Year9 Coverage… Part 2 of 2…

Just give me a moment to breathe and I’ll try to get all this content out for you guys to look at, I swear, haha… Things have been busy. I’m not gonna lie. I think most of you who follow my social media accounts can tell but I’d like to think that things are finally starting to slow down a bit. I came back home from the 2017 Super Lap Battle event last night in time to see my friends at a birthday dinner that was going on and came back to the office where I knocked out for what seems like 10-hours on the couch next to my desk. A part of me was really trying to stay awake to get some more stuff done but I think I might have been falling asleep while waiting for my computer to start-up and proceeded to give-up on the fight to say awake. It’s all good though. I’m at the point where I’m tired, but it’s a good type of tired. I’m not putting myself at risk of any imminent danger and if I choose to sleep ten hours, I wake-up knowing that people are understanding and willing to wait for the good stuff. There’s a ton of photos and video to go through still, and I also have a shit ton of orders that are sitting on my desk waiting to be fulfilled. Don’t worry, I’m not trying to take your money and run away with it. The stuff is coming. Orders are going out on Monday, I promise. Shirts that have been pre-ordered have been in production as well so it is all coming together…

Today, we look at the second half of the event photos that I captured from Year9. I wanted to get these up before the JDMYard Meet photos from Australia because we enthusiasts out here in the U.S. are just way more impatient and people will start complaining if these photos don’t go up in a timely manner, haha. As if lives would be drastically-affected if the coverage didn’t go up within the 3-week window where many of us try our hardest to care about anything. I think this is one of the first years in a long time when I even had the time to shoot at my own event. Normally I’m running around trying to manage everything but this year went so smoothly with so many great people helping out that I myself even got to enjoy the event. There were so many great cars that showed-up that I wish I could have captured everything, but that would just be close to impossible. Luckily Der was around to shoot the video stuff and even got his drone flying around in the air while I walked around to shoot. Most of the stuff was captured in the late afternoon because, well, it just looks better so I waited. Getting that sun to come down a bit and provide just that right angle of light does these cars amazing justice, especially in a venue that on a daily basis would otherwise just be looked at as a white building with a bunch of trucks…

I said everything I needed to say in Part 1, so please go back and read that if you haven’t already, but I am so happy with everything overall and how chill this meet was. We have a really good group of enthusiasts around who understand the value of quality, whether it be in the cars or the people themselves. I’m proud to say that I have great company around me and that keeps me on my grind. I love doing this still. Thank you to everyone and enjoy the photos…

Now it’s time for me to get back to work…

IMG_6732-Edit

I’ve been seeing this white FD RX-7 pop-up at various events throughout Socal this year. It’s well-maintained and has a nice selection of parts on it so I always stop to grab a photo of it…

IMG_6733-Edit

The best thing about the FD is that it still retains the rotary engine in it, where many have gone the LSx-route. The motor has a collection of polished pieces on it and the v-mount intercooler set-up suits the engine bay nicely…

IMG_6735-Edit

Steve’s Lamborghini Huracan from R-Rydes on Advan Racing GT wheels…

IMG_6740-Edit

Jeremy Allgier’s Prelude won The Chronicles award last year at my anniversary event and he came back this year with the car looking as good as it ever has…

IMG_6739-Edit

Allgier’s supercharged H22 set-up with a collection of incredibly rare ARC goods…

IMG_6745-Edit

Chris Ortez’s Limited Edition 15th Anniversary Supra is one of those builds that will help you appreciate the Supra that much more. It’s one of those builds that we’ll probably seeing more of in the future that blurs the lines of full-on restorations with aftermarket modifications…

IMG_6749-Edit

Many enthusiasts want to mod their cars but still want them to be as factory-fresh as possible, so a majority of their time and money is spent invested in bringing the car back it is showroom condition. The aftermarket parts that are added after are often subtle, sometimes rare, accessories that help to enhance but never take away from how clean the vehicle is…

IMG_6753-Edit

Moises Robles’ CB Accord coupe looks great with the 5-lug set-up, Desmond wheels, RL front brakes, and H22A swap…

IMG_6756-Edit

Daniel Hill’s CB Accord coupe running a modified 5th gen GReddy front lip and H22A swap from Werd Werx Garage…

IMG_6757-Edit

Exposure came out too dark but somehow it just worked out with the wrinkle red valve cover poppin’…

IMG_6759-Edit

Tony Nguyen’s FA5 Civic SI with FD2 CTR front-end conversion with FEEL’S wide fenders, Spoon Sports side mirrors, and J’s Racing carbon hood and rear wing…

IMG_6763-Edit

Brian Hua’s DB8 Integra track car running bronze Mugen MF10 wheels along with a ITR front face conversion utilizing a custom front splitter and carbon front lip set-up…

IMG_6766-Edit

I ended-up giving Loi Hua and the guys from Loi-Spec garage the “Best Racecar of Year9” award collectively because these guys are constantly developing their cars for weekend track days and trying to get faster every time…

IMG_6768-Edit

Tai Hua’s Milano Red Integra Type R on 15×8 Volk TEs with a front splitter and Voltex rear wing…

IMG_6772-Edit

David Thai’s Integra Type R with a P1-spec front lip, Wasp Composite front splitter, and Voltex rear wing…

