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  1. #1
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
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    2010 Top Ten Hondas of 1,2




    Why its #1: Ryan makes the list not only because his build is amazing, but because hes probably the realist enthusiast Ive ever met. The way he goes about building his car, and how he carries himself within our community is how it should be done. He doesnt build for fame or for celebrity status, he really just builds his car for himself and how he wants it. His build just happens to be one of the most recognized today because he knows what hes doing and he has good taste. Ryan just isnt one of those guys who are quick to part their car out after theyve acheived any measurable amount of success. His car continues to evolve because of that. He has no plans to just sell his car because he knows that he can do so much more to it. Der found himself on the cover of Super Street magazines annual Honda issue and not soon after, he hit the track again to get more seat time. For all the notoriety hes achieved in 2010, hes taken it all in stride and hasnt let it get to his head. Hes still up late every night scouring for rare parts that hes always wanted, wrenching on his own car, and driving his car everywhere, whether it be a show, meet, or track event



    His build is one of those builds that has to be seen in person to truly be appreciated. So many little details about it are just hard to capture on camera. For all that he puts his car through, its still in immaculate condition. His car, like Phil Robles Civic, is not the fastest, and it doesnt have to be. He drives his car because he enjoys the shit out of it. While his car parallels many of the other cars on the list, mainly his ATS teammates, hes #1 on the list because hes been so involved with the entire industry. Shows, meets, magazine covers, track events, even SEMA, hes done it all. I really hate to admit it, but I had Ryan Der topping the list very early on. By the end of the summer, he pretty much had it on lock. His willingness to just drive his car and do everything he possibly could really struck a cord with me










  2. #2
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    Why its #1: Plan it, build it, and kill everything. That pretty much explains it all. Im going to be very honest with you guys, and even to Big Mike. I was almost a little reluctant to put Big Mike at the #1 spot because well, to put it frankly, it would have been the easy choice to make. Ive worked closely with Big Mike since he began this whole rebuild on his Prelude and I was even the one to exclusively cover the entire build-up. While this is my list and no one elses, I didnt want the choice to pick Big Mike a personal one. If that makes sense. I mean, Im so closely associated to this build that it would almost seem biased to pick it. I had a lot of time to think about it and while I didnt want it to look like a biased decision, Big Mike has to have the number one spot just because he deserves it. Correction: Big Mike should be number one on the list becaues he fucking deserves it. As I said earlier, I had Ryan at the top very early on and while Big Mike had no idea that I had made such a choice, he continued to just kill everything and win, and win, and win. His success throughout the year places him at the top spot. He earns it. If I had no association with Big Mike, he would still have this spot. While his debut at Nisei of 2009 had its share of hiccups, his 2010 was a year like no other. Besids his multiple Best of Show accolades in 2010, he also took home Best Honda honors at both WekFest and Nisei Showoff. I cant recall a time when anyone else has ever done that. To hold top Honda honors at two of the biggest events of the year is huge, especially in a field dominated by other, more popular platforms. He set out to take the Prelude chassis and put it on the map and his build was so out of the box that it pretty much overshadowed the fact that it was a Prelude. People kinda just began seeing it as Big Mikes car and not as a Prelude that few people wanted to build.


    He was a beast in 2010 and he created a blueprint of how to carry yourself in the industry. While Ryan went about his year his own way, Big Mike had a gameplan very early on of how to bring his car out, how to be seen, and how to make all of his sponsors happy. Hes always been a very methodic person and it shows in how he presented himself in 2010. All of the awards he received were probably the only surprise for Big Mike. While it probably shouldnt have, considering the caliber of his build, Big Mike was geniune in his appreciation for all the recognition that he received. For many of the people around him, myself included, we all kind of expected him to win or be recognized because we knew how much work he put into his car. No one is as deserving of everything that has come to him than Big Mike. There was no possible way that he couldnt be number one on this list.


    If youve followed this site closely throughout the past year or two, then you should understand the type of impact that this build has made within our community. People were a little thrown off at first by the color but the reaction was expected. Thats why when we first covered the build here, I took the liberty of cutting out the color after the car got out of paint. Most thought that the color was cut to make it a surprise at the unveiling and that was partially true, but another one of the reasons why that was done was so that people would look past the color of the car and look more into the build itself. Paint color choice is objective and people prefer different tones all the time. You cant really argue whether or not the paint choice was bad simply because it isnt your car. If you look past it, like many have in the year 2010, then you will appreciate the build even more. There are so many layers to this car that you can literally peel it like an onion and with every layer comes something new that you havent seen before. Whats great about a build like this is that every event it goes to, it will attract someone new and they will learn something from seeing it. Like Bisi Ezerioha, our number 2 selection, this build has also transcended national borders and has become recognized all over the world. It has also broken the barriers of the Honda community and enthusiasts who are into all different makes and models have looked towards this build for inspiration. Its appeared on numerous sites and blogs throughout the world and I cant even count how many times Ive been linked to a different site where they have stolen my content and just posted up my coverage of his build. I think both Big Mike and I were a little taken back when we realized how huge it was internationally. Many of the sites we havent even been able to see what they were saying because we havent been able to translate the language. While it was in Vegas for the SEMA show, Big Mikes Prelude was even shot by an international photographer for a U.K.-based magazine.





