Classic NSX Models Gather Beneath Mt. Fuji
Daily Slideshow: A drive and meeting held in the peak of sweltering weather have to be a good time...right?
Blake Jones of SpeedHunters owns a car that I'm sure we all would love to have, an NSX. Being part of that community lets him be privy to things going on that an outsider wouldn't know of. Those things include this drive 90 minutes outside of Tokyo that he took with other owners to meet at the foot of Mt. Fuki. All in all, it was 33 first gen NSX models that turned out for this casual meeting.
That would be pretty cool
For Blake, the convoy and meet was an opportunity to not only form new friendships but to find inspiration for his own build that he is in the process of. Blake has a performance goal of matching the output of a Porsche 996 GT3 on-paper.
That green one is Blake's
Many mods that owners have taken have a racing influence with parts taken directly from Honda's time in motorsports. Changes such as a Le Mans style vented hood to direct more air to the radiator and upgraded ABS units from the later NA2 cars. That upgrade improves brake feel and saves a decent amount of weight above the front axle.
It's probably loud as hell too
Another meeting mod that making the rounds is replacing the stock telescoping antenna with the smaller rubber antenna from the S2000. This is another weight saving change since the motor for the antenna gets tossed out. There was one NSX rocking a Taitec GT-009 side exit exhaust, which could be the most direct-flow muffler on the market for the car.
I didn't see this mod in the article but the one that replaces the stock gauges with the digital dash from the S2000 is one that looks great matched with the classic lines of the car in my opinion.
When lightning strikes
Blake did find things he'd like to do to his car courtesy of the NSX that is owned by the drive's organizer. It is a beautiful red example with RAYS TE37SLs, Spoon aero mirrors, and an NSX Type R wing. Under the rear hatch is a 3.1-liter high compression engine, Brembo brakes on the front and rear, NA2 6-speed transmission, and a 4.4 final drive.
During the drive, owners efficiently divided themselves into groups that looked to push their cars harder and those who were happy to just roll along and enjoy the day.
It is so awesome to see these cars as up in years as they are being driven and enjoyed by their lucky owners. Even with thirty models of the same car, there was so much diversity among them that some seemed like total variations. If you ever find yourself or someone you know to yearn for a new car simply because the one they have is old, just sit back and try to find those things that made you love the car in the first place.