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Mugen & King Nostalgia Displays for Dyno Day 2013

It was time for my annual pilgrimage from Oregon to Wisconsin for the 2013 Dyno Day. I arrived about a day early to help with preparations. This year, Scott had a special project for me: convert the 3 glass showcases in the King showroom into a mini-display of Mugen and King nostalgia items that might be interesting to Dyno Day attendees. "No problem," I thought. How hard could that be?

Turns out it was quite a challenge! This is King Motorsports, and this was Scott. King has worked with Mugen for over 30+ years -- so the amount of items Scott had on hand was overwhelming. The challenge became one of editing -- the hardest decisions were choosing what to leave out!

First up, Scott showed me a stack of 80s and 90s Mugen brochures in his office. Mixed in were original product and vehicle photographs from catalog mockups. I laid out a fraction of the brochures in that first stack, taking it all in:





Honestly I wanted to scan every single page of every brochure and catalog. But my guess is that would have taken about a month for an intern to complete if they worked full time. I was able to snap a few quick pics of a few apparel/accessory pages with items I had never seen before. These pages are from one of the book-thick annual Mugen catalogs:






He had several other drawers full of original Mugen brochures for wheels, brakes, seats, steering wheels, suspension, EG/EK/EF Civics, Integras, S2000, Accord and NSX. Even some product brochures for JDM-only cars. Basically this was the mother load of materials for Mugen brochure enthusiasts.

I found a hand-assembled photo book of the aero parts installed on the prototype Mugen S2000. I had seen a few of these pics before in the Mugen S2000 blog post, but really liked this unique pic demonstrating the strength of Mugen's hood:



As if that wasn't enough, Scott also had a few bins of other treasures in storage to show me. He had shirts, shoes, lanyard, key holder and a necktie from the Mugen Honda F1 Collection.



"Excellent for MEN": Look closely at the necktie to see the black-on-black MUGEN logos.



A super-special addition to the display were these amazing F1 valve covers sent to Scott by Mugen Japan -- these two priceless valve covers were still in the bubble wrap. It was the first time that Scott had opened up these V10 beauties! In the picture below, the upper cover is from the 1997 MF-301HB; beneath is a cover from the 1996 MF-301HA (you can see more of these valve covers and their specs in the "Mugen Cover Art" blog post).





After a few hours, I had the glass showcases cleared out and had started filling them with Mugen and King nostalgia. Originally I thought about a nice, orderly display with items laid out with plenty of breathing room (ala The Smithsonian) -- but quickly realized that would not work. There was just too much good stuff to fit in there. So I took the visual-overload approach!


By day's end the displays were pretty much filled to the brim. Here are the showcases in their final form - ready for the Dyno Day attendees!












Here's a closer look at Showcase #1!












Here's a closer look at Showcase #2!



Check out that newspaper-sized Mugen brochure that says BLOOD OF RACING on it -- it's actually for the NR-10 and NR-10R racing wheels. This promo was a major departure from any print designs Mugen had done up to that point (or since), featuring brooding fashion models posed next to Mugen wheels. The end result was a brochure that was more Abercrombie & Fitch then the Mugen we know today. Inside, the copy is equally inappropriate-- stating that the wheels are great for "street racing". You'll never see a Mugen promo like this one again (we hope)!



These are print elements for King Motorsports very first parts catalog, featuring Mugen parts. The catalog was assembled before the days of Photoshop, Indesign or even QuarkXpress. These were assembled by hand with prints, film, scissors and glue!



Can you spot the Mugen umbrella in this pic below? How about the brochure for the Mugen S2000 prototype?



In the pic below (lower left) is a handmade binder provided by Mugen to its dealers. Within it are photos and specs of their parts lineup with suggested retail prices. No surprise that some of the parts are still selling for the same price (or more) 30 years later. Next to it is a page from a corporate Honda employee magazine describing an event where the Mugen-tuned CRX and race cars were brought out for employees to enjoy!


In the lower right is the Mugen parts brochure for the first-gen Integra 3-door and 5-door!



A major milestone for King Motorsports was when it became Mugen's authorized parts distributor for North America. In the picture below is a letter from Mugen explaining that all future orders within North America should go through King Motorsports. Next to it is King's first flyer announcing their new status. Scott said he remembered going to races and slipping these flyers under the wipers of every Honda he could find!


The cool little 1:43 scale die-cast Civic comes from Scott's personal collection. It sits on an envelope that delivered some of the first Mugen Civic EG parts catalogs to the USA.



Below is a early, redlined draft of King's history that would eventually find its way into King's literature and website. Next to it is one of the "What is MUGEN?" pieces created in the 80s to help introduce the American enthusiasts to Mugen.



Below are correspondence from Mugen Japan from 1990 regarding the limited nature of the fiberglass rear wing kit for Integra and the introduction of 2 new Mugen steering wheels.



More pages from the dealer binder with detailed specifications of available performance and aero parts for Civic, Integra and CRX.



In a stack of old faxes I found this note from Scott to Mugen asking questions about the N-1 suspension. It's clear that the collaboration between the two companies runs quite deep!



