Spoon Sports/Type ONE Visit 2016…

I only gathered a small selection of photos from Type ONE and Spoon this year. There wasn’t anything particularly new or really interesting to capture being that they don’t have any big projects going on. In the past, we got to see the build-up of the Spoon EG6 along with a glimpse at the Spoon EK but this year, the spot looked relatively empty. The Spoon Sports NSX-R had returned from a tenure in the U.S. but nothing had really changed on it. It is basically just an old race car now that they keep in their collection so there is no intent to really modify it further. The car just sort of sits there as a collector’s item now and doesn’t see a whole lot of track duty these days. Spoon is currently working on creating some new products for the Honda S660 but even that is still in relatively early stages of development. I think the S660 will be a pretty popular car over in Japan so a lot of tuning companies are working to add new products to their catalogs to accommodate the new Honda roadster. Other than those few cars, a completely bone-stock NA1 NSX was at Type ONE for service and an S2000 was being given the full Type ONE rebuild treatment. They do this thing where they restore an S2000 to nearly brand-new condition and also add a collection of Spoon Sports products to it. Think of it as sort of a “resto-mod” scenario. The price isn’t exactly cheap but if you love S2000s and plan to hold onto one for a long time, it seems like a pretty cool program to get into…

As far as Spoon Sports and the office itself, nothing new ever really happens there. That facility is separate from Type ONE and serves more as a shipping department and office. People have meetings there and Spoon president Tatsuru Ichishima shows up every now and then to get some work done. We have been fortunate enough to run into him almost every visit there and this time, he even had some time to sign some stuff for my friends instead of taking us on his random errands and adventures like last year. I covered most of it in the Vlog that I posted last week. If you’re interested in Spoon Sports at all, you should watch it if you haven’t already. I like to cover Spoon Sports because they provide me with so much access to everything but I prefer to document it on video now so you guys get a more personal, inside-look at the inner workings of Spoon Sports. You don’t really see this type or style of coverage on other sites because they just don’t have the type of accessibility I do thanks to Aaron from Spoon Sports USA…

Anyways, check out the photos I have below. I’ve attached the Vlog at the end too so you guys can catch-up on that. If you want more, you can always just go onto the YouTube channel and find the older videos to see more of our interactions with Spoon Sports/Type ONE…

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Type ONE and one of their new Honda S660s parked outside in the snow. It was pretty cold that day and one of the few times I’ve been to Japan where there has been this much snow…

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Inside they had these fresh new Spoon Civic scale models on display. Each can be had for a little over $87 USD. I believe you can actually get them in the U.S. soon once the Spoon Sports USA site is completed…

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I thought this old photograph of one of the original Spoon Sports EG6 Civics was pretty cool. Don’t see very many images of the older Spoon cars anymore and there is no telling what happened to this one. It was probably sold off at some point and because they no longer had an EG6 in their arsenal, they decided to build the one you currently see at Type ONE…

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Here is the upstairs storage area at Type ONE. Again, nothing new from the previous years in which I visited. Currently above is the Spoon NSX-R and the EG6, along with an older completely stock Honda S600…

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Some of the guys wanted to look at the Spoon EG6 so I had them bring it down for us to see. The NSX-R had to be moved firstly so I was able to get some photos of it…

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The interior of the NSX-R featuring a carbon fiber dash and a not so glorious paper backing against the firewall behind the driver’s seat…

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The Type ONE/Spoon Sports prepped C32B motor…

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A trio of Type ONE employees doing some good ol’ fashion R&D…

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Naturally-aspirated B-series motor with individual throttle bodies on display inside the engine room at Type ONE…

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David taking in the Spoon Sports EG6 for the first time. As you can see from the guards and dividers inside Type ONE, they were already expecting a lot of visitors this year during TAS ’16 time. In the past, none of this stuff was around or necessary as safety measures…

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The Spoon Sports Honda S660 currently getting some work done on it…

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I captured this photo from high above the storage area. Here you can sort of see the size discrepancy between the S660 and the original NSX…

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An S2000 going through the Spoon Sports resto-mod process. Everything is refreshed to brand new, OEM condition mated with whatever Spoon Sports products were made available for the S2000…

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Different angles of the engine, cross member, and steering rack. Some of the Spoon Sports parts includes the Spoon brakes, header, valve cover, and Rigid Collars…

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One more angle of the refreshed F-series engine and components..

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This Honda NSX looked like it was almost in its original showroom condition! The car is actually headed to Hong Kong after a refresh of some seals and what not. It even has its original tires still that came with the car when it was sold back in the early 90s!…

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A few more of the NSX-R…

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The motor that has seen better days…

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…and an interior that probably would have some pretty wild stories if it could talk…

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The Spoon Sports office, also cold and snowy…

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Nice to see the Spoon Sports EA-T back in its natural habitat after being in the U.S. for a few years making stops everywhere. Now it just sits in the Spoon Sports shipping department floating on jack stands…

Well, that’s it for the Spoon Sports visit. Thanks for looking…

If you’d like to see and read more on Spoon Sports in 2016, check out my friend Jonathan Wong’s article that he put together for Driving Line magazine…

Here is the Vlog covering Spoon Sports and Type ONE if you missed it previously…

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