Jackie Law's 2003 Honda S2000
Most highly tuned cars these days never see a track or a drag strip. Owners spend countless man-hours and piles of cash to perfect their prized possession. Then the car becomes a grocery getter between being thoroughly cleaned and scrutinized before car shows; the saddest of stories being trailer queens. The exact opposite is true for Jackie Law of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He's spent four years and a cool $45,000 on his slick S2000 and still hits the track as much as he possibly can.
Jackie became interested in road racing because of a little nudge from his friends. They would often go to the track for the whole weekend and come back home with terabytes of video footage and enticing photos. Over time, their excitement inevitably rubbed off on Jackie. He started tracking his B18C5-powered fifth-gen Civic hatchback and since then, he's managed to become a regular at Race City in Calgary.
Back in 2006, Jackie's financial situation began to improve and so did his appetite for an all new track car. He'd dreamed of owning an S2000 ever since he laid eyes on the AP1's debut in late 1999. He even remembers the first commercial he saw the S2K starring in. After the long wait for just the right time, he found his dream car at a nearby dealership. He eagerly jotted his signature on the dotted line and became the rightful owner. He had to make the convertible his own, so he threw on a shift knob before even leaving the sales lot. "I couldn't believe I finally had the car. I was as happy as could be," he says. The relationship started off correctly, as Jackie took his virgin S2K out for a cruise that same night, and although it's no longer on the car, Jackie still owns that very same shift knob to this day.
The build in general has literally and metaphorically gone through many twists and turns. Jackie tends to swap out high-end parts as if they were children's Legos. He's gone through no less than three exhausts, two intakes, two sets of bucket seats, three wings, two sets of side skirts, and two sets of wheels."They say do it right the first time. It's true, but 'right' only stays that way for so long," he laughs as his wallet still shows signs of overheating.
The constant changes really don't reflect his attitude toward his neck-breaking, eye-popping S2K; he loves his car and has always intended to keep it forever. That is until the thought of owning an NSX is brought up. He suddenly stops talking and his speech begins to falter. He then speeds up as excitement completely takes over. "If I find one I like and someone offers cash for my car then I might have to make that jump," he explains. Though it's obvious he is passionate about the idea of owning an NSX, he doesn't sound overly convincing, as Jackie is deeply connected to his beloved AP1.
Currently on the silver beast are a slew of some of the best parts an S2000 owner could ever dream of. The majority of his modifications are intended for one thing, and one thing only; track day. For example, he's installed a T1R big brake kit, J's Racing front and rear anti-roll bars, Spoon Sports X-brace, and a Cusco six-point roll cage. He took a stiff-from-the factory S2K and performed the nearly impossible; he made it even stiffer. These additions coupled with a few other tricks up his sleeve insure his track days are always intense and exciting.
Jackie constantly improves his already decked-out S2K for track days simply because he enjoys racing so much. "I race at the track mostly for enjoyment," he says. On a normal track outing, Jackie gets together with his family and friends and makes a full weekend out of it. He usually sees an army of Civics, some RSXs, a few other S2000s, and his brother's K20-powered ITR. They don't race each other and there's no official timing system, but that doesn't stop Jackie from racing 15 to 20 consecutive laps. "I never want to pit," he proudly admits. After racing as much as he can for the weekend, Jackie heads back home; exhausted, but with an ear-to-ear smile on his face.
The J's Racing Type-I 3D GT oversized rear wing garners a lot of attention. Unlike some wings on other cars, Jackie's wing actually serves a purpose. It's the third GT styled wing he's had on his S2000 since he began building. "There really is a big difference with the wide body version. I don't experience over steer quite as much," he explains.
Don't think that this AP1 only sees the mean concrete at the track. Jackie drives his car daily and even attends a few car shows. His secret to keeping the car in tip top shape is simple-paint. That's it. The ASM front bumper and other aesthetics take a healthy beating from racing and local roads. Having his paint touched up once a year enables Jackie to enjoy all three aspects of owning a superbly sick S2000 that can do it all; daily, show, and track. Due to six months of severe snow in Canada, Jackie only gets to drive his S2K half of the year, and during the winter he has the silver convertible painted and performs his latest modifications. The annual touch-up usually dings him about $1,500 on average just for paint.
