GALLERY> Gripwerks & S2Ki Forums BBQ Meet

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

There are times in life when one should expand one’s horizons, embrace diversity and appreciate things that are personally “outside the norm.” These Zen-like thoughts came to me while driving home from work one afternoon and I eventually came to the temporary conclusion that I COULD enjoy other vehicle makes and models and let my devoted passion for RX7s rest  a little. I did stress that this was a temporary conclusion, didn’t I?

The result of my moment of enlightenment? A new appreciation for Honda’s road grappler – the Honda S2000. Which came just in time since a good buddy of mine, Scott Soonthonum, informed me that he was the proud owner of the CR edition S2K during my birthday celebration shortly thereafter. Funny how these things work out. We exchanged info with the intention of keeping in touch so that we could connect sometime in the near future.

In just a matter of days, I received a text from Scott inviting the MotorMavens crew to attend the Gripwerks & S2kI Forums1st Annual BBQ Meet. Let’s take a look at what photographer Horacio Flores captured as I delve into the welcoming unknown.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Silver is always a great base color to give a vehicle that ultra-modern look. This S2K not only captures that look but it does so while emitting a sleek and simple style. Retaining the soft top is just an added bonus.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Speaking of simplicity, this one turns the volume up with clean red paint and yellow fogs to offset things a little. I wonder if that front lip is OEM or aftermarket? Anyone know?

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Give me a yellow S2K with sharp rims and yes…I’d probably have a girl riding shot gun too.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Gotta be the shoes! This red AP1 was one of my faves because it was rocking Volk CE28s. However, as you can see, there are two people with great taste in shoes in this photograph. Can anyone guess the shoes I’m wearing in the background?

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

This S2K belongs Al Catolos who also chose to equip his AP2 with Volk CE28s. He also took things a step farther by  matching the outline of the wheel to the Wekfest and TopDown logos on the car. Every once in a while you have to co-ord-in-ate.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

All business in the front. Who doesn’t dig the look of an S2K in a face off?

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Proper stance, check! Those side-steps (manufacturer unknown) look sharp, combining forces with the aggressive front bumper to match.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

The horse in the background started to dance for some odd reason. I suppose it was really feeling the OEM hard top and stance. Hella Horse!

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

All things considered, even the S2000 logo appears to be in its proper place next to these Work wheels.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Good ole inline four banger – loved (or hated on) the world over. The positioning of the engine behind the front axle contributes to the 50:50 weight distribution that makes these cars so well-known for their agility and Gracie-like road grappling skills.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

When talking to some of the owners about any possible negatives of S2K ownership, the only ONE I heard was interior space. With a cockpit like this, I’d have little if any complaints. I love how it encompasses the driver.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Yes! Here she is – Jeff Dizon‘s AP1. Bride Low Max seats, awesome fender appeal, ride height to match and, I must say, exceptional sticker placement!

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

TopDown representing again with Toti Romasanta‘s 2002 AP1. The interior color was factory red from Honda – apparently the only year that offered such an option.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

You can’t beat the rear looks of a stock S2K. So imagine what happens when you upgrade a bit. Add that Toti’s Cusco roll bar and rear diffuser are both clearly visible and things are taken to a new level of badassness!

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

We love BBS wheels!! Toti decided to go with 18 inch F1 Le Mans special edition LMs in gold.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Get a grip man! Totally possible with this ergonomically friendly shift knob putting you that much more in touch with the road.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Fellow skateboarder Brandon Patterson is the owner of this AP1. He kept things uniform by selecting VIS aero which included  fenders, hood and hard top. Talk about a triple threat combo!

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

I gawked at this carbon Kevlar intake duct piece from Spoon and, believe me, I wasn’t alone. It adds a nice touch to his engine bay and, with all the cold weather that day, I’m sure it directed lovely airflow.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

The hallmark of all true Honda owners – the super tidy engine bay. There’s never too much clutter or chaos. Duly noted.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Come on Brandon! Let me drive this thing, man!

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Work XD9s were definitely a nice touch. Good choice Brandon.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Fred Vuong brought out his AP1 fully equipped with VIS Aero which truly stood out at the meet.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Everything in its place and well balanced. VIS hard top and trunk…nice uniform look.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Did anyone else notice the Spoon Sports wristband over the brake fluid reservoir tank? No spillage anywhere, that stuff ruins paint.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Take a closer look at Fred’s custom L-Con/Ballade Sports elongated valve cover – specifically designed to relieve crank pressure. Great engineering. But wait – that’s not all. He even managed to have it autographed by Spoon Sports founder Tatsuru Ichishima! Dope.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

Not completely noticeable in this photo, but just behind the shifter was (in my opinion) a clever signature of sorts, engraved into the silver stereo unit cover. It reads S2000. An appropriate, if not awesome, reminder to all occupants within.

Honda S2000 S2Ki Spoon Gripwerks meet Topdown VIS CR Volk wekfest

And yes, Fred keeps things classy with a solid set of BBS LMs with Spoon Sports brake calipers to slow things down when mashing. Now I really want an S2K.

Overall, the day was an educational one and I learned a lot from the various owners that were in attendance. Props to Scott Soonthonthum, Gripwerks, S2Ki Forums and all who showed love and convinced this RotorMaven to live a little and enjoy things outside the box. I’m actually considering making my new-found enlightenment more of a long term “consciousness upgrade”  – not so temporary… I promise.

:: Edward Uche
Photos by Horacio Z Flores

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16 Responses to “GALLERY> Gripwerks & S2Ki Forums BBQ Meet”

  1. Rose Bartl says:

    If you like these, check out the photos of the 2007 S2K that I owned last year and ran in SCCA Solo Competition. The photos on gmrmotorsports.com were provided by Rupert Berrington Photography and were taken at the 2010 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships held at the Lincoln Airpark. It is one of the largest Motorsport Events in the country and typically draws approximately 1300 competitors with their cars prepped to perfection. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed competing there!

  2. Lucas Perez says:

    Some great looking cars out there!

  3. Dan Cyr says:

    Crazy location!

  4. Paul says:

    Nice Article!

    - Paul from GW

  5. Mike Kim says:

    sick write up dude…damn I wanted to go to that meet too…good pics horacio!

  6. Al Catolos says:

    Big props to GripWerks for hosting a great BBQ.

    MotorMavens… Awesome job on the coverage!! Hope you don’t mind that I posted some pics and a link on our blog. Thanks…

  7. Thanks Mike! Miss hangin with ya bud – your cool beans! Hope you are still shooting.

  8. Huey says:

    Great pictures and great article!

    -Huey

  9. Nathan says:

    Great coverage. Awesome shots!

    -Nathan from GW

  10. Amazing shots brother! Great photos! great cars! Be sure to invite to the next meet!

  11. Ken says:

    Rocking the AJ III White/Cements. Great shoe selection and awesome article.

  12. Big Mike says:

    Well it’s great to see you expanding your horizons and appreciate other makes and models Ed. We’ll talk more about this in person. Take care of yourself and I hope to see you soon brother. Peace.

  13. nismokid_5 says:

    Hella Horse…really? wow

  14. I Like the open aperture on the pictures, thats a Real Motormavens trademark! :D
    Great article BTW!

  15. Edward Uche says:

    @ Nismokid: Ha! That was a small token of my consistently ridiculous humor. Thanks for taking notice.

    @ Big Mike: Yo, thanks my friend…we’ll connect soon.

    @Ken: Yesss! My all time fave retro kicks.

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