Photos by Misa Munguia
A lot can change in 20 years. From your dreams and aspirations to the crowd you associate with to the interests you share, it’s near guaranteed that who you were 20 years ago is not who you are today in at least more than one way. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing, as sometimes the seeds you sow can prove to be life changing alterations that seemed like minor events at the time. When you apply this notion to Honda and Honda Motorsports as a whole, 20 years ago the seeds were planted to establish themselves as more than a company built on fuel economy and affordability. Honda Motor Company gave birth to the idea that Motorsports could be marketable and sold to the masses, thus birthing the Type R brand.
20 years later, Honda has reveled in the success of their Type R line up and the platforms have become the epitome of what nearly every Honda enthusiast wants or strives to have. At the time, Honda may not have realized that they had crafted a legacy or birthed a legend, but they established themselves as a motorsports juggernaut that was just as capable as anyone else. They established a legacy that had to be preserved and respected by people like Adam Elghriany who were capable of ensuring that examples of the now classic EK9 Type R could be viewed and appreciated for generations to come.
For Adam, preservation has always been the key. He purchased the CTR after selling a Civic coupe that he had an extreme amount of funds invested into. Though his coupe was an overall build with no stone left unturned, Adam began to part it out piece by piece when the opportunity presented itself to purchase one of his dream cars. He may or may not have known it at the time, but his build style would change immensely going from his coupe to the CTR, as he went from full blown show stopper to restoring a timeless chassis.
With that said, Adam recalls that the first mod he did was a little revamp of the sound system just because the Japanese system in the car didn’t work. “I love music especially when traveling to events all over the country”, Adam says, “but unfortunately, the Japanese radio wasn't working here in the states and a couple of the speakers were blown. Naturally, one of the first mods I did on the car was putting in a sound system. Nothing crazy just nice and simple”. May sound like a small deal, but if you’ve ever driven a car with no radio (especially cross country), you know how painstakingly hard it can be to keep your sanity.
After that, Adam threw the car on the Volk TE37s in OG bronze finish. The wheels pop nicely off the Phoenix Yellow paint and do a great job at making the exterior look mean while maintaining a relatively stock CTR exterior. A Mugen twin loop exhaust system pokes out from the rear bumper, Honda Access headlight covers protect the pristine CTR headlights up front, and every other CTR exterior pieces sits as it should, where it should.
The interior matches what is seen on the exterior with Civic Type R pieces scattered through out. Carpet, floor mats, cluster, door panels, and so much more are surrounded by a Spoon Sports Gen III steering wheel, Spoon Sports shift knob, Works Bell Hub and Quick Release setup, and a few other small complimentary pieces. Also take note that Adam is utilizing both one DC5 Recaro seat in the driver seat and a CTR recaro seat in the passenger. Not 100% sure why both models were utilized but we aren’t complaining about it either!
Make no mistake though, as Adam does have plans to redo the car entirely. It isn’t that Adam had no intention or plans to modify the car heavily, but how can you dismantle one of few examples left of a car that deserves to be remembered? “It's hard to say what future plans I have for the car, because I don't want to do to much to the car since it is an iconic car and I don't want to take away from its originality”, Adam says. “I would never do anything to the car that I can't put back to stock”, he continues, showing a willingness to retain the goods he takes off and at least always be able to say that he has a full Civic Type R that can be restored back to stock within a days time.
Adam won’t give up any hints about what is coming, but he admits he has always idolized the Spoon Sports EK9 Civic. He also told us that he was fortunate enough to meet Motoshi Ando, owner of the infamous brand First Molding, and may be incorporating some of the goods he manufactures for the EK9. Whatever direction Adam goes, We are proud to be onboard with him on this project and know that it will become one of the prime examples of how you can retain a modern classic while still putting your own twist on it.
Adams car is a reminder that while we may not realize the importance of an event in the moment, once we do realize the importance, we must do all we can to make sure these moments stay relevant and continue to be talked about by the generations to come. And it may sound silly to say that about a Honda Civic, but may I once again remind you, this chassis was the turning point for Honda motorsports. It showed that the econobox car manufacture could also make sporty cars capable of keeping up with the best of them. It showed that sport and reliability could go hand in hand and a huge turbo or RWD drive train wasn’t required to go fast. 20 years ago, the CTR set a precedent for Honda as a brand, and we are grateful for people like Adam who continue to showcase that story for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.