Today we remember…

Everytime July 4th rolls around, it’s not only a reminder for me that it’s Independence Day but also the anniversary of the passing of one of the (in my opinion) most influential Honda personalities of our generation; Randy Gagan. I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years since his passing. Only seems like yesterday when I met him for the first time at Nisei Import Showoff. The guy was so friendly and always had a positive energy about him. He always answered any questions I had for him and offered his help to me even though we weren’t super tight. The guy was a class act and even 4 years since his passing, the two Hondas that he completed would still be very current and held in high regard even by today’s standards. They were just timeless works of art and his influence is still apparent today. I actually dug through some old photos that I had on my computer and found a couple shots of his DA at Nisei Showoff 2005. I didn’t really take pictures back then nor had any real interest in it. I had borrowed my mom’s camera I think and was just shooting pictures of cars that caught my eye. Randy’s DA of course was one of them. I liked the car so much that I seriously thought about selling my Accord back then and picking up the DA when I found out he was selling it…

Without the time stamp, you wouldn’t think that this was taken 5 years ago. The bay was on point…

Sadly, he passed on July 4th, 2006 and that year for Nisei Showoff, his closest friends brought out his unfinished EF project in memory of Randy. When they pushed his car in, I remember the whole show just being in complete silence. It was a powerful moment to see it and remember the man who never had a chance to complete his project…

I know there are plenty of you who never had a chance to meet him or speak to him, or just weren’t heavy in the Honda community then so I went and dug up his old features from Honda Tuning magazine. The first is of his right hand drive CR-X SiR and the second is of the DA6 from the pics above. Both awesome, timeless builds…

I can’t say enough about the guy…he believed in me when no one else did…

R.I.P. Randy “Questoyz” Gagan 11/23/1980 – 7/4/2006…we miss you man and we will never forget you…

RHD CR-X SiR as built by Randy.

RHD DA6 as built by Randy.

5 thoughts

  1. I miss this guy’s builds. I remember reading about this CR-X in Super Street and loving it.
    Hope the EF gets finished soon and keep Randy’s legacy going!

  2. R.I.P.
    I remember the Super Street feature of his ride in the “Back in the Days” feature months before he passed..

  3. R.I.P. indeed..

    That DA is on-point! Even today, hardly any DAs are built as well as Randy’s was back couple years ago…does anyone know where its at now?

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