There are two photo sets here. I shot the first set back in 2005 at the 2006 Honda Civic long lead presser in Japan where I drove the then soon-to-be-launched eighth-gen Civic Si on the Motegi Twin Ring road course. The earlier JDM-spec Civics shown here were on display next to the paddock – generations one through seven are pictured here, all of them in better-than-showroom condition. No doubt it’s because the Honda Collection Hall museum stands nearby on the automaker’s hallowed grounds in the city of Utsunomiya, in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture north of Tokyo.
I shot this next set at the launch of the 2012 Honda Civic last spring. I drove the current Si coupe, on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course; and, rode shotgun several hot laps with a pair of professional Canadian hot-shoes, Scott Goodyear and Patrick Carpentier. The earlier models shown here are all North American-spec cars owned by American Honda. Though generations only one through eight are shown here, the first-gen CVCC looks like it has the most potential as a fun little project car, don’t you think?