The H Factor – Part 2 | Mimms Honda Day @ Croft Circuit 2021

If you’re back for more, you’ll be glad you came by once you’ve reached the bottom of this page. Or, if you’ve stumbled upon this somewhere on the net, don’t forget to check out what I kaptured in Part 1.

I’ll stretch out this mid-section of the three-parter to be the meatiest one. So buckle up, as I take you through the bulk of the Mimms Croft Edition 2021 gallery.

Let’s kick off with a golden oldie. Referring to this 1970s vintage gem as an oldie is probably disrespectful, actually. After all, it is the origin of the legendary reputation Honda has upholded all these years.

As the rear sticker indicates, this car would pass as a museum piece found in Honda’s Hall of Fame situated within the grounds of Twin Ring Motegi.

If you’re on the same level as me when it comes to automotive IQ, then the RS badge also may have thrown you off. Not due to it being commonly found on cars made by Audi, but the fact that the Honda RS badge reaches as far back as the first-gen Civic. I only knew of the Honda Fit (Jazz for us UKDM bois), which (in the Asian markets) was available in RS trim during productions runs of the GE and GK chassis.

Unlike the Fit RS – a “sportier” model with slight suspension stiffening – this Civic was used as an attempt at making a civilian car fun to drive; regardless of its drivetrain layout. You could even consider this model Honda’s initial spark to that FF flame, passed on throughout the decades until 1997, the inception of the EK9 Type R.

Honda managed to extract 20bhp+ over the base model’s engine spec. Using twin-carburettors and a freer-flowing intake manifold, this little firecracker puts out 75bhp from its 1.2 single-cam engine. That’s around 125bhp/tonne though (if Wikipedia tells me right) so I bet it makes for some good slow-car-fast thrills. Oh, and RS stands for Road Sailing, if you care to know.

Here’s a couple interior shots I got of the Prelude sat next to it.

Another car imported by BHP Imports was this nifty EG, wearing white on white. I think the owner has a thing for Toda Racing.

First Molding carbon front-lip is enough to complete the face of a street-friendly B-series EG.

Here’s a car I did expect to see atleast one of, but not in this guise.

Its difficult to not get excited seeing an NA1 NSX. The number of shots Hamza and I took of Amer’s car will solidify that fact. But this isn’t any old supersportscar Honda made back in the day.

As remarkable as the machine is in stock form, there’s always potential for enhancement. For you lot old enough to remember and fortunate enough to not forget, this NSX in particular may be recognizable to you. This used to be a demo car belonging to Trial Japan!

The current owner has kept true to the original aesthetic, but at the same time turned it up a few notches with the JGTC-style livery. The front bumper is made by Taitec, a company whom I think run/ran NA1 and NA2 NSXs in Super Taikyu Endurance Series. The rest of the kit I’m unsure of. Whatever the widebody is, it looks mighty fine.

Oh, did I not mention its got a turbo hanging off the back of it? This thing doesn’t just look the part, you know.

As is visible from the interior shots, the premium cabin feel hasn’t been sacrificed in the name of racecar.

The owner (pictured) seemed a cool guy too, offering to open the doors and hatch for people who wanted a gander. Shame it wasn’t allowed on track due to noise violations.

Amer’s brother brought his normal NSX.

Moving back on over to FF Hondas. For me, this grey EK hatch looked the part.

Must have been the SE37s, a design that ranks in my top 3.

I suppose its boosted B-series unit is cool too. Bit miffed that I didn’t get to hear it make a racket; oh well.

An award-worthy EG6 SiR; a Honda some would regard the Holy Grail of 5th-gens.

Simple recipes stand the test of time, so its no wonder this black Civic on white TEs won top prize for “Best Exterior”. Spoon Sports goods give the body a bit more of a pronounced profile by way of a carbon front-lip and rear duckbill spoiler.

From what I remember, the interior was immaculate enough to win its own award. Dash-dodger roll-cage paired up with a set of Recaro SR3s in red, and its ready to attack any backroad bend!

Save the money you spend on drugs, and go purchase a LSD.

Another star of the show, this EK4 Jordan managed to win over the judges, not with its memorabilia collection on the parcel shelf, but in fact with its Sprint Hart Type-D wheels! And yes, I had to research wtf they were, because I’ve never seen a set on anything ever. Their design remind me of classic rally wheels, but this Civic isn’t going anywhere near a ditch let alone off-road.

Engine bay cleanliness to a T.

So, the story goes (Wikipedia comes through once again) in the late 1990s, cigarette-bans forced F1 teams to flip the script with their promo & marketing. Benson & Hedges were the primary sponsor for Eddie Jordan’s clique, so the cars had to retain the B&H namesake someway or another. Apparently, someone had an idea of slappin’ Buzzin Hornets on the side of their Formula car, and that was that! I reckon it had something to do with Team Jordan hearing what straight-piped B16s sound like at full-whack.

If you don’t know what I mean, go and YouTube “No Good Racing Osaka Kanjozoku”.

This is what dedication looks like. Bonkers. As if they made and sold a Jordan disposable camera! The owner ain’t getting rid of that, or any of his other souvenirs, for sure.

Is the Spoon livery played out yet?…

Nahh, probably not.

Teeky’s EK4 SiR-II(?) These things are rare as they Civics come.

Unicorn-spec for sure, those gold badges are regal as fuck.

I’m gonna dip out here, but don’t you worry, we’re not done yet.

I hope you enjoyed the blah-blah and the photos of course. As you’ve just witnessed, my start to summer show season has been class. But “where’s that trackside vibe?!” I hear you scream.

I gotchu…

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