Defend Authenticity Part 2 – Errol Tan’s Amuse Honda S2000

To follow up and finally conclude the “Team Silver” photoshoot is Errol’s Turbo Amuse Honda S2000. Like I mentioned before, I shot both Errol and Brad’s cars on the same night so we were rushing around trying to get as many shots in as we could before the sun went down completely – that was all about an hour.

Just an update to keep you guys in the loop on some of the photoshoots coming up – I’ve got four more sets that I have to edit from last week and the weekend and I’ve also got three coming up this week. So it’s going to be another busy week of shooting and editing. I’m usually pretty good with shooting, coming home and finishing the editing by the end of the same night but now I’m backlogged. It doesn’t change much except for the fact that I’ll probably be getting the shoots up a little later but that’s what I was hoping for anyway. I didn’t want to rush things too much or else I’ll have done all this shooting and still have nothing for the winter months. Some cars to look forward to are a 2JZ GS and a K20 EK… but I’ll leave it at that.

Back to the post… I haven’t really seen Errol’s car much before the shoot. I think I had seen it at the one beyond meet that I went to, but not much before then. When I first heard about Errol getting an Amuse kit from JDM source, I actually didn’t believe it. Mainly because the Amuse widebody kit is rare to see, let alone have anyone get it and install it. Before the kit though, the S2000 remained fairly stock and when Race City was still open, Errol would usually be there whipping it around the way an S2000 should be driven. However, Race City – the place where an S2000 belongs is also the place where the S2000 was almost put out of commission…

Fast forward to today and it is a new car. JDM source found the Amuse widebody kit and Errol took it as a chance to rebuild the car again. The kit is absolute perfection in terms of aggressiveness and detail and it really makes the S2000 look like it’s on steroids.

Errol left the car at the body shop for a long and grueling 8 months before it was completed to what it is now after the crash at Race City. The kit is fitted and painted extremely well.

Lining up for rollers. This was actually at the light right before the dual shot I posted up on the Facebook page a few days ago. You can see Brad peeking through on the other side.

Love seeing this car roll. Much like the NSX – it looks good from most, if not all angles.

Close up of the Amuse front bumper. Aggressive but also very clean.

A fitting license plate paired with ASM bolts to hold it in place. Brad and Errol hold the same type of view when it comes to modifying their cars – they want functional and quality pieces and accept nothing less. They are two of the biggest JDM fanboys I know and it’s no bad thing either. Like I mentioned in Brad’s post – a vision that starts off with high expectations and patience usually delivers high quality and rewarding results.

Errol sits on a fairly aggressive set of Enkei RPF1’s which suit the Amuse kit surprisingly well. It’s a very different choice than the usual TE37 or CE28 option, but it’s great.

A closer shot of the aggressive fender and part of the side skirt. The wheel/tire fits in there perfectly.

A side profile shot of the car with the Amuse kit is also one of my favourite angles. I remember when I finally believed that he got the kit, I asked everyone (except Errol lol) if he had gotten a GT wing for it too. When you think Amuse widebody, you also think big GT wing. At the time, Errol isn’t rocking one but it also looks very good without out it too.

I ask Errol occasionally whether he’s planning on it and he definitely is – so I think it’s only a matter of time before he has one on there. When I was parting out my STI – he inquired about buying my Voltex GT wing but the wing mounting points didn’t match up right unfortunately…

You can just barely see it but he also rocks a Mugen bucket on the driver side along with a Mugen steering wheel.

A head on shot and you’ll see right away that it’s boosted and it’s not just all show. I love the look of it from the front.

Under the hood is of course the turbo set up and the second engine in the S2000.

Good ol’ BOV

And one more roller to end it off right.

Maybe next year we’ll finish off the “official” team silver and add Alex’s Integra into the mix. I don’t doubt that there will be a bunch of changes to all three cars over the winter months…. Thanks to Brad and Errol again for coming out!

