Kday! C7 2017 Coverage… Part 1…

Things have been pretty busy over here lately. Typically around this time I have a little bit of freedom leading up to my anniversary event in late October, but I decided I wanted to make the journey to Australia in a few weeks for the 2017 World Time Attack event. This has always been one of my bucket list events to go to and now just seemed like the best time to go. The guys from JDMyard are also competing again this year at the WTAC event so I wanted to document their adventures at the event and get some never-before-seen coverage of the event for enthusiasts over here who have never witnessed the event prior. I think it will be good. I don’t know anything about Australia or what it has to offer, but I’ll be sure to show you as much of it as I can. Now, because I’m going to Australia, I have to prepare for everything that comes from traveling to the other side of the world. Since I was going for WTAC, Yonas Liu from JDMyard thought it would be a good idea to have a joint meet at his shop so I can see as much of their car community as possible. I, of course, am on my way to my 9-year anniversary of working on The Chronicles and Yonas is on his way to his 15th year of JDMyard. What better way to come together than to have a joint anniversary event? It sounded like a great idea so I agreed to help him host the event the day after WTAC. Hopefully all goes well and the JDMyard team do amazing at the World Time Attack Challenge. Either way, I think we’ll all be excited to celebrate with all the Australian car enthusiasts down under…

I’m not the only one that has been busy. Normally around September, my friend Takeshi Kobayashi from Type_K would also be hosting his very own anniversary event. Like my own, he also does a car meet/show to celebrate his endeavors. The “Kday” event is one that you’ve seen covered many times before here on The Chronicles and I also typically design a decal for him to distribute at his show. I was a little too busy to put one together for him this year but he went and created some pretty cool merchandise on his own. His meet is a good one. It comprises a lot of classically-styled Hondas that we all know and enjoy, along with some USDM OEM-themed builds that Japanese enthusiasts are incredibly fond of. They like our USDM like we like their JDM, and it is a good cross-mixing of styles. Sprinkled throughout that event are some really well-built Hondas. I am a bit embarrassed to say that I myself have never attended, though I would love to, but the schedules never align where I can head out to Sendai. Friends have gone in the past and I know some guys from the U.S. that still make the trip every year. Since I cannot attend, I’ll have someone from across the pond shoot the event for me. I’ve had a couple guest contributors help out before but the guy that I usually turn to for great content like this is Shota Mori. You guys should be very familiar with Mori by now, as he covers quite a bit of Japanese car events for me, but this year, even he couldn’t make it. He had prior commitments with his job fill-up his calendar and he notified me that he was not able to attend. Mori was kind enough to even find another photographer for me but I had someone else already lined-up who is also a usual Kday attendee. For Kday! C7, I have Shunichi Satou behind the camera. Satou is a Honda enthusiast who owns a very nice EP3 Civic Type R build. He seems to be at a lot of events with his car in Japan and has a good eye for detail. I asked him for the photos and within a few hours, he already had a huge batch for me to look through.

Today we’re going to look at the first half of his photos. The second half features a bunch of photos of the cars from Lowered2Perfection, and they are solid Honda builds with great parts, so make sure to come back for those. They love their USDM stuff and Satou captured a lot of that, but since it doesn’t mean nearly as much to us, being that they are cars made to look like cars we have here everyday, I elected to only include some of those in the coverage. Kick back and enjoy the shots. Thank you to our guest photographer Shunichi Satou for the great work…

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Like last year’s Kday! event, this year’s was also wet and dreary. Rain is common for this season though so most came prepared though the cars were soaked throughout the day…

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Random fact, but did you know that the current emperor of Japan, Akihito, owns an Integra sedan of this particular generation and still drives it around the Imperial Palace. It’s probably not slammed like this one though, I assume…

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A Honda Zoomer representing DROWsports, a Ruckus/Zoomer customization shop from out here in California…

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Mugen-themed EG9 Ferio sedan with the front lip and sideskirts…

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Randomly interesting lifted Kei truck, I think this might be a Honda Acty. It’s camouflaged so who knows if it is actually even there. You could just be looking at the front half of a Toyota Soarer…

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Honda Integra DC5 looking nice and simple on a set of black BBS LM…

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Pretty cool to see this Nissan Prarie (Stanza Wagon in the U.S.) slammed on a set of rare WEDS Albino Racing Fin wheels…

