Honorable mentions….the rest of the pack…

Hope the Top 10 didn’t disappoint  you too much. Most of you were probably too wasted from the New Years celebrations to really make much of an argument anyway. I figure with the 10 best listed, I should include some of the major players that were under consideration that didn’t make the cut. Again, this is in no way putting anyone down or saying anyone is better than anyone else. Afterall, this is just a hobby. If you get your feelings hurt over what one person thinks or puts down on a list, you’ve got some serious issues you might want to consider dealing with. When’s it’s all said and done, I hope each and everyone of you are satisfied with what you’ve accomplished for the year and if not, well, that’s the beauty of life….you have another 365 days to make some noise….

On with the list…These are in no specific order…

I have to first off, give a shout-out to my boy Tony Khamly and his widebody NSX. This car alone could make up the entire list. I’m gonna deem Tony the “Mr. Congeniality” of the list. I guarantee you that you do not even know the beginning of the story to this car. Tony, me, and the rest of the Phaze2xDoods clan were set to have such a huge year with this NSX. Tony first got this thing running the night we were set to take off for J’s Gathering in Norcal. By “Get this thing running”, I don’t mean jumping a battery or some shit. I meant Tony and Louie at L-Con literally had the exhaust fabricated that day and the supercharger and water-cooled system operational that night. Defintely not the smartest thing to do but we were down to make the trek up to J’s and it paid off. The pic you see above is of the car in the driveway at my homie’s house up in Walnut Creek that weekend of the show, so we made it. The NSX won two awards that day and was probably one of the biggest hits of the show as it was shown in the next J’s Gathering flyers and even on the Wekfest flyer for this year. Only problem was that it never really ran “perfectly” or the way Tony wanted it so as soon as we made it back to Socal, he shut it down. It would appear at a NWP meet one more time before it went out of commission. Needless to say, we had planned on campaigning the car that entire year but ran into a couple problems that prevented Tony from doing so. It was set to make it’s reappearance at Nisei Import Showoff during the summer but the night before, an unfortunate incident with a car trailer would ultimately put the car out of commission for the rest of the year, along with the fact that the entire front section of the Sorcery widebody kit was destroyed. In life, shit happens. Unfortunately, Tony got shit on alot in 2008. Hopefully he’s an odd numbers guy and this year proves to be a better one…

There are bigger plans for this thing in 2009, but here’s a shot of what was planned before.

Anyways, on with it…

Why didn’t Rudy make the list? Shit cuz he’s been doing it big in 07, 08, fucking 2006 maybe, who knows. 2008 just saw the continuation of his success. I wouldn’t call him going to shows and winning awards anything surprising. It’s like watching a movie the second time, it’s still good, but you already know what happens….Same for J.P. and his Civic also. Once I saw that Ed Hardy sticker on Rudy’s door at HIN, I died a little inside….haha. But you guys know what I mean. His best is yet to come….

…Similar scenario for Ojay and his Element. He’s been doing it big for the last couple years so it wasn’t exactly a shocking development that he was around. 2008 does mark the year that he finally got his feature in Honda Tuning magazine. Definitely deserving….no one in the Element game has yet to catch up with him. Honestly he was gonna make the list…it was down to him or Son’s hatchback. I didn’t want to have too many of my own squad on there or else people might consider my list to be ‘tainted’….

HBK Gabe makes the list just because he has the audacity to steal a parking spot from an elderly woman at the Jtuned meet this year. No really, that’s the reason why. Oh and it’s also a very nice EM1 also….looks good on the BBS wheels and always makes appearances at events. Keep it up…

Phaze2 EG…..Arnel makes the list because this car got raped and was rebuilt in the matter of no time and came back better than ever. Gotta give it up to determination. Often times when something so tragic happens to a car and it’s owner, the owner gives up and tries to move on. It would be a crying shame if that happened to this Civic….I got alot of love for this ride. Slammed to the earth and don’t give a fuck. Gotta love that….

One of the few cars that caught my eye at Import Alliance. Well from the coverage anyway. Love the Spoon inspired look and the Honda Edition Time Attack wheels. Would love to see it alot lower. This car also popped up alot on internet forums too, unfortunately, I don’t know enough about it for it to make the list…

This wagon wasn’t around for very long but the two times I saw it, everybody had their jaws dropped and tongues hanging out. Yes, in a perverted way. Ralphie pulled some crazy shit and put custom barrels on a set of Mugen M7’s and it blew everyone’s minds! The first time I had the chance to see it was at Eibach this year and he had his favorite SSR wheels on there and it looked amazing….Can’t wait to see what he’s got up his sleeves for this year…

One of my favorite EF’s of all time. It didn’t make the list because unfortunately I didn’t really get a chance to see it until much later on in the year. Love everything about it…but I definitely liked it best when it was on the Work RSZ-R’s…

Dennis Lui’s DB8 Integra….Personally I enjoyed seeing this build. But it is definitely over the top for most. There are alot of little touches here and there that make this a great build. This DB8 didn’t make the list because I just didn’t see or know enough about it. I saw it once when they took pics outside the owner’s house or something and then some coverage from HIN up in Washington, and finally a sneak peek of it in Super Street magazine. Can’t even google it and find anything on it….

FLOSS aka James’ EK…This car was everywhere this year. Anytime you looked at anything on Honda-Tech related to “slammed” or “low offset”, someone would post up pics of this hatch. It didn’t make the list because I don’t think he’s really finished with it yet and honestly, I wish I would see some more ingenuity involved with the build. It’s like a little bit of alot of other people’s car combined into one build. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But some ingenuity would defintely put it over the top…

This S2000 is one bad motherfucker. Oh man…I love it. From the teal BBS wheels to the fenders, everything. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it enough and I doubt anyone else has either. And despite all the exterior enhancements, I don’t believe there’s any major work in the bay…It’s a beautiful S2000 though, looks perfect….

Well that’s it. Congrats to the Top 10 and to the honorable mentions….I look forward to seeing what kind of stuff catches my eye in the 09’….Keep grindin’…

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