When our fellow Mayday Garage member asked to have his Miata bumper lights converted to LEDs by Car Shop GLOW, we thought we’d bring it to market and see if people with NA (90-97) Miatas would like it as much as Fabio did. So here we are!
And now, for part 4…
2014 was, without a doubt, one of Mayday Garage’s best years to date. It started with a business partnership with our comrades at Car Shop GLOW Japan. We worked very closely with our Japanese brothers to deliver a quality handmade bespoke product to help resurrect an old chassis that we hold dear to our hearts, the FD3S RX-7.
What started as an image of a certain root beer colored Time Attack FD3S taken in a parking garage by Narita Dog Fight, caught the attention of both David and Khiem, the two Mayday guys that also owned an FD RX-7 chassis. It was something they had to have. After some researching, it was revealed that Ken Suzuki of Car Shop GLOW had made a custom one off set of LED tails for his CEO/Boss, Yukimitsu Hara, owner and pilot of the now famous rotary wonder. Through the wonderful powers of social media, Ken was contacted about making a couple of sets for us and having the possibility of selling the lights on a more broader scale. Although Hara-san’s tails were one off, different ideas and designs were considered before the unanimous decision of sticking to the original design was made.
So after a couple of months early in 2014, we had the world’s first batch of handmade, Japanese LED tails in our hands. We were taken aback by the quality of the lights and knew that we would have to get these out to the market as soon as we could. The lights bring life back to the aging FD3S, which disappeared from our US shores over 20 years ago.
We debuted the lights the best way we knew how; we hit the streets and took photos. With the help of Hai Le, we were also able to make a short video showing the lights off on our cars. With the new lights, a new website was in much needed order, and the site was shortly thereafter revamped to what you see now. In a very short amount of time, we were backed up on CSG lights as we were trying to fulfill orders as fast as we could while trying to stay in contact with each and every customer.
Meanwhile, Hara San was absolutely tearing up the time attack circuits in his FD, and was able to use his popularity and close relationships to advertise the lights the best way CSG could, by putting them on Time Attack cars in Japan.
Of course, with every business, you should always keep moving ahead, and stay as relevant as you can, so not too long after the FD3S tails were introduced, a new tail light option emerged for another Japanese chassis, the Honda S2000.
The idea was originally brought up by Car Shop GLOW to develop a new design for the S2K because, quite frankly, there’s not really any options out there, much like for the FD3S. So designs were thrown back and forth between us and CSG before we decided on the design you see now. As we’ve stated in a previous post about these tail lights, there were MANY obstacles to overcome. One being cost. The cost of the lights was controversial, but we pushed through with a “Quality First” mentality. We knew that there were a handful of S2000 owners out there that would want the best of the best, and that’s who we were targeting.
Because no one at Mayday Garage owned an S2000, we needed to debut the lights in much the same way as our own FD’s, so we asked Tom Syhachack, a local, to help us sell the lights using his super clean AP2. We had Ken Suzuki of CSG fly from Japan, prototype lights in hand, visit us here in Houston and install them on to Tom’s S2K in time for the StanceNation show in Dallas, TX. Of course, we had to be there in the FD’s also to support both Tom and our Japanese brother, Ken.
The results speak for themselves. The lights are on some of the most prominent S2K builds out there in the world, including the WTACC Voltex/Top Fuel Racing S2000.
And now with less than one week away from Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan, we will be showing the world what Car Shop GLOW has been working on in the last few months by showing everyone different lights for different JDM chassis’. Look out for us next week as we will be blowing up your feed on social media!
Up next: The FINAL part 5 (we swear)
We love our Hondas here at Mayday Garage, and it’s no secret that we do in fact love most all RWD cars, so when we first heard of Brad’s all carbon fiber widebody J’s Racing RHD S2000, we knew we would have to see it in person. It was brought to our attention that Bradley wanted to have a set of the now infamous Car Shop GLOW LED S2K tail lights some months ago when we first introduced them to the world, but being a handmade, bespoke Japanese part, we couldn’t get a set of the tails in his hands in time for Import Alliance but last month, we had the pleasure of meeting up with Brad, a friend of Danny Barber, from good ol’ Alabama during our WekFest Pre Meet. We had him up front and center, and his eyegasmic delight of carbon fiber tickled everyone from the insides at Moon Tower Inn. When we finally got a chance to see the car without a million people crowded around it during the actual WekFest TX show, we noticed it really did look weird with the OEM AP2 tails adorning the rear of the very very wild S2000. It was missing something. Something we all knew would complete the exterior of this wild beast, and that something was CSG’s LED tails.
