Pics and Words by Natalie Francis
I had the opportunity to attend one of the most epic events of 2013, Honda Day 2k13 hosted by Xclusivmods and Faeez Hassan at Honda Rivonia, Gauteng.
It was a scorcher of a day but that didn’t stop the crowds from attending to view some of the most beautiful Hondas I laid eyes on. Trust me I was in Honda Heaven. My favourite was the old school mint, cream civic. From JDM cars to fully built track cars there was something for everyone’s tastes. They also had a rev off competition which was a first for me to see, car were lined up against each other while the crowd judged
Thrilling, explosive, exciting. This was truly a day not to be missed. I got down to chatting with some of the guys and this what they had to say.
D17 CIVIC GOOLAM KAJEE
Tell us a bit about yourself, your car and what made you love Honda: A little about me: Well I’m a petrol head! been driving since the age of 13 and learnt how to drive in a 95 skyline 3.0 SGLI….had a short stint in semi-pro circuit racing and a bit of drifting and I’m a jap car lover! Don’t get me wrong I respect all brands of car and know that each has its own pro’s and cons but my heart is for the land of the rising sun… I’ve owned a 87 MK1 Nissan Sentra and of course my pride and joy, my baby Kitana! 2004 Civic F1. Well my love for Honda is stemmed from a cousin who made me nutz for vtec at the age of 14… after a spin in his chipped ballade vtec over 10 years ago I can still feel the pull and rush I got from that car! and from there my love only grew, having driven many a civic/ballade/accord and even prelude I find myself in a happy place every time I turn the key in my own car. Reliable, Economical (not with my driving) and strong with great handling and amazing potential I still find myself loving the Honda brand everyday that I take to the road, and i wish that I could keep driving forever. Bullet proof motoring and a keen reflex make for great driving and each day I can still see the meaning behind “the power of dreams”
What did you think of Honda day? Well being so close to the event since conceptualization meant that it would be a big day for me.. and it was an absolute blast! an amazing day with an awesome crowd and great turnout, there was some very tasteful cars there and some very stunning classics. I would love to see this become and annual event and grow from strength to strength. May Xclusivmods always be blessed and continue to show SA what the car scene should be!
SHANEO BARNES HORNE K24 ACCORD
Tell us about yourself and your Honda: Well I’ve always love the H brand since I could remember. My first car was a vw yet all I could think about was owning a Honda whether it was a ballade or civic. I loved the fact Honda developed the vtec engine and their suspension is designed well. After owning four Honda my current and number four is a 2006 Honda accord Cl9 Type S, Its running upgraded wheels FN2 CTR to be exact, powerbrake front disks, megan racing camber kits, bc rs fully adjustable coilovers, tnt stainless 63mm single exit with megan racing muffler, injen cai, and detailed engine bay.
What did you think of Honda day? I’d honestly say Honda day was a good turn out. And we certainly need more Honda meet ups. Capetown has their show on the road with an impressive number of Hondas. I say we need more Honda days / Honda meets.
MUHAMMED MIA ULTRA RACING ACCORD
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Tell us about your Accord? I currently drive a 2006 Honda Accord 2.4 Type S. Although the Motor and gearbox are still standard slight improvements to the exterior and interior have resulted in a unique and eye catching vehicle. The 19’’ 3 Piece split rims were specially made to match the offset and PCD and complement the overall look of the vehicle. Other items added include and Eibach lowering kit, rear slimline spoiler with customs red pinstriping, full leather interior and a Webasto sunroof.
CHAD PALADIN B16 n/a CIVIC
Tell us about yourself and your Honda: I was born and raised from Philippines “Pearl of the Orient” and I have been staying here in South Africa for almost four years. I have passion for Honda since I was in high school. My car “Shana” is originally a 150i 2000 model facelift Civic driven by a lady from Free State. Although I wanted to buy a vtec I ended up getting a 150i because it’s very hard to find a mint and never abused original vtec. Then after a year of owning her I decided to do a full stock B16 swap. While she’s still in the work shop ideas came into my mind, engine respray, brake upgrades and strut braces.
What did you think of Honda day? Honda day 2k13 is the first event I joined after getting her back and it was an awesome turn out. I didn’t expect it and I really enjoyed participating in the event. Probably will join again the next event and looking forward for a much bigger Honda gathering.
KRUNO CULJAK TURBO JAZZ
Tell us about your monster turbo Jazz: My Jazz is the only running turbo one in SA. The spec sheet doesn’t cover all the mods and everything that’s gone into the car. The OEM red Honda badges come to mind along with the JDM spec LED tail lights. There’s also sound deadening in the doors. I also have AEM gauges for oil pressure, oil temp, air-fuel ratio, and ‘tru boost’ which doubles as electronic boost controller. There’s also an AEM water/meth kit. The car is about half way done with regards to the performance mods. Exterior, interior and sound are pretty much done. On RBTS’ dyno the car made 102wkw and 201wnm on 0.3bar boost.
What did you think of Honda Day? Attendance was good, cars on display were quite nice. Was nice seeing old and new faces from the Honda crowd. The only thing that wasn’t to my taste was the ‘rev off’ event, but different strokes for different folks.