Every year we get excited to see which stands at the V 4&Rotary Nationals, well, stand out, and this year Adam Plews of Speed Science really upped the ante with his Honda-only stand.

Adam proved just how prominent and well-respected his brand is within the Honda community with the highest calibre of H-badged vehicles on display, all more than willing to represent the brand and let us hassle them for extra details. 

Owning the only Honda Integra DC5 on the stand, James Bryant has done a great job of keeping it in a factory race-style appearance.The coupe now features an HC Racing carbon-fibre spoiler, Enkei RPF1 wheels, and factory blue Recaro interior. There’s nothing cooler than a street-spec DC5 on RPF1s. 

Adam Plews brought down his own shop vehicle, Project D, that we featured on The Motorhood during December 2015. Adam took a base model EG Civic and transplanted a wild DC2 Type R B18CR set-up into it, with the hopes of running a 12-second quarter-mile pass — which he did. An angry little machine, however, Adam has just recently sold the running gear so that it can be replaced with an even quicker K-series set-up. We’ll keep you posted on that one. 

A car that you will most certainly be familiar with if you went to the show was Cale Clark’s LOLRB Honda S2000. Usually we’d laugh at a plate like this as a harmless joke, however the F20C has been fitted with a Kraftwerks supercharger kit, so with 220kW it definitely can back up the plate. It’s super slammed too, sitting on a set of custom-painted Work Meisters, and features an AP2 front-end conversion. Did we mention it also has carbon kevlar everywhere? We’ll definitely have to take a closer look at this S2000 in the near future. Cale won best stanced car at the show and shine. 

One vehicle that looked as though it should have been on the Prowear NZ Superlap stand was Jonathan Petrie’s Honda Civic EG. Featuring a K20A Type R engine, J’s Racing gear, and Speed Science aero it certainly looks like the business. We’re told it gets abused at the racetrack regularly too! 

Civic EK9s are just one of those vehicles that, in factory trim, look serious. However, with the addition of a bolt-in Cusco seven-point roll cage, KYB Bridgestone coilovers, and 17x8-inch wheels, Matt Dallimore’s EK certainly looks angrier than in factory street trim. We’ve seen this machine run down at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on the odd occasion, and you just have to hear the high-rpm B16B scream in real life. The Blox intake manifold, Blox velocity stack, Blox headers, and Stix fabrication 2.5-inch exhaust system certainly gave it a unique bark. 

If you’ve been around the Honda scene for a while, you’ll know that KFED is a complete monster. Powered by a 330kW-at-the-wheels turbocharged K20 engine, Oscar Maisel’s quickest time down the quarter is 11.5 seconds. We’re told absolutely everything is upgraded on this machine, and it’ll no doubt be going quicker in the near future with the help of a new gearbox set-up and more seat time. 

Justin Pillay is the owner of New Zealand’s only phoenix-yellow Japanese-new Honda Integra DC2 Type R. It’s awesome seeing rare vehicles such as this cruising the streets and attending shows, and even cooler that Justin isn’t afraid to modify it. The Integra features DC5 Recaros, 16-inch Regamasters, Spoon calipers, and a bunch of other goodies. We’re told it’s currently undergoing a full Spoon rebuild, so punters, hide your cutlery. 

Another DC2 Type on display was John Gamble’s example, featuring a Speed Science splitter, carbon-fibre spoiler, Toyo R888 rubber, upgraded suspension, and brakes. 

We had been warned that Daniel Smith’s engine bay in his Honda Civic EG was one of the cleanest around, and we weren’t disappointed. Daniel’s EG has been painted in a Porsche classic grey and has a completely smoothed, shaved, and de-loomed engine bay that houses a 149kW-at-the-wheels B18CR engine.

The 149kW comes thanks to Buddy Club spec-three cams, 48mm Toda ITBs, PLM Toda headers, and a 70mm Skunk2 MegaPower exhaust system. Daniel’s Civic handles well too, with BC BR–series coilovers, Hardrace front and rear camber arms, and Hardrace bushing throughout. The Civic sits on a set of 15x6.5-inch Spoon SW388 wheels. Daniel won best Honda at the show and shine. 

During a trip to Nelson, we met Bryce Kamizona after spotting his immaculate Civic EK9 N1 at the Motueka Dragway. We were surprised though, when Bryce popped the bonnet as there was a very powerful K20A engine sitting there. The Civic is wound down using Spoon N1 suspension, and is fitted with Skunk2 suspension arms. We’re digging the clean look with the Volk TE37 wheels. 

Mitchell Wilson’s Honda Civic is one that we originally spotted down at the Taupo Honda North Island Mega Meet (NIMM), just over a year ago. A clean phoenix-yellow machine, it was definitely worth taking a closer look at. The EG now features Integra Type R running gear, Civic Type R hubs, a carbon-fibre BYS wing, Tein coilovers, Skunk2 hoses, and a Blox velocity stack. With genuine EG6 SiR interior and genuine yellow Recaro seats, it looked like a nice cabin to be in too. 

If you’re into ’80s Hondas, then Adam had you covered there, with, yup, you guessed it, only the best in New Zealand. Shane Haitana is the owner of this immaculately presented Honda Civic EF9 race car, which is a leading car in New Zealand’s Honda Cup series. The EF9 is running a B18CR engine that outputs 163kW at the wheels, thanks to 12.5:1 high-compression pistons, Brian Crower lightweight rods, ACL race bearings, Rocket Motorsports M22xx camshafts, Skunk2 Ultra Street intake manifold, and much more. The EF9 gets the power down with 16x8-inch Enkei RPF1 wheels, shod in Hankook slicks, and a Quaife gearbox with Kazz diff. There’s also custom chromoly driveshafts thrown into the mix, just to ensure that they’re not destroyed on race day. We’ll be taking a much closer look at this Civic in the future, so we’ll provide more details then. 

Back in Issue No. 230 of NZ Performance Car magazine, we featured Oscar Maisel’s H22A-powered hatchback in the Under Construction section. Words cannot describe how clean this machine is in the flesh. The H22A engine is from a Euro R Accord Cl1, and once it’s all tuned, Oscar is hoping for around 170kW at the wheels. Brian Crower stage-two cams, Skunk2 Alpha series valve springs, a Skunk2 three-inch exhaust system, and a ported and polished head should help him get there. The EG sits on Skunk2 Pro S2 coilovers, and has Skunk2 rear lower control arms, and Hardrace rear toe and camber arms. 

If you’re into the late-model stuff, Anthony Wong brought down his 2015 Mugen-spec RS. These machines sure aren’t a nana vehicle, as they’re equipped with a six-speed gearbox, Mugen intake and exhaust, and Mugen aero. Anthony has added Tanabe lowering springs, 18x7.5-inch Work Meisters, and a custom wrap. 

René Vermeer

Dutch, French, or just a Kiwi, René isn’t quite sure, but he does know he has a passion for Japanese vehicles like no other. A well-seasoned Gran Turismo player dating back to his single-digit days, René has a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of performance vehicles and has owned more than 30 performance cars here in New Zealand, ranging from Nissans to Hondas. A lover of photography, you’ll find him either peeping under someone’s bonnet to snap a detailed shot, or on the side of the racetrack, perfecting his panning.