Although we couldn’t get the tails on in time for WFTX, this past weekend, Brad had teamed up with a very talented Ryan Lopez of RL Photography fame, and Ryan was able to take some breathtaking photos to show off Brad’s new derriere. As Ryan himself states, the lights “completely changed the look of the car; they set it off just right. I love the AP2 tails, but the CSG tails just fits the car better”. And we agree.
As we have said time and time again, the lights are a finishing piece. It is “that last touch” that a complete car build needs, and as the case with both Tom and Brad’s S2000’s, it’s the touch that separates them as some of the best from the USA.
Huge thanks to RL Photography, check out his Facebook page and Flickr page!
We are so proud to announce to everyone that through many negotiations with Honda Co. Japan and through streamlining the LED conversion process, Car Shop GLOW is now able to manufacture the now famous S2000 LED tail lights $150 USD cheaper than we originally sold the lights for! This is GREAT news, and we have passed down the savings to all, including our first customers that have already purchased the lights.
Here are a few photos from one of our first customers, Red Lufty, on his beautiful Honda S2K, photos by Jake Owens.
We strive to provide the best customer service around, and we are just a bunch of car guys just like you.
As we have finally received the final production version of the infamous Car Shop GLOW (CSG) x Mayday Garage S2000/AP2 LED tail lights, we had the chance to capture the lights for our product showcase. Although hard to see in the following photos, the lights are slightly less tinted than what you’ve seen on Tom’s S2K, but still look just as stunning.
A few notes about the lights-
The lights are brand new, but you will need to reuse the foam piece that normally rests between the actual tail light housing and the S2000 chassis.
The lights will come with detailed instructions on how to re-install the lights with step-by-step photos (don’t worry, it’s still 100% plug-and-play).
If you run into any issues, please email us ASAP at MaydayGarage@MaydayGarage.com
We also do international orders! Please email us for any quotes!
–Team Mayday Garage–
We at Mayday Garage and Car Shop GLOW had an amazing weekend at StanceNation Texas in Dallas, as we officially debuted the CSG x MG S2K AP2 LED taillights for the first time to the general public. We had quite the reaction as Tom displayed the lights on what would be the Best of Show at StanceNation. We listened to everyone’s questions, concerns and critiques. The lights you see on Tom’s car are only prototypes and we can safely say that the new finalized product will be a shade lighter with the smoking process as many have requested the lights not be tinted as dark. Also, the lights will go through one more testing phase in Japan after it makes its rounds to our brothers in Canada at Circuit Garage, the official Car Shop GLOW dealers for Canada. The lights are currently in transition to be shown off on the Circuit Garage S2K Demo car, and with Stephan’s AP2, it should complete the two different types of cars we expect to see the lights on, high end Japanese circuit cars (we have a very famous one we expect to show off the lights in Japan) and the super elite show/street cars here in the USA.
Again, let me emphasize the fact that these lights are not for everyone. We are pricing these lights at $1799 USD, and this is the absolute lowest we could go on the lights. Keep in mind that our complete 3 piece FD3S lights are $1399 USD, and that these lights are different in that we had to source brand new in box OEM Honda Japan AP2 tail lights due to the scarcity of the lights in the Japanese used market. Each tail light is hand made by Ken at Car Shop GLOW in Japan and are tested individually before shipping to us here in the USA. The lights, just like the FD RX-7 lights, will have a 6 month warranty which covers any manufacturer defects and will be facilitated by either us or Circuit Garage in Canada.
The lights are not for everyone, and we do not expect to sell many. We are simply providing a product that does not yet exist in the market. Many will take a different route due to the price, and there are many ways to go, and we encourage everyone to try out whatever works for your own car and budget, but for the few that want to have a cool light to add that finishing touch to the rear of your S2000, and appreciate a quality part, we have what you’ve been looking for.
Pre orders will start in about two weeks, and we will let everyone know where we are in the process via our site, IG and FB.
Team Mayday Garage