Last year I was shooting a track day at Llandow circuit when I heard the sound of a high revving V6 pulling up to the paddock. At first I couldn't tell what it was, the midnight purple paint shining across the subtile yet aggressive edges of the car threw me off. I knew I had to talk to the owner.
Fast forward nearly a year and speed hunters are looking for Honda vehicles for an "Iamthespeedhunter" challenge. This was the perfect opportunity to contact Michael from R-Motion to not only get some photos of his NSX but also the ins and outs of his business.
It seems every Japanese garage, tuner or breaker has been featured online but it's very rarely you see the British getting anything written about them. R-motion are primarily a DC2 specialist breaker - If you need any DC2 parts, they will have them.
Don't let the breaker status fool you, they also specialise in performance Honda's such as their K20 powered EG race car which is currently for sale. Mike walked me through some plans for his next build - I won't go into too much detail but this time it will be high revving and rear wheel drive.
R-Motion is a JDM enclave hidden away in the beautiful town of USK, approximately 45 minutes from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the scenic drive as for once I drove myself to a shoot and didn't take an assistant.
After a look around their unit, we took the NSX outside for my signature glossy photos. The 'industrial estate' they are located on is incredibly scenic as you cans see.
I started with the 30mm 1.4 to get a wide shot with the background then moved on to the 70-200 2.8L. The longer focal length draws you into the car and not the background.
I have wanted to try wide angle panning shots for a long time, I was inspired by Dino from Speedhunters and his amazing Japanese articles. I know my attempt isn't anywhere near as spectacular as Dino's but I still think it's very unusual and stands out.
Due to the nature of their business, R-Motion obviously take in many vehicles and not all of them will be seen on the roads again. This sight may be upsetting to many Honda fans but the best way to look at it is that their sacrifice will keep many more cars on the road
I'd like to say a big 'thank you' to Mike and the guys at R-Motion for fitting me into their busy schedule in such short notice. I hope I've managed to capture your work and your incredible car exactly how you would want. Also - Thank you for the Takata Tow strap, it matches my wallet and bag perfectly!