Damn, these just seem really dated now with all that has gone on in the last month or so. The trouble with having both Eibach and Wekfest LA so close together is that it adds to the bulk of work I already had from my Japan trip. There are a few builds that go to both events too so it can feel a bit redundant. I think many of the guys realize that though so they always have either a completely new set-up for the show, or they come out with some new additions for Wekfest LA. To be perfectly honest with you guys, I feel like the Los Angeles Wekfest event is quickly surpassing the Norcal show as the front-runner for the best event in the nation. The Norcal event has long been considered the “Super Bowl” of the series but the LA show is getting incredibly popular. More…
You guys saw the Vlog, now here are some of the photos I captured that day. Originally, I didn’t even plan to do a meet or anything but since I just wanted to relax on Sunday during my Seattle trip and we didn’t have anything major going on, I wanted to get some car guys together. So after I shot Wiiizzer’s RSX that Saturday evening, I posted up a little thing on Instagram inviting people out to Alki Beach. It wasn’t going to be big or anything. I really didn’t have expectations for it. The guys that I actually knew and talked to were going to be there to chill anyway so it could have been just their 4-5 cars and it would have been completely fine. I think it could have been bigger since the weather was so nice but it was also Father’s Day so I didn’t want…
At 11:50am at the Detroit Auto Show today, Acura is going to unveil the new production model NSX. This has been a long anticipated moment for many that have already put down a deposit on the car as well as many who are hoping that this new model will do what the last one did, and that is put the supercar world on notice. Last time Honda did this, they set the bar for a what a supercar truly should be…Fun to drive, comfortable, and RELIABLE.
This car is going to be a big deal in the automotive industry, soooooo…Watch it live!
Truform. is getting together one more time this year to benefit the Ozarks Food Harvest and give back to those in need. We would like to make sure the word gets out, so feel free to spread this information around, invite your friends and family, and let’s make this event a big success.
My alarm goes off at 6am every day…only on most days I’m not too overly excited about anything. Nov. 1st was a very different day, however. This was the day of the 16th semi-annual running of the Boston Mountain Tour, an S2000 oriented event in which enthusiasts from 7 different states had converged on Eureka Springs, AR to participate. This event has been on every spring and every fall for the past 8 years, and was started by one Julie Urasaki and Jerome Moore of http://www.S2KI.com who discovered the great winding roads of Arkansas and wanted to share their fun filled routes with friends. Today the event hosts up to 50 participating cars, not all of which necessarily have to be S2000s (you just better not talk any trash if you aren’t in a Honda roadster), some have been known to bring Hondas of various types, Miatas, Porsches, and even an occasional Ferrari.
On this Saturday morning, it was cold. In fact, this was the coldest BMT morning on record. I walked outside to the lightly frosted cars…nobody was around yet. It was chilly, so I can understand why people weren’t out there hanging around the cars talking like they normally would be.
So I went to breakfast and found all the drivers! I can’t say that I blame them. It was much warmer in there. After breakfast they do a brief registration and driver’s meeting where they talk about keeping it between the mustard and the mayonnaise, and to stay out of the lettuce in order to avoid the ketchup. After the meeting everyone started getting ready for the drive.
From the hotel, we went to one of the local state parks down by the water for a photo op before running off to play in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas.
All told, we had 33 S2000s and 5 “S2000 enthusiasts” running in 4 separate groups.
After about 80 or so miles of spirited driving, we stop for a 15 or so minute break. Good time to stretch the legs and grab a quick refreshment before making the second leg to the lunch stop.
It only took us about 30-40 minutes to make it to lunch after that, and I picked a nice little spot to park in the shade. Do you know what it’s like to get into a leather seat that’s been baking in the sun?
After an awesome run through Mt. Judea, and before we hit Hwy 125 (a.k.a. Pig Trail) we made another stop at a gas station for a much needed potty break. Worst part is that this place only has 1 bathroom…for everyone.
There is a rest stop along Pig Trail that sells snack food and drinks, along with various Pig Trail memorabilia items for passers through to pick up as tokens of their visit to this iconic stretch of road.
Pig Trail can be a treacherous stretch of road with truckers that can’t fit around the road’s sharp hairpin turns, bikers that love the areas roads, but clog them up a lot, and slow moving traffic that hates the fact that you’re there acting like a hellion when all they want to do is get home. Luckily, we didn’t encounter any of these on our visit, and I’m thankful. The last thing I need is to get shot at by a local that doesn’t like my presence or the fact that I came to enjoy the roads!
