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Introduction

"When we crack this mountain open, all Hell is gonna break loose!"

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So picture this: It's late October, and the sun is out. Being in Northeast Tennessee, you can imagine the weather is mild, yet quiet and cool. You're in the passenger seat of a Galaxy Black Pearl 2004 Honda S2000. The inside is rather noisy. Exhaust notes, suspension noise, body noise, roof noise, you know. The usual. Your hand is clenched to the door handle, and you're just trying to take it all in. Something about the car is speaking to you in a language you don't know if you can speak yet. You look at the speedometer, and you're cruising at a comfortable 65 mph. "This is our last chance to get the tires warm before we hit the turns," he says. At that moment, your stomach drops a bit. The car begins to move side to side across an entire lane of a Tennessee mountain road. You look out into the sideview mirror at the bulging widebody crisscrossing back and forth. You see the entrance to the mountain's switchback paradise dead ahead. The RPM's go up, your stomach moves further down, and this is it. The ride of a lifetime. Before you can think, your mind snaps a picture of the first bend: Jack's Turn. The rest of the ride is, quite literally, a blur.

This is Northeast Tennessee's infamous Highway 421. Known locally as "The Snake," the highway is a fairly large stretch of road that compresses at a mountain pass as it bleeds over into North Carolina. Through the duration of time that you battle the switchbacks of the mountain, you'll encounter very sharp degree turns and "recommendations" for low speed. For example, Jack's Turn, as mentioned above, is set to be taken at 25 mph. This road, however, is not one to be taken lightly. Arguably, the lives taken on this stretch of asphalt outnumber the amount of guardrails found on the exterior turns. Being a passenger, to say taking these turns at upwards of 70 mph the entire way is "scary," doesn't even begin to describe the sensation. It's one thing to run the mountain on a sport bike. It's an entirely different game when you're behind the wheel.

I prayed to God twice, both before and during the run. The reality of anything going wrong is always something that you have to keep in consideration when tackling a road of this nature. As we headed into the first turn, again as I mentioned is recommended at a nimble 25 mph, I glanced at the speedometer one more time, which became a habit throughout the ride. It showed somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 mph. I'm no mathematician, but I'm pretty sure that's a 55 mph difference in speed. As he barreled into the turn, there was only one thing I felt: confusion. "There's no possible way we're keeping traction," was all that raced through my head. Through every single turn of that mountain, up and down, traction never budged, not even once. As we soared into the first exterior turn, mind you this was the second time I said a prayer in my head, I looked over at the driver, Brandon Whited. Calm, collected, relaxed, and focused with eyes straight ahead, hands at 9 and 3, he looked like some kind of a racing legend in a movie. And in a way... he kind of was. Except this movie wasn't on the big screen with a blockbuster midnight release. This movie was years in the making, one scene at a time. It's a continuous, never ending film only available to those that take the patience to watch the evolution of a machine, and it's humble master.

We made about three runs total that afternoon. Up and down, then back again. After the first trip, I began to settle a bit and just started to truly enjoy the ride. Once I gave my nerves a rest, I started to really think about what was going on here. With the roar of the F22C1 reverberating off the mountain rock, I realized that for one of the few times in my life, I fully trusted somebody. And not only somebody, but something. You see, we all have nerves. A lot of us like to push our nerves to the limit. That's why we go to amusement parks and jump out of airplanes. It's why we go through the tortures of a haunted house or a scary movie. But for this, there was no instructor. There were no tracks. There was no safeword or exit sign. Only trust that Brandon wouldn't let a millisecond mistake cost us our lives, and that the car wouldn't allow for a mistake at all. And it didn't. And it looked damn good while it was doing it's job.

Once we completed the runs, we returned back to Bristol. As I laid in bed that night, I couldn't stop thinking about the drive. Most people probably wouldn't have been as affected from it as I was. But to me, I witnessed something truly special that day. The car did things normal S2000's should not do. Brandon drove in a way that a typical road driver shouldn't drive. It was mind bending. He did something most people can't do: designed this car to both look good, and function even better. "This is home track," he normally refers to 421. And it is his track. That's his proving ground. This is the story of the generations of his car, and his hometown legacy.

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Race Fuel In My Veins: The Early Days

As kids, our brains are like sponges. We see, hear, and experience everything around us with much more imagination than we do as adults. For most enthusiasts, the passion for cars comes early on. This was no exception in Whited's case. Growing up with a father devoted to building muscle cars, Brandon was able to get a taste of what was to come for his future, whether he knew it then or not.