IMG_6777-Edit

Chuy’s PY Integra Type R running 16×8 Mugen MF10 wheels and AP Racing front brakes…

IMG_6775-Edit

Chuy’s B18C5 running a Comptech air box and coil-over-plug set-up…

IMG_6780-Edit

Matt from Ms JDM Motors has been busy with life stuff but managed to cruise by the Eibach facility in his Civic hatchback…

IMG_6783-Edit

I love that Cody Chan finally decided to bring out his Civic with Pocari Sweat livery. Cody has a pretty interesting style when it comes to putting cars together and it shows…

IMG_6789-Edit

While on the topic of ‘interesting style’, here’s Frank from Downstar Inc’s Civic hatchback build with Lambo-style doors…

IMG_6794-Edit

Frank’s one-of-a-kind engine bay, looking like someone let a K-series engine in an alley way in New York or something, lol. I’m just playing though, to each their own, I love Frank and the risks he takes…

IMG_6795-Edit

Robert Perez’s Spoon Sports-everything Civic as he was leaving a bit early to take care of some family stuff…

IMG_6798-Edit

IMG_6797-Edit

From the looks of it, it looks like Chen has already begun piecing out this Mugen NSX to transfer parts over to his other NSX…

IMG_6799-Edit

Dave Chik’s beautiful DA with the hood propped-open to reveal a ’99 B18C Type R swap…

IMG_6806-Edit

Not only does Dave have a legit JUN valve cover, the B18C also has full TODA valvetrain and Type 3 cams. Guy also has a Spoon throttle body which sounds way cooler than it actually is, haha…

IMG_6808-Edit

Bachi’s turbocharged Mugen-themed DC5 RSX…

IMG_6811-Edit

Josh’s Spoon Sports-themed Integra finally got some wheels in the form of 16-inch Regamaster EVO wheels…

IMG_6821-Edit

Sara Choi’s S2000 CR running a Voltex front bumper and SSR GTX01 wheels…

IMG_6825-Edit

Allen from Garage Life’s Run Free AE86 Corolla on RS Watanabe wheels…

IMG_6832-Edit

Hector Levario’s super clean Voltex Street S2000 on bronze Volk Racing TE37…

IMG_6835-Edit

Nice collection of parts on this Civic such as a Spoon Sports carbon front lip, Vision side mirrors, a Sergeant rear lip, Volk TEs, and Spoon front brakes…

IMG_6839-Edit

It’s always nice to see a complete Rando aero kit on a DC-chassis Integra. You don’t see these kits around very much these days and I might be one of the few, but I’ve always liked this front end. I think the straight lines of it suit the JDM ITR front very well. I’ve seen a few others with this kit and they never seem to have the ride height down for this kit to look good. I think they’re worried about breaking or damaging the bumper. All you need is a good wheel/tire set-up and KJ Lacuata has it down…

IMG_6842-Edit

Kevin Lacuata’s Integra is going after that Mugen JDM Si-VTEC look and executes it nicely, with the exception of the Integra being a U.S. model running Wings West aero. It looks good nonetheless and has the period-correct feel to it with the gold Advan Racing RG wheels…

IMG_6844-Edit

Revstar Garage E-AT Wonder Civic on Watanabe wheels…

IMG_6845-Edit

I actually just saw this EF8-inspired CR-X from Revstar Garage not too long ago at the Japanese Classic Car Show….

IMG_6848-Edit

One of the photographers from VIP Style Magazine in Japan checking out the turbocharged single-cam engine set-up in this white coupe…

IMG_6852-Edit

SSR EX-C Fins on this EF Civic hatchback…

IMG_6862-Edit

My buddy Kam recently had his AE86 Corolla with Levin face repainted in Pepper White, which was originally a color from BMW Mini. The Advan livery was cool and all but this is way better, especially with the TBO hot dog hood color-matched to the car…

IMG_6864-Edit

Loi-Spec Garage crew with their two Rs and FD2-style Civic…

IMG_6868-Edit

Aaron and the guys from Spoon Sports USA hit me up maybe a night or so before letting me know that they could show-up with their two cars…

IMG_6866-Edit

The Spoon Sports FD2 Civic Type R ready for Super Lap Battle 2017 with some minor upgrades here and there and brand new Titan7 forged wheels…

IMG_6872-Edit

Aaron took his daily FK8 Civic Type R and decided they were going to use it to R&D new Spoon Sports parts. Someone from Spoon actually flew over to do all kinds of research on the FK8 because we actually got the car months before they started selling them in Japan….

IMG_6876-Edit

Happy to say that the quality hasn’t gone done one bit since I first started hosting these anniversary meets at Eibach…

IMG_6886-Edit

By the late afternoon, many of the cars had rolled-out and headed home so I walked around and snapped some photos of the ones that stuck around…

IMG_6891-Edit

Loi and Der talking about Loi’s flat-Earth theory…

IMG_6906-Edit

And we put a wrap on this set with one more shot of Kam’s AE86. So weird to see it with so few stickers all over the windows, haha…

Thanks once again to everyone who showed-up to hang-out, to those who have supported The Chronicles over the years, and the ones that continue to support as we move forward. It’s been an amazing ride, and things are just starting to get better. I hope you stick around for the rest of it, wherever it may go…

Leave a Reply