And finally, here's a closer look at Showcase #3:



Very cool "What is Mugen" promo literature from the mid 80's plus a Mugen Time Machine watch among other goodies! Can you spot the Mugen folding hand fans? Of all the displays that were assembled, this one actually has the most items that are currently available for mere mortals to purchase. Sadly that awesome mug is not one of them!



This empty container of genuine Mugen performance engine oil is one of my favorite Mugen package designs. Many Dyno Day attendees were drooling over the discontinued black Mugen t-shirt in the lower right of this picture.



Crash lid worn by Bob Endicott for the 2005 SCCA World Challenge (King/Mugen RSX) season and Mugen F1 victory momentos... It's very likely that Dyno Day attendees were the first and last people to ever see these items on display!



I have to give Scott a huge thanks for letting me raid his office and private collections to assemble these displays. We really hoped the Dyno Day folks enjoyed seeing these historic and rare items!


We'll see you at Dyno Day 2014!


Mugen Cover Art - Three Decades of Valve Covers


We recently came across a 2-page spread of Mugen valve covers produced from 1973 to 2001. Called "MUGEN - One of the Art," the pages lay out 23 photos of Mugen valve covers spanning three decades of racing and performance.


1973 MF-318 - 1.3L L4 FJ1300:



1988 MF-204 - 2.0L L4 16V F-3:



1988 MF-308 - 3.0L V8 32V F2000:



1989 MF-358 - 3.5L V8 32V F-1 spec.:



1990 D16A BASE - 1.6L L4 16V SCCA GT3:



1992 MF-351H - 3.5L V10 40V F-1:



1993 MF-308 - 3.0L V8 32V F3000:



1993 MF-308 - 3.0L V8 32V F3000:



1994 MF-204 - 2.0L L4 16V F-3:



1994 MF-351HC - 3.5L V10 40V F-1:



1994 MF-351HD - 3.5L V10 40V F-1:



1995 H22A BASE - 2.0L L4 16V JTCC:



1995 MF-301H - 3.0L V10 40V F-1:



1996 MF-204A - 2.0L L4 16V VTEC F-3:



1996 MF-301HA - 3.0L V10 40V F-1:



1997 MF-204B - 2.0L L4 16V F-3:



1997 C32B BASE - 3.4L V6 24V JGTC:



1997 H22A BASE - 2.0L L4 16V JTCC:



1997 MF-301HB - 3.0L V10 40V F-1:



1998 MF-301HC - 3.0L V10 40V F-1:



1999 MF-301HD - 3.0L V10 40V F-1:



2000 MF-301HE - 3.0L V10 40V F-1:



2001 MF-408S - 4.0L V8 32V Le-Mans/ALMS:



All 23 Mugen valve covers:


Mugen Nostalgia: F1 and Track Apparel (Updated)

A little Mugen nostalgia to start off your November!


Damon Hill signed this Jordan Mugen hat for us at the Canadian Grand Prix in 1999 after a great lunch with the Jordan boys. This was Damon's last year driving in F1 and it was clear he was tired of F1. His team mate Heinz Harald Frentzen, by comparison was having a tremendous season and was full of energy and was all smiles......



These Mugen hot fingers gloves were standard issue for all the Mugen mechanics working in the field circa 1989-1990.



Here's a Mugen Sports team jacket circa 1989. Very cool to wear at the track back in the day. Shown here propped up Mugen's new MS-Z Semi Bucket Seat.



Update 2/14/2013:


Here is another great Mugen jacket circa 1998; part of the Mugen/Honda F1 racing team collection.



Update 3/16/2013:


1999 Mugen/Honda Formula 1 team gear...


1985: Mugen Rear Spoiler Lineup



Flip back your calendars with us to 1985 for this look at Mugen's rear spoiler lineup for Honda...

The Prelude - painted or unpainted:



  For the Accord and Vigor:



 For the EF Civic hatch:



For the City:



For the 1st gen CR-X (feeling patriotic?):



 Wind tunnel aero testing on a CR-X Pro. No corners are cut when Mugen design & engineer aero pieces!

Mugen CRX Postcard and Wind Tunnel Testing

In 1985 American Honda mailed this postcard to enthusiasts all over the US to help introduce them to Mugen competition parts.

 

Note the spelling of CRX for the US versus CR-X for Japan. How would you like to see these guys coming up behind you in your rear view mirror?




A Mugen CRX prototype in a full scale wind tunnel back in 1984- Validating all aero mods.


 

 

 

See also our pic of wind tunnel testing for the Mugen DC2 Type-R.


1984 Mugen Apparel, Sticker and Emblem Catalog


We recently dug up these wonderful Mugen catalog pages featuring the apparel, stickers and emblems they were offering for sale in 1984.


The red, blue, and navy shirt colors remind us of shirts we might have had in high school. You can see that Mugen's apparel designers were not afraid to experiment with variations of their Mugen logo and kanji.




Back in the day could have bought your very own Mugen driver suit! The back lists some of the motorsports Mugen had their hands into, including MOTORCROSS and RACING KART. Looks like there was a typo on the price ...




This blue button down would look great in the pits and have a very retro uniform / military look to them. We dig the gold collar. The white tee with red print has a very classic graphic on the front that still holds up years later.



