Year10 Chronicles & Coffee Meet Coverage…


One of the main reasons why it made sense to have a gathering at HQ after the Year10 Anniversary Meet was due in part to a wedding that was happening that same day. My friend Ejay Adriano had long been planning his wedding before I finalized the date for my event and they just happened to overlap. Being as we have a lot of mutual friends just knowing one another for so many years, there were a few guys who would normally be helping me out with my event that had to attend the Adriano wedding. Purely for FOMO (Fear of missing out) reasons, I wanted to make sure the guys who went to the wedding had the appropriate time to hang out with all the people who had come from so far for the weekend just to be a big part of Year10. Prior to this meet, we had only done one other “Chronicles & Coffee” at our location and for security reasons, we kept it small, only inviting a small group of our friends to see how things would go. I knew going into it that there would be a possibility that this meet might get too big and unmanageable, so I didn’t announce that it was evening happening until the afternoon of Year10. I literally waited until the end of the day to announce it to the people who attended the event and then posted just a simple flyer on Instagram. Even the people who had come from out of town had no real idea what was going on before that. I just told them that there would be something happening that Sunday morning and to try to delay their departure back home until late Sunday or even Monday. Everything sort of fell into place after that and we had a great crowd of enthusiasts for the Year10 version of Chronicles & Coffee. The gathering wasn’t too long, only just three hours, where people brought their cars out to enjoy the Sunday morning with some coffee and donuts. I myself had to prepare for my drive to Las Vegas the following day so I wanted to make sure I was packed and had everything in order since I’d be gone for a week. Compared to the madness that was Year10, the Sunday meet was essentially the total opposite. There was no loud music, not nearly as many cars, and a crowd of car people who were probably still tired from the long Saturday. It also helped that it wasn’t 90 degrees like it was in Corona. The morning was mostly cloudy and had a nice breeze, which is always the preferred weather for any car gathering. All in all, it was a good morning and a nice little end cap to the weekend. We came, we saw, we ate donuts, drank coffee, stared at some cars, and we went about our day. I even took some photos. That’s what you’ll see below. Thanks for all who came out and spent the morning with us. I know its not easy to get up early on a Sunday. Hopefully it was worth it….

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One of the cars that people didn’t get a chance to see at Year10 was the new Hybrid Racing demo car, built in-house here at The Chronicles/Battlecraft HQ by Yuta Akaishi. The deadline just got a little too tight and Yuta was worn out by the time Year10 came around so it was decided that the car would remain at the shop and be displayed at The Chronicles & Coffee Meet. Those who stopped by got to see the latest progress on the car that will be coming together pretty soon. All the exterior pieces are in place and just need to be installed while most of the work remaining will be devoted to the engine set-up and getting it up and running…

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A straight-on shot of the Civic, which for those unaware, is actually Kristian Wong’s white Civic hatchback that he’s been campaigning for a few years now but has been down and in pieces for the past 4 years or so. I’m sure you guys are curious as to what front bumper that is and you’ll be happy to know that it is a rare Truth Motorsports front bumper. There are only two that are known of in North America currently. One was once in the possession of Sean Lucas from Narita Dogfight (and has since been sold) and the other is this one laying on the pavement in front of the Civic that it will eventually be mounted on…

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How the engine bay looked as of that weekend, with the K-series engine in it with an RBC intake manifold. Everything else will go on pretty soon which will be a catalog of products from Hybrid Racing. Here you can also see the tucked radiator under the core support of Kristian’s Civic…

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Mike Schietroma’s K-turbo EM1 Civic SI completely laid-out on its Diamond Black 5-lug Volk CEs…

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Always gotta get a good shot of Mike’s beautifully assembled engine bay thanks to RCG…

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Jared had a last minute change of plans and couldn’t make it to Year10 so he arrived bright and early that morning in his Porsche 964 on staggered Volk TE37 in silver…

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Chuy Navarro’s Integra Type R, now with an assortment of Mugen goodies. Chuy is the only man in existence to remove AP Racing brakes on his car in exchange for Mugen Active Gate brakes, which either means he’s a complete psychopath or really devoted to theming his builds thoroughly…

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Johnny’s B18C-powered Civic hatchback with the classic combo of JDM EK4 SiR bumpers and Spoon SW388 wheels. Just a perfectly timeless set-up that any diehard Honda enthusiast can appreciate…

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Issac Sierra’s Integra GS-R also looking spectacular on Spoon SW388 wheels paired with Spoon Sports front brakes. The Vision seats pop real nicely in red and the addition of the Special Projects P1 front lip is a nice touch…

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Michael Blancke completing his weekend journey to Cali from Arizona in his new FK8 Civic Type R on Desmond Regamaster EVO wheels courtesy of ICB…

