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2000 Honda S2000 - C-C-C-Combo Breaker!!!

Re-Inventing The Catalog Car

Joey Lee
Dec 13, 2010
Photographer: Andy Bui

Within the last couple years, the S2000 community has grown significantly in size. Sure, it's still nowhere near the Civic/Integra population but with the roadsters beginning to grow a bit in age, prices have dropped, making them more available to enthusiasts who once only fantasized of being S2K owners. Parts availability has also seen a significant rise as well. S2000 owners have unlimited options now as to which direction they choose to build their cars. Even with all these options however, many enthusiasts still typically build with one style in mind: the catalog car.

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A catalog car is a build that consists of the majority, if not all, of the parts coming directly from one manufacturer. These cars resemble those that were built by a particular manufacturer and are almost a spot-on replica of that company's demo vehicle. The most popular catalog cars within the S2000 community are those that come either from ASM or Spoon Sports. Many times there are people that attempt to go outside the box and are shunned by the community and hated on for trying to be "different". There's nothing wrong with building a catalog car because after all, it's a tried and true method to build a quality project. These companies have already done all the work for you, often times even giving you the wheel specs so that one can build a car that looks exactly to their specifications. In this instance, inspiration turns to imitation. Building a car that is the doppelganger of your favorite car from a video, photo or catalog is a novel idea-it just isn't the best way to promote individuality.

The Spoon Sports S2000s are definitely some of the most popular S2Ks to be duplicated. With the community growing larger in numbers every day, more and more Spoon catalog cars are starting to pop-up. Thanks to Opak Racing, Spoon Sports products are abundant in North America and with the proper funds, someone can pretty much build a Spoon S2000 overnight. Their pockets will be on fire but it's all part of the process. Lorenz "Law" Go has an S2000 that you might categorize as a "catalog car" but it really isn't. Yes, it might have every Spoon piece available for the chassis but it's a catalog car... with a twist.

"The (S2000) is so Spoon'd-out," Law claims. "I think I've ordered every possible S2000 product ever made by Spoon. I even have some of the parts that have been signed by Mr. Ichishima Tatsuru himself. I like to mix and match parts though, just to give the car some personality. In addition to the Spoon stuff, I've also added parts from various companies like ARC, J's Racing and Mugen."

Besides the mash-up of parts from other manufacturers, the most apparent difference from the S2000 in the Spoon brochure is the color. While the Spoon cars have been known to either be black, white or adorned in their infamous yellow/blue livery, Lorenz's S2000 is a custom coat of BASF Carizzma Jade Crystal. The paint scheme is unique even outside of the S2K community and guarantees to break necks as it cruises through West Palm Beach, Florida. The custom paintjob also hides the age of his S2000.

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"My S2K is 10 years old with 45,000 miles on it," Law says with a smile. "It's one of the earlier S2000s and since 2007 when I first purchased the car, it's been through many transformations. The S2000 has always been my favorite sports car. Every time I saw one on the road I would stop and admire it. I told myself one day I would own one and I'm happy I was able to find this one. I started out with an all C-West theme with a Sorcery front bumper the first 6-months I owned the car but I decided to scrap it and started from scratch."

"The first time I saw the Spoon S2000 in a magazine, it was love at first sight. My heart start pounding-I was sprung! That's how my obsession with Spoon Sports began. I'm the type of person where if I really wanted something, I would go out and get it, no matter what. That's the type of mentality I had to be in because I knew it would take a lot of my time and patience to collect all the parts I wanted."

After breaking his Spoon-cherry by purchasing a Spoon Mooncraft hard top, he began to build a relationship with the guys over at Opak Racing. Being that they were the official U.S. distributor for Spoon products, it was a good move on his part to get in good with Edmun at Opak Racing. He eventually got so many Spoon parts that he received an official Spoon Sports certification. Owning the entire Spoon catalog definitely isn't a cheap task, considering all the other equally-as-money non-Spoon parts that he had but being mechanically-inclined most certainly helped cut costs.

