Glory Days…

Well, it is indeed Tuesday now so I guess I should start off with an excuse to why there was no Monday update, haha…. To be honest, I really wanted to throw an update up as I do every Monday, but I’ve lacked the adequate amount of time and content to do so. You guys have heard me say it numerous times already in the past couple weeks, things have just been moving at a slow pace…events-wise anyway. There was a small event this past Sunday, but I spent Saturday helping DPK David move into his new place and Sunday was basically the only day off I had with May to just not do anything and relax. I have been working the past week as well so I didn’t get much sleep during the week and took the time on Sunday to sleep in. Formula D is this coming weekend though and since I’ve missed out on the Formula D Long Beach events the past two years, I’ve decided to check it out so I will have coverage from that event…

The site has moved slow but on the days where you may not see an update here, I invite you to check out The Chronicles Facebook page. Even if you don’t have a Facebook page yourself or just plain don’t like Facebook, I still would love it if you guys would go on there and bookmark the page. If you don’t see an update here, most likely I am busy working on something. Even when I am working however, every free moment I have I’ll try to throw something up on the FB page. The FB page has been moving consistently lately so you will see photo uploads there often. It’s much easier for me to upload something to The Chronicles Facebook page on my phone or when I’m on the road than uploading something to the site…

Anyways, work has picked up quite a bit lately. I am currently working on finishing up a story for Honda Tuning magazine but last week, I spent much of the week working on the annual Super Street Honda Issue. This year’s Honda Issue has a different feel to it than the past two years where I think this year’s is much more diverse with Hondas ranging from all over the world. The stories I finished up for that issue are from Japan and the east coast. I think you guys will enjoy it  and it’ll be great like every Honda Issue that comes out from SS every year. I also finished up a pretty lengthy feature last week for the international magazine that I contribute for, Total Honda. I’m really happy with how that story came out and I’m excited to see how the photos and everything come together when it goes to print. I closed out the week doing a story for Honda Tuning about a Honda from the midwest and am currently knocking out a story from a really clean CR-Z from out here in the west coast. Once I get that knocked out than I will be working on some pretty interesting builds from Japan for Import Tuner magazine… My hands are pretty full with work but things are good right now and I am enjoying it. I’d love to take on as much work as I can because it’s great to see different builds from all over the world. One of the great parts of having my job is that I get to see a lot of diversity. While I focus a majority of my time on Hondas for The Chronicles, my actual job has me devoting my time to vehicles of all makes from everywhere…

I don’t want to leave you guys without anything to look at so I took the liberty of taking some photos yesterday from my day down at the Rywire facilities… My buddy Takeshi Kobayashi made a surprise trip out here from Japan for business so we’ve been trying to dig up some time to hang out with him. He just went home to Japan a little over two weeks ago but then a customer of his requested that he find a Acura CL from over here in the states. He located one in the exact condition that the customer was looking for and arranged to complete the sale and transport immediately. He came back out here and hit us up so of course we were going to spend some time with him. Takeshi is one of our good friends from overseas that we often don’t see for months at a time so it’s important that we make him feel welcome while he’s in the U.S. Though he was out here on business, he even stopped by Saturday to help David move into his new place. That shows how close of a homie he’s become to us over time. The man is out here from Japan and he’s still down to help move. There are people out here that know David for a longer period of time that aren’t even down to help, haha…

He’ll be on a plane on his way back to Japan by the time he sees this but yesterday, Takeshi met up with me over at Ryan’s shop because he had to pick up some Chronicles t-shirts for his customers. We were going to meet up to make the exchange and also to meet up for a final dinner before he headed home today. After I arrived, a couple of the other homies showed up for dinner as well so I just decided to stick around for the rest of the day. Takeshi was capturing some photos with his camera so I felt inspired and decided to take some photos. I always bring my camera along with me to Rywire anyways since there are times when Ryan needs me to take product photos for him. There aren’t any particular back stories to a majority of these photos, I just took them for shits and giggles. The ones that I’ve posted up where there is a meaning behind I’ve left comments, otherwise, they are just random photos from stuff that I saw around the shop… Enjoy… There are a lot of photos of incomplete builds that are currently in progress. While I’m sure you may have questions about certain things related to the builds, I will address them at a later time when I get photos of the cars in more completed states. If you must, you can always ask a question in the comments section and I will try to answer them for you…

For those inquiring, the first two shots were shot with a Canon 70-200mm L-series lens. The rest are from a 50mm 1.4…I am no expert so I probably can’t answer any of your other photography questions, haha…I am however, randomly listening to Taylor Swift’s first album while I type this…why? I don’t know, I find it quite enjoyable and I still haven’t gotten over the fact that TBS stopped showing Saved by the Bell episodes from 3-5am…

Thanks for looking…

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This is actually Alex Doan’s S2000 from the shop next door, Ballade Sports, which operates out of the L-Con facility…he’s the guy that used to own the completely Spoon’d-out black S2K. This is his current project…

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Rywire Ryan’s Acura NSX on custom black Rega Evos….

