Earlier this year, we took a trip to Southern California for the first round of Formula Drift in Long Beach, but while we were there a tour of Sportcar Motion was necessary. We took the trip from the LBC even further south to the city of San Marcos in the search of the company’s Honda expertise.
Back in 2003, Loi Song had just completed college and didn’t want to work for someone else so he started Sportcar Motion as an eBay store. In 2005, after a good amount of success, he opened his brick and mortar location. In the time since, Loi has become a go-to expert in the Southern California Honda community, and a godfather (or teafather) of the automotive culture in general.
Song and Sportcar Motion are responsible for several different record-setting Honda cars, including this digital camouflage covered Acura Integra, which is the shop’s current flagship time attack racer. The Integra has made the trek to many different racing circuits and in K20-form it ran a 1:51 lap at the famed Buttonwillow CW13. The car has since been upgraded to a K24 engine, however it has not seen the track again since the swap.
Tiffany Miller, or @daaamngiina, also provides additional help to the shop. Her current stable includes a Voltex-equipped AP2 S2000, and the Rallye Red Civic Type R parked out front. New to Miller’s and SCM’s lineup for 2018 is the “#purplepeopleeater” digital camouflage wrapped K24-swapped EG-chassis Civic, which she will be piloting in time attack events soon.
Offering his expertise is not the only thing Song provides to customers of SCM. He is genuinely a nice guy who treats everyone he encounters like part of his family. Within minutes of meeting him, I felt like we had known each other for years.
Following the tour of the shop, we all went out for lunch at his favorite local taco place, which was so good it left me wanting a nap. And after lunch, we visited the La Jolla Cove and stared at all of the seals and sea lions inhabiting the sand. It was such a solid day, and one of the most fun shop visits I’ve had.