"The only PERSON i've met crazier than me in a car is my dad."

"He always had muscle cars," he recalls. "The first one was a Chevelle. He had it since he was 16. We pulled the motor when I was about 9 or 10 and I helped him rebuild it in my bedroom on an engine stand." At the Chevelle's heart was a 350 small block, bored, with a monster cam. Brandon remembers torquing the rocker arms and just about every bolt on the motor. "He would tell me what goes where and I would put it on and bolt it up." They installed the motor using a chain over a large tree limb in their front yard and the rest is history. The car spent a few years of proving itself on Bristol, Tennessee's Thunder Valley drag strip, contending with and beating full blown drag cars until it finally rusted out and the frame itself broke on the line at the track. After that, the Chevelle's body met it's fate at a local junk yard. The motor however would be pulled and swapped into a Monte Carlo SS, which Brandon says was even more evil because it was lighter. "Basically, I was born with racing fuel in my veins."

With a sturdy background in muscle car motorsport, we're all probably thinking the same thing: Where did import inspiration come from? According to Brandon, muscle cars have truthfully always been his favorite. But the cost of restoration, rebuilding, and availability of aftermarket parts has always set a strain on chasing down any drag strip fantasies.

Japanese styling caught Whited's eye later on after his childhood years when he dove into the world of video games. Games like "Need for Speed" gave an early taste of the possibilities of the customization levels of imports and tuners, something a lot of us could relate too. Not long after, he peaked an interest in the S2000, which has always been a video game staple. "I was passing a Honda dealership when I was younger and saw my first one. I had to have one then. After that, every video game I played that had cars, I made one." Over the following years and into adulthood, Brandon used the perseverance he learned while he was young to stay careful and smart with his income, allowing him to purchase an array of different vehicles, including two previous S2000's. Hopes and dreams were never only in his imagination. He has brought them to life, just as his father would, in the form of a loud, gripping, sleek, attractive product of his own creativity and his own two hands.

Generation 1: "Not So Plain-Jane"

This S2000 is #3 in Brandon's ownership chronicles. Bought in January of 2014, and proving to be a clean, blank canvas for his creativity, the car was purchased as a mostly stock Berlina Black 2004 AP2, equipped with only an HKS exhaust and an untouched F22C1 Honda motor. This is one of the very few instances in which North America exclusively was first gifted an updated engine compared to other markets for import vehicles. The stock engine is good for maintaining 240 horspower, and about 162 ft lb of torque at 6,500 rpm. This comes as an increase to the older design, the F20C, which produced 234 horsepower here in the states, with a torque output of 155 ft lb at 7,500 rpm. And the unmistakable VTEC will kick in at about 6,000 rpm. Those are the numbers. Whited, however, hasn't obsessed with the engine performance digits too much, as max output was never the goal. Only balanced power.

Mountain running was an idea that was first thought of when Brandon first rode The Snake on a sport bike. From that moment forward, he fell in love. Being a fan of grassroots drifting, this build would take a turn from his initial desires. Physical ideas started to bloom when Brandon found inspiration from Instagram under an account named "TskubaSpec." A track built AP2 with a nameless owner, he recalls that being the coolest design for an S2000. "When I saw that build, I said 'That's it."' This Honda was not going to be built strictly for shows or for internet fame. It was to be built for the mountain, equipped to handle sharp turns at higher speeds than anyone else could match. To achieve this, Whited had to adapt the vision found on the TskubaSpec S2K - a wide stance, low center of gravity, functional aero, and a balance of thrill and concentration in his own mind. This vision wouldn't come without a few hiccups along the way, of course.

First came the Spoon style hardtop, a very rare, and one off addition found on mostly track used S2K's. To acquire such a hard, and many times pricey find, he had to sell one of his favorite cars to date - a MK1 Volkswagen Golf GTI sitting on a set of Klutch Republic SL1's, the first in the States. Once that gem was sold, he bought the hardtop. As with nearly every aftermarket part on this car, Brandon installed the roof himself.

Next came the wide body. The rear fender flares were, and still are, ZG's, originally designed for the Datsun 280Z's. Fitting perfectly to the rear, the back end of the car has always been one of the most pivotal points of the build. The front fenders, however, didn't exactly start out as reputable. When Brandon began with the build, his initial desire was to have it show-ready. With this mentality came the rookie mistake found so often in today's car culture: rushing. The look of the visible back of the front tires was always a style Brandon loved, so he knew this is what he would chase. The initial goal was to go with a set of J's Racing front fenders. Due to cost and lengthy waiting time, however, Brandon purchased a set of reps through a group buy in order to finish the car in time for show season.