  3. #3
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595

    5. JDMYard/Yonas Lius EGK24A

    Why it made the list: Ive been quietly following this build for most of the year and and I honestly feel like it deserves to be on the list. Various photos of it have popped up on the net this year but what many may not know is that this Austrailian Civic has been around for quite some time. It comes from outside of the U.S. but its a build that many guys over here greatly respect. It covers all aspects and is a very well-rounded build. The most current incarnation of this Civic is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing compared to years past and the pictures of it have made it a global sensation. Everybody that sees pictures of it instantly wants to know more about it, but have often times been unable to dig up more information on it simply because its from Australia.

    The picture above is probably the picture youre most used to seeing when you think of the JDMYard EG. The gray paint is a popular choice among other Civic owners as is the Js Racing front lip and aggressive 949 wheels. The car just looks great. Its a well-balanced and nothing is too over the top. Its race-inspired look is exactly what guys want nowadays. While its appearance has garnered it worldwide attention, the best part of this build is that it performs every bit as well as it looks. To put it in more appropriate terms for everyone to understand: This car fucking moves.

    In terms of pure functionality, there may be no other car on this list that is equal to what this build is capable of. Its an all-motor K24-swapped hatchback that runs 11′s and doubles also as a road race vehicle. The JDMYard Civic does it all and looks amazing while doing it


    People often complain about guys being hardparkers and all this other bullshit. This Civic is proof that you can make a car look great and still be completely functional. Being that its from Australia really helps open our eyes to the fact that amazing Honda builds can come from all over the world. The JDMYard EGK24A has made us Americans look seriously into that country and what builds they have to offer. We tend to be a little narrow minded sometimes and only look to Japan for inspiration so its good that a build like this comes around to smack us in the face and force us to look outside our normal scope. If I told you that there would be a build on the list this year thats not from North America, you would almost certainly think that its from Japan, with a very small number of you thinking possibly the U.K.

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      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
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    Why it made the list: Like Black Pie once told me; Its the Lamborghini of Civics. It terms of pure execution, Sakais EK takes the cake. He and Fred Chapman developed a very specific look that they wanted for his rebuild and they pulled it off flawlessly. He went with an entirely new look for 2010 and rebuilt his whole car from the inside out. The K-swap, Rando aero, custom paint, and wrinkle black accents are all a product of careful planning to achieve this exact look. Sakai has had this car for 10 years now and completely tearing it down and starting over in its tenth year shows his dedication to his hobby. Like Arns Integra, hes stuck with the same chassis throughout the years and continued its evolution. Hes never struggled to stay relevant because other guys are busy trying to catch up to him. This EK is the Lamborghini of Civics because its the pinacle of how this chassis should be done.








  5. #5
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    Why it made the list: Because, in my opinion, its the best S2000 build of the year. In terms of S2000s making the list, it was down to either Angel or S2KJays S2K and I feel that Angels belongs on the list because it is a completely new build, whereas Jays was on the list the year before and I dont think hes finished yet in its current incarnation. So many S2000s look the same now. Everybody else has seemingly fallen in love with ASM aero and many of them look very much alike now because of that. Either that are they go with the Spoon aero and go for the complete catalog car look. It almost seems as if people are afraid to do something different because they think theyll be looked down upon within that S2000 community. No body is really stepping out of the box like Angel. Hes taken all his favorite parts from many different aftermarket companies, added his own custom touches, and create an S2000 like no other.


    Angels S2000 has an absolutely menacing appearance. I like the fact that he molded-in the front Js Racing half bumper and also molded the rear over fenders to the body itself. Its different and it flows very well. Though hes pulled different parts from different manufacturers, hes managed to make everything come together. Whenever it made an appearance at an event in 2010, it captured the attention of everyone there.





  6. #6
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    Why it made the list: Anhs ITR was probably one of the biggest debuts of 2010. The ITR itself was nothing new because Anh already had done some work to it previously, but its full rebuild and debut caught a lot of people by surprise. The whole build from that point on was kept under wraps and only guys within the crew or who were close to Anh or ATS knew about it. When it debuted at WekFest early in 2010, it surprised a lot of people. I think he even won Best Integra that day. With the type of competition housed inside WekFest, thats huge and it says a lot about the quality of Anhs build. I knew about the build personally because Anh randomly emailed me one day to tell me about it. He had said that I took a picture of his Integra at Eibach in 2009 and he wanted to inform me that he was working closely with Fred Chapman and Rywire on a complete rebuild. I didnt really have any idea who Anh was at the time but I do remember his car and so I looked forward to the build. Its rare for a build to be a secret of any sort nowadays because everyone wants their own shine so they create build threads, often times to build hype for their own projects. Anh and Fred went a different route and did the car first, and then presented the internet with a reverse build, where they debuted the car at WekFest and then showed the build-up of it after. It was a cool idea actually and something that I most wouldnt think to do.


