Labor of Love: Jeremy Dotson's 1997 Honda Prelude

Labor of Love: Jeremy Dotson's 1997 Honda Prelude

Photography by Lee Vermont (@photobycereal2k)


With 84% of the Popular Vote, Jeremy Dotson is the winner of the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds award at Tuner Evolution: Charlottle, NC.

Jeremy Dotson is no stranger to building cars of all shapes and sizes. With a checkered history of building luxury cars, fast cars, lowriders, and everything in between, he still found himself with a soft spot in his heart for Japanese imports. After convincing his wife that he needed a new daily driver, he drove from him home in Jefferson, Georgia out to North Carolina on a rainy night to pick up a JDM 1997 Honda Prelude.

Jeremy Dotson 1997 Honda Prelude IMG 9583 Lee Vermont

After bringing the car home, the transformation was already starting in Dotson’s head. Before he went too crazy, he had to address a couple of small issues with the body work, which meant it was time to see his friend Ka-han Paul at Mad Creations. What started off as a simple refresh quickly snowballed. Before long, the door handles were shaved off, and a color-shifting Triton Pearl paint job. From there, a set of Work VS-XX wheels were introduced, alongside air suspension, and some custom lighting.

Jeremy Dotson 1997 Honda Prelude IMG 9432 Lee Vermont

After attending some shows in 2017, Dotson met the guys from the Georgia chapter of NvUS, and he has been part of that family ever since. With his acceptance into the club, he knew he wanted to take the Prelude even further. It was time to go back to Mad Creations. With his engine pulled out, they were able to paint-match the engine bay to the rest of the car, as well as add a Wilwood big brake kit. From there, his friend Vinny Silvestri helped him drop in a Euro R H22 engine mated to a JDM LSD transmission.

Jeremy Dotson 1997 Honda Prelude IMG 9637 Lee Vermont

After a long history of building cars and attending shows, the labor of Dotson’s love is finally complete - or at least as “complete” as possible before the next modifications. Dotson is already planning a new interior layout, an air tank setup from Superstar Customs, a finished trunk setup, and some other surprises. We’ll be watching!

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2019 PAS 153 Cover vFINAL

Jeremy Dotson's 1997 Honda Prelude is featured in PASMAG #153. Click HERE to order.


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