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Everybody needs a white girl in their life….

Many of you guys have been asking for more info on my newest project/grocery getter that you have been seeing recently. I guess grocery getter is a bit of an understatement. This N/A Civic Si has always caught my eye. This car is no stranger to the track. Mike Chang, owner of Evasive Motorsports, purchased the car new. As you can remember, Evasive had a lot of fun with this car and landed a beautiful cover on Honda Tuning Magazine back in 2011 after doing the FD2 conversion and competing in numerous time attack events.  As Evasive progressed into other project cars, they made the decision to find a nice new home for their FA5. Our friend and customer Renzo Marsano decided to pick up this beauty and bring it to us here at Sportcar Motion for the special Sportcar Motion touch! No time was wasted. After just one event, we quickly assembled a fresh heart for the Si. This time around a brand new K20/K24 would power this grocery getter around the Southern California tracks and freeways.

Renzo headed out to Super Lap Battle 2011 and ran 2:02 at Buttonwillow clockwise config 13. This was quite impressive as the car was on street tires. This was on the cars last stint as a K20 with just a Skunk-2 head package and stock bottom end.  But, that just wasn’t good enough for all of us over here at Sportcar Motion.  The freshly assembled K20/K24 was installed and tuned by our only trusted set of hands over at Church Automotive testing.  After completing the new K20/K24 transplant, Renzo made his way back out to Buttonwillow and was able to run 2:00 flat in December 2011 on street tires.

After attending the Modified Magazine Tuner shootout and having some more fun on open track events, Renzo made the decision to sell the car to it’s set of hands responsible for making her go faster. There was no hesitation in purchasing this vehicle. Between the Japanese full FD2 conversion on the exterior, and the absolute perfect combination for consistent power this was a no brainer. The FA5 now conveniently nicknamed “White Girl” now spends it’s life as a grocery/parts getter and part time track whore. From time to time you can catch her on display with her partner in crime Ken Suen’s FA5 nicknamed “Big Red’’. Soon you will also be able to catch Big Red receiving the same deadly combination of horsepower as White Girl for the upcoming time attack events to come in the end of 2012. More to come on this car as we wrap up a very fun and successful year. I am pleased to welcome “White Girl” to my stable of K-powered beasts!

’08 Honda Civic Si specs:

Engine: Honda K24/K20 N/A

Engine Modifications 12:5 CP X-forged pistons; Cunningham rods; IPS KME cams; complete Skunk 2 valvetrain, Pro Series intake manifold, Mega Power header; OEM Acura TL throttle body; P2R throttle body adapter plate; Custom 2.5 inch exhaust; Hytech custom oil pan; Sportcar Motion custom oil cooler; ATI super dampener; RC 650cc injectors; Mugen low temperature thermostat;

Engine Management Hondata Flash Pro

Drivetrain ’08 Civic SI transmission w/ 4.7 final drive; Kazz custom LSD

Suspension/Tires/Wheels Tein Monoflex coilovers; J’s Racing roll center adjusters; ARP wheel studs

Wheels/Brakes/Tires Weds TC05 wheels 18×10.5 (f) & 17×8 (r); Dunlop Starspec tires; Endless Si big brake kit w/ Endless race pads

Interior Recaro bucket seats; Takata harness

Exterior JDM FD2 full conversion (f/r) w/ rear wing; Season

Mugen style carbon fiber lip (f)

Few shots from the engine build:

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Thanks to Timscribbles.com for the nice shots from last week’s Extreme Auto Fest in San Diego! Be sure to check out his blog! I like it! All pics, less BS talk and uneeded opinions of everything!   (www.timscribbles.com)

You can come check out White Girl next weekend at Nisei week in DTLA 8/11! I will be at the Generations display with not one but three of our cars! Come by!

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Cheers!

MJ.