As for the wonderful world of wheels, the S2000's first set of shoes were Advan RGD's painted white from the factory. From the money saved by installing the rep front fenders, one of the other jobs he was able to accomplish on the car before show season was powdercoat for the wheels. "City Lights" was the color. An unmistakable accent to compliment Brandon's own personal taste in style, the wheels shone of beautiful, multicolored metallic flake which shifted colors in all different kinds of light. This color would set off an inspiration for the following generation.

For the final touch, yellow headlight film. What started out as a cheap cosmetic accent would actually be the very thing that gave Brandon's S2000 it's nominal status. "The first time I pulled it out of the garage, my friend said 'It looks just like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, and it's stuck ever since."

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Generation 2: "Japanese Cherry Blossom"

There's a typical saying that holds true in most cases: "You only have one chance to make a first impression." Your first shot at introducing yourself to someone is your only first shot. You can't take it back. But sometimes our second impression is the one that matters most. Sometimes we have to take a look at our counterparts before we know how to make ourselves stand out, how to go against the average and typical in a world full of sheep. This being said, the Nightfury S2K was about to become a wolf.

"i WENT UP WITH SOME LOCALS IN CAGED, STRIPPED PURPOSE BUILT CARS. I HAD NO PROBLEM KEEPING UP, BASICALLY ON NANKANGS SHOWING CORDS. That's when i decided to take it more seriously."

During this time, the S2000 began to get introduced to the mountain much more frequently. Trips with local drivers up The Snake gave him a taste of the possibilities the car could handle. As the build was coming together, so was his love for truly driving it, which helped him to up-fit the car properly dependent on how it needed to handle. Not to mention, it broke a few necks on the trips up.

With most import-geared car shows, you see a lot of the same style. They say there's never too much of a good thing, but within the automotive world, that line very rarely holds true. In Brandon's mind, he wanted to create an exterior style to direct attention away from everything else and onto him. And that's exactly what he did in an insanely simple way.

With this generation came the iconic Japanese Cherry Blossom livery. The livery would feature a vinyl design of cherry blossom branches and flowers spread across both sides of the car. Color was important, as Brandon desired something more flashy than what you'd find on an Arizona Tea can. To compliment the City Lights color of the wheels, the interior color of the design would be a black, colorshift metallic flake, outlined in white to make an appearance that was unmistakably original. This look tied the car together from bumper to bumper, and fender to fender. Such a simple addition to the exterior made the biggest difference and would push the vehicle into finally being noticed more than ever before.

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Sometimes, however, being noticed can bring unwanted attention to unwanted details. At this point in the car's build progression, the original rep front fenders were still being used. As mentioned before, Brandon would learn that taking shortcuts sometimes only leads to more complications and unfortunately, the fender's didn't fit well at all. "I only attended one show with the reps. I was made fun of by the J's Racing USA representative. She was taking photos and making a mockery of me, honestly." Brandon states that he would have had the money to buy real J's Racing Fenders, but at a costly $1,300 USD and a 6 month waiting period, he chose the group buy route to finish the car in time for the shows, including powdercoat for the wheels and other components. "We all make mistakes when we are learning, and want to rush. I learned from that mistake the hard way unfortunately."

After getting a taste for the car scene at that point, and the way he was treated, he decided to hold off on J's Racing and not commit to the brand at that moment. Instead, he almost immediately purchased a set of Circuit Garage front fender flares, designed by TskubaSpec. A few months later, the new flares were installed and with this, he was finally able to achieve the proper fit and look he desired. He learned that rushing for shows and opinions was only a means to a bitter end. It was time to focus on building something unique for himself.

Now the car's second generation was finally brought to fruition with reputable fenders from front to back to create a road claiming monster, an unmistakable livery to showcase Brandon's personal style, detailed color, wheels unlike any other, and other thoughtful details, including a highly rare gem: a yellow Fabulous brand steering wheel. This phase of the S2000's build would be one for the books, and the one to ignite the legacy that this car would stamp on the motoring world around it.

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Generation 3: "Take-Off"

Ah, the wonderful world of aerodynamics. From Formula 1 to rally, and Nascar to hill climbs, one of the most important facets of motor sport is keeping the vehicles planted firmly to the ground. To achieve this, the air flow around, above, and under the car must be meticulously studied and manipulated in order to create downforce. The last thing you want when heading into a 50 degree turn at 70 mph is for the back end of the car to lift and send you flying off course, or potentially down the side of a mountain. This generation of the S2000 would see an aggressive change in driving style and styling in order to achieve the overall goal this car was designed for.