That’s a wrap for that! It isn’t stopping anytime soon either…

Mugen Hump Day: Terry Woo’s Type R

Finally Wednesday! It’s been a busy week and it’s going to continue being busy with more shoots that I’ve been able to schedule with peeps. I have this problem where I want to post things as soon as I’m done editing them because I’m anxious to show them and I’m usually done editing the night of the shoot or the day after at the latest. I’ll try my best to stagger them out and see how far I can stretch the shoots but so far it’s been a “shoot and post” kinda thing. I know it’s also not just me that’s anxious, but most of the time – the owner is anxious to see the pictures too so it’s a win-win… Except when no more cars are out and the blog stays stagnant throughout the boring winter months…

Anyways – a good post for hump day is Terry’s Turbo K20a2 Integra Type R. I’ve been wanting to personally shoot Terry’s car for about two years now and never got the chance until Monday night and thanks to Nathan for making it happen. The one time I remember seeing Terry was going down 16th ave and I was in my STI at the time – he rolled up, said a quick “hey” and was off. I think that’s when I said “I need to shoot that thing”. He had just put the Voltex wing on and I absolutely loved it being the GT wing lover that I am (I would put one on every car that could take one if I could) and little did I know how much power he was pushing…

I do know that Terry has been working on the ITR for quite some time and the amount of times I’ve actually seen it in person is far and few between. But let’s move on… There’s a lot of text for this build, so I hope you like story time.

This was prior to Punit showing up to the rendezvous location – that picture is in the previous post.

Nathan also showed up in his ITR as well.

And not too long after, Terry showed up. Right off the bat – if you didn’t know this car, you’d think ITR, big wing, JDM front – nicely done… But it goes a little further than that…

From the back, you see the Voltex GT wing on the 275mm risers giving it a very aggressive stance. A clean and custom Fujitsubo exhaust out back, a rare Mugen rear sway bar and the OEM lip kit rounding it all out.

Front quarter shot – everything is fairly simple and straight forward. Nothing is on the car that doesn’t need to be and there isn’t anything screaming for attention either – if you don’t count the GT wing. It doesn’t matter though cause GT wings are sick.

From the front – still nice and simple. Terry’s ITR is kind of deceiving because it’s got a sleeper look to it. From the front, you can’t tell he’s boosted because his intercooler is black and it gives the impression that it’s just a regular ITR.

We took my car for rolling shots because Punit and JC were being babies about taking theirs.

Getting ready for rollers.

I felt that this was a good shot that showed the functionality of his ride height. The reason I bring that up is because when he rolled up to our meeting point, he just drove in like any normal person would, where most of us get some crazy amount of angle, practically slow our car down to snail speed and inch up to avoid scraping our bumpers or exhaust. “Most” of us are stuck on trying to get as low as we can to look good, and “some” of us are not willing to sacrifice function for form. Terry is the perfect example of function over form – completely. He isn’t too low but he isn’t 4×4 height either – on Tein Flex coils, he’s riding at a height just perfect enough for him to get where he needs to go.

Profile rolling shot.

Top front quarter shot. He’s also got a Spoon carbon fiber hood – no, not VIS or Seibon. You’re starting to see a trend here, aren’t you?

On the inside, the magic doesn’t stop. Terry has outfitted most of his car with Mugen parts with combination of some Spoon here and there as well. if it’s Mugen, chances are is that Terry has it. In the back, he’s got the Miracle X brace and the swapped 2001 red ITR rear seats from the Canadian production models.

Front and center he’s got the super rare and stupid expensive Mugen FG360 steering wheel paired with an NSX horn button. His cluster is a combination of Mugen and Spoon – he took apart the two and put them together to create a custom cluster. Everything else remains true to the ITR. You really get a sense that Terry is a true believer in everything that is quality and functional when you look at his car and go over it with a fine toothed comb.

It’s hard to find something that doesn’t make sense – that’s where the definition of a true build comes into play and frankly, it’s tough to argue anything about it.

Another nice shot of how the lines of the ITR still look perfect today.

Closer shot of the Voltex wing out back.

Another shot of the Mugen buckets.

Closer look at the Mugen FG360 wheel/NSX horn combo.

Also a closer look at his wheel and brake set up. For the shoot, he swapped his TE/CE combo to the Mugen MF10’s – he was running two of each set on each side of the car. I personally would’ve like to shoot the dual wheel combo, but perhaps we’ll save that for another shoot! He’s also got Spoon monoblock brakes – the big brother version of the twin block versions.

Under the hood is where the magic REALLY happens. Terry has done all the work on his car besides paint and the machine work on the engine. However, everything else from the K20a2 swap to installing his GT35R was all done by Terry himself. His car is pushing roughly 400whp and is no slouch.

From the moment Terry did the K-swap, he added a Comptech supercharger to the mix. It was only about 4 years ago that he switched out to the GT35R. Since day 1 of the ITR having the K20a2 heart, it has seen forced induction. Goes to show how much the K20 can handle and continue going.

