After a summer jam-packed with back-to-back shows, meets, and race events, I enjoyed a nice little break from the action before preparing for the weeklong adventure that is SEMA. But before I make the drive out to the Las Vegas convention center, there's one stop I knew I wasn't about to miss; The Chronicles Year V anniversary event.
What started as a very basic Honda-heavy blog in 2008 has grown into an Internet juggernaut at the hands of owner and creator, Joey Lee, who incidentally, is a regular contributor to Honda Tuning Magazine. Never one to hold his tongue, Lee brings an acute eye for all things authentic in the Honda world, as well as a sense of humor that helps to drive home his content and intricate story lines. From event coverage all over the country, as well as Japan and other regions, to exclusive behind the scene coverage and even a few project builds that Lee was able to capture and share with his audience, the site has become a staple in the online enthusiast world and is only gaining momentum.
Eibach's Corona, CA facility played host to a meet that was extremely comfortable with everyone more focused on hanging out, having a good time, and sharing cars and information rather than whose car was nicer, or what would judges be looking for.
With that being said, here are a few of the cars that really stood out to me as I spent the afternoon basking in the always too hot Corona sun.
If you don't know the name DAve, you probably know of his immaculate.....actually, make that ungodly clean Jasper Green DA that's been around since he bought the car brand new in the early 90s. He recently decided to buy a daily driver S2000 and, well, it didn't exactly stay stock. On the outside, Downforce front and side diffusers, OEM hardtop, a rarely used Mugen 3pc wing, and Nitto wrapped Regamaster Evo's make for one incredible daily driver! Classy, clean, and timeless: three words that best describe his DA and his AP2.
When I spotted this car in the front row of the Eibach parking lot, I thought I'd seen a ghost. It's been a number of years since I'd seen the car in person, but I remember it well, and much of what's done to the engine bay had a direct effect on many of the cars built today. First, the parts: an ITR swap with A-Sport individual throttle bodies, shaved and tucked engine bay, and Mugen M7 wheels and front lip. It's clean, but what's the big deal? Well, the car was built many years ago, the clean engine bay completed by JDM JON Tanji (RIP), a guy that was way, way ahead of his time in terms of Honda engine bay customization. Chad, the cars owner at the time, unveiled the car at Nisei Showoff years ago and the Honda world was blown away. The car was later sold to ICB Motorsport where only a few hundred miles were added to the odometer over the years, and just recently the car made its way back to a So Cal to a new owner. Almost like it was sitting in a time capsule, it looks exactly the same way it did all those years ago.
Eibach's Ryan Hoegner recently acquired this Integra Type R shell and decided that since it was missing a power plant, why not drop a K20 and clean up the bay? With help from RCs Garage in Arizona, the swap was completed, the bay organized and de-cluttered, and now the car is ready for a dyno session and some track time. Fitted with a Mugen rear wing, JDM front-end conversion, CrzyEng front/rear diffuser, Wilwood brakes, and Rays Gramlights, the car unofficially made its "debut" at The Chronicles Meet.
Jared's S2000 follows the "less is more" train of thought and each and every upgrade or change that he's made to the car is a delicate balance, and one that hasn't gone unnoticed. You won't find a massive turbo under the hood; aggressive razor sharp rear diffuser just centimeters from the ground or a massive wing perched upon on the trunk lid. Instead, you'll find almost impossible to source NSX-spec Mugen M7s (all four are NSX rears!), an authentic Mugen hardtop, and Amuse front bumper (unless of course he wants to install his Mugen front bumper). Under the hood you'll notice a custom fabricated catch tank and overflow tank, a Mugen carbon fiber intake, and Rywire custom bits like the relocated ABS system. Anything not needed has been discarded and the result is a spotless bay with an exterior to match.
The Mao Bros
It's rare to find two brothers building Hondas at the same time, especially at the level that the Mao bros. are doing it. The NSX has become an icon over the past few years, appearing in multiple magazines, winning countless trophies, and generally "wowing" anyone within a 50ft radius. A bright red, twin turbo, Sorcery kitted NSX on custom gold plated Mugen MF10s has a way of doing that.
The S2000, fresh out of the paint shop, sports low offset Volk CE28s, Amuse front bumper, J's Racing fenders and rear diffuser, Status buckets, and much more. When these two cars pull into an event together, rest assured there's going to be more than a few heads turning.
Dustin's 1990, Jasper Green Integra is one of the cleanest examples you'll ever see, especially with a car that has over 2 decades under its belt. The engine bay has been de-cluttered, Rywire'd, and armed with a B18C swap in place of the original non-VTEC mill. On the outside, Sprint Hart CPF wheels, OEM optional 2-pc side skirts, and a Pancake Racing rear wing really set the car apart from the crowd. Low, aggressive, and sporting a nice paint job in the cars original hue - timeless!