These red, blue and white sweatshirts tug on the 80's era fashion sense. We'd rock these at the next Dyno Day!



Here's the page with hats, stickers, emblems and patches:



I'm not sure if these two hats could be any cooler. Especially the one with the mesh back! UNLIMITED POWER UNIT!




These patches play with rainbow gradations, 3D and unique layouts of the Mugen branding. COMPETITION POWER UNIT SUPPLIER just about sums it up.



CR-X fans will love that the CR-X PRO stickers are featured in this catalog. The front visor sticker properly curves to the front glass. The door graphics come in white or black. We've always loved that cool rear sticker that replaces the OEM CR-X sticker.



Hmm, can you abbreviate "suspension" as "sus."? Works for us!



More stickers! These days you rarely see the color blue used in Mugen branding.



These classic emblems came in multiple colors and sizes.



If you still have any of these unique items, let us know on the King Motorsports Facebook page!


You can see all of the currently available Mugen shirts, Mugen apparel and Mugen stickers on our online store.


Mugen First-Gen Integra 5-Door (and 3-Door)

Sadly we don't see too many first gen Integras on the streets these days. Even rarer were the 5-door versions. Here's Mugen's take on that very rare 5-door!




"INTEGRA CURCUIT FORM"



Check out the QUINT GSi sticker as well as the more familiar DOHC SPORTS Mugen sticker.


 

And here is the version with two less doors, in black! Heavy window and taillight tint really bring out the nose-to-tail graphic stripes!

 


Check out all our currently available performance parts for the first gen Integra in our online store!


Mugen Honda Civic AT Group.A Parts Catalog


Way back Wednesday- we are going to post the entire Mugen AT Civic Group A parts catalog. We think you'll be amazed at the depth of the parts Mugen made available. You could literally build a turn key competitive Group A Civic from this catalog.


Right-click on an image to see it larger.



The Mugen Group A Civic leads the way. The Group A series was hotly contested by Honda and Toyota with Honda typically having the upper hand...



Mugen Group A Civic engine parts. Forged Mugen pistons with special material connecting rods. There were a few iterations of the connecting rods through the years- some beautifully polished. The Mugen oil pan was a work of art! It strengthened the block and added oil capacity and helped eliminate windage resulting a a 5 hp gain all by itself. The Mugen 30/50 cams were very easy on the valvetrain and had a very sophisticated profile to work with the PGM-FI system.



Part 2 of the Mugen Group A Civic engine parts list- smaller diameter pulleys and the adjustable PGM-Fi ECU and controller. The Mugen hard rubber engine mounts were sold for both race and street cars and made a great improvement! Keeping the engine and engine oil cool was very important- anything over 225 degrees oil temp caused the engine to loose HP.....



Because FIA Group A rules state you must use the factory upper exhaust manifold, considerable time was spent developing the secondary to make the most power. Chromoly lightweight flywheel and AP racing clutch.



One of the big advantages Mugen had over the competition in Group A was a wide range of alternative gear ratios and final drives. With this gearing you could always keep the engine in it's fairly narrow power band. The Mugen Limited slip has been a mainstay of all Honda competition cars all the way back to 1973....



Moving on to the Mugen Group A Civic suspension parts. Here's where things get really interesting. Mugen Showa dampers and upper camber plates, and the really trick front reinforced knuckles designed to be used with an adjustable sleeve that gave even greater camber adjustment. All the different front torsion bar diameters made it easy to dial in the handling to suit the track.




Here we have the quick ratio Mugen steering box (RHD) and 21mm front sway bar. The Mugen rear trailing arms were made specifically to help keep the correct suspension geometry. Mugen made three rear springs rates available, However most opted for an even higher rate linear spring.



The Mugen Group A rear axle with adjustable Panhard rod. The Mugen internal sway bars really worked well and we sold quite a few to street and race enthusiasts. Check out those Mugen 15" wheels......!!!!



We have covered how Mugen made the AT Civic go and handle, so how did they make it stop? 4 piston AP calipers and full floating front brake rotors, single master cylinder and rear disc conversion with all the needed brake lines.



Here's the Mugen brake proportioning assembly and yes- the FIA required a hand brake.....



The Mugen Group A fuel system. A custom ATL 90 liter fuel cell with pump and swirl tank. Don't forget the Mugen gauge cluster with 10K tach. And Mugen SW-36 steering wheel to grab onto!



Lastly the Mugen aluminum FIA roll cage.....



Add up all those Mugen parts with a few hundred hours of labor and this will be you!

Cold Cranks: Mugen SW-36 Steering Wheel

 

Flashback with us to 1984 and the Mugen SW-36 steering wheel. This steering wheel was a popular item back then and is highly coveted by Mugen collectors to this day. When it gets to around -20 degrees F, the leather steering pad could contract and could cause the horn to blow continuosly in the middle of the night-resulting in seriosly cranky neighbors and a visit from the local police. Just sayin.....



We have the latest version of the Mugen steering wheel in stock and on sale!

http://www.kingmotorsports.com/p-826-mugen-racing-iii-steering-wheel.aspx