At a quick glance, you can see a few things that are over and above the big things – Mugen bolts – for example, holding things in place. It’s little things like this that go a long way in builds as epic as Terry’s.

Another “did you know” tidbit about Terry’s car is that he actually “saved” the car and brought it back from the dead, if you will. About 7-8 years ago, the ITR belonged to a friend of Terry’s who had crashed it and the car ended up being a write off. Terry took the liberty of buying it off of him and restored it slowly to the state that you see it in today and it runs like a champ. It’s definitely a car you have to see and hear in person to appreciate. Pictures – once again – don’t do justice to cars like Terry’s.

We’ll end it here with Terry spooling off. Definitely a great shoot and what makes it even better is the history behind the car.

That’s probably the number one reason I love shooting cars – you get to know not only the owner, but the history of the car too. For cars that have been in the making for years – it’s completely different than someone like me who goes through them so fast – I have no interesting story behind my builds because I’m the “build it” and “get tired of it” type. I wish I could have some patience to keep something for longer than a few years, but that’s just not me…

Anyways, on to the next one!
Thanks to Terry for giving me the chance to shoot it and for Nathan, JC, and Punit for helping making this happen!

[fuckitass] Steve Chan’s Acura RSX

Round 2 for photoshoots! The cold weather is already here – most mornings are 0C or +1C if we’re lucky… I’ve already filled my calendar with two shoots next week so far and I’m trying to fill it up more. It’s about that time where a lot of our house appointments are dying down and I’m at the point where I’m willing to put down GTA V for a little bit to do some work. The only thing left is securing a venue for the wedding – we’ve got a few more appointments for those, so I hope we can get one soon…

Anyways, last night I went out to shoot Steve’s RSX with JC. JC and I are “Team J” – it’s rare when I’m not doing a photoshoot without JC and when I am, it’s because he’s busy doing something else. He’s always usually the chase car for rolling shots and the go-to guy for locations. I just point and shoot. The funny thing about this shoot is that during the summer, I usually saw Steve every weekend if we were doing car stuff, but I have never actually shot his car. The same goes for everyone else that usually comes and hangs out on the weekend – we see each other often but it’s never their cars that I’m shooting – it’s always someone else. It’s been a few years now so yesterday when JC asked if I wanted to shoot Steve’s car, I sat and thought about it for a second and shocked myself because it hit me that this would be the first time haha

Steve’s car has also been one to go through lots of different stages – adding new parts here and there and just slowly getting better. I think the first time I met Steve, his car was very subtle. He still had the Mugen kit but with a Type R wing, he was on gold Advan RG’s sitting quite a lot higher than you see in these pics on Tein S-Tech springs. His interior was still quite stock as well.

Not a great picture but here’s how it looked a few years back for his illmotion feature.

Anywho – let’s move onto the photos from last night. Another good shoot in the bag!

Start it off with a rolling shot. I like to do that sometimes cause it usually gets people excited haha (uh… no homo).

Here’s a good shot for comparison to the older shot I posted above. Steve is way lower now than before and he’s sitting on much more aggressive wheels. Keeping up with the mag blue trend, this is a perfect shoot to follow Eric Yu’s Civic. Steve added a set of Type R Brembos to the front which is a nice addition that you don’t see all too often. He also switched over to the Mugen wing to match the rest of the Mugen kit.

JC’s car sitting over in the distance. Looking clean as usual.

A nice side profile shot. A nice shot of his stance and how low he sits. Check the mid section of his exhaust. You can also see that Steve added a Cusco rear cage to the interior as well.

You can’t see it here either but Steve also recently switched out his Buddy Club straight pipe exhaust (AKA loud as phuck exhaust) to a much quieter and refined Mugen twin loop. So instead of hearing him coming from his house, we hear him when he’s about 1 km away. hahaha

The sky and weather was nice to us last night. It was a bit chilly, but nothing a sweater couldn’t solve. You can also see JC’s car again…

As we were shooting and Steve was moving into place for the next shot, JC noticed something under Steve’s wiper blade. It was a parking receipt… JC read it for a few seconds and then burst out laughing because the plate entered was “FUCKITASS” LOL. We’re all confused as to why someone would put it on Steve’s car and why they would fake a plate when the ticket was free anyway. Either way, it was hilarious and that’s the reason it’s part of the blog title haha

Overhead shot by the huge cylinder thingies.

You’ll notice in the rear of this shot that the rear lip is not a Mugen lip anymore. His newest addition this year was the Spoon diffuser, but in order for him to fit the diffuser, he had to switch the rear back to the Type R lip since it didn’t fit properly.

