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2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

Hard Work, Sacrifice, and a Bit of Luck Turned This S2000 Into an Upper Midwest Showstopper

John Krueger
Jun 23, 2020
Photographer: Chris Anderson

Every now and then, you run across a story where it seems external forces were at play. You get the feeling it isn't just the culmination of hard work and paying dues—it's more of a tale that makes you think to yourself, Man, that just came together too well. When we sat down with the owner of this Honda S2000, we started to get that vibe as Cameron Brass told us about how he got his S2000 and how it got to this point. That's not to say he doesn't work hard or make sacrifices, but it's like the marriage between him and his car were destined to happen.

2001 Honda S2000 Downforce Side Splitter Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

But first, let's rewind the tapes to eight years ago, when Cameron was a proud owner of a fifth-generation Prelude. While it was tastefully modified as far as Prelude builds go, he'd been longing for something else for quite a long time. Most Honda enthusiasts revere the NSX as their dream car, but Cameron had his heart on set the S2000. The Minneapolis native began his search for a white roadster and found the exact one he wanted locally. There was just one problem, wasn't for sale. But as luck or fate would have it, the cousin of the white S2000 owner had a black model he was dying to get rid of. The deal was too good to pass up and Cameron jumped at the opportunity.

Maybe the previous owner didn't know what he was sitting on, but the AP1 came equipped with an authentic Mugen hardtop, J's Racing hood, and Spoon coilovers. Cameron sold his Prelude and motorcycle to help fund the project.

2001 Honda S2000 Origin Fabrication Ti Intake Arm Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

To start, he had to repair some damage from the previous owner. Despite having choice parts on it, the S2000 had its share of dents and scratches that needed to be taken care of before it was resprayed in the factory Berlina Black hue. The result was a Concours-like finish.

2001 Honda S2000 ASM Style Front Fenders Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

With the paint perfect, the overall recipe for the car was quite simple: use a lot of JDM flavor without being too cookie cutter. Cameron's parts selection and a few one-off touches achieve that while not being too in your face. His parts list reads like a JDM fanboy's wet dream: Mugen, Spoon, ASM, Voltex, RAYS, Recaro—all the big names are there. But we should reiterate that it's the execution that makes it all work together and not look like he just threw a bunch of money at the car.

2001 Honda S2000 Personal Steering Wheel 01 Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

One of our favorite aspects of the build was how Cameron came up with the front bumper. The front bumper is a mash-up of a factory AP1 front with RSG Gears front lip, APR carbon splitter, and Chargespeed brake ducts molded in. It really balances out the look without being one of the usual-suspect bumpers we see on S2000s. It also flows well with the Downforce carbon side splitters, ASM front fenders, Voltex rear over fenders, and APR rear diffuser.

2001 Honda S2000 Voltex Rear Over Fenders Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

Another favorite of ours is the Volk Racing TE37SL wheels in Hyper Blue framing the silver AP Racing brakes. They break up the black and carbon theme nicely and give the car the showstopping looks it deserves.

2001 Honda S2000 EVS Tuning Carbon Fiber Door Card Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

Inside, you'll notice a lot of carbon fiber as well as a pair of Recaro Pole Position seats, his latest addition to the build.

Under the hood, there's Spoon parts galore, as well as some custom titanium touches like the intake elbow. Cameron didn't want to modify the engine too much, because he really loves how the car drives naturally aspirated with its handling dialed in.

2001 Honda S2000 APR Front Splitter Photo 23/23   |   2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny

The culmination of this build has been eight years in the making, but in the end, Cameron couldn't be happier. Besides a few small touches, he is pretty much done with the project and plans to enjoy it and take it to the track. Although Cameron was tempted by a Minnesota Wild hockey player who wanted to buy the car from him, we don't expect him to part ways with a dream car he was destined to build that easy.

By John Krueger
8 Articles
2001 Honda S2000 - Touch of Destiny
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Owner: Cameron Brass
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Glorified Paperboy
Instagram: @a_pee1
Engine: Spoon N1 exhaust, headers, engine transmission mount set, radiator hoses, oil filler cap, front strut bar, reservoir covers; K&N FIPK intake with Origin Fabrication Ti arm; APR carbon-fiber cooling plate, carbon-fiber coil pack cover; Password JDM carbon-fiber fuse box covers, carbon-fiber crossbeam cover; SOS hood dampers; Mishimoto radiator, radiator stays; Feel's radiator cap; Cusco oil catch can; Odyssey PC680 battery; Checkered Sports battery tray; AP2 valve retainers; Moroso oil pan baffle
Drivetrain: ACT pressure plate; EVS differential collars; Ballade driveshaft spacers; Puddymod Stage 2 differential paint matched blue with Richmond 4.57r gears
Footwork & Chassis: Spoon coilovers, subframe rigid collars, crossbeam bar; Origin Fabrication offset upper control arm bushings; EVS Tuning rear anti-bumpsteer kit; T1R front anti-bumpsteer kit; Cusco front lower type II brace; J's Racing inner fender braces; Beaks rear lower tie bar
Brakes: AP Racing front calipers with 330mm two-piece J hook rotors; stainless steel front and rear brake lines; Project MU Club Racer pads; Frozen Rotors J hook rear rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x10 +30 Volk Racing TE37SL wheels in Hyper Blue; 255/35R18 front, 285/30R18 rear Bridgestone RE-71R tires; RAYS lug nuts
Exterior: Voltex rear over fenders; ASM-style front fenders; J's Racing Type-S ventilated hood; Downforce carbon-fiber side splitters; Mugen carbon-fiber roof; Voltex Type 1V wing; Forbidden carbon-fiber spoiler; custom carbon-fiber spats and rear bumper splitter, carbon-fiber fuel door; APR carbon-fiber rear diffuser, front splitter with DevSport support brackets; Fastline single exhaust cap; JDM headlights; Moddiction blue convex side mirrors; AP1 front bumper with RSG Gears front lip; Arvou front tow hook; Chargespeed carbon-fiber brake ducts
Interior: Zoom TS carbon-fiber mirror, carbon -fiber gauge surround; Qube blue LED gauge cluster; Chargespeed carbon-fiber doorsills and A-pillars; Password JDM carbon-fiber center console; Renegade Motorsports carbon-fiber center console, short shifter with extended shift knob; EVS Tuning carbon-fiber door cards; Recaro Pole Position seats; custom silver PCI slider rails; Personal steering wheel; ASM steering wheel hub; Top Stitch Nappa leather elbow pad; Sweidit Nappa leather sunvisors, Nappa leather parking brake handle; Piolk Design e-brake button; Dress Up Bolts Ti steering wheel hardware and EVS Tuning door card hardware; Honda Access premium floor mats



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