The H Factor – Part 1 | Mimms Honda Day @ Croft Circuit 2021

Has it been too long? I’d say so. But this piece is gonna dazzle you. Mimms can always be relied on to summon the best of the best Hondas. So, sit back comfily and enjoy the views from my eyes a few Sundays ago.

Mimms. If you’re not familiar [shame on you], here’s a quick profile on the name. Dav Plaha is the man behind the idea of organising VTEC and non-VTEC congregations, up and down the UK. It all started in the mid-2000s, when Dav and his Civic Jordan used to pull up to Mimms South services off the M25 motorway that perimeters Central London. Back then the meet was rounding up some 50 or so cars; the main event can now see capacity numbers reaching ten times that number.

The turnout was that good at the last Mimms held late 2020 at Three Sister’s outdoor kart circuit (see my previous post), the decision was made to organize another in the North of England. Only this time, at a proper racetrack, on a British summer’s day, and more of those sweet Japanese modern classics we all know and love.

Hamza and I walked from where my car was parked in the non-Honda / visitors area, to the paddock and were welcomed by a lot of things painted in Champ White. The colour synonymous with Honda, thanks to the victorious F1 car that [probably] made Japanese F1 fans stream tears of joy back in ’65. We’ve seen how melodramatic they can get over there, especially when it comes to national pride. No wonder, the Japanese people are known to put their heart and soul into almost everything.

An A80 rolling on bronze Super Advan 3R wheels came in, at which point Hamza began to get very giddy. Blame Gran Turismo.

All the while, something else sitting on bronze caught my little eye…

Black EK9 Civics possess an aura that’s difficult for any other fast-hatchback from the 1990s to equal. This one had a steering wheel looked abit like the one found in the NA1/NA2 NSX, but no yellow Momo stamp means it probably isn’t. Spoon Sports tinted side-mirrors are a nice touch too.

“@do1jonnyt_crx” turned up in his, well, CRX. You’ll recognize it from my last Mimms blogpost. One very clean, well-kept motor. You can here Prince singing in your head everytime you get close to it.

BHP Imports brought over some cool stuff. This S660 was one of them, wearing a load of JDM bits and bobs. My fave would have to the be the HKS Super SQV blow-off valve. Such a cool design, looks like it came right off of a pod racer or some shit. A bit more ride height drop and it’d sit with a mean stance on those Advan RZ wheels.

I spoiled the shot, but look! An original Phoenix Yellow DC2 Type R! Not wrapped, not rattle-canned. A ridiculously tidy Integra, with barely any miles. Yeah, these cars are made to be driven, but nowadays you can see why appreciation is shown for these cars. They will go down in history, no doubt. Why, you ask? Because imprint in rear bumper.

A few more steps taken down the paddock, and yet another Type R in the same colour as a healthy egg yolk. This EK9 got some hand-me-downs from a kouki DC2. The stock, OEM+ look is cool ‘n’ all, but we came to see cars with more personality…

This is the sort of Honda you [hopefully] came to see. The vibrant red R8 was getting very little attention from myself and people around me. A teal AP2 S2000 is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen, but I’m assured it’s something I’m glad I’ve come across.

An all-round, thought out setup, not far from perfection. K&N air intake chilling under the vented bonnet, presumably because of the exhaust-side of the engine room reaching higher-than-desirable temperatures.

One of the greatest wheel designs at all four corners, displaying a calculated wheel and tyre fitment.

Is it yet obvious how much I was drooling over this S2000? It was hard for me not to click the shutter, every angle was a money shot. You’d probably have done the same, if we share the same taste.

Alright, alright, I’ll stop there. Only because I’ve run out of photos of it. @MattyFer5, give yourself a pat on the back, if you do in fact see this.

I’m gonna break off here, I’ve got enough for a 3-part article, so if you haven’t seen your car yet, its most-likely coming up in future posts. Also, attention spans are sparse these days, me included. Event coverage isn’t easy for me to write much about, as I try see as much as I can, darting from one car to another. I’d like to write more feature-style posts, solely devoting a space to one car. The owners are the one’s who deserve the stage, not necessarily in the typical pretentious “influencer” way, but in a form where their thoughts, ideas, and stories can get shared with us fellow enthusiasts.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the next part – bookmark the site!

Ko-Op Tour of Deutschland | Going Around the Benz

As someone who is not all that into the Euro scene of car kulture, I will honestly admit that Mercedes-Benz have produced some machines that surpass other makers, even before they can put up a fight. It is fair to say Mercs have been pioneers from the get go.

The place is pretty sizeable, made obvious by the fact that upon entering the lobby you start the tour by elevating to the uppermost level of the museum’s nine planes, at some lofty height enough to make Luke a bit squeamish.

I found it amusing how the roof resembled the profile of an epitrochoid, the same shape as a rotor in a Wankel engine…

The floorplan of the Benz building is pretty cool, it flows down through the timeline of Mercedes and every significant model in their lineage can be found on each floor which signifies a decade.

Check out the gills on the side of the 300SL Gullwing! Back then, Merc’s design department were in the zone and produced some kutting edge automotive art. My favourite element has got to be the side-exit cannons coming out of the quarter-panel of that 300 SLR.

The section of the museum that was worth more than admission has got to be where I saw the 190E Evolution II. I wouldn’t change a thing on that machine.

Then we walked down a floor, and there it sat on a sloped bank stage amongst a plethora of Mercedes’ racing legends, the #3 Sonax 190E 2.6-16 Evo II DTM car of 1992. I vividly remember clocking some nuts laptime on Nurburgring (virtually) when it first appeared in Gran Turismo 4. I must have been 10 years old back then, getting giddy about my first sub-8 minute PB; that car has burnt a scar in my memory. It is the ultimate sleeper that is not sleeper at all in Evo form.

Ignore what I said about not altering the pure, elegant physique of the Merc; I would most definitely style it in the fashion of that touring car in two-tone. Maybe change the ‘BOSS HUGO BOSS’ livery to ‘BOSS COFFEE’ next to a silhouette of Tommy Lee Jones…

Once I found out Mercedes gave the rotary engine a chance, they shifted up in my rankings. The C111, although only went as so far as a design concept, is without a doubt one of the most interesting cars I saw and yeah, it’s probably because of the Wankelmotor. It was a decent attempt at defying convention, so I can’t fault Mercedes for trying back in the late 60’s when Mazda were doing the same, but disappointingly the German autogiants flipped off the possibility of a 3 or 4-rotor and developed the diesel lump that found its way into the 240D 3.0. Bit of a shame the C111 remained a development mule, since customers sent blank cheques to the company in hope that they would churn out production-models; would have been a success by the sounds of it…

Thats all for now, it was a quick one, but I feel I need to bust these posts out as I am lagging behind on the Germany content. Plus, I don’t really care for Mercedes-Benz at this point in time. I feel like the newer cars are lacking soul nowadays, and that goes for the majority of car manufacturers. I reckon Mercedes should pump out more krazy koncepts like they used to, and then find a way to go absolutely bananas on the drawing board for a flagship model…

Anyway, the real good bits are yet to come, so keep an eye or two out!