From the first moment I saw Richard Sia (Shamu) post his
pictures of his S2k on RS I knew we had to get him for a
featured ride (actually in reality it was either Rich's
car or Sorrgwa's Highlander). I PM'd him right away. I was
rather surprised to hear he was interested in doing the
feature and agreed to doing it without negotiations. He
just needed some more time to finish some things on it but
after that it would be ours. SOOOOO........we waited 4
months for it. Heck I had nothing else to do. So the day
finally came and we met at UBC rosegarden. Beautiful day
and we had brought our model for the shoot with us as
well. Unfortunately the first time we did the shoot, it
got dark real fast and most of the pictures we took turned
into crap. So, we had another excuse to check out this
beauty of a car. And what a beauty it is. OZ rims, Spoon
parts everywhere and a great sound system to go with it.
One of the best S2000's i've seen around. It's sad to hear
Rich is planning to get rid of it. Maybe one day, when I
win the lottery I can pick up a beauty of a car like
Rich's. Hey Rich. Can you wait for me to win the Lotto?
Here's some highlights from my interview with Rich:
RS: Why did you choose the S2k?
Rich: The main reason is price/performance. I was in the
market for a roadster/convertible so I looked into the TTs,
Z3, Boxster etc. and the S2000 offered the best
price/performance out of the competition. In my opinion, I
also liked the look/styling of the S2K the best out of the
other roadsters currently in the market.
RS: Did you buy it with your own money?
Rich: Haha, this is a funny question! I remember one of my
first "intro" posts in RS was incurred comments like "I
hope Mom likes all her new Spoon Silverware" etc. from
people I didn't know, or didn't know me! Needless to say
that was a bit frustrating. But for the record, yes, I did
buy the car and all the aftermarket parts with my work
money. I work full-time as a tech consultant, and I don't
get an allowance from Mom and Dad.
RS: Why did you choose Spoon products?
Rich: I wanted to (as much as possible) build a JDM-prep
track car rather than a dragster or a 1/4 mile car. So the
two products I really considered were Mugen and Spoon, and
honestly, I went with Spoon since it is more accessible
for us here in Vancouver through AJ-Racing. I can honestly
say there's no compromise in their build quality and I
appreciate the fact that the Spoon parts available to the
public are the same parts that are used in their own S2K
race car, rather than a "toned-down/street" version.
RS: What's the best thing you like about your S2k?
Rich: Honestly, the looks. I don't drive it hard on the
streets so I rarely get the opportunity to really let her
go. But I'm a big fan of the S2K design and styling, and
in my opinion it's one of the car's strongest features.
RS: What's your opinion on the Import Scene?
Rich: Regarding the import scene, I would sum it up by
saying "to each his own." There's so many different
"styles" out there that you'll rarely see two cars
modified the same way! That's what makes the scene so
unique -- it's a great forum to really represent your own
tastes and style. I'm not saying that I like every
modified car out there, but if someone chose to do
something to their car, he/she must like it, and I respect
RS: Any Shout outs to anybody?
Rich: AJ-Racing for their patience, advice, and expertise
that I really relied on when building this car.
www.s2ki.com -- without a doubt the best S2000-specific
forum on the Net! Tons of relevant info, help, and advise
for S2K owners on all aspects of the car -- not just on
modifying or aftermarket parts.