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!

Throwback: Giuseppe’s Nissan Skyline

Ah the final throwback. Giuseppe’s super immaculate Nissan Skyline. Giuseppe is one of the most down to earth and nicest guys in the car world that you can meet. Personally, I’m one of those guys that can damn well appreciate most things unless it’s straight up butt ugly and it looks like it came out of the dump. Giuseppe is actually (most likely) a nicer guy than me – and I don’t admit that often – that I have never heard him hate on anyone’s car, even if it came out of the dump and looked butt ugly.

I met Giuseppe for the first time during my first car show in 2008 and at the time, he still owned the Skyline and it was still in mint condition. Over the years, he’s made minor changes like removing his wing, changing up the wheels and for this particular shoot, he just had a full color change done – it used to be gold before. Whatever state it was in, it was always immaculate and it’s hard not to respect Giuseppe’s car.

A quick funny story during this shoot – we were all parked in a lot and ready to roll out to the shoot location. He was backing up, I also started backing up not knowing he was behind me and he was yelling my name, and as I was rolling back he started yelling louder and louder until I stopped. I looked into my side mirror and he was freaking out because I almost backed into his door. I was literally maybe an inch away before I actually hit his brand new paint job. I felt so bad the entire shoot and I know he was probably freaked too, but knowing Giuseppe – he probably would’ve bought me pizza at the end of the day anyway. Ha!

No rolling shots of this beaut though… Still nice to look at 🙂

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Perfection. There aren’t too many Skyline’s around here in this condition. In fact, I think Giuseppe’s Skyline is the cleanest in the whole city.

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Love the color.

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Unfortunately that’s all the shots I got of his car since three of us were shooting that day and it was blistering hot. I wish I had gotten more but nope.. 😦

Done for throwbacks! Hopefully that kept the blog somewhat updated while I’m in Mexico. When I get back, I’ll post pics of the trip!

Throwback: Duncan Yu’s Honda Civic DX

Another car I forgot that I never posted up on here was Duncan’s boosted Civic. I admittedly don’t know much about the car except that it’s fast as shit.

His B18C1 (at the time) is putting down 472whp – I say at the time because I don’t know if that’s changed again. It has gone through a bunch of changes and the power has increased significantly every single time.

Regardless, this is a sleeper you don’t see everyday. At this day and age, we’ve moved far from the sleeper builds and more into the flashy, in-your-face builds that Duncan’s Civic is hard to pass up.

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Oh you know, just a red Civic with a radiator. Not.

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Simple wheel and tire set up.

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A sample shot of the powerhouse.

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Sticky rubber to put the power down.

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Nothing fancy either. No Recaros, no Nardi needed, no wing or diffuser. Just straight up power.

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Two in the bag! More throwbacks coming your way!