1995 Honda In­te­gra VTi-R

Name: Tay­lor Bruno Age: 19 Lo­ca­tion: Whangarei Oc­cu­pa­tion: Se­cu­rity Thanks: My brother Gior­dan, my fa­ther John, Jay­den Broad, and my girl­friend Tayla

NZ Performance Car - - Cruise Mode - PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY, JOHN JAYME

NZ Per­for­mance Car: Hi, Tay­lor. There’s some­thing dif­fer­ent about that bug-eye front from what we’re used to seeing, what is it?

Tay­lor: Hi, NZ Per­for­mance Car. It started life as a pref­acelift bug-eye, but I re­ally wanted to change it up with sub­tle dif­fer­ences af­ter buy­ing it from the pre­vi­ous owner in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion. It now has a full USDM-spec facelift front and rear.

That’s it! How did you get the USDM pieces?

Well, I searched around for months try­ing to find what I needed. Ob­vi­ously there are plenty of bits out of the States, but, be­cause of the size, ship­ping was go­ing to be a killer. So, in­stead, I tried look­ing lo­cally, with the States be­ing my last re­sort, to the point I was go­ing to buy a full car and swap the bits over. Luck­ily enough, I found a dude named Quoc down in Hamil­ton who has rare USDM-spec In­te­gra parts in abun­dance.

A worth­while wait, we reckon. Is there much go­ing on un­der the bon­net?

Nah, not on this build. Since it was so tidy when I got it — with only 101,000km at the mo­ment — I wanted to keep it super OEM style, restor­ing the parts that needed some work rather than opt­ing for after­mar­ket bits. Apart from the wheels, of course.

Fair call. It looks the bet­ter for it, too. Yeah, those wheels are an­other stand-out; were they a hard choice to pick?

Yes and no; I got the in­spi­ra­tion from a lot of my close mates, who have some crazy cars. Their stuff made me want to step my game up to a sim­i­lar level, so I scrapped the fake wheels that I had been run­ning in favour of these Work Meis­ters, which were sourced through RDCon­cept — the big lips were a must for the look I was chas­ing, too.

Can’t go wrong with big-lipped Works. What’s next for the In­te­gra?

Noth­ing at this stage be­sides a new owner, as I think I’ve done what I wanted to achieve with this car, and it’s time to move on to the next one — per­haps a VL Turbo.

That’s a big switch. Good luck with the new project. Cheers for the chat, Tay­lor.

EN­GINE: B18C, 1797cc, four-cylin­der DRIV­E­TRAIN: Five-speed IN­TE­RIOR: Fac­tory, K-Tuned Short Pro-Cir­cuit Shifter EX­TE­RIOR: USDM-facelift front and rear bumper, Type R front lip, OEM op­tional sideskirts WHEELS/TYRES: 16x9-inch (+10p) Work Meis­ter S1R, 195/45R16 Nankang No­ble Sport NS20 SUS­PEN­SION: BC Gold coilovers

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