MoMo Goes To TYPE ONE [Part II: A Peek Inside]

Continuing on from last week’s post, this time let’s take a peek inside the Type One shop, although so many people and blogs have taken pictures from there, most of us pretty much know the whole layout of the place. Because of this reason, I was actually debating on skipping Type One altogether, but then I figured seeing pictures online and stepping foot in the actual shop is two completely different experiences. So, I hopped on the JR and headed towards Okigubo Station.

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!

A twenty minute walk from Okigubo Station and you’re greeted by the famous orange signage.

The shop consists of two levels, both had work areas but the top floor is mainly a showroom. (Above photo is of the bottom floor)

Spoon engines and assemblies were scattered around the showroom area.

The Spoon wall of valve covers were some pretty nice eye candy.

Got a favorite front bumper?

A gorgeous AP2 just tucked in a corner…

The famous car rack with a new S660 and an old school EA.

A clean Euro R being catered to in the work area.

Spoon dabbles in bikes as well.

This is quite possibly the best car at the shop. How can you not love a Spoon NSX!?

And last but not least, I had to leave a mark at the shop.

So, that’s about it for my Type One visit, I hope you guys have enjoyed my Japan adventures so far. I do have one more stop left but that will go up after a FRS feature that I just shot this past weekend. Until then, enjoy!


MoMo Goes To TYPE ONE [Part I: The Spoon AP2]

It’s been a little over a week since I’ve updated the site, but I still have some Japan trip photos to post up, so let’s get the ball rolling again with the next set of photos. This next set consist of the first part of my visit to Type One which is pretty much the workshop for the Honda powerhouse, Spoon Sports. For this first part of my Type One visit, I decided to give a little in depth look at the Spoon demo car that was sitting outside the shop (It’s for sale for about $33,000 USD if anyone is interested).

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!

The car was hiding around the corner of the shop, but you can see a peek of the new Super Taikyu front end as you walk by.

Just chillin’ on the sidewalk waiting for someone to pick it up.

The Spoon rear end is definitely a very hard piece to pull off, but I think it looks pretty nice on this demo.

The Spoon side mirror is a great replacement piece for a sleeker look compared to OEM.

The infamous blue Spoon calipers mated to a set of Potenza RW006 wheels.

And one more shot of the gorgeous Gran Prix White AP2.

Stay tuned for the next part as I head inside the Type One shop. Until then, enjoy!

Secret’s Out! MoMo Visits Top Secret HQ

Another post on another stop in my Japan adventures; this time I swung by the Wangan King’s lair, Top Secret. I was actually on my way back from Powerhouse Amuse when I made the last minute decision on making a quick stop at Top Secret since it was along the way of my train ride. So, I got off at Chiba Station, made my way onto the light-rail line and hopped on a bus that took me right to the front door of the shop. When I arrived, there was an immediate grin on my face because I felt like I just stepped into GTR heaven. Everywhere along the shop and the front lot were littered with GTRs, even the dyno had an R34 just sitting on it. At that point, I knew I made the right decision to come.

After admiring the cars in the front lot for a good half hour or so, I made my way back to the actual shop entrance. The staff was pretty accommodating and let me browse around, take pictures and what not, although they did tell me not to go into the garage area (I guess there were some top secret shit going on that a mere mortal can’t see). But I respect that and there were plenty for me to see regardless, so that didn’t really hinder my visit at all.

With that said, let’s get on with some photos!

Photos by MoMoHitsTheSpot!

You can’t miss the sign.

A few of the GTRs out front. I especially love the Z-Tune kitted R34.

The gold ER34 just sitting there collecting dust.

Two legendary twin-turbo cars in their own rights.

The dyno was actually a separate shack that was located by the side of the garage where an R34 V-Spec II Nur was just chilling minding its own business.

Another car at the front lot was this gorgeous BN-Sports R35. I wish I got more photos of this beast.

Several retired old-timers just being neglected by the side of the garage.

A big Top Secret banner inside the shop let’s customers know where they’re at.

Some entertainment in the waiting area for people to indulge on while their cars are being serviced. I love that they were showing dyno videos on their big screen!

Like with any other tuner shop, parts were displayed everywhere and there were something for everyone; from beautiful titanium pieces big and small, to giant Trust/Greddy twins.

I did manage to catch a glimpse of the garage area and the man himself, Smokey Nagata, working on a R35 GTR.

25 years of quality. And many more to come!

So, that about sums up my Top Secret visit. One thing I do regret though was the fact that I didn’t get a chance to speak with Smokey but hopefully I’ll get that opportunity in the future.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and yes, there’s more to come!