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Technology owns us

I returned from my vacation yesterday, I was itching to upload my photos from my camera. I was looking forward to sharing my weeklong road trip with everyone, along with sharing my newest addition to the family that I recently acquired.  When I finally got to my desk, and attempted to upload my images they were all gone in a matter of seconds. Hundreds of photos lost. I’m sure you are wondering why. Well, no other way to explain it other then this. Technology owns us. My poor SD card decided it was time to go, and it chose to die in that very moment. It is so crazy how something such as this completely turned me into tears. I felt like someone just full on kicked me in the stomach. If the images on that SD card had just been photos of my car, fine. But, there was so much more on that card. In this moment, I received a big reminder to not get so wound up in all this technology we have. It is so easy to find yourself on Facebook, on Instagram, on your iPhone or laptop doing something constantly. You think about it, it is now even rare to print an actual photo. The days of waiting at the 1-hour photo lab are gone.  Last week I found myself in a rare time away from work, away from the city, and all the technology for the most part. No cell phone coverage. Just my family and I.

I decided that I was going to take a nice road trip up to Lake Tahoe and visit my parents. I just needed away for a while. It is beautiful here in San Diego and all, but the hustle gets exhausting at times. It was time to get away.

Speaking of technology, I recently decided that I was just up to my ears in technology in regards to my daily transportation. I looked at how much money I had in cars that have no purpose other then daily driving. It was beginning to feel ridiculous.  I was loving my newest purchase, a brand new hybrid from Lexus. It did everything you could need a car to do. Navigate you, make your dinner reservations, and keep you comfortable. It was a wonderfully designed car. But, the real MJ was coming out. I missed everything about owning a Honda. The good, and the bad. But, I missed it. Having only track dedicated Hondas left wasn’t fun. It was time.

I found an offer that I couldn’t refuse. One my favorite customer cars was in need of a new home. I didn’t waste any time.  Last week only hours before leaving on a road trip, cash and keys were exchanged. I was on my way to Lake Tahoe in an unusual vehicle.  9 hours and a few stops later I was back home. I haven’t had that much fun driving in the car for 9 straight hours in years! It was the perfect opportunity to become acquainted with my new vehicle. This car gets the looks, not only from confused elderly and appreciative fellow enthusiasts but also from law enforcement. I had the pleasure of spending 30 minutes on the side of the highway with one of California’s finest. It was one of those moments that I just acted as if I had no idea what this car entailed. None the less it was an amusing stop, and I was on my way with a fix it ticket for tented windows.

I had a great week away from San Diego. I felt so good to be away from it all, see my parents, and share all my childhood places with my own kids. Just have some peace and quiet. It was hard to get the kids to stop playing with iPads, iPhones, Macbooks.  Kids in the new generation have it so differently then I did as a kid. But, we had a good time. Enjoyed some fireworks, sunshine, swimming, and time on the boat. I had so many great moments that I had captured with my camera while I was up there. I was so bummed when I came home and lost every moment that I had captured. This was just a reminder. I need to make more time to see my family. I need to take more photos, SAVE them securely, and print them. There are so many photos in my computer that belong on walls. Life is just so short and fast paced these days. We often overlook so many important moments, or forget them.  It is my own personal goal to slow down a bit, and just enjoy the little things more often.  You never know when it going to be over…

“Carpe diem. Seize the day.”

Meet “White Girl”-  FA5 converted to FD2. Powered by a fully built N/A K24 powerplant built by us (Sportcar Motion).

Previously owned and driven by Evasive Motorsports. Link to Honda Tuning Magazine July 2011 cover feature: http://www.hondatuningmagazine.com/features/htup_1107_2008_honda_civic_si_sedan/viewall.html

The only few photos i’ve got for you, as she sits now. Thanks to my iPhone:

Atop of the highway, Mono Lake, California

That is it for now. More to share with you all soon! Looking forward to putting my spin on this already beautiful car!

MJ-


Out with the old, in with the new!

Well, we now put another year behind us once again. 2011 was quite the year for us around here. I was able to get the Civic Type-R exactly where I had wanted her to be after 2 years of trial and error. I officially succeeded in my goal with the engine setup. And, we managed to bring home a win for the car at Super Street FF Battle! The CTR had quite the year.  My passion for my cars and the business officially went global with the double feature in Spain with the CTR and also the debut of my newest obsession, a very red US spec EG hatch with nothing other then a K24 under the hood. Adding to the media frenzy of 2011 was the very first cover for us on Honda Tuning Magazine with the EG as well! I guess you can say the media treated us extremely well in 2011. I couldn’t ask for much more!

