A Lonestar Monster: Jose Jimenez Jr’s Drag EG Beast

Hondas.

Most of us started with this platform when we were starting our days of ricer hood. Infatuated by the love of VTEC, some of us stayed and some of us, well, left and grew into different platforms. One of those in the Honda cult that never turned his back to the H emblem is Jose Jimenez. Jose, like many of us out there had one objective, and that is to go fast, REAL fast. And though many talk of going fast, very few live up to the integrity that it takes to actually achieve the speed that some of us only “talk” about or dream about.

Full Frontal.

Full Frontal.

Having a balls out EG hatch in the ballpark of 950 wheel horsepower, Jose is no slouch when it comes to the language of speed. Hovering consistently in the 9 second range at the track, Jose brings the heat and that is where he keeps it. After a near fatal accident which nearly took his 16 year old life while street racing, Jose came about his wits and decided that there is only one place he is going to be keeping his cars, and that is the track.

In for the Kill.

In for the Kill.

Now here at Mayday Garage we primarily cover cars that reside on the street, but when our photo ace Khiem Pham was asked a few months ago to check out a super “clean” drag civic that an acquaintance of his knew, our curiosity was piqued.

Piqued

Piqued

Six months ago I got a call from Khiem that went a little something like this, “ Yo JohnP, man, I just saw one CLEAN ass drag civic that I want to shoot for the blog.” Now Khiem is an old Honda Junkie, having rolled a 500+ whp Accord in 2003, he is no noob to the Honda game so I trust his opinion.

Therefore I asked him, “What was it about the car that got your attention? I mean, drag civics are a dime a dozen…”

Curves, In all the right places.

Curves, In all the right places.

And Khiem put it simply like this, “It’s not the speed factor that gets me about this car, it’s the fact that Cali style fashion just met Texas drag and we HAVE to shoot this. From shaved bays to an ultra clean tub, this engine bay looks like it belongs in a So-Cal Honda show, no bull shit. “ …..I was sold.

Smoky Does Houston: Top Secret Dyno Tuning Day 2.

As I write this post at 3am, I had just got back from Secret Services Auto about an hour away from where I stay. The dyno sessions are going well, and Smoky is relentless, and a true perfectionist when it comes to tuning. As soon as Nagata-san arrives to Secret Services, he puts on his game face and gets to work. He is a tuning machine!

Dammit Smoky! I told you! I cant read Japanese!

Dammit Smoky! I told you! I can't read Japanese!

Top Secret 370Z’s Update: Brakes, Body Kits and Balls.

The Mayday Garage crew got a chance to check up on the twin white Z’s being built by Planet Zero and Baker-Jackson Nissan. As you recall, these twin Z34’s are being built in preparation for Smoky Nagata’s arrival here in Houston. These 370’s will undergo a very drastic transformation as they will go from showroom stock, to track/show shock. Maydaygarage will be here documenting this event, and this past thursday, I got a chance to see what these cars were going through.

The Planet Zero Z on the lift

The Planet Zero Z on the lift

I.R. Drift Driver Profile: Joshua Steele, Hooters Drift

Yet another drifter hailing from Houston, Texas is Joshua Steele. Josh, who does not suffer from any type of mental disorders plans to bring his madness to the table for Import Reactor Drift. You always know when Mr. Steele is on the way to a drift event because he hauls about town in a monster Excursion pulling his drift car in style. Josh too has the drive to podium at I.R. Drift 2010, and he says he is bringing the big guns!

Name: Joshua Steele AKA “Mr. Nevrslo”
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 170
Blood Type: Medium Spicy
Preference in Women: Everything about Jenna!!! (His girlfriend not the porn star!)

Used to work at Hooters.

Used to work at Hooters.

Destined For Greatness: 3 370Z’s Prepare for the Arrival of Top Secret

Secret Services Auto was surrounded by 370z’s last thursday as Planet Zero, Swat Performance and Baker-Jackson Nissan were dynoing their Nissan 370Z’s in preparation for Smoky Nagata’s (of Top Secret Japan fame) arrival and tune starting on March 29th, just in time before Import Reactor Unlimited. I must have counted 5 or 6 370z’s that day in front of the shop, three of which sported a small “Top Secret” decal on the rear window.

On the rollers

On the rollers

Breaking News: Smoky Nagata of Top Secret to Come to Houston!!

On March 31, 2010, Houston will experience the legendary Smoky Nagata of TOP SECRET Japan like no other has before. Smoky, along with one of his trusted Top Secret Mechanics will be coming to Houston as special guests to local Houston car show, Import Reactor. Smoky however, is not just coming as a guest, he will also be tuning TWENTY Nissan cars over the span of THREE DAYS at local tuner shop Secret Services with a new ECU prototype, Top Secret Process.

The Chosen Nissan Cars to be tuned will be selected from the Nissan 350z, Nissan 370z, Infiniti G35, Infiniti G37, and R35 GTR. Over the span of three days, the first two will be PRIVATE tunes only, no public access will be granted. But, on the third day, from 3:00pm until 12:00am the Houston tuning community will look on as Smoky Nagata puts his personal touch on the remaining cars to be tuned.

This is truly a golden opportunity for anyone who has dreamed of having their car tuned by Top Secret Japan. Not only will 20 lucky people be able to meet the one and only Smoky Nagata of Top Secret, but they will also be able to have their cars tuned by him as well.

Meeting Smokey Nagata has always been a dream of mine and in March, Houston will get to experience the legend himself. OH HELL YES!

For more information on this legendary event check AnimeMatsuri.com.

Stay tuned for more things to come at MaydayGarage.com

– JohnP