Series shows restoration of U.S. ‘Serial One’ Honda N600

After a decade of growth that made Honda the top-selling motorcycle manufacturer in the world, Honda set out to sell cars in the United States, entering the market in 1969 with the N600. The N600 was the first “mass market” car sold by Honda with production for the United States at approximately 35,000 by 1972.

Known for being nimble and fuel-efficient, the Honda N600 was 122 inches long, weighed nearly twice as much as the company’s future supercar, the NSX, and featured an all-alloy engine capable of 9,000 rpm and 81 miles per hour.

The first Honda N600 imported to the United States had collected dust for many decades before it made its way into the hands of Los Angeles-based mechanic Tim Mings. Having worked exclusively on the Honda N600 for over 20 years, Mings had become known as the only full-time N600 mechanic in the world, restoring over a thousand of them

Richard McMickens remembers his first memory as watching his uncle build cars, go to shows, and bring home dozens of different awards. Years later when it was time for McMickens to get his first car, he obtained a 1992 Cadillac Seville. Having been bit long ago by the automotive bug, it didn’t take long before he slowly started modifying the audio and wheels of the car. After a few mods, McMickens said he had found his niche for how he wanted his cars to look.

From there, McMickens became more involved in his local car community, which was seemingly made up of Honda’s, primarily because that’s what everyone had at the time. As his tastes began changing and growing, McMickens set out to built an Acura Integra that featured a fully built motor with machine work done by the help pf his team, “The Wulfpac,” located in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jimmie Johnson won the Auto Club 400 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Fontanta, California, at the Auto Club Speedway, in a dramatic overtime battle, Sunday, March 20.

During lap 198 of 200 Kyle Busch blew a tire and hit the turn 3 wall which prompted the sixth caution flag of the race. A restart occurred on lap 204 with Denny Hamlin was leading until he chose the outside lane leaving Johnson behind Harvick on the inside lane. Johnson then pushed Harvick clear of Hamlin into turn 1 and then let of the gas in turn 2 where he then cleared Harvick and won by .772 seconds.

This win is Johnson’s second for the 2016 season.

According to NASCAR’s official driver standings for 2016, Harvick is still leading with 195 points, followed by Johnson with 184 points, Carl Edwards with 171 points, Denny Hamlin with 170 points, and Kyle Busch takes fifth position with

Editorial Note: This is the first in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift. First two photos by Charles Siritho. 

In 2015, Round 1 of the Southwest ProAm hosted by VegasDrift took place at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, where Andrew Schulte qualified in the top 16 with 65.6 points. He went on to battle local drifter Vitaly Sopkin, won, but was knocked out in the top 8 by Joe Tardif. A year later, Andrew has committed to to competing in the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned series because “it’s addicting. I got such a rush out of the competition last year that I just can’t stay away. Humans are relentlessly curious by nature and I love this sport, I think it’s only natural that I want to see how far I can make it!”

Editorial Note: This is the first in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift.

In 2014 Austin Kregle competed in a round of the Southwest ProAm at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, where he qualified in 18th position out of 47 other drivers. Two years have passed since then and for the first time Austin plans on fully committing to this season and competing in every round of ProAm. Between his last ProAm event in 2014 to present, Austin has slowly been making changes to his 1995 Nissan 240SX to create a more competitive car for the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned series.

DSC_0853“I specifically got this car for drifting” Austin said of his S14 in Car Street Journal’s Marc [...]

Sunday, March 13, marked the latest Import Face Off, dubbed IFO, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix Arizona. IFO is a sort of all-purpose event with drifting, drag racing, car show, and an audio competition. While the target demographic is imports, vehicles of all makes, models, and era’s are welcome and do attend.

The turnout wasn’t the strongest it has been in previous years in part due to the slightly high temperatures, but there were still many things to see and do under the warm Arizona sun. Spectators and participants came from all corners of the southwest to show and drive their sheet metal with cars in attendance from California, Nevada, Utah, and even Texas making an appearance, proving that IFO is a pretty popular event for  enthusiasts and tuners alike.

Out on the drift track, it was a drifters delight as tarmac temperatures were high and grip conditions were slippery to say

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