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The fenders are chewed-up and a little rusty but its almost expected for something this old. Cool to see the wheels in such great shape though. Credit to the owner for even attempting to do anything cool to a Prarie…

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Teru Ito’s Mugen RA3 Odyssey had some new additions to it. Knowing Ito, he had this stored away in his collection of Odyssey parts just waiting for the day to throw them on his car. For Kday!, he mounted his Ganador Super Mirrors and his rare Kouki Cibie headlights…

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The H22A swap inside the engine bay of Ito’s Odyssey is still looking great as usual…

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Makoto Kikuchi’s turbocharged Mazda MPV mini-van from SCR Works looking great on the new set of SSR Professor TF1 wheels…

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This Honda Inspire has been redressed to appear as a USDM Acura TL Type-S complete with the U.S. front and wheels. The only thing missing is the left-hand drive conversion…

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Love the EC Works Type-C mirrors on Hideo Shingu’s Honda Integra Type R. Both he and Yuya Yusanari, parked next to him, have Type Rs with USDM 97-spec R conversions, which is pretty rare in Japan being that they are more accustomed to the traditional ITR front face…

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Yusunari from Ozawa Report took his R a little further though and mounted a set of Honda NSX-R wheels…

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Yosiyuki Hatano’s Spoon Sports S2000 on aggressive Desmond Regamaster wheels…

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From this angle you can see the face of the EVO wheels with the Spoon Sports monoblock front brakes…

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Spoon Sports showed their support again this year by bringing out one of their demo vehicles. This year, they had their Super Taikyu S2000 racecar instead of their legendary E-AT…

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Forged Prodrive wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan rubber on the S2000…

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Love the four Spoon Sports mufflers on the Super Taikyu S2000…

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First time seeing this Honda Prelude with First Molding carbon kevlar front lip and Arcane Streetwalker wheels…

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Inside the Prelude is a pair of ICB Japan seats. Matt from ICB Motorsport was actually out in attendance for the event as well…

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Enthusiasts made their way to the vendor section during the times when the rain wasn’t pouring down…

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One of these is not like the other…

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Nice to see STACK clusters alive and well in Japan. I believe this was in Masafumi Eto’s Civic coupe…

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E46 M3 coupe from STR8AUTOWORKS…

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A customized Honda Grom done in the same gray as the E46 coupe…

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Toyota Auris reimagined as a USDM Scion iM from Auto Nexus…

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The Akebono USDM guys took a different approach for the Kday! event by bringing out some Lowrider-styled Hondas, this first generation Integra in particular stood-out, as did its wheels…

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A DB2 GS-R inspired Integra repainted Aztec Green sitting on old school Volk Racing CV-Pros…

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The custom sound system in the trunk of the Akebono Integra…

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Some of the EFs you’ve come to know over the years regularly seen here on The Chronicles…

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A couple sets of Work Carving Stark wheels on these EF hatchbacks…

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Behind them was a Mugen CR-X Pro.2 on Mugen M7 wheels and the Integra you saw just moments ago…

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Bagged LHD Volkswagen R32 next to Masafumi Eto’s DB2 Integra GS-R…

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Super clean A70 Supra on Autostrada Modena wheels…

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Nice to see a Battlecraft decal on a Honda in Japan. This USDM-themed EK4 looked fantastic on 15-inch Volk TE37 with thick Toyo R888R rubber…

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Shunichi Satou’s EP3 Civic Type R on Volk Racing SE37K wheels and USDM Civic SI front grille…

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Volk Racing wheels are still very prominent in Japan, which is great to see…

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Check out this Toyota Corsa with USDM Tercel conversion that actually has a turbocharged 4E/5E-FE engine…

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USDM-styled Toyota Celsior complete with Lexus face, OEM Lexus wheels, and “Lexus of Las Vegas” plate frame…

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Rain seems to be the common theme these days for recent Kday! events…

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USDM Honda CB Accord coupe on RH C5 Evo wheels, which were the reproduction Racing Hart copies popular in the U.S. during the late 90s…

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When was the last time you saw a slammed B12 Nissan Sunny sedan, aka the 2017 Nissan Tsuru II in Mexico?…

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Oh, I guess this is the end of this particular section of photos. Make sure to come back for Part 2, as we get a good look at some of the incredibly well thought-out Honda builds from the L2P Japan crew. You’ll love them, I promise…

Thanks for looking!…

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