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.
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, though...it 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.