"When I drove it hard a couple times and felt the rear end squat and hook like it never had before, i knew then it was more than looks."

It was out with the cherry blossom, and onto less busy exterior coloring, leaving just the simple Berlina black, complimented with a new set of shoes: white faced Work Equip 05's. Originally thought of as a new, eye-catching design to follow up with the reception of the previous styling, Brandon wanted to develop a vision for a more dimensional setup. For starters, it was time for proper aerodynamics to be put in place. And we all know that that's just fancy terms for "time for a big wing." And boy, was it ever. Whited, making a statement as usual, installed a Battle Aero chassis-mount wing to the rear that would be impossible to miss. And at first glance, this really set the car apart. A chassis wing, a wide body, and a Spoon style top... on an S2000? But was any of it functional? Was it all for show? Was it all even necessary? The answer is yes, it was in fact functional. And every ounce of the aero was necessary. But it wouldn't be until later that Brandon would come to this realization. You see, when the car's legacy was just beginning to bloom, it was a prominent show car. It's hard to veer away from the attention when you get it. But once Brandon truly put this car to the test, the Nightfury would show him it didn't just belong on the show floor.

Photo by Mike Kuhn (@mikekuhnracing)

Photo by Mike Kuhn (@mikekuhnracing)

If you've never been to Northeast Tennessee, you should know that at it's heart lies the wondrous Blue Ridge mountain range, part of the smokey Appalachian beasts that separate the east coast from the mainland. Here, you can find several stretches of road that pass through the mountains, full of switchbacks, sharp degree turns, rough pavement, and bikers and car enthusiasts alike that run these passes any chance they can. Unfortunately, death keeps it's hand none too far, as there have been several occurrences through the years resulting in brutal fatalities. All it takes is one unexpected object, one thousandth of a second lost of focus, one lapse in judgement and it could all be over. Concentration and calm nerves are mentally the key players for insuring safety. Whited, who has always had a knack for taking extremes to the next level, was luckily gifted with a sharp mind and quick reflexes.

With the mental skills to back up his desire to push his driving limits, Brandon took to his home track in the mountains. Testing the boundaries of his new setup, he encountered lift from the wing, something completely new to him. And quite frankly, it was downright alarming. If the air from the car was pressing up under the spoiler, he was achieving the opposite of his goal: lift. Having lift when aerodynamics are crucial to a reputable mountain run could be a costly mistake. So Whited scratched his head, went home, and found adjustments in the aero to fit his driving style properly.

After the adjustments were made to tune the airflow for more significant downforce, he felt the true power such a simple change could make in driving a car of this caliber around gut-wrenching switchbacks. This is where the mountain running truly began to come into effect, and where the desire for just simply a show car was cast into the shadows by the motivation to build a fully active race car. The car was now able to successfully stay planted firmly to the asphalt while traveling at upwards of 70 mph around such tight turns.

At this point, Whited shifted his focus into creating a hybrid build: one that was functional both on and off the road. With the simple, yet aggressive, exterior styling and the even more ballsy shift in driving style, the Nightfury was now able to catch the eyes of a much broader audience. This generation would prove to be a stepping stone into a direction less traveled by most in the import world.

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Generation 4: "Pink Style"

Generation 4: quite possibly the most recognized styling in the car's history. This generation would see the inner depths of Whited's personal style come to fruition. Inspired straight from the 90's import culture, the standard-colored Berlina Black AP2 would receive a new color pattern including hot pink accents through the car and the new addition of subtle, but functional aero improvements.

Starting from the bottom, a new wheel choice would be added. A set of 18" Rays Gram Lights 57DR's were fitted into the massive rubber. As if this six-spoke wheel style wasn't unmistakable enough, the wheels were painted from the factory "Luminous Pink," an entrancing colorway differentiating the crazy from the norm. The final product was nothing short of loud. Even skilled photographers struggled to perfectly showcase the wheels due to the nature of the color. It was beyond just a simple bright pink, as light had to hit just right to see the true depth. In some lighting aspects, the wheels appeared almost neon. In other instances, they would appear softer in color. Regardless of which way you looked at them, they grabbed attention instantly and effortlessly.

