Project Civic – Back On Course

Race, Race Race!

This was the year that I really came back to autocrossing. After I destroyed my Civic coupe in late 2002, I hadn’t felt comfortable racing. I attended one event in 2003 and never even tried in 2004. With the work that I had completed, I needed to get the car to the track!

When spring rolled around in 2005, I had a fresh set of Bridgstone SO3’s mounted and installed a new set of Powerslot rotors and Porterfield RS4 brake pads, I headed to Putnam Park Raceway for a weekend with NASA’s HPDE program. I had never been on a track before and couldn’t wait to try out the Civic! By the end of the long weekend, I was completely exhausted having maxed out on fun and educated myself with the understanding of what makes a fast car. Handling!!

After that weekend, I went to nearly all of the local autocross events and dominated Street Modified in the North West Indiana region SCCA and came in 2nd overall in the South Bend Region.

I was thrilled to come back to the sport and reap the benefits of all the hard work I had done to the Civic.

Fresh brakes and tires.
Fresh brakes and tires.
Drive Shaft Shop Race Axles. Designed to handle the heat generated during road racing.
Drive Shaft Shop Race Axles. Designed to handle the heat generated during road racing.

 

Tearing it up at a local autocross!
Tearing it up at a local autocross!

 

Freshly bathed!
Freshly bathed!

 

Hanging out in the paddock waiting for my turn on the track.
Hanging out in the paddock waiting for my turn on the track.

 

Lined up and ready to go!
Lined up and ready to go!

After a successful return to autocrossing and my first track event, I started planning an aggressive suspension upgrade for the 2006 season. Check back for my next installment of Project Civic for details.

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