After the usual sleep-deprived schedule that precedes most Hot Import Night events, entrant Joey Touchton slipped into the solace of slumber after his 2000 Civic earned him enough accolades to finally relax. Various modifications such as the Skyline taillights and the custom 19-inch rollers from HRE helped secure a respectable position in the competitive Civic class. He went to bed content, but his sweet slumber was shattered by a bearer of bad news. "Joey, wake up!" came the urgent announcement from his friend. "Something's wrong with your car!"
The previous night Joey had entrusted the keys to the valet. He must not have tipped or something because sure enough the unscrupulous car-parker left the show car open. When Joey opened the door and looked behind the Sparco Flash 5 steering wheel he found the ignition wires spilling from the column like intestines out of a slashed stomach. At this point, Joey wanted to slash the stomach of the valet with a box cutter. But he refrained, choosing instead to take a deep breath and see what good might come out of the situation. "It was a bad thing," said Joey. "But it did have good repercussions."
In an effort to prohibit this sort of fiendish hooliganism from happening again, Joey had the door handles shaved and solenoids installed. While he was at it he had the moldings shaved and a Sparco gas cap molded in. These upgrades, and others following, would bring Joey's Civic to the pinnacle of perfection.
With as much money as there is in the engine, it's probably a good thing that the Civic wasn't stolen. From the AEM cold-air intake to the GReddy turbo kit to the custom three-inch exhaust the spec list to the engine is longer than most other show cars'. The accompanying Spec Chart mentions more than bolt-ons though. Take a look and you'll notice the block has been bored .020 over and the head has been ported and polished. If some engines are massaged or warmed over, this B16 has the temperature of upper Hades. With close to 400 claimed horsepower, this engine isn't making gross, unreliable horsepower from hell, but it's halfway there.
The most appealing part of the Civic's exterior has to be the Skyline taillight conversion. Although this has been done before, it's still looks fresh along with different car/color combinations. In this case, the cobalt blue sets off the red of the taillights and the whiteness of the owner like a flag whipping in the wind. God Bless America. Of course, the Nissan Silvia S15 headlight conversion isn't exactly something to ignore either. With these unique spots and a molded Ground Designs Black Widow kit adorning the body, the once civil Civic looks more than aggressive.
Joey says that the rims are the favorite mod to this car. We can see why. The wicked rollers are special-order HRE whips of the 19x8 variety with a custom offset to fit the Civic's arches. Needless to say the Toyo Proxies P4s that wrap them have the profile of a rubber band.
This rigid rolling stock combination puts a lot of pressure on the suspension. The East Coast is not an easy place to roll a slammed chariot. Nonetheless, Joey cruises his hometown of Delaware fully decked thanks to Skunk2 coil-overs and Tokico blue shocks and struts.
The entire interior is glassed up, even the headliner. Take a look at the interior door panels. Silver ghost flames to match the barely visible flecks of flame on the exterior show fastidious attention to detail that any autistic with obsessive compulsive disorder would be proud of.
The icing on the cake is always in the form of, well ICE. What's the fun of having a sorted engine if you can't bump the Beasties or rock the Rolling Stones while you're cruising down Delaware's main thoroughfare. As you can see from the spec sheet Joey has this avenue covered properly.
This right coast Civic illustrates that you can have show and go in one complete package. Just don't leave your package with an under-tipped valet.