His devotion to having a well rounded S2K has earned him more than a few head nods. Jackie recalls a specific moment when his car received extra attention. Jackie and some friends pulled up to a stop light. A pedestrian walking in the crosswalk turned his head as Jackie and crew stopped. Jackie saw the man do a double take and then heard the man say "Holy shit." The bystander whipped out a camera and snapped a single shot before fleeing the crosswalk. "It was nice I guess to have someone else appreciate the car," he recalls sheepishly.
When asked what it feels like to own and drive such an awesome machine, Jackie can only say one thing; "It's awesome!" The never-ending build seems to only be getting better, as he says a supercharger kit is in his roadster's future. There's that warrior spirit again, something Jackie has learned to embrace.
Bolts & Washers
J's Racing carbon fiber intake
J's Racing 70mm outer 66mm inner throttle body
Hondata intake manifold gasket
J's Racing SPL exhaust manifold
J's Racing 70rr titanium 70mm exhaust system
J's Racing aluminum heat-shield
Alex carbon fiber cooling plate
Exedy Hyper single clutch
Exedy Hype flywheel
T1R SPL drive shaft spacers
Spoon Sports thermostat
Spoon Sports thermo switch
T1R coolant reservoir cover
Koyo dual-core radiator
Spoon Sports SEP radiator hoses
Tabata radiator cap
Spoon Sports oil cap
Carbing 0.6-liter oil catch can
Spoon Sports magnetic drain bolts
J's Racing magnetic differential bolt
J's Racing engine torque damper
J's Racing valve cover
T1R V-power voltage stabilizer
T1R Earth Powering ground kit
J's Racing N1 ECU
T1R B-Max coilovers
T1R front/rear anti-bump steer
Spoon Sports rear lower arm bar
Spoon Sports x-brace
J's Racing front/rear anti-roll bars
Cusco floor anti-roll bar
Cusco six-point roll cage
T1R big brake kit
T1R pads (front)
Hawk pads (rear)
Spoon Sports brake lines
Motul RBF 600 brake fluid
Rims & Rubber
Front: 17x9.5 Volk Racing CE28N (+40 offset)
Rear: 17x9.5 Volk Racing CE28N (+35 offset)
Street: 245/40-17 Bridgestone RE-01R
Track: 245/40-17 Yokohama Advan A-048
T1R titanium purple lug nuts
Spoon Sports prototype hood
ASM FRP front bumper
ASM 07 carbon fiber front lip
Shine carbon fiber side diffuser
Spoon Sports carbon fiber rear diffuser
Seibon painted carbon fiber trunk
J's Racing Type-I 3D GT oversized rear wing
Raybrig 5000K headlight bulbs
JDM clear side markers
Pulled front fenders
Rolled rear fenders
Spoon Sports carbon fiber seats
Alex driver side seat rail
Mugen passenger side seat rail
Spoon Sports steering wheel
Spoon Sports titanium shift knob
Zoom carbon fiber rearview mirror
Defi D-link display Defi D-link control unit II
Brothers Chunk, Dal, and Eddie
Pat and Paul Tan
Joe @ Autotech
Thuan @ T's B.Y.S.
Kevin @ C-1 Collision
Everyone @ Urben Exp
Everyone @ Speedtech Racing Development
Ben and Fire @ A&J Racing
Warren and Cory @ Sportscar Coachworks
Everyone else who helped
Screen name or nick name
JKL-AP1 and B18C5-EG6
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Racing at a designated track can become an addictive hobby. Unlike some hobbies, such as collecting stamps, this hobby makes sense. Many enthusiasts spend a lot of time and money building faster and better-handling cars. Racing at a quarter-mile or eighth-mile drag strip is fun, but doesn't test the full limits of the car and, more importantly, the driver; hence the desire to road race. Tracks usually charge less than two hundred dollars to race at an event. That's usually the quarter of the price of one ticket for trying to use city streets as a makeshift race track; not to mention the fines and penalties associated with your car being impounded. Some tracks require yearly memberships at additional fees and others offer group discount rates. Forums are filled with track days available for all driver levels. And the best thing about tracking is that the many manual labor hours and costly part additions are all actually used and their ability fully realized. Grab some friends and head to the track for a day. We bet you'll be hooked.