long ago. When Terry owned it, he was the one that did the K20 swap. Once Tim took ownership, he finished it off by adding the supercharger and finally adding all the Spoon goodies on it.

Not too far from the shoot location, there was a brand new warehouse. We initially found it when we shot Hoang’s car but we were hesitant to go in because we were afraid there was some alarm system guarding the place even though it was unlocked. This time, we decided we’ll just give it a shot – if anybody came by and asked us what we were doing, we would just say we were taking some pics, the door was unlocked, and so we decided to go in quick. Take a peek at how prime this spot is.

There were multiple doors we could go through and we just had to pull the chain to get in. It reminded me of the scene in 2Fast2Furious where all the cars are in the bay and they rush out afterwards…

Nathan and I were parked outside.

Side profile. Love the stance on this.

Lighting was nice in this spot. It was a little harsh against the white drywall but it worked well with his all black car.

The lighting made for awesome detail in his VIS carbon hood.

Overhead shot of Tim’s engine bay. Super clean.

Head on.

Look at how great those SW388’s fit.

View from the back. So immaculate… I love the look of perfect black paint. Now is a good time to note that Tim also got the car repainted in the NSX’s Berlina Black. Perfectttt

On the way out.

Rolling in the sunset to finish Tim’s awesome photoshoot off. This was a gooder.

Thanks to Nathan again for helping set this one up as well and for Tim for coming out! Always a good time.