Back in May we had a blast competing in FF Battle. This was the third year in a row that we were chosen to compete in the event. This was the second year in a row that we were able to bring the CTR. Since we ran into some issues the year prior, we were given the opportunity to come back and attempt to redeem ourselves. Little did any of us realize that we would end up bring home first place! We once again ran into some problems, this time with the front bumper coming off the car. But, with a little love and a roll or two of duct tape we did it! The few minor changes I made to the engine and the minor things such as the new wing brackets and front splitter proved to be a recipe for success out there at California Speedway. We managed to gain an extra 15 HP by changing out the RBC manifold, BDL fuel rail, and 72mm throttle body to a fresh new Skunk 2 intake manifold, composite fuel rail, and black series 74mm throttle body. The car as it sits now is making a healthy 282WHP. This is exactly what I was shooting for, and is the perfect recipe for the track. I feel that the car has reached the point that I was ultimately looking for. We mainly went back out there to have a great time, and also see how my few modifications to the car would affect our lap times. Oscar Jackson did an outstanding job out there again. OJR is a extremely talented driver and a great person away from the driver’s seat as well. He’s the only one I have been able to trust driving the CTR while I have been sorting out my own injuries that have made it difficult to drive the CTR. My goal for 2012 is to add power steering to the car and hopefully get back out there, now that I am finally feeling confidant enough to drive the car again.  But, I think I may need to call my friend OJR to give me some pointers out there!

This year marked one of the best years in media coverage for not only my self personally, but the company. Between our ITR kicking ass all season out at Redline Time Attack, competing again in the Modified Magazine Tuner Shootout, and the 3 magazine features with the CTR and EG, it has been an awesome year for us to showcase all of our hard work around here with all three of the cars. The most surprising one of them all was the magazine feature in Spain. It was very interesting to learn more about the close following of K-series and the cars in the US over in Spain.  This article not only showed the other side of the world about the ins and outs of the EG and CTR, but also shed some light on what I have accomplished and how I have fallen into the career that I have. This is quite interesting to those in Spain as a women such as myself is almost unheard of over there. GTI Magazine did a great job with my interview and seeing what this is all about.

The Honda Tuning feature with the EG kind of caught us all a bit off guard.  We got the call from the magazine this past summer, and they wanted to shoot ASAP as they had an issue in mind that they wanted to feature the EG in along with another San Diego car. The EG was still a few steps away from being track ready, but we made the best of it and shot the car minus the rollcage, and new tires and wheels.  The car still looked awesome, but it didn’t quite have that drag stance that it should, considering this is a drag dedicated car.  As soon as we saw the finished project, we were amazed. Matt did a great job shooting the car. This also marked our very first cover believe it or not! This was pretty exciting for all of us. This car not only marks our return to drag racing, but is also a personal project of mine and my longtime friend and partner. This car means a lot more to us then just another project. This feature was one of the best that we have had to date.

2012 looks to be quite the year for us again. We have just signed multiple brand new sponsors for the EG allowing us to finish our turbo setup for the car. Originally this wasn’t going to be possible until late 2012 or 2013, but adding these new sponsors has now made our dreams a reality for this year. I look forward to this more then anything this year. I have to admit; drag racing will always have my heart over any other type of racing. Besides wrapping up the EG, I have decided to move on with the CTR. She will be donating her current heart to something pretty damn awesome and moving onto a new heart of her own. A new N/A K24 heart with more power and more torque then her last one.  This is beyond exciting for me as not only am I building something new for the CTR, but we are building something that will be quite shocking to many of you. The only hint for now is that you will be seeing my K20 go into something that is still very new and unexplored. Things will be starting to unfold any day now this month!

Big THANKS to the amazing sponsors that  I have been fortunate enough to have by my side! Skunk 2 Racing, Buddy Club USA, Torco, Competition Clutch, Toyo Tires, Hasport, Rywire, and Church Automotive Testing. And, a big thanks to my friends and family!

Tons more to come this year! And, so much that you will actually see me posting more updates on here! Stay tuned!