’92 HONDA CIVIC CX
OWNER PHILIP ROBLES
HOMETOWN TEMPE, AZ
OCCUPATION QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST
ENGINE K24A2; RBC intake manifold; Garrett GTX3076 turbo; TIAL MVR 44mm wastegate; Hasport mounts; JDL turbo manifold; GSK Fabrication charge piping, Precision Chassis Works turboback exhaust; J’s Racing muffler; J-blood carbon coil pack cover; ID1000 injectors; Hytech baffled K20 aluminum oil pan; Rywire Mil-spec engine harness;
DRIVETRAIN Quaife sequential five-speed transmission with Geartronics Easyshift ECU, load cell sensor and gear position indicator
ENGINE MANAGEMENT Hondata ECU; tuned by UMS Tuning
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS TEIN SRC coilovers; PCI Bronze bushings, spherical trailing arm bushing, spherical front upper A-arms; ASC Circuit Hero strut bar
BRAKES Brembo Race front and rear brakes with R-crew custom rotor hats and brackets
WHEELS & TIRES 17x9.5” +25 Volk Racing ZE40 wheels; 245/40R17 Hoosier tires
EXTERIOR Pandem widebody kit by TRA Kyoto, J’s Racing hood with Topstage vents; First Molding Type B mirrors; Aero Spec Racing front splitter; paint by Elevens Paint and Fiber
INTERIOR Precision Chassis Works rollcage; Rywire cabin harness, AIM MXL2 digital datalogger dash; Recaro SPG seat; Takata fivepoint harnesses
THANKS my family, Helen, Rachel and Jesse; ICB Motorsport; Project Onethirty; Elevens Paint and Fiber; RAYS Wheels; GSK Fabrication; Aero Spec Racing; UMS Tuning; Fathead Fabrication; Hasport; Hybrid Racing; my buddies Matt, Paul, Carlos, Simon, and CJ
Jesse learned from his dad that tasteful styling is important. The exterior of his S13, while modified, can almost go unnoticed. Volk Racing TE37S are one of the most classic Japanese wheels of all time, and DMAX bumpers with overfenders are timeless in the S-chassis and drift communities; he pulls everything off flawlessly.
The story of father Phil’s Civic backtracks quite a ways to when Jesse was still in high school. After returning from Japan, Jesse was in need of a car. So, like any sensible teenager, he bought an EJ Civic, the pinnacle of reliability, simplicity, and economy. He grew tired of it and sought out an EH Civic, which he felt was more appealing. Phil offered to buy the EJ for a fair price, and then Jesse took ownership of the ‘92 hatchback you see here. Eventually, Jesse grew tired of Civics altogether and offloaded the EH to his dad. Rumor has it, the car technically belongs to Jesse, but what Phil did with it is where the story of the Robles family continues to surprise us.
Phil got his first taste of real racing in a Porsche 914 during a lunchtime clinic with NASA. He then turned his daily driver, with A/C and very simple mods, into a car he took to the track. After a long time in HPDE-3, Phil had to decide between moving toward race group or joining the time trial program. Based on the fact that all the race group cars, “looked like shit,” he went into time trial. It's no wonder where his son gets his own style…
Now, Phil’s car is obviously a thing of beauty, and we’ll get back to the speed side of things shortly; however, something here needs addressing. When you see Mr. Robles walking around Scottsdale Pavilions, a weekly car meet, he is a completely unassuming import enthusiast. He looks like a cowboy whose son dragged him out on a Saturday night.