[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][tov motorsports][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Spied on the Street! 2023 Honda Pilot
More.......................
Spied on the Street! 2024 Honda Accord
More.......................
Honda releases 2023 HR-V details
More.......................
The 2023 HR-V has shown up at a few dealers already. What we know so far
More.......................
EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: HENNESSY HONDA MEET in Woodstock, GA Saturday June 11, 2022
More.......................
American Honda Reports May 2022 sales results
More.......................
Honda teases 2023 CR-V with new images
More.......................
All-New Honda Civic Type R Prototype to Make U.S. Debut At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: announcement from Acura July 1st?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda Interiors outside the US
Join Discussion......
Integra --> Re: "Sales guys sold three...good for one day"
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Whirling sound - tires or EV?
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> F1 - 2022 British Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: L15 teardown and why it sucks for modding
Join Discussion......
CR-V --> Re: Need choice other than funeral black interior
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: Type R Reveal 7-1-22
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Daniel ( the Nuclear Engineer)
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: TOV-M - Honda Has Some Catching Up To Do At Indycar Halfway Point
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Next gen Civic Hybrid
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: 2023 Type R Sport
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: Tuned Accord vs TLX-S vs Stinger GT AWD
Join Discussion......
Classifieds: Buy & Sell --> Re: 2006 Civic Si for Sale
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: MDX Type S
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Shawn Church
Categories CR-Z, Dyno Testing, TOV Road Test
Create Date August 25, 2012 21:56
Last Update September 04, 2012 22:40
Oscar Jackson Returns......Again
I really don't like hybrids. And as a former CR-X owner, I have some serious reservations about the Honda CR-Z. Combine those two sentiments and I have to rank pretty far down the list of people you'd want reviewing your new supercharger kit for the CR-Z. Which is precisely why a guy like Oscar Jackson would call me up and ask me if I'd like to drive his recently CARB approved, Rotrex boosted, CR-Z EX 6MT for a week.

In case you've been living under a rock for the last 20+ years, Oscar Jackson is arguably the patriarch of the Honda automotive aftermarket. He founded the original Jackson Racing, out of his Westminster, CA automotive repair facility over 30 years ago. He earned his stripes campaigning Honda Civics in a variety of national road racing series, winning more often than not (he was also substantially involved in motorcycle racing). His Civics, CRXs and Preludes were featured in all the major automotive magazines as giant slayers, punching well above their weight with just a few power tweaks and carefully developed suspension packages.

Oscar was the guy who saw the potential of the cars from up and comer Honda and jumped in with both feet before the rest of the United States caught on to just how good this little Japanese company could be. In fact, he was racing Hondas before 99% of the well known names in the Honda aftermarket even had driver's licenses (that includes me!). I'd wager that he was racing Hondas before a lot of today's players were even born!

So, when Oscar is ready to offer a product to the aftermarket, you can be pretty sure that he's done his homework and gotten it right. Furthermore, history shows that he won't compromise reliability, durability and drivability for a few more horsepower - even to the detriment of the dyno number driven sales in this market.

Before I go any further, it is time for full disclosure. I've known Oscar now for about 15 years. I had my first phone conversation with him over 20 years ago. I bought a Jackson Racing Eaton blower kit for my 91 CRX. And later, I purchased a Kraftwerks Rotrex kit for my S2000. I see Oscar as a role model for longevity and integrity in the tuner business. I have tremendous respect for him, and if he needs to use my dynos, he is always welcome - if for no other reason than I get to pick his brain. My employees love the guy too. He's just one of those people.

Which brings me to my conundrum. I was really hesitant to do a professional review of his CR-Z because I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it - for all sorts of reasons. And you really don't want to have to give your friends bad news. But I did it anyways. Read on.

[Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Thank you Shawn
iutodd 12
  2nd generation Honda Fit?
cyisalwayshungry 4
  Some comments
TonyEX 0
  Great Review! (CR-Z owner)
Inspire97 4
  Oscar killed the icf!?
Fan Koni 0
Jump to:
First Drive: 2023 Acura Integra - Rebirth of an Icon?
Read Article....................
2023 Acura Integra PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2022 Acura MDX Specs and Features
Read Article....................
2022 Honda Civic Design Story, a video by Honda
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX Advance
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2021 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
30