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Following the new wheels would come a much desired change in paint for a more subtle, but notably different finish. The original flat black was fully removed from every panel and into the paint booth it went. A Galaxy Black Pearl paint job was applied front to back. This allowed for a seemingly infinite amount of depth to be pulled from the black color the car was recognized for. Under direct light, or sunlight, the silver metallic within the paint shines like a black diamond.

As usual, compliments were made to match the wheels. A set of Aerowolf CV1 Single Fin front canards and CV2 Double Fin rear canards in a similar pinkish/orange transparent finish were fitted, along with matching EV1 endplates for the wing. The subtle aero was both stylish, and functional as it helped direct air around the car as he continued to push the boundaries of the stock performance.

In addition to this landmark stage of the car's appearance, some much needed upgrades were made to the heart of car. An engine dress-up kit was installed at MPC Motorsports in Knoxville, TN. This kit would replace every old bolt in the AP2's engine bay with new, tougher hardware to allow for more dependable and fluid performance. These subtle additions helped to further deliver a well thought out, carefully executed idea into reality.

The final product was a style setter with high-end functionality. The Nightfury saw it's own collection of awards from the 2017 show season, including "Best S2000" at the inaugural Slammedenuff Gatlinburg, which includes a wide collection of vehicles from across the country coming together under one of the most notable names in car culture. This success would set a bright future for Whited's goals with his Nightfury. The vehicle was looking as good as it performed. So... where do you go when you're at your highest point?

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Instant Regret

As one of life's inevitable facts, change is always a constant. When a good artist begins to feel too comfortable towards their work, innovation will always follow. In Whited's case, it was time to try something new. At the pinnacle of his success with the Nightfury, the possibilities for acceptance within the car community seemed endless. But he would learn that creating for others only distances him from his own dreams.

"i THOUGHT STANCE WOULD BE COOL TO TRY AGAIN."

A common look in the car culture is the incredibly saturated "stance" style, in which the vehicles are lowered with high degrees of negative camber in the suspension and wheels that make fluid maneuverability nearly impossible. However, if done correctly, this look can create a positive stir within the community. Whited began to think of the difference in style between a stylish mountain monster and a pretty showroom sitter, and decided to take the plunge in heading a different direction.

Beginning in January of 2018, this generation would now see the removal of the notable wing to give the car a more well rounded look. Ride height was brought down as far as the physics would allow, and camber angles were dialed in. Along with the stance, a new set of shoes were installed to help showcase the new flashy appearance. Blinding chrome Weds Kranze Ratzinger's (18x10.5 + 15 front/18x11.5 + 3 rear) fit snug into Federal 595's. This look blended a mix of Japanese drift style with modern stance design to bring about a one-off appearance to the S2000.

The look was classy, not overdone. Just the right touches of style in all the right areas. However, for the first time in the car's life cycle, the appearance overshadowed the vehicle's drivability. The experimental makeover proved the car's identity was similar to that of chameleon. The Nightfury's balanced chassis could yield a new look to however the driver saw fit.

"I thought stance would be cool to try again," Whited states. He recalls that once the new look was complete, he felt instant regret. "I wanted to trade back for my old wheels immediately." The Weds were only on the car a week before they were put up for sale. The transformation instantly left a bad taste in Brandon's mouth as he quickly realized the mistake he had made. The car's functionality was now compromised, and although it looked good, it was hardly operational. Any idea of mountain running turned into a harsh joke.

Although a quick generational change, this mark in the car's designing would do a lot for Whited's mentality towards his build. The Nightfury would go on to be dormant for a month sitting on jack stands in his driveway as he waited for a new addition to replace the Ratzinger's. Thoughts of future plans began to circle around in his mind, and a long term plan was developed for the car's future. The coming months would present financial struggles and depressive periods of being unable to drive. However, as cliche as it may sound, "never give up on your dreams" was the mindset to continue fueling Brandon's desire to build the most intimidating car on the mountain.

Generation 5: "Resurgence"

After what felt like an eternity apart, the Nightfury had set long enough. A new-found inspiration had ignited a flame for this next chapter of the S2000. It was time to return to its roots buried deep in the switchbacks of East Tennessee.

In usual fashion, wheels set the earmark of the new generation. "I wanted the most concave wheels possible," Whited states. With the help of Chicago based wholesaler TF Works, a new set of Work Emotions (18x10.5+12 x 4) arrived from across the pond that February. The Works were then fitted into the reliable Federal RSR's and would help to provide the perfect balance of weight and width to keep the Honda firmly planted to the asphalt.