In JC’s car rolling to the next location.

My favourite shot of the night was the roller from the rear quarter. Check that rear wheel tuck.

At the next spot… CT chillin.

A nice strip of road that’s pretty dead. This was Steve’s idea – no idea how he found it, but it was nice.

A rear quarter shot. I’ve been telling Steve to try and get taller wing stands for his Mugen wing – I think it would look so bad ass and so much more aggressive if it lined up with his roof line. Side note: The mag blue looks great here with the paint.

Last shot of the night. A dual shot on the empty road – easy to do since there was next to no traffic…

And there you have it! Last shot for the week. Next week will be more great sets to look forward to! Stay tuned!

Eric Yu’s 2008 Honda Civic Si

Finally back in the groove! (sort of). Like I’ve mentioned a million times before, I’ve been wanting to go out and shoot but every time I get the chance – either something comes up or the weather turns shitty and then I get lazy for a week and not shoot lol. Luckily for me, Eric messaged me yesterday and asked if I could shoot his car one last time because he has decided to part it out. It’s sad for two reasons: It’s a car that has been built up with good quality and it looks good. No corners cut, no hack job installs… It’s just great to look at. The other reason is that Eric isn’t planning on selling the car, just driving it stock. The pain is that he’s not getting rid of it, nor is he driving what he has built up to love. I mentioned to Eric that there’s probably a 99.99% chance that he’s going to regret it, but there’s also a 0.01% chance I’m wrong.

Eric’s Civic was and still is his first car that he’s owned since 2009. He’s gone through a few different stages and I’m personally a fan of this look the most. Many times, the last look is the look that really sticks. It’s the look that finally works after several sets of wheels to make sure the fitment is right or after going through your cheap ricer stage and finally realizing it’s not the look you wanted even though you swear it was when you first started. So why part it out at the end and say “that’s it”? There are probably tons of reasons, but I find the answer is usually always that it’s time to move on or there are other priorities. I’ve been through that and it’s the worst feeling in the world driving a stock car after you’ve put so much into building it up. Perhaps this will sway Eric into holding off on parting it out, or perhaps not.

Either way, Eric’s Si is great to shoot because it reminds me of my Civic that I also ended up parting out and now drive for the winter. (I regret it). It is one of the cleanest FG’s done in the city – most are riced up with aluminum GT wings and LX-R badges or some shit. The FG is rarely modded (properly) to begin with around here, so Eric’s car is refreshing to see.

For those of you that haven’t seen it – here is the shoot I did of Eric’s car 2 years ago (I think). Minor changes, but big enough to make the car look 10x better.

Eric’s Honda Civic Si – Favourites

Now onto the shoot!

Front quarter shot. I normally hate taking pics of white cars and dark wheels but the weather yesterday and everything just worked out for us perfectly. The overcast was nice so the white paint wasn’t glaring and the mag blue just peeks out enough to look great.

Love the side profile shot. The J’s Racing lip works well up front and surprisingly well with the stock wing, but I keep telling Eric to get a J’s Racing GT wing instead… Maybe instead of parting it out… *cough*

The VIS Techno R hood looks wicked when it’s painted with the vents left alone. I’m really over the “CF hood” look now because it seems like the trend is to go aggressive, yet clean. Painting CF is the best way, especially if you have accents to leave alone just so that they show up close. This looks 10x better.

Ohhhh roller shotsssssss

Here’s a perfect example of how great the hood looks painted. I remember seeing him driving behind me one day and I just loved the look. That and the 3000K DRL’s = deadly.

Another front quarter shot where the mag blue shines. Too bad that mag blue is underrated.

Rear shot. The stance is perfect and I love the full red tails. Eric is also running a full T1R catback and test pipe.

Another front shot. Also note the gloss black roof and Mugen rear view mirror cover.

Sunset was perfect and the white/mag blue was stunning here. Eric also has a set of black DC5 Recaros you can see peeking through the window on the inside. A little cool tidbit – a piece of my Civic lives on in his car. The Wedge Engineering seat brackets and rails hold the Recaros in place. I had them sitting around when I got a text from Eric one day asking if I still had them. Glad they were able to be used again!

A shot of Regina George. Nathan also came out in his ITR to help with the rolling shots.


Another roller.

And a quick unedited one rolling back for the night.

Thanks to Eric for giving me the opportunity to shoot it one last time and to Nathan for helping out for the rolling shots!