Big Mike’s Battle of the Builders Prelude

Big Mike’s Battle of the Builders Prelude smashes preconceived notions of what a Honda build should be.

By Brian Gillespie and Aaron Gaghagen


Hondas are great. I know that. You know that. Your cool friends know that, but the rest of the car enthusiast community doesn’t always think so. They think even less of front wheel drive Hondas. Maybe they’ve only seen shoddy builds that were unreliable and built with knockoff parts that were slower than they were stock. Maybe they are just slow. Maybe they just don’t know.

The tide may be changing. For the second year in a row a Honda build has cracked the SEMA Battle of the Builders Top 10. Last year it was the Rywire GT3 Integra that impressed the non-Honda judges. This year our dude, Big Mike, brought his 1992 Honda Prelude to the Torco booth and blew away the judges with his build.

Did Big Mike take home the highest honors? We won’t know until the 2016 Battle of the Builders episode that airs February 2nd on Velocity. However Big Mike is always a winner with us and he made time during a very busy SEMA Show to talk with us about his Prelude.



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Aaron Gaghagen
Multimedia Editor at VTEC Academy
Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.