This was the year the AP2 would truly be tested. Once new wheels and tires were finally mounted, the ride height was brought back up and test runs up and down the mountain provided clear communication between the car and driver. Brandon knew he needed enough downforce and smooth airflow, but wanted to take a more subtle appearance approach this time. After months of financial instability, funds were acquired and some new additions to the body were installed. The front fenders were switched out to J's Racing fenders that August. Unpainted and raw, they fit like a glove onto the body providing a seamless look from the doors to the headlights. And to note the true intentions of Whited, these fenders were actually damaged shortly after being installed from an aggressive mountain run leaving the lips of each one busted. As good as the car was coming together, every ounce of influence was coming from drivability.

Next to be added was the new wing. Through a local pickup provided by S2000 Time Attack driver Daniel Gestewitz, Whited scooped a well intact APR GTC 300 deck-lid spoiler to bring downforce back to the rear end. Along with the importance of functionality, the wing allowed the look of car to begin really taking shape.

The final primary change to the body was now the rear bumper. A dream come to life, the new rear end would feature a half-cut bumper and an open bottom equipped with a Spoon Sports carbon fiber rear diffuser. The airy design showcased the thunderous Buddy Club exhaust and gave the Nightfury a proper race appearance. "It's possibly my favorite part of the car. It was something I wanted for very long time."

At nearly a year of being trapped in a build state, the S2K was looking tougher than ever, and running even better. Small highlights around the car were added, including side skirts and clear Aero Wolf canards on the wing. The wheels were painted in the unmistakable Rotiform style pink as a throwback to the previous landmark generation by local paint shop Black Label Coatings in Chuckey, TN. And to top it off, a much needed fresh coat of the Galaxy Black paint was added to the front fenders to finally be included in the dynamic paint scheme.

Interior highlights include a Goodgun x N-Style full halo bucket seat (complete with pink sparkle black padding on the back and bottom), a blue Thrash Racing Rampage deep dish steering wheel, and an OEM Honda CR weighted aluminum gear shifter. The rest of the interior remains stock.

Through a grueling change of the seasons in creating a near perfect build in Brandon's eyes, the Nightfury would finally be completed and re-introduced to the world in March of 2019. In a surprise visit to Riverside Chattanooga on March 9th, the S2000 was shown as a complete car to the eyes of the public for the very first time. Captioned simply "Riverside," Whited made his subtle social media appearance. "It was always my intention to keep it a secret," he says.

The fifth phase of the Nightfury S2000 was complete. The vehicle was brought up as a true track car, which just so happened to look good. Friends, family, and strangers alike shared their enthusiasm for the car's return. But none more than Brandon would bask in the simple joy of taking turns fast and focused with no question as to what his machine was capable of.

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Photo by Benny Whiles (@bennywhiles)

Render provided by James Grigg (@get.dealt)

Render provided by James Grigg (@get.dealt)

Future Plans

With so many versions, one can't help but ask what the future may hold. Whited states that he is content with his build for the time being. possible wheel and color change may be in the works eventually to achieve an even more subtle look. Livery ideas have been tossed around, as well, including classic solid-line race inspired vinyls. Performance wise, the possibility of a supercharger kit is not out of the question. We all know how well supercharging and V-TEC go hand in hand. Body work will remain the same, as the car has already achieved well-rounded aero performance.

In the meantime, Brandon stays busy keeping the car in check with regular upkeep and tire changes. Despite being a performance car, the Honda has seen it's share of mileage. 146,000 miles to be exact, which is nearly 80k more than the mileage at purchase. The car is meant to be driven. And as with any driver, too much time away from behind the wheel is too much time away from home.

No plans to get rid of the car have surfaced as of yet. Offers to purchase and trade for the Honda have been made in time's past, but Whited stays true to his pride and joy. The S2000 has grown with Brandon through some of his life's highest and lowest points. It's his escape, which in essence is what every good driver should feel behind the wheel. You see, sometimes a car is more than just a car. It's a life partner. It's a goal. It's a memory. It's there when nothing else is. "I'll probably never get rid of it," he states. "I want to be buried in it."

Photo by Ashton Williams (@asht0nwilliams)

Photo by Ashton Williams (@asht0nwilliams)

Special Thanks:

Credit provided to Brandon Whited for all chronological information. Photography credits to Benny Whiles, Mike Kuhn, Ashton Williams, Devin Dees, Alex Cao, @its_black. Render credits to CLCTVE.US, James Grigg. Formatting provided by Drivetribe.com

​Brandon Whited Instagram: @nightfurys2k

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