Over the past decade, The Chronicles online site has been known to deliver stunning feature cars and event coverage. This year’s 11th Anniversary Meet, hosted at Eibach Springs in Corona, California, was a reflection of the Chronicles brand as the quality of over 200 vehicles on display was robust and impressive. Joey Lee—event host and founder of The Chronicles—mentioned that in comparison to previous events, Year11 was the most refined to date, with a cool experience and a stunning array of vehicles.
One vehicle that stood out among the rest was sitting front and center at their booth.
Referred to as the Slaughter Boys Civic, this meticulously built Honda has been sweeping the 2019 show circuit, taking top honors in the Honda class at events including Spocom and Wekfest. The awards don’t stop there, as it earned the Best of Show award at this event. One look at this machine, and you can guess why.
Immediately, the 70mm Drag Cartel individual throttle bodies made by Kinsler caught my eye. The K-swapped EK features a Rywire Motorsport Electronics harness, tucked radiator, Meziere electric water pump, a slew of KTuned components, along with a Spoon Sports valve cover.
The exterior is simplistic yet clean, featuring a custom paint job, Backyard Special carbon kevlar front bumper, Rays TE37 wheels, and Spoon Sports brake calipers.
Sometimes it’s the little things that add up when scoring points at car shows. Spoon Sports windshield wipers and Illest x Bride collaboration bucket seats? This ride is money.
When Kristian Wong isn’t busy tuning or wrenching on 1,000-plus-horsepower Nissan GT-Rs, or building custom turbo kits for Lamborghinis at SP Engineering, he spends the remainder of his time working on his cars including his ’00 Honda Civic CX. This project car has slowly evolved over a year-long span from a commuter car into his weekend warrior.
Wong’s obsession with track racing was the key motivator to begin building his Civic. With the help of his longtime friend Yuta Akaishi, the two began modifying the car in August of last year. The project quickly blossomed with a K20A2 engine swap. The structural frame was strengthened by stitch welding from the A-pillar on forward, and the remaining sections were strengthened using a total of 1,700 rivets—a technique commonly used by privateer tuner shops in Japan.
Under the hood, go-fast-goodies include a Rywire Motorsports Electronics Mil-spec engine harness, chassis harness, and PDM, along with Hybrid Racing engine mounts, coolant hoses, shifter, and cables. A Koyorad pocket radiator and Spoon Sports oil pan keep temps in check while the drivetrain consists of Drive Shaft Shop 2.9 axles, a twin-plate clutch, 2-6 close ratio gearset, and a 1.5-way clutch-type LSD.
Wheel and suspension modifications include Rays RE30 17×9 +35mm wheels up front and Rays TE37 16×7 +42mm in the rear; BattleCraft 00S Racing Ti lug nuts, Exceed SSD coilovers, ASR rear sway bar brace, spherical LCAs, and trailing arm bushings complete the undercarriage. Aero modifications consist of a Truth Motorsport front bumper with Exceed lip, CWest side skirts, and rear bumper, along with an Exceed x Mode Parfume rear wing.
Inside the cabin, Wong kept things nice and simple using a set of Bride Xero RS seats, Sabelt 6-point harness, JIC carbon front strut bar, Spoon rear strut bar, and BattleCraft x Chronicles Hyper Teardrop shift knob. According to Wong, there’s still plenty to do to get this car to a competitive state for next year’s Super Street FF Battle competition, but he feels confident in the platform and setup thus far.
The Year11 booth brought out some merchandise for sale, including exclusive pins featuring Kristian Wong’s BattleCraft EK Civic.
Representing Team Metrospeed, Dave Chik’s Civic EK took home the Hall of Fame award at this year’s meet.
Chik’s clean ride features a B-series swap, Mugen NR10R wheels, and an Exceed front lip. The coveted NR10R wheels added a unique twist to the build as most Hondas are commonly seen flossing a set of Mugen M7 or Rays TE37 wheels.
Those familiar with Chik’s builds might recall his Jasper Green ’92 Integra DA from our Year9 coverage.
While many assume the Chronicles show is all about showcasing Hondas and Acuras, Lee mentioned that he didn’t want to pigeonhole the event to feature H-badged cars, so he opened it to all vehicles. This 240SX with an S13 Type X body kit and slammed on a set of Work Emotion wheels was one of the cleaner 240s I’ve come across in a while.