Here’s one last shot while “spiritedly” making my way down Pig Trail.
This was a great trip, and if you love getting your machine out and going for a great drive down some fun roads while spending time with a good group of people, then feel free to keep an eye out in the Ark-La-Tex section on S2KI for the next event, which will be in the spring time. Just go to http://www.s2ki.com/s2000/forum/88-ark-la-tex-s2000-owners/
I love Texas. I really do. I don’t want to live there or anything, but visiting is always guaranteed a great time. Don’t tell anyone, but Texas is usually my favorite stop on the nationwide Wekfest Tour. I look forward to it every year because of two reasons; 1. The people are always incredibly nice and courteous and 2. The level of growth from year-to-year with their builds is very apparent. I think I’ve been doing the tour the last three years now and it is very obvious how much better their cars have gotten. New Jersey/New York is always good too but you have certain expectations for their builds and you expect them to be at a high caliber going into it. Texas started out as probably the “youngest” of the cities on the tour. The West is obviously the dominant region, the East incredibly competitive, and Texas was…
The Integra Type R, one of my favorites of course. Today we pay homage to this ultimate driving machine. -97tegra
In 1995 Honda introduced the Integra Type R to the Japanese domestic market. The JDM Type R had the minor change long headlights that remained only for the JDM models while the world market version had the pre-facelift double round lights.
The DC2 Type R came standard with a 200 PS (figure may vary in different countries, 195 hp USDM, 190 hp in Europe) factory-tuned variant of the B18C engine. Equipped with a close ratio 5-speed manual transmission and a Helical LSD, the DC2 Integra Type R had significantly improved performance and handling relative to the GS-R/Si/SiR-G Integra.
These were the result of extensive changes, including a strengthened chassis with extra spot welds and thicker metal around the rear shock towers and lower subframe, weight reduction (reduced sound insulation, 10% thinner windscreen, lighter wheels), more power, rev limiter set at 8500 RPM USDM (8600 RPM JDM, 8700 RPM UKDM), hand built engine featuring hand-polished and ported intake ports, high compression pistons, undercut valves and revised intake and exhaust systems, and suspension upgrades. The result was a capable sports coupe which was acclaimed by motoring journalists worldwide. Interestingly, there is only 33 lbs of net weight difference between the Integra Type R and the Integra GS-R, because the extra metal and cross bracing in the Type R almost negated most of the 98 lbs. of weight reductions. Although the JDM version was significantly lighter than the SiR (JDM ITR 96 – 97 delete could include: air bags, A/C, rear wiper, radio, center console, clock, P/S and ABS). The DC2 Type R was the only Type R ever sold in North America (With the Acura badge). For the European, Australian and New Zealand market the DC2 was sold as a Honda.
Edmund’s Insideline tested a 12-year-old stock Type-R: 0-60 in 6.8 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.9 seconds @ 95.2.
MotorTrend clocked the Type R at: 0-60 in 6.2 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.8 @ 96.3.
Sports Compact Car clocked the Type R at: 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.5 @ 96 MPH
All American test cars had the optional A/C installed.
The JDM DC2 received significant upgrades in 1998 and is known as the ’98 Spec R. Some of the main changes were a redesigned rear bumper, 16-inch wheel with 215/45R16 tires, 5-lug nut wheel hubs and bigger brakes. Gear ratios for the final drive were higher, making 1st to 3rd gears closer, while 4th and 5th were longer to maintain the ’96 Spec cruising comfort. The engine power remained the same, but use of a new 4-1 long tube header brought torque lower down to 6200 rpm.
An interesting and little-publicized fact about the 1995–2000 DC2 Type R is that Honda lost money on every single vehicle sold, even though extra dealer markups sometimes made for excessive dealer profit. Honda produced the DC2 Type R for homologation purposes to meet FIA certification of the motor and the chassis changes to make the car more competitive in N-series and World Cup racing. The details required, hand tooling in early versions and finishing the product through the use of various small fabrication shops in Japan made for increased costs in manufacture that could not be made up in the list price of the vehicles. Honda (and Acura in the US) deemed the car important for the marque’s image and important for the racing programmes of the era, and the parent company therefore accepted a financial net loss on each vehicle sold.
It has been acclaimed by motoring journalists world-wide, including Evo magazine, who named the Type R ‘the greatest front-wheel-drive performance car ever.’ and TheAutoChannel.com who also named it ‘the best handling front-wheel drive car ever.’