Member Spotlight: RC000E Once Built a Honda del Sol into a Mustang Cobra Killer

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The story of RC000E‘s former Honda del Sol is one of salvation and destruction.

He saved a buddy who needed money by buying his 1993 del Sol. Some assembly was required. The engine was in pieces. Since RC000E was going to rebuild it anyway, he decided he was going to soup it up at the same time.


The first – extensive – round of mods included a B18A bottom end, a B16 head, a GT3071R turbo, and RC000E‘s own port work and piping. Honda Del Sol Forum member build

That construction allowed for the destruction of the confidence and ego of the driver of an early-2000s Ford Mustang Cobra who wanted to take a bite out of RC000E‘s little Honda.


RC000E didn’t stop there, though. He went on to give his del Sol even more hardcore hardware, such as forged pistons, race bearings, and coilovers.

Sadly, RC000E‘s build wasn’t safe from destruction itself. He sold it and eventually “it got slutted through 3-5 owners and stripped.” Honda Del Sol Forum member build

On the bright side, that didn’t damage RC000E‘s enthusiasm for modifying cars. He went on to apply his skills to Corvettes, which are probably being used to vaporize tires and obliterate speed limits right this second. Check out the full build in the link below.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his JK Forum profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK Forum, H-D Forums, The Mustang Source, Mustang Forums, LS1Tech, HondaTech, Jaguar Forums, YotaTech, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts. Derek also started There Will Be Cars on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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