Another non-Honda representing at Year11 is this ’71 Skyline Hakosuka owned by Skyline Mikey. Mikey’s customized 4-door Skyline recently underwent a color change—among other things—from its silver paint to midnight purple hue.
The oil cooler sitting outside of the front fascia is a throwback to the early-era Japanese Bosozoku (underground street racers) who modified their cars using unconventional methods and styles.
Under the hood sits a fully customized RB26 with a single Garrett turbo conversion. Copper plating accents accentuate the engine while delivering a classic feel to a modern twist.
Inside, the interior remains mostly stock other than a few items that include a Number 7 carbon steering wheel and Apex’i tachometer.
Clear taillights add another unique touch to the car, but it’s the aggressive-offset super-rare Kobe Seiko Gottei wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888R tires that set the car off.
I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen Hector Levario’s ’07 Honda S2000 dirty. It always looks like it came off the showroom floor!
This car’s equipped with a Voltex aero kit that includes Voltex diffuser, a Type 2 wing, race front bumper, and a carbon fiber hardtop.
The Honda sits on a set of Advan GT wheels backed by Spoon Sports brake calipers. Levario mentioned that future modifications call for forced induction.
Cody Chan’s Civic EG with Pocari Sweat livery, BattleCraft vented hood, Chargespeed fenders, CWest bumper, Exceed coilovers, and SSR MKIII 15-inch wheels have finally lured a fellow JDM soft drink partner to enter shows with him.
At first glance, Ryan Blair’s Honda S2000 was almost unrecognizable. When we last saw this car back in 2016 at the Eibach Meet, this RHD AP2 was still sporting its original Rio Yellow paint job and rolling on CCW wheels. At the time, it sported a Vortech-supercharged F20C engine.
Version 2.0 features a Sheepey Built turbo kit complete with Precision turbo and a custom wide body kit.
Re-barreled Work Meister S1 2-Piece wheels were assembled using powder coated centers, then finished off with gold hardware to give the S2000 a proper wheel fitment.
Plenty of vendors were proudly displaying their products, including Arizona-based ICB Motorsport. Matt Yee—the owner of ICB—is the mastermind behind bringing back the Desmond Regamaster EVO II wheels.
This event brought ICB the perfect opportunity to show off their newly released 16-inch wheels.
Loi-Spec Garage’s Integra Type R looked downright dirty, battered, and worn down. But if you asked owner Loi Hua if he cared, the chances are that he would say no.
His ’01 Type R serves as his test mule and weekend race car and is often seen battling on the tracks at Buttonwillow Raceway.
Jose Del Villar’s EF-chassis Civic is covered in House of Kolors Candy Apple Red. If the paint job doesn’t grab your attention, perhaps those chromed-out velocity stacks do the trick? A K20A engine equipped with Kinsler individual throttle bodies powers this Civic.
Love it or hate it, the FEEL’S widebody made headlines on the cover of Import Tuner Magazine’s second-ever issue along with model Francine Dee. Sean Stell paid tribute to this classic kit but built with a subtle black paint scheme along with a set of Volk wheels.
Teddy Timoteo’s green EK-chassis Civic with a K20A is punched out to a 2.2-liter displacement and uses Jenvey individual throttle bodies with a Hayward intake manifold adapter. It cranks out 280 wheel horsepower on California 91-octane fuel.
Since the last time we saw his ride, a lot has changed. A new set of Rays TE37 wheels, J’s Racing rear wing, and a soon-to-be trend-setting modification that consists of custom titanium velocity stacks that were fabricated by Chasing J’s.
Muoi Tran has been perfecting her driving skills over the past few years, with a fifth-place finish in the ’18 Super Street FF Battle street class division. She took home top honors at this year’s event in her ’00 Civic, which features a stroked B16B powerplant.
Amir Bentatou brought out his turbocharged, K20Z1-powered, track-prepped RS Future NSX. The 500-plus-horsepower NA1 sports an assortment of rare body parts, including an I’s Impact front bumper, Yokota Bodycraft front fenders, Marga Hills rear fenders and side skirts, along with an Advance rear bumper.
On the track, Bentatou’s NSX achieves maximum traction using a set of KW Clubsport coilovers and Rays TE37 wheels in 17×9 +22 offset up front and 18×10 +22 at the rears.
Whether you’re into old school or new school import cars, you’ll be sure to find quality rides at The Chronicles Meet that piques your interest!