Here is a teaser pic from the current issue of Super Street Magazine. Check out the feature at your local newsstands for more details and pics of this incredible FD build. We’ll release more after the current issue passes.
Here are some bonus pics from Jeff Nguyen’s NSX featured in last month’s Super Street Magazine. Back in April this year things were fairly busy with my freelance photography. I knew things were going well because time management was starting to become an issue- Family life, photo shoots, the “9-5″ gig, managing this website, and organizing local events was taking a toll. Regardless, photography is a passion so I always make room for a shoot.
Honda Tuning was a magazine that launched my freelance “career” several years ago. I built a solid rapport with their lead editor; Matthew “Rodrez” Rodriguez, so I generally knew what kind of cars he would feature. Being an NSX owner myself, I was usually aware of all the current builds and happenings in the NSX world. Jeff’s NSX was a car that he has been slowing building over the last few years and I felt it would be perfect for Honda Tuning. I was going to be in Vegas for a good friend’s bachelor party, so thought I could crank out a feature while I was out there. I emailed Rodrez a few snaps of the car and he gave me the go-ahead.
Unfortunately at the end of May, the publisher of Honda Tuning (along with dozens of other publications) filed for bankruptcy and left thousands of people job-less and a void in the creative world. Although the writing was on the wall (Modified Magazine was shut down a month earlier), I was a bit shocked because HT was doing well.
I was bummed out for my friends who lost their jobs and my other freelance photography colleagues who counted on these magazines as their sole source of income. At the same time, maybe this was a good opportunity for these individuals to move on with other life goals and seek a change?
After the initial shock had passed, I was going through some of my work and almost forgot about Jeff’s NSX. I was bummed out for Jeff because as a car enthusiast myself, I know nothing beats getting published in a magazine.
I told Jeff not to fret, and that I would be pitching his car to the LAST (US-based) remaining Japanese import car magazine to see if they were interested. After sending the pics to Super Street, they told me they loved the car and would be privileged to feature it!
So after 8 months, Jeff finally saw his car in a magazine.
The backdrop for this shoot was at the beautiful Red Rocks Canyon about 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas. I’m still surprised I was able to make this shoot with little to no sleep. I definitely do not recommend shooting this early during a bachelor party trip!
To see more of this car and to read Jeff’s story, head over to Super Street!
Congrats again to Jeff and please support print!
What happens when you love a car so much you couldn’t possibly part with it, yet modifying cars is such an integral part of your being that you can never stop? What happens when you are driven to create more extreme versions of your car year after year? The 5th complete revision of Larry Kenney’s 2003 Nissan 350Z is what you get.
Larry has been an ardent fan of Time Attack series around the world, none more so than the beasts that circle the legendary Japanese Tsukuba Circuit. They have left an unmistakable mark on both owner and car, and neither will ever be the same again.
The unique profile of this Z was made possible with some rare and custom made parts. Larry has been a fan of the CWEST E Type long nose bumper since he first got his Z. Picking up this aggressive bumper along with the canards set the tone for the rest of the build.
To compliment such a long nose, and to help put the power down at the track Larry ordered up a Kognition wing, well known in racing circles around the world. He made sure to max out their capabilities and ordered the widest possible wing, at 78” wide. With this much downforce, mounting to the hatch was not a possibility. Larry, along with Project X, designed and built custom chassis mounts that would still allow access to the hatch.
Mechanical grip is handled by a full array of aftermarket upgrades. Highlights include Stance coilovers to keep the car planted in the twisties. Custom rebarreled step lip Work VS-XX wheels in 18×11-21 and 18×11-41 wrapped up in 315/30/18 Falken rubber (front and rear) put all that power to the ground.
Speaking of power, Larry’s Z still has the venerable VQ motor under the hood, albeit with a host of upgrades. Power is created with a built short block along with a modified GReddy 18G turbo kit, and all breathing through a very rare CJM front exit plenum. This amounts to a very healthy 532 WHP on 93 Octane fuel.
To accommodate such massive rubber, a set of SS Worx metal fender flares were added. With such a large rear wing, keeping the aero balanced on the car is a must. To this end a prototype Project X splitter/undertray has been added. The finishing touch was the Provinyl supplied red vinyl wrap to make the car stand out even more than before.
