Andrew: I drive a truck every day of the week for work, and doing a consistent 90kph on the open road just doesn’t satisfy you. I like to go fast and push a car to its limit. I’ve owned a range of vehicles over the years — Toyotas, Subarus, Mitsubishis, Nissans, and Holdens — but never particularly liked Hondas because of the bad rap they always get, thanks to a few munters. A good friend of mine, Nick, got one and did a few years of racing, and I liked how that car ran, so I picked up this one to build my own.
What state was it in when you bought it?
It was originally the previous owner’s daily, and he stripped it down to turn it into a track car. That meant that it came with a fresh roll cage done by Craig Paterson Fabrication. As for the engine, the first one must have blown up at some stage, because they had sunk a cheap unknown-kilometre B18C from an automatic in there. That engine served me well for a good four years, actually — apart from having to put a litre of oil in each race day [laughs].
Nice, the cheapies always seem to go the hardest. How did that engine meet its maker?
One of the valves let go at a track day and had a fighting match with a piston. That one was sent to the bin, and in went the current B18C, which I had picked up as a spare. It’s not a Type R version, but it goes damn hard — I’m not fussed on big figures, to me