Back in Action: Richie Ngo’s Track/Street Honda S2000.

Stance is dead.

No doubt if you and some buddies get together, it’s pretty normal to do one of a few things- talk about cars, talk about women, or talk about more cars. A very controversial subject that is now coming up while talking with booze in one hand is the state of stance. When I was talking to a colleague of mine recently, he boldly declared, “stance is dead.” Now I’m not going to be stirring any pots here by talking about what most people think HellaFlush/Stance is, but I want to clarify what exactly “Stance” means to me. In my opinion, “stance” is not about how a car looks in correlation with its tire/wheel fitment, or even how low the car sits on the pavement. It’s about “presence”, or how a car makes you feel by taking one glance at it. I often use the term presence to describe a car that I’m attracted to. We’ve all felt this presence in one way or another, Darth Vader felt this when Luke Skywalker walked onto a spaceship, I’ve felt this presence when I looked directly into the eyes of a raging bull. I have the urine stains to prove it.

When Mikey was telling me about his buddy Richie Ngo’s Honda S2000 I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical because, for one, it was in The Woodlands, and two, it was a Honda, which typically meant that it would be somewhat understated. My stereotypes were put to rest when I finally laid eyes on the beauty that you see before you. The first thought that came to mind after seeing the front of the car barely hovering over the cobblestones it was providing shade for was how the car gave off a track like presence as dictated by its stance. You didn’t have to be Darth Vader to realize that this car’s presence was from the dark side, but in a good way.

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Nostalgic Wednesdays: How Legends Are Restored

Here is a video by Josh Clason(via Depth of Speed) of Eric Bizek of JDM Legends. JDM Legends is a garage in Salt Lake UT that specializes in restoration and sales of classic Japanese cars. They take an extra amount of pride with their work that everything is documented if each part that is refurbished or replaced. Their attention to detail is evident in the cars that they build and sell. I admire this shop’s passion, their pursuit of building and restoring close to perfect vintage Japanese legends.


HBTV: Depth of Speed – JDM Legends Restored from HBTV on Vimeo.


Nostalgic Wednesdays: Honda Life

Some of you may know, (or if it’s obvious) I’ m a Honda fan, from cars to motorcycles. I may drive a German car but a factory fresh lookin’ CR-X rolling down the freeway ooh still breaks my neck. For today’s Nostalgic Wednesday, I would like to share a site that I have been visiting for the past few years, it’s the Honda Japan website (lol). Seriously, I visit the site specifically for Bow’s Gallery.

popular "post a pic of your pet" among s2000 owners.

Ikeda Kazuhiro, commonly known as “Bow” was commissioned by Honda Japan to paint Honda cars, bikes, lawnmowers, and other products. He creates this works of art with a dreamy effect (Power of dreams perhaps?).  The reason why I keep on coming back to visit his gallery is because I admire how he creates a picture of a simple, relaxed life. It’s a picture that you would imagine of you, sitting on your lawn chair drinking an ice cold lemonade and staring at your car on a sunday afternoon with your dog. It’s Honda life, a life how Honda wanted their customers to enjoy with their products.


Some of my favorites;

almost extinct rex. hard to find them in mint condition.

Love this cause it has the CT-70 "Dax" on it.

what are you doing Lassie, you can't drive a car, you're a dog.

like i said, chillin in front of my garage sipping an ice cold glass of lemonade with my yellow Lab. lol

Proud puppy with asimo with the NSX.


Deja Vu: Greg Lilly’s “Matte Hulk” Impreza WRX STI

Yup, that is no typo, for a third time Greg Lilly graces our page with yet another RICETASTIC build, a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Look familiar?

That’s right, Greg’s STI has been here before, and in case you missed the feature, check it out here!

The first time we featured this Subie it was dipped in black and sat on SBC finished SSR SP3s. 19×9.5 +35 NR Disk up front and 19×9.5 +35 SL Disk in the rear with a slew of other modifications that made his STI sit pretty. Now, if you don’t know all that much about Greg, or missed his first feature then I’ll fill you in on a little fact about what he does on a daily basis. Greg owns a graphics and vinyl shop called Underground Graphics here in Houston, and as of late he has been experimenting with some new products. This time around, one of these products just happened to be some matte green 3M-vehicle wrap…

Backing up a bit, after our first shoot with Greg’s STI, he had decided that it was time to put the car up for sale and move on to a new platform. But after minimal luck selling, he started to get the itch for a change. So a few weeks ago Greg called me and told me that he was going to be giving his STI a new look and that 3M wrap was going to be the major components for the change. Now I am pretty certain that everyone that comes across our blog is familiar with, or has seen this wrap on cars before. I have to admit I was at first a bit skeptical, but when I saw the new look in person I was nothing short of impressed and I knew that a shoot was to commence.

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OTWeb Video: TX2K11.

Better late than never right? Good things really do happen to those who wait. Taken by our good friends at JHPhotography and TeamShiftPoint, this video encompasses this year’s TX2K11 held right here in Houston, TX.

JHPhotography + Team Shift Point | Tx2k11 from JH Photography on Vimeo.



Nostalgic Wednesdays: EG6 Civic WhiteCrow Bumper

Ahh after reading  Jose’s Monster Civic feature, vtec kicked in and brought be back to how I used to want an EG civic hatchback. I wanted to have a clean captiva blue pearl naturally aspirated 93 hatchback, monte carlo steering wheel, lowered with some 15″ SW388 wheels.

subtle and clean

What bodykit did I want for my dream hatch? Back when everything was custom made, springs were cut, and no ebay motors; I used to day dream in class of what would an EG6 look like with an EK9′s bumper. After a while, I found a Japanese company who read my mind and created a bumper that looks like an EK9′s bumper on an EG chasis; WhiteCrow Racing House…. Continue reading