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!


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