A look back at what’s happened with my Honda Civic Si since I bought it brand new in 2009.
My car has been to the top of Pikes Peak (Elevation: 14,114′).
My car has been to the bottom of Death Valley.
My car has driven a road in all 48 continental US states.
It’s driven Route 66 from Chicago to LA.
It’s slain the dragon…twice.
It’s raced up the esses at Watkins Glen, dropped through the corkscrew at Laguna Seca and had parts fly off of it on the back straight at COTA.
It’s won Rallycrosses, National Challenges, State and National Championships
Every race was driven to and back from (trailers are for wussies).
Its 2-month journey across the US caught the eyes of YouTubers and news outlets across the world, gaining over a million views Oh… and it’s still my daily driver and only car I own. I’ll be using it to get to work on Monday when I’m done writing this post.
It’s only had some minor exterior modifications and simple performance modifications.
Besides routine maintenance, tires and brakes, the car has never needed any significant repairs or service. Almost unbelievable considering the hell I’ve put it through over the past 9 years. But then again…it is a Honda.
I remember when I first got it, washing and waxing it every day and not letting people in the car if they had food or muddy shoes. Then came the day when my dad offered me his spot at a Watkins Glen HPDE when his RX-7 couldn’t be ready in time. This pretty much changed everything because I went from one of those people who obsessed over the cleanliness and appearance of their vehicle to someone who used the car as a machine used to create unforgettable memories instead. After its first track day, it took it’s first trip across the country and back and then started to get dirty rallying not long after.
To celebrate its 100,000th mile, I drove it from Austin, Texas all the way to Laguna Seca to check off my number one bucket list racetrack. A combination of road trip and track day was the ideal way to celebrate a huge milestone for this car.
So… “what’s next?” you ask?
We’ll see what’s in store for the next 100,000 miles…maybe caging it and making it a dedicated Rally Car…maybe supercharging it and making it a dedicated track car. For now, it will continue to be my daily driver, road trip vehicle, rally car and race car. You know…just the typical grocery getter stuff that normal people use their cars for.
Checkout the story on imgur here:
and my blogpost about it here: