TYPE ONE was one of the spots that I was most excited about visiting in Japan. For those that might not know, TYPE ONE is the workshop facility of Spoon Sports, a popular tuning and parts company for Honda enthusiasts. Along with Mugen, Spoon is one of the oldest Honda tuning companies, opening up in 1988 in Suginami. They have created many race cars, from third generation Civic hatchbacks, to the top of the line NSX.
When we arrived at TYPE ONE after a thirty minute walk from the train station, we were invited in by one of the employees to the upstairs showroom. Although there was a language barrier, we were invited to look around and take pictures.
The first car we noticed inside was a meticulously restored Honda S800. A progression of the brand's first sports car the S600, the S800 offered a larger, more modern engine, capable of revving to 10,000rpm. Although the car was designed with the idea of importing it to the American market, no S car would be sold in America until the S2000 in 2000.
All of the racecars at TYPE ONE sported Spoon's trademark blue and yellow liveries. Their road cars usually wear a black and white combo.
We'd like to wish the gentlemen at TYPE ONE a huge thank you for allowing us to visit. The shop is extremely impressive, clean, and inspiring. For any automotive enthusiast, this is a place that certainly needs to be on your list.