1996 Honda Integra Type R
Name: Stacey Liu Age: 19 Location: Auckland Occupation: Retail manager
Thanks: mum, my partner Krisneel, Advance Panel and Paint, Romeet, Roneet, Ash, and Zain!
NZ Performance Car: Hi, Stacey. How did you come to daily your Type R?
Stacey: Hey, NZ Performance Car ! From a young age I’ve always been in love with Hondas and dreamed of owning my own one day — probably because I’ve always been around them, as a lot of my cousins owned Euro Rs and Type Rs.
That’s cool; work with what you know. What do you think of the Honda ownership base, and do you think it’s on the rise?
[Laughs] I can’t imagine myself with any other car — I’ve tried so many times but can’t seem to leave the Honda. I reckon there’s a definite increase with ownership — Hondas have become really popular, and it’s hard to not want one, too; you kind of get hooked on them after driving one.
And what’s it like being a female in the car community?
It feels great. People are generally supportive — although you do get the occasional negative comment and judgement, but I just brush that off. I think it would be cool to see more females in the car scene.
What would you like to see change to encourage that?
I think it’s just the respect that a female deserves to be given in the car scene. You see a lot of negative comments circulating around, particularly with women in motorsport. Cars should be something that both genders can enjoy, and be accepted into.
For sure; it’s a shared passion. There’s a cage in there, too — does it see some track work?
Yes, there is! I’ve taken my car on the track a few times before the cage was put in, and also once with the cage in. I do plan to hit the track more in future.
Are there any plans for the future, and what would your next car be?
I’m planning to focus more on my engine. In future I hope to own a super charged S2000 or an Evo, but that’s if I can ever part ways with my Type R first.
Cheers for the chat, Stacey. Keep it up!
ENGINE: B18CR, 98-spec camshafts, ARC intake, heat-wrapped headers, Buddy Club exhaust DRIVETRAIN: Factory five-speed, Exedy heavy-duty clutch
INTERIOR: DKM half cage, DND Performance steering wheel, quick-release boss kit, Recaro reclinables, Crow Enterprises fourpoint harness, aftermarket shift-knob EXTERIOR: Spoon mirrors, Speedscience front splitter
WHEELS/TYRES: 17x8-inch Buddy Club P1s, 215/45ZR17 Westlake RS Sport semi-slicks SUSPENSION: BC Gold coilovers, Hard Race rear camber arms, 98-spec hubs, 98-spec calipers