A Visit To The Pacific Northwest…Part 2 of 2…

Ahhh finally, I can finally have a couple minutes to upload the rest of the photos from my Seattle trip. I thought things would slow down for a bit after the last couple weeks of mayhem with work and all but it’s still pretty hectic around here. For those of you wondering, some good fortune came my way and I was able to find the perfect cover car for the Super Street Honda Issue. I can’t really reveal who it is yet but you guys will find out soon enough. Interesting thing about this whole ordeal is that the original cover car that Super Street had their eyes on a while back for the Honda Issue ended up being the cover car after all. This car was originally not available so I scrapped the idea but everything fell into place and the car was ready and willing to be featured. Strange how things work and through all this craziness, I’m happy to be able to complete the issue as planned now and get this thing sent off for publication…

Today, we’re going to be looking at the rest of the shots I captured during my brief visit to the Pacific Northwest. These photos were taken the day after the photos that I took in Part 1 at Alki Beach. I had a shoot very early in the morning down at Alki once again but after I wrapped that up, my boy Steve Kwan hit me up to chill. I didn’t have anything to do the rest of the day so we just decided to call some of the other guys out to hang out and take photos. It would have been a waste if I didn’t do anything else during my trip so I wanted to make the most of it and at least get some content for the site. Seattle always has some very impressive Hondas and they just never get enough sunlight up there for the cars to be displayed. That and they rarely have events so it’s tough for the rest of the world to see what they have to offer. I’ve always had my sights set on the PNW because they have some of the best Hondas that I have ever seen. The core of the guys up there have a really good grasp on what they are doing and they have been doing it for years now. Every year I try to head up there specifically to see what they have and I’m rarely disappointed. Today, after seeing these photos, I think you’ll agree with me. Below is Steve’s EK, another Trik Speed member, Darnell Andrada’s EK, and we close it out with a quick mini-feature of Ronald Khamphouvong’s Acura Integra Type R. You saw a little bit of Ronald’s ITR last year in its earlier stages and it is progressing quite nicely. In fact, it is possibly one of the best-looking ITRs in the country. It’s fairly simple but it has all the right elements to make it a great car. The only thing missing that he will be working on soon is the engine bay. It is a Type R after all so you really don’t need to do a whole lot to them but I’m sure Ronald has some good ideas planned. If you guys like ITRs, you’re gonna love this post…enjoy…

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Steven Kwan’s Honda Civic, which has been previously featured in both Honda Tuning and Super Street magazine, alongside fellow Trik member Darnell Andrada and his white EK…

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Not much has changed since last year when I saw the car. He added a First Molding carbon vented hood and switched it up a little bit by removing his Sergeant rear diffuser. This car always looks good so he really doesn’t have to do a whole lot to it anymore….

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I thought that the trip wouldn’t be complete without getting a Washington landmark in one of my shots so I snapped this photo of Darnell’s hatch with the Space Needle in the distance…

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Steve’s EK without the Sergeant rear diffuser/lip. Without that piece, you can see his rear suspension components better…

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Really liked this abandoned blue building on the streets of Alki Beach and thought it complimented Darnell’s car nicely…

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One of my favorite spots to shoot at last year was this truck stop gas station by the Duwamish Waterway so we returned to get some new photos there. This gas station is empty pretty much throughout the day since it is in an industrial part of Seattle which is closed on the weekends. I went inside the Subway at one point to use the restroom and the person working in there didn’t even appear for a good ten minutes. Even he was surprised that anyone went inside…

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This is pretty much the exact same shot that I captured last year but instead of a duo of Integras, I replicated the shot with Steve and Darnell’s Civics…

For reference, here’s the photo from last year…

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As you can see, not a whole lot has changed in this area. I’m actually pretty surprised how spot on both shots are in composition and all, haha…

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Some of the guys from Trik Speed and LCM (Lower Classmen)….

Below are some updated photos of Ronald’s Integra Type R. You saw the same car almost one year ago in a post by the same name. CLICK HERE for a refresher of the entire trip in 2013. THIS was Ronald’s R last year, and here is how it looks in 2014…

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New are the J’s Racing front fenders, C-West half lip, and Mugen Gen. 1 rear spoiler. The Volk TE37s are also in a new colorway which looks very similar to the new color found on the newly-released TE37Ultras…

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I love how this car sits and how all the different aero parts just flow well together…

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The rarely seen C-West front lip. Most of the time you just see guys rocking the full replacement C-West front bumper…

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Closer look at the J’s front fenders…

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J’s Racing full exhaust peeking out the rear. I’m digging the Mugen Gen. 1 wing…

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Really happy with how these photos came out. I think having good subject matter also helps. If the backdrop looks familiar, yes this is the same location where I shot Reggie Mah’s ITR last year for the 2013 Super Street Honda Issue…

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If you’re wondering about the engine bay, like I said earlier, there really isn’t anything under there yet minus a stock ITR motor and intake, header, etc. Nothing crazy. That’s pretty much the only thing missing from a car that would otherwise be perfect for a print feature. Many ITR purists would probably prefer it to be this way in stock form…

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Sometimes, you just see a car and don’t even need to say anything, and you turn to your homie and just nod in agreement….this is one of those builds…haha…

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Well, that concludes my photos from the PNW. Oh wait, I got one more shot of Steve’s car I just uploaded. Let me toss it up…

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Alright, that should be the last of it. Thanks for looking and I hoped you enjoyed the shots. Now I gotta get back to work and knock out the rest of these magazine features… PEACE.

3 thoughts

  1. Such a nice part of the country. Great pics and I can’t wait to see this years SS Honda issue. Keep up the good work. Aloha.

  2. Well even though you didnt get the shoot with the car you planned to go out there for. you took some great shot of all these cars. I enjoyed the ITR a lot. very well done build. i hope to see more of it as time goes on. and glad it worked out that ATS Kranky was the cover car for the Honda Issue. one of my favorite builds that ive seen this year!

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