Prime NYC's 7's Day 2021

I edited these photos, began writing this intro, commended myself for how quickly I started on it, then closed my laptop and never looked at this article again for a whole month. This year's trip to NYC for the annual rotary engine celebration was a trial in endurance that yielded some photos I'm truly proud of for once so I'd chalk it up as a success. I only really shot photos at the first meet up spot and spent the rest of the night socializing and driving. Shooting and participating in an event that isnt a static car show is a stressful endeavor. Some day I might attend one of these events without my car and just try to do a full coverage of the event but for now, it's too fun to participate. That said, this year's event was one that made me wish I left the car home at times between no air conditioning, crazy temps, my exhaust baking my floor and right foot, and driving a considerably low car through the insane NYC streets and highways. Despite all that, there's something so exciting and fulfilling taking your cool car far from home and enjoying it in new environments. In hindsight, I don't think I would have done anything different...other than maybe folding a towel under my foot as a buffer...

I linked up with friends from the North Shore of Boston off the Mass Pike before making the trip down. It was firmly into the 90s, humid, and the sun was agro that day; driving down without AC was torture. Despite that, driving down in a convoy like this was a blast! We arrived at Mitsuwa marketplace in NJ heat stroked out a couple hours before the event kicked off for food and recovery. I spent most of it in Jason'r air-conditioned Honda Fit.

Upon arrival, I parked up and went straight to shooting. Something about this park always has killer lighting and I wanted to take full advantage and see everything before things got hectic.

Something about FB RX-7s with fat rear tires and a fatter chop feel the most natural at a US 7's Day celebration.

One half of Prime, Edwin Reyes, brought his Vertex kouki S14 on Advan TC2s. I'm excited to see how his vision evolves over time.

Despite it being a rotary event, it's the Hondas I look forward to seeing the most when I come down here. The Tri-State area is the epicenter of the east coast for Honda builds and I never leave disappointed. I saw this EF hatch slipping through the crowds and had to chase it down.

This ED7 was a focused looking machine. The aero package it wore was simple looking with a half cut rear, Chargespeed wing, and a Chargespeed front lip molded to the OEM bumper which should be how Chargespeed sells these from now on. Period-perfect Mugen CF48s in satin black contrast against the Tahitian Green paint.

From the front seats back was completely gutted while retaining most of the interior up front to keep a semblance of civility. A single Recaro SPG shows this driver focused hatch means business.

This wasn't an actual FD2 Type R but a thorough replica based off of a USDM FA5 Si. It was cool to see someone using all OEM FD2 parts to make a faithful homage down to the Champ White paint and matching Type R wheels. Honda truly nailed it with the FD2!

Accompanying the FA5 was a JDM import DC2 Integra Type R wearing a classic Spoon look with Spoon's mirrors, carbon lip, SW388s, and quintessential Championship White paint. Inside was a pair of factory Recaro seats and a Cusco dash dodger cage.

And what Spoon build is complete without Spoon Monoblock calipers?

On the other end of the FD2 conversion spectrum was this tough looking FA5. This one also featured a complete conversion, this time in the form of a full J's Racing Type S kit including the 15mm wider front fenders housing the reimagined Regamasters and a Brembo BBK.

From the back, a carbon fiber trunk breaks up the sea of orange and compliments the matching carbon fiber hood. Sitting atop the trunk is a J's Racing wing completing the tough looking FF warrior.

8th generation Civic sedans might be my favorite Civic chassis and this event has sent me into a spiral over them.

As always, you come to a New York City event and you'll see some Japanese imports, that's a given. However I was not prepared for the sheer amount of kei cars in attendance. I took pictures of maybe half the kei sports cars and that's not even including all the trucks and vans that were there!

Most of the time you see someone import a Beat, it's as a giggle and they're left relatively stock so it was exciting to see one done up this nicely with it's tiny TE37s and stylish aero.

For the first time at any stateside event ever, I think the Beats were out numbered by a different kei sports car chassis - the Suzuki Cappuccino. As much as I'm a Honda fan, I think these little shoes on wheels are my favorites.

I'm not sure if I could choose a favorite in attendance, but I've thought the most about this white one with red Brides and itty bitty SSR Type Cs.

Every time I turned around, another one pulled in!

The kei car king at any event will always be the Autozam AZ-1. Tossing up the gull-wing doors always causes a stir.

Oh yeah, rotaries. Peter Hoang is a Boston North Shore homie that rolled down not far behind us after getting his car retuned the morning of the event. On it's "safe" map it made high 300s and it maxed out close to 500whp! This is a build I can't wait to see come to fruition as aero parts are rolling in.

JJ just pulled his KA S14 out of the paint booth and down to NYC in a show of bravery to jeopardize his fresh respray.

Luis Fuentes's S14 was also coming off a refresh. His SR20 powered drift car was one of the first cars I got to see drift and is a car I credit with a lot of my love of the S14 chassis from my formative teenage years. After a few year hiatus, it fills me with so much joy to see him out driving again and getting to drive with him. He's also restored my faith in Gram Lights 57DRs.

Annoyed I didn't get better pictures of it, but have to show love to Matias Arias and his DC2 Integra. Matias frequents every track in New England in this K24 powered weapon but still makes a point to keep it looking as good as it performs. That K24A2 is backed by a DC5 transmission with an FA5 differential to created the perfect street friendly track machine. He recently swapped the car back to a preface lift as it came originally and fitted a Mugen lip, skirts, and gen 1 wing to really set it off. Matias is actually a huge rotary enthusiast as well and prior to this DC2 owned a dope RX8 on Advan RG2s and a slew of other rotary cars.

This matching NA1 and FD3S were a cool combo. Both white on forged Japanese wheels with the NSX wearing Mag Blue TE37s and the FD wearing Racing Indigo Advan GTs.

One slip over was a Voltex equipped S2000 on TE37 Sagas.

Not much is needed to make an X7 Cressida look cool besides a heavy drop and cool old mesh wheels.

Despite X8s typically running big kits, they also look good stock body as well. The question is, small R32 16s or big 18" TE37s?

Regardless, a big wheel is needed to run big brakes.