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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)
Okay, we may have a thing for gold wheels. John’s NSX, one of the FD’s, hell, even Katie’s Rumblewagon is sporting the first place color on wheels. Specifically, the gold on red look is a really nice contrast, and Bryan Turrin’s 1989 Mazda RX-7 GTUs FC3S fits that segment perfectly. Before the FD, before the WRX, we have this pristine example of how clean looks go a long way on older cars. The gold face forged BBS LM’s with red caps accentuate the already classy looks of the OEM red paint found on this particular specimen.
We had a chance to capture the FC yesterday during our Coffee and Rice event which was admittedly low in attendance, but high in quality. Check it out, it’s actually as nice in person as it is in photos.
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!
Yes, we have our very first batch of Car Shop GLOW LED tail lights for the FD3S RX-7, and we gave them a go on one of our FD’s and brought it out to last night’s Ricer Wednesday meet at our Food Truck, The Rice Box. The lights are in original OEM Mazda Housings super polished to bring out the original black housings that extra special shine, and are properly sealed to avoid condensation. We are currently taking detailed photos of the lights in our studio, as well as photos of the lights compared with OEM/JDM lights in both direct sunlight and not. First impressions are very good, and you’ll be able to see that in the photos. Each set will come with a warranty card signed by Car Shop GLOW as well as a few high quality stickers. Videos will also be shown so you can see for yourselves.
We have had our inboxes blown up with people wanting to secure the lights for themselves, so to answer what most of you are asking, the price is set at $999USD not including shipping. We ARE going through a change on our site and we WILL have a new online store for you to be able to purchase these much sought after lights. Please be patient with us as we are wanting to do this the right way, and not take any shortcuts. In the meantime, check out the first set of CarShopGLOW x MaydayGarage LED taillights in the USA!