TIMMY MEGENBIER’S HONDA S2000

A SHORT STINT WITH HONDA’S ICONIC ROADSTER

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Whether you’re flip­ping through an en­thu­si­ast mag­a­zine or mind­lessly swip­ing through your per­sonal so­cial feed, com­ing across a spot­less S2000 with min­i­mal en­gine mods and a mas­sive rear wing all but screams “show car.” And, truth be told, this car has seen a few hours on the red car­pet, but it’s also turned some hot laps and plas­tered a smile across the face of its owner, Timmy Megenbier, and his sig­nif­i­cant other, who ac­com­pa­nied him for the mas­sive Gridlife event at Au­to­bahn Coun­try Club in 2017. Timmy adds, “The first time on track with the wheels and aero and the car was su­per smooth. Even my girl­friend, who helped me get the car fin­ished, com­mented that it just worked so smooth when were push­ing the car hard, and I think af­ter that track ex­pe­ri­ence, she re­ally un­der­stood that all of the hard work, money, fights, etc., were worth the trou­ble.” The plan was to get more seat time and con­tinue de­vel­op­ing the S2000, but that idea came to a halt when the car sud­denly went up for sale and within a week, fetched its owner’s full ask­ing price.

To un­der­stand why Timmy would aban­don a build he’d worked so hard at and that was off to such a great start, you need to know a lit­tle about his his­tory and why he’s hell-bent on find­ing a Porsche 911 Car­rera S.

Back in ’09, you could find Timmy be­hind the wheel of a Jetta, lined up with a few dozen oth­ers as part of the Volk­swa­gen Jetta TDI Cup. The one-make se­ries, then in its sec­ond sea­son, pit­ted driv­ers against one an­other in 10 races on 8 dif­fer­ent cir­cuits. By the end of the sea­son, Timmy had earned the cham­pi­onship along with a full ride to Ger­many where he’d spend the next year on a con­tract with Volk­swa­gen com­pet­ing in the Scirocco Cup, a se­ries in which he earned a 4th place fin­ish and was fea­tured on the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel. Oh, and this was all at the age of 17.

While over­seas, Timmy also spent some time work­ing with Porsche, which may have stoked the fire, but he’s al­ways had a thing for 911s. He re­calls, “My dad’s sec­ond car was an ’84 Car­rera. He told me all about how he made 500 hp out of 4.1L mo­tor and be­sides that, once you drive a Porsche…that’s the one you want.” His fa­ther’s first car, a ’69 Charger with a 440 Hemi, was pur­chased at 13 and mor­phed into a full-blown build.

That in­flu­ence car­ried on to his son, who at 13 pur­chased a 240SX that would quickly snow­ball into a mas­sive un­der­tak­ing that in­cluded rare Ja­panese aero, a Silvia con­ver­sion, and a com­plete restora­tion dur­ing a six-year tear­down and buildup. But back to the S2000 and why he’s let it go. “The S2000 was sort of my GT3 clone and to be hon­est, I don’t get very at­tached to cars. I’ve been rac­ing my whole life and don’t re­ally de­velop an emo­tional at­tach­ment to any car I’ve had.”

“My dad’s sec­ond car was an ’84 Car­rera. He told me all about how he made 500 hp out of 4.1L mo­tor and be­sides that, once you drive a Porsche…that’s the one you want.”

The deep-rooted feel­ings might not be there, but the fam­ily el­e­ment dur­ing the S2KS buildup cer­tainly was. Timmy cred­its his fa­ther with not only spend­ing long hours in the garage help­ing to com­plete the car, but also serv­ing as his me­chanic through­out his rac­ing ca­reer and es­sen­tially teach­ing him ev­ery­thing he knows about cars. All of that knowl­edge came in handy as the fa­ther and son duo spent more than a year, on and off, re­work­ing the road­sters body. By de­sign, the 15mm front fend­ers and 10mm quar­ter-panel in­creases don’t sway far from Honda’s fac­tory lines. In or­der to get the front and rear bumpers to match with­out us­ing a tacked-on trim piece meant cut­ting the bumpers in half at the cen­ter, then care­fully adding ma­te­rial for a seamless look, free of any un­sightly gaps or mis­align­ment. In search of per­fec­tion, the process was ad­mit­tedly time con­sum­ing. “The car sat in primer for about nine months while we went back and forth with the body­work, fit­ting the wheels and ad­just­ing the ride height over and over again un­til I was happy.” Once sat­is­fied, the S2K re­ceived some more fam­ily at­ten­tion, this time from Timmy’s un­cle, who laid down the cus­tom blue pearl-in­fused Se­bring Sil­ver paint.

Be­fore you no­ticed the Vol­tex front bumper, Asm-style rear bumper, and Ta­mon De­sign trunk lip, your eyes were pulled to­ward the shadow cast by that roof-level Vol­tex swan-neck rear wing. Sit­ting 3 inches taller than the orig­i­nal ver­sion, thanks to ris­ers fab­ri­cated by Timmy and his fa­ther, the high-rise ad­di­tion is an­chored prop­erly with steel brack­ets and cus­tom brac­ing that re­side where the trunk’s in­ner skin once was.

In re­gards to per­for­mance, where you might ex­pect to see an al­most stan­dard turbo or su­per­charger setup, Timmy kept per­for­mance up­grades in­cred­i­bly sim­ple with just an in­take and an ex­haust sys­tem. It may be shock­ing to some, but those in the know un­der­stand that some­one with his driv­ing ré­sumé and on-track ex­pe­ri­ence can of­ten run cir­cles around cars with twice the power, and triple (or more) the price tag.

Hav­ing ac­com­plished so much at such an early age, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of re­mark­able builds, don’t ex­pect this to be the end of the road for Timmy Megenbier. There’s plenty of track miles ahead—the only ques­tion be­ing, what will he be pi­lot­ing?

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