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Our Japanese buddy, Takeshi Kobayashi, checking out DPK David’s EJ1 Civic coupe…

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Supertwinz John’s E-AT Civic build…progress has been slow on this project but he’s been busy with regular life stuff as well as with his job over at AEM…

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His mil-spec harness mount and power connection to his battery…there is just so many cool details about this build that will be unveiled when he finally finishes this thing…

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Speaking of slow progress, DPK Darryl’s EM1 is still posted up at Rywire… Darryl’s been working on it slowly but as you can tell from the passenger side window, this thing is getting no love…haha…

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The engine bay is starting to really come together…he went with an interesting valve cover choice which some of us like while others are still on the fence about…

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DPK David’s TE37s showing some of its age…eventually he’s going to re-do the wheels in a different finish so new decals will go on the spokes when the time comes…

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Just a man alone with his thoughts, perfecting his craft and building his brand…

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Always good to see Ryan’s CR-X at the shop…. word has it that this may not be his car much longer. It may have a new owner and the car will undergo a drastic transformation so this vanity plate may be appearing on another one of Ryan’s upcoming projects…

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Darryl’s Mugen Active Gate brakes…

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Absolutely love John’s re-conditioned BBR Comps….

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Darryl’s Mugen lip for his coupe…

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If you haven’t noticed, Darryl is quite the Mugen-whore…

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I thought this was a cool shot…I might be wrong…

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Darryl kept insisting that John put his front bumper on for photos but I think that we’ll have plenty of opportunities to see this Civic with a bumper on later…for now, it’s cool to see it in its raw state…

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It’s only right that a AEM employee run AEM products…

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Checkerd Sports steering boss on John’s E-AT…

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Supertwinz John catching up on his NWP4Life content before we headed out to dinner…

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Random but there was an Accord fully decked-out with a Black Widow body kit getting dropped off at Ballade Sports for a new transmission… It was transported to the future from 2001 since transmissions were too expensive a decade ago for these cars…

As stated, it was Takeshi’s last night in America so we all decided to get together for dinner. A couple more of the homies showed up for dinner and it turned into a full-on guy’s night out. We didn’t want to make everyone drive everywhere so we decided to grab dinner at a local spot called Brodard. If you follow this site then you’ll note that we’ve eaten there on numerous occasions. Takeshi is from Japan so he doesn’t have very many opportunities to try out Vietnamese cuisine so it was a good chance for him to expand his palette…

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One of the guys that decided to come out to grab some dinner with us was PG+K Jay. Jay’s made the move out to the west coast so he’s gonna be a regular here on The Chronicles. He’s always been a regular but now you get to see more of his mug and the shit he eats when he’s out with us now…

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Brodard is famous for their Vietnamese spring rolls so we always get a couple orders of that when we are there….

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Jay ordered a 33…

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Brodard isn’t your traditional Pho noodle spot where you just have noodles, broth and meat. Their food is from a different region so their menu varies from the average…above is my Pho Thai that I always get there…

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J.P.’s beef stew came with a French baguette…

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Takeshi ordered a more traditional broken rice platter…

After we grabbed dinner, we headed back over to the shop to chill some more before we said our good byes to Takeshi…I shot some more photos…

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John’s battery and custom battery mount fabricated my Louie from L-Con….

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Another shot of the BBRs on John’s E-AT…

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For those wondering about specs, they are 15×6.5 +45…. I am a fan of them on his car but he also has a set of Mugen NR10Rs which are just perfect for this E-AT….

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Ryan’s AP Racing brake caliper for his ITR… yes, it’s still over at ASC and no I don’t really have any news on the progress…

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Random snap of Ryan’s Bride bucket…

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Supertwinz John’s coil-on-plug set-up with the Rywire coil-on-plug mounting plate…

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We were talking about E-AT Civics and got to chatting about John’s other car, which is an E-AT straight from Japan. He bought it off of Yahoo! Auctions Japan a couple years ago and it’s also been a slow work in progress. John was describing to Takeshi how mint the car was and then showed him some photos of it the day it left the dock in japan and was shipped over here to the states…

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After looking through some photos it was time for me to head home to finish some work I had pending…. Here’s a shot of a custom coffee mug that belongs to J.P…. pretty cool stencil of him and his EG from his Honda Tuning shoot years ago….

That’s a wrap…

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