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The HKS USA FK8 Civic Type R made an appearance, not because it was intended to be displayed at Chronicles & Coffee, but because it was already loaded-up on a trailer and awaiting transport to Las Vegas for the 2018 SEMA Show…

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Kenneth Li from Wekfest and his puppers…

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Ken taking a glance at the Yuta-built Hybrid Civic while Tom Syhachack from Texas was getting a closer look…

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Jackie Law came all the way from Victoria, British Columbia and also drove his S2000 everywhere while he was out in Southern California. It was a pleasure hosting him and his friends from Canada and we even went to dinner later in the evening…

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Tommy from GoTuning Unlimited’s beautiful ASM-themed S2000 CR on black Titan7 wheels…

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Love the silver on gray combo chosen by Jackie for his Voltex-face S2K…

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Gray Volk TEs with AP Racing big brakes crammed behind the concave spokes…

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A Mugen radiator cap peeking through the hood vent on one side…

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The other vent was notched specifically to clear the TiAL wastegate of Jackie’s turbo set-up…

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White DB2 Integra GS-R running a JDP carbon front lip and super rare WEDS Sport 2PF wheels…

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Shawn from Milestone Collective’s DA Integra with Hiro rear wing, Wings West front lip, and Work Ewing wheels…

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Ho Dao’s DA Integra that I’ve seen plenty of this year with his Kaminari front bumper and custom Mugen MR5 wheels…

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I thought this shot came out pretty cool with the dark contrast and shadows…

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Here’s another angle of the Hybrid Racing Civic which should be campaigned at time attack events in 2019. The C-West sides were sitting inside the shop that day and what you’re looking at up front are my old 17×9 WEDS TC05 wheels up front tucking tightly under fiberglass wide fenders from Japan…

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Duane from RCompound USA getting acquainted with Philstar’s puppy…

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Fantastic ride height on Johnny’s Civic as he cruised off the lot to enjoy the rest of his Sunday…

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I have great supporters but even better friends who appreciate my body of work…

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Despite all the mayhem that happened in the weeks leading-up to Year10 while this Civic was being put together, I’m really excited to see the final product. All the pieces are there, it just needs to come together. We had a chance here at the shop to see what it looked like with the aero all together and the car just looks so cool, especially with the livery and wheels…

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Dave Chik decided he wanted to take his least favorite car out on Sunday so he pulled the supercharged AP2 out for a thrashing…

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Luis Jaimes got an epic ticket on the way to Year10 because he decided that being a ‘Sunday Driver’ meant going like 115 on the freeway to a nice and relaxed car meet. His speeding ticket might still end-up being less than what I spent on coffee that morning, lol…

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ATS Mike Jones’ super cool Civic sedan. Mike’s always got some pretty cool ideas for all his cars and his sedan is looking great with the Mugen Ferio front lip, custom vented hood, added ducts to his front bumper, and Magical Racing mirrors…

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Huge props go out to Ferd Natividad from ATS Garage for driving his beauty of a RHD Integra all the way down from San Jose for Year10 weekend…

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A glimpse through the window of his right-hand drive set-up and cage…

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I’ve been at this complex for over two years and have not seen this place sell one shower door, I swear…

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Boosted S2000 with Voltex aero and custom front fenders and hood vents…

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Jay Powers and his Integra Type R with unique mash-up Kouki/Zenki front bumper…

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Powers did a fantastic job restoring and modifying his Integra Type R engine bay…

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Phil from ATS Garage showing his support by bringing his Integra down to the meet along with his truck and trailer…

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Gemil’s ITB’d B18B Civic sedan running Sprint Hart CP-F wheels and a Mugen Ferio front lip…

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I’m absolutely loving my boy Kemritte’s new TBO-themed AE86 Levin-face Corolla. The whole car looks fucking great now with the Pepper White paint, graphics scheme and mismatched wheel set-up. It’s so nice I had to get a picture TWICE…

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Chuy wanted to remind everybody that he owns like 12 Integras by pulling out his Spoon Sports-themed Honda Integra Type R and parking it right behind the yellow one…

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Anthony from Milestone Collective’s DA Integra sitting on Mugen MF8 wheels that weekend…

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DPK Los’ E46 M3 coupe running silver TEs paired with StopTech brakes…

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DPK David’s white E46 sitting nicely on Enkei NT03…

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Der pulled his E30 M3 out just so I can take this awfully-framed photo with David’s E46…

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I guess you can say it was a pretty good fucking weekend…

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What a perfect way to close-out ten years of The Chronicles. Thanks for looking folks…

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  1. Can’t wait to see more of Kristian Wong’s Civic!

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