Project Honda Civic:
Initial Driving Impression
By Annie Sam
|Streets of Willow, December 2002.|
I can still recall the first time that I had taken my little Honda Civic to the racetrack, that winter of 2002. It was one of those rare moments in your life that you get butterflies in your stomach, to the point of nausea; your first day of kindergarten, your first date, your first time on the racetrack. We were at the Streets of Willow, in Lancaster, California. I had my newly installed Ground Control coil over kit. That day at Streets, was the first track experience with my Civic. It was also the first time that I had ever crashed a car.
Now, nine years later, even though I'd pocketed hours of seat time in high performance driving events, time trials, and wheel to wheel competition racing; the idea of facing my demons once again in my little Civic brought back the feeling of nausea as memories of that fateful day at Willow Springs resurfaced.
Nine years and 200,000 miles later, my fear of crashing my little Honda Civic again wasn't my only concern. My baby was battle scarred and war torn with years of daily abuse, adding to the list of things that plagued the back of my mind. Slipping clutch? Yes. Faded front brakes? Yes. Nonexistent rear drums? Yes. Blown shocks? Probably.