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 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.
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We’ve heard your pleas and have asked Car Shop GLOW to make a limited run of their LED converted third brake light as an option to better match/compliment the overall look of the CSG x MG outer tail lights. Same story here, each third brake light is an entire replacement to your OEM version and is completely plug-and-play. The lights start off as an OEM Mazda Japan part that is retrofitted with the Car Shop GLOW LEDs and is then rebuffed of any scratches on the outer plastic. We are excited to bring you this part. Although far from cheap, the quality definitely shows through. The lights for now are seen on the Car Shop GLOW Time Attack FD3S and the RE-Amemiya Time Attack RX-7 piloted by Daisuke Aoki. As soon as we have these lights on hand, we will take photos to show the details!
More lights to come from your favorite ricers!
The wait is over! We have officially launched the first Car Shop GLOW x Mayday Garage LED tail lights for the FD RX-7 starting this afternoon! We have limited supply in this first batch and only have a small amount left after this first hour of them being on sale!
Be sure to click on the “shop” icon above and check them out yourself! This has been a long time coming, and we are super excited about these lights. They are the first of many LED tail lights, with a few designs down the pipeline such as Honda S2000 AP1/AP2 and FC3S RX-7’s.
Once this initial batch of LED lights sell, we will have a backorder list for the next 5-10 sets. Once the new batch is ready from Car Shop GLOW, we will have them shipped ASAP to us in Texas and send them as quickly as we can to you. For all inquiries, please email us at Maydaygarage@maydaygarage.com
All other questions, feel free to leave a comment here!
Okay so many of you have blown up our inbox lately asking about the taillights that we had made from Car Shop GLOW for the FD3S RX-7. Yes, we are in the final stage right before shipping. The custom CSG metal badges are now made and riveted on each taillight for authenticity and we are only waiting for the final smoke/tint job on the taillights. We should have some in our possession in about 1.5 – 2 weeks. We will (excitedly) install them, test them, make sure there are no condensation leaks, and photograph and record video so you yourself can judge them. Here are some photos of the progress!
More info to come