    The underlying theme of the car is pretty simple; black ITR with a brightly contrasting candy teal scheme. Like Chris Sakais build, it is in the execution of the theme that makes this ITR great. Anh also graced the cover of Super Streets annual Honda issue, which is a great honor. Being that his car was fairly new and Anh was still relatively unknown, the Super Street cover instantly made him a household name within the community. Now hes already begun work on the next stage of his build, collecting baller ass parts like his new ASM Recaro seats and Js Racing hood.





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      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    Why it made the list: Does this really need to be answered? The question really shouldnt be why its on the list but more to do with why the CR-Z is on the list along with the Wagon. Ill get into that later but lets talk about the Civic Wagon first.


    Bisi is a super nice guy and too much of a businessman to ever say it, but the Wagon was built as a big fuck you to the people that thought he couldnt build anything but all motor single cams. Thats pretty much the story of how the Wagon came to fruition. Somebody from another well-known tuning company was talking shit one day and Bisi wanted to prove the guy wrong. According to the guy, Bisi only built N/A single cam motors because it was all he knew. Instead of doing something on a more popular chassis, he went and decided to build up a wagon because it was the most absurd platform possible to build up his 700+ horsepower boost motor in. As you can see, his gameplan worked out as planned and he quickly quieted his critics. The wagon makes the list and holds the number 2 position because its one of the great stories of 2010. Need I remind you that its a 700 horsepower Honda Civic Wagon?! You just cant make up shit like this. Bisi is one of the great minds in our industry and building this wagon proves that he is not only capable of anything, hes got a sense of humor about it too. For all his professionalism and mechanical knowledge, hes learned to take things in stride and not take himself too seriously. Im sure he had a smile on his face the entire time he was busy putting this wagon together.


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      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    The Bisimoto CR-Z is everything I just said about his wagon, multiplied by 13498792. Its easily one of the greatest things within the Honda community that you will ever see. To put it into perspective, the CR-Z is ahead of your future selfs time. Bisi took a car that was released just this year, that no one had really done anything significant to, and turned it into a 500-horsepower full functional hybrid. Its on some future shit. In less than a year, he was able to create something that may have taken another man years to develop. When Honda gave him this CR-Z to modify, there was no possible way that they would have forseen this result. They were probably looking at eachother and saying; He did what with what?.how? It makes no sense whatsoever. Thats what makes Bisi Ezerioha such a mad scientist. Youre just not going to be able to comprehend how he built this CR-Z in such a short amount of time and produced these types of results.





  9. #9
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    Why it made the list: Kanes Civic belongs here just because its stood the test of time. Not only has it been around for over a decade, Kane still continues to build it and change things up. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the car, its hard to grasp how great it is. The body is perfect, still retains its OEM paint, and is so simplistic in nature aesthetically that it is timeless. This Civic is equally as in style today in 2010 as it was when it got its Super Street magazine feature way back in 2002

    Kanes coupe is a throwback to the days when guys built cars just for fun, and not for internet fame or popularity. He built this Civic for himself, takes it out to the track whenever he feels like it, and switches parts up because he likes it and not because its hot at that particular moment. The coupe even still has a B-series in it, no K-swap. Just a 2.0L B and its still competitive. Hes participated in the Super Street FF Battle competition for the last two years and its right up there with guys who are K-powered or boosted. Kane even placed second overall in this years FF Battle with his N/A B-series, something that no one expected. For it to not only be relevant, but still remain functional and competitive is a true testament to its timelessness as well as Kanes ability to take care of his car.






  10. #10
      hmd223
    Mar 2007
    UAE
    5,595


    Why it made the list: Much like Kane, Arns Integra makes the list because it also has stood the test of time. Arn is a true innovator and while Kane has left his Civic relatively the same throughout the years, Arn has continued its evolution. His roots are deep in the industry and his Integra has seen incarnations in both race and show form. He was plating parts long before import guys thought to and his Integra was the guinea pig in every experiment hes attempted. He was the first to do 24K gold-plated Mugen M7s and this year he came out and shocked the world with his one-off hydrogen-powered K-swap.


    Arn deserves to be on the list because hes a true innovator. Hes managed to always freshen up his Integra and the little touches that he thinks are cool just somehow manage to become immensely popular among the rest of his peers. The guy deserves more credit than I think he receives for what hes done for the community. Hes constantly switching things up and also making it out to events whenever hes had the chance to. In 2010, he also developed working relationships with Skunk2 and other companies to open the door to new possibilities for his build.