The silhouette of Larry’s Z is unlike anything that has come before it. There is no mistaking this car as the massive over fenders make it more than 6” wider. The unique chassis mounted uprights put the 2D GT wing above the roofline to capture that clean air and not so subtly proclaim the car’s intentions.
Larry’s car has a long and detailed mod list that reads like every Z fanatic’s car parts wish list. No area of the car is untouched and small but important details like his rare Tommy Kiara shift knob abound. Make sure to check out Larry’s 350Z whenever you get the chance, because you never know when the next major change in its evolution will take place…
Today we are featuring Phuc’s ITR out of Norcal. This set was shot by our good friend Patrick Lauder from Quick Works Photo. Just a bit of a back story before we go into this build- Several months ago we lost dozens of important automotive publications. Honda Tuning, Modified Magazine, and Import Tuner are just a few that all folded. This was truly a sad day as the harsh reality of a dying print world hit home. Phuc always had a dream of being published in Honda Tuning, but unfortunately this aspiration never came to fruition. Instead of wasting the photos, Patrick and I talked about putting these up on JDMC. We may not be as cool as a magazine, but at least we can show Phuc some love in the aftermath of Honda Tuning’s demise.
Phuc has always been a “honda guy” and started out with a ’91 civic. Although he completed some minor work to the hatch, the build was cut short when a really good offer came out of the woodwork. On the same day that Phuc sold the car, he found his ITR while surfing online. Within a day, Phuc contacted the previous owner and a deal was struck.
Although the Integra looked fairly clean upon initial inspection, the car was not perfect. The engine of the ITR was originally supercharged. Because of excessive oil burning and other issues, the engine was torn down and rebuilt. The cylinder head received a full race port job with skunk2 internals. Phuc also decided to ditch the supercharger in order to go the NA route. You’ll also notice some minor wire-tucking to get the bay a clean look.
Phuc practically has every Mugen item made for the ITR. In addition to the seats; he has also sourced the intake, headers, exhaust, and aero from Mugen.
Subtle OEM details from Honda include double stitching and Type R badges.
Phuc’s favorite modification to his car are his Mugen Mf10 mirror face wheels which he had polished.
It doesn’t get any cleaner.
Phuc is fairly done with his Type R. He built the car with purpose- Something reliable and good looking. Big power wasn’t that important to Phuc. Most ITR owners will probably agree with Phuc’s sentiments. Thanks again Patrick for the photos and glad we could get this car featured!
Exterior: Mugen front bumper ,Mugen GenII spoiler, Polished Mugen Mirror Face MF10 17×7 ,JDM ITR HiD ,Front end conversion, Vis Carbon hood Jdm ITR visors
Suspension & Brakes: JDM TEIN HA, Mugen Front & Rear strut bars ,Mugen Hard bushings, Earls Stainless steel Brake Lines, Skunk2 camber kits, Acura Legend 2 pot brake calipers, PowerSlot F&R rotors
Interior: JDM ITR Rear seats, JDM ITR Steering wheel, JDM ITR Clock and radio ,block off Mugen meter bezel ,Mugen Pedal set, Mugen shift knob, Mugen S1 seats, Mugen seat sliders
Engine: B18C5 fully balanced assembled with JDM ITR Pistons and Acl Bearings CC cyljnder head Race port and polished head ,Skunk2 Stg 2 cams, Skunk2 pro cam gears ,Skunk2 complete valve train, Skunk2 valve cover dress up, Max Bore Ported throttle body, Ported intake manifold, Rc 310cc injectors, B&M fuel regulator & fuel pump, Hondata s200 Mugen header, Mugen cat back, Mugen intake, Mugen fan switch, Mugen thermostat, Mugen radiator cap, Chasebays full wire tuck, Exedy clutch and lightened flywheel, Koyo race radiator, Beatrush cooling panel
JDM Chicago brings back FNL, the SEASON CLOSER!!! We are also welcoming the Northwest Auto Crew as a co-host of this event. Thanks to BUONA BEEF in Hoffman Estates, IL for providing the venue again. We only have around 500 spots, so get there early! We cannot guarantee you we will have parking for everyone, so warning you now! Everyone is welcome and please be respectful at the event. If you’re on instagram, tag #jdmchicago for live pics @ the meet! SIGN UP ON FACEBOOK by Clicking here.
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