"My dad has a big impact on my interest in cars. I used to watch him reassemble all these Jeeps piece-by-piece back in the Philippines. He always watched over me whenever I was working on my car and he taught me a lot of old school techniques that were a huge help during the build process. I stripped the entire car inside and out before sending it off to One Perfect Touch Auto Body. They even painted the hood, doors and hard top separately. I took the car home in pieces after paint and reassembled it as if it were a Lego car. I didn't want to mess up the paint on any of the body panels so it was a pretty agonizing task. One experience I'll never forget was when I asked my girlfriend Lien to help me install my Spoon cage. It was hot as hell that day and I put her to work!"

Lorenz may have great taste in parts and an incredibly ballin' paint job, but he assures us that he fully intends to work his S2 like he did his girl that day she put in his Spoon cage. He has the right combination of parts, all of which have been track-tested and proven. The Spoon S-Tai aero is easy on the eyes but was created with function in mind and he fully intends to make use of it. "I travel from state to state for events and shows and have never trailered my car. I actually drive it because I want to enjoy my S2," he says. "I plan to do a couple time attack events and road race in the near future so that I can get some seat time and actually utilize the parts I purchased. My interior remains partially stripped because of that and I've left my motor naturally-aspirated so that it's not overpowered. I really like the raw feel of an N/A F20C."

On paper, Lorenz Go's AP1 roadster may come off as a catalog build but in many ways it surely isn't. This S2000 is "catalog-inspired" with an amalgamation of different parts, assembled by a single man who may look to companies like Spoon for motivation, but doesn't lose his own individuality and knack for style in the process.'

Tuning Menu
2000 Honda S2000
Owner
Lorenz "LAW" Go
Hometown West Palm Beach, Florida
Occupation IT Network engineer

Engine S2000 2.0L Honda F20C; Spoon Sports dual N1 70mm/60mm exhaust, 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, air filter, carbon Kevlar intake, radiator hoses, radiator stay, thermostat, fan switch, oil catch can, battery, battery stays, reservoir covers and valve cover/carbon Kevlar plug wire cover both signed by Tatsuru Ichishima; J's Racing test pipe; Hondata intake manifold gasket; InlinePRO fuel rail; ARC SMC radiator, radiator cap, oil cap and titantium heat shield; Top Secret hood dampers; AMSOIL 0w-30 synthetic fluids, EA oil filter and antifreeze

Drivetrain AP2 6-speed transmission swap; Clutchmasters Stage 3 clutch and flywheel

Footwork & Chassis Spoon Sports Full-Spec Damper Kit and springs, X-Brace, Engine Torque Damper, and lower tie bar; OPAK Racing titanium strut bar; Swift 26.5mm front sway bar and 26mm rear sway bar; J's Racing driveshaft-spacer

Brakes Spoon Sports Monoblock front brake calipers, steel-braided brake lines, and brake rotors; Endless brake pads

Wheels & Tires 17x9" Advan RS +35 offset; 255/40-17 Falken Azenis RT-615K; Project KICS Neo-Chrono lug nuts

Exterior BASF R-M Carizzma Jade Crystal; Spoon Sports S-Tai front bumper, rear bumper, bonnet, carbon-fiber rear diffuser, 25mm front fenders, 18mm rear over fenders, GT carbon-fiber wing, front stainless grille, Mooncraft/Spoon hardtop, wiper blades and windshield banner; ASM short antenna; Magical Racing carbon-fiber side mirrors; Titanium washers/bolts in engine bay; OEM AP2 taillights

Interior Spoon Sports carbon Kevlar bucket seats, steering wheel and titanium shift knob; Mugen steering hub and seat rails; Zoom Engineering carbon-fiber rearview mirror; Takata safety harnesses w/seat belt pads; Custom in-dash Alpine navigation w/JDM bezel; Honda S2000 CR center console w/radio door; Custom Recaro Kevlar fabric on door panels and center console

Thanks You Go Family who supported me along the years; Team Emotion family; Tom Clarke at One Perfect Touch Auto Body; Brian Fox at Fox Marketing; Andres at RAW Racing; Edmun at Opak Racing; Mike at Evasive Motorsports; Ya at InlinePRO; Dennis at deSignstogo; BASF RM (Carizzma Colors); AMSOIL; South FL S2Ki community

www opakracing.com, spoon.jp, carizzmacolors.com

By Joey Lee
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