Bulletproof Canyon Day Ends In Sadness

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Yesterday I had a hell of a good time…until the moment when I had a hell of a bad time.

Let’s start with the good:

Some of the guys at the office and I decided to spend a day enjoying scenic Malibu and the amazing canyon roads that it offers. Mike in his Voltex aided S2000, me in my S2000 and Jason in his tuned Evo X met up at Neptunes Net on the PCH to start off the day. We then proceeded to have a hell of a time driving our native Malibu beach-side touge roads. I was loving it, I pulled the hardtop off and was enjoying the sun all while getting used to the feel of my new Recaro RS-G Super Stark seats and Keys Racing steering wheel that we installed two days earlier.


For those who have not seen the car in a while, the Mugen roll bar, Super Stark seats, Keys wheel and the in-dash Eclipse head-unit are new additions (thanks Ryan at Creative Car Audio for the various installs). Also recently modified has been the the new Amuse exhaust system (not pictured here).

Towards the end of our touge cruise apparently my engine wasn’t having as much fun as I was and unexpectedly blew the ‘ef up! After a massive cloud of streaming smoke out of the Top Secret hood  I frantically cut the ignition and pulled to the side of the road, promptly jumping the hell out of my Recaro seat! An oil trail ran back as far as the eye could see, the only good news being that at least there was some evidence that I executed the proper driving line through the corners!

That experience took the day from amazing highs to a personal low.


Fortunately I have a built F20c motor already sitting in our warehouse waiting for just such an occasion. Although a costly solution, the end result is that this will all be for the best. The car of the past just wasnt ready for me! The new and improved version I think will be up for the task…

The rest of the day returned to high notes, some might say epic…I got to show the guys I work with the two Top Secret cars for the first time (S15 D1GP champ and the Fusion RR R34 time attack car). We hung out with those cars which I had not seen for a while and lounged the rest of the night surrounded by great cars and some video games. Throw in a crazy good sandwich from my go-to spot Bay Cities Deli in Santa Monica and it was still a hell of a day in sunny Southern California.

For those on facebook, my co-worker Kristoffer put up some pictures on our fan page of the top secret cars, running the canyons and of other fun times we had yesterday.

Check it out here:


Here’s one artistic picture I took after the catastrophe to close this post out…


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Customer Car – Tom’s S2000

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Tom’s S2000

I consulted with Tom and supplied him the parts to build his dream S2000 about two years ago. This project from the beginning I knew would be special because Tom is someone who like myself is a real lover of high end JDM quality. No shortcuts were made, this car was prepared with simply the best of everything from the frame up.

There are too many quality modifications to list, but here are some of my favorites:

Tracy Sports GT widebody

Spoon Hardtop

ASM Dry Carbon Doors, dry carbon hood and dry carbon trunk

Top Secret 19″ TE37 wheels

J’s Racing big brake kit

ASM Limited Edition Recaro RS-G Seats

ASM Multi-meter

ASM Titanium Exhaust

Mugen Race Roll Cage

Toda Individual Throttle Body Kit

Tracy Sports Header

The car was stripped to the bare frame and repainted in the beautiful blue hue you see. The car is very light weight and with a highly responsive NA tuned engine, it really is a great example of an ultimate NA street legal S2000.

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Customer Car (and now employee car) – Hunter Modlin

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I mentioned earlier the exciting story about how Hunter, a reader of the blog and client of Bulletproof’s who took the trip from Georgia to Los Angeles to interview with us. Actually, at this very moment he is busy preparing to make the move to Los Angeles and join the Bulletproof team next month.

In the meantime, he sent us some updated pictures of his car. As a reader of this blog, Hunter has gradually learned the right perspective on JDM tuning and fine tuned his good taste over the years (I know you love reading this as I kiss my own ass here). 🙂

Lets see what he’s done with his S2000:

Hunter Modlin S2000

While the project is incomplete at the moment, he’s off to a wonderful start. Of course being a fan of Bulletproof, he had to go with the Bulletproof x Spoon remix hardop (using the authentic Spoon hardtop as a base…no knockoffs here), Spoon rear fenders, ASM front fenders and Volk CE28N Time Attack rims. I did not however sell him the exhaust or some of the other parts on the car, which means that he, I and you all know that at some point I’m going to try to convince him to run an Amuse (or Bulletproof GT limited) exhaust on his car.

I’m a fan of this angle of his car, and since he’s still working on the front of his car I’ll refrain from showing that.

What do you all think of this work in progress?

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