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John has been a serious autocrosser for some years, now.  He’s been looking for a change and I was able to capture some static shots at the 10/19/2008 SASCA autocross.  Here’s his story in his own words as to how he came about his new, vivacious emerald green gem.

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Waiting on grid
Waiting on grid

I’ve been searching Craigslist for over a year trying to find an 89-91 Civic or CRX Si to use for autocross duty.  This one was slightly overpriced and not well described, but I called anyway – 4 months after the original posting!  The owner had bought a Prius and the Civic had been sitting in her garage for the last year.

Tahitian green brilliance
Tahitian green brilliance

The car turned out to be a pretty rare find – great shape, totally original, one-owner, well maintained, no accidents, and Tahitian Green – a relatively rare color.  I bought the car for $2500 with the intentions of making it a dedicated STS car.

Hatching future Civic plans
Hatching future Civic plans

I just couldn’t bring myself to prep it once I got used to driving it around.  I’ve replaced a few worn bushings since then, but the car is otherwise completely stock at 257,000 miles. I’ve autocrossed it twice at SASCA events just for grins, but it’s not fast in stock form.  It has ‘enough’ power, but the suspension is so soft that the car spins the inside front tire from start to finish.

Amazingly nice & clean looking for 257,000 miles!
Amazingly nice & clean looking for 257,000 miles!

I was still set on getting a dedicated track car, so I decided to sell my Subaru WRX STI and keep the green Civic as my daily driver.  This weekend, I’m flying out to Richmond, VA to pick up a 1990 Civic Si that is already mostly prepped for STS class. 🙂

John takes great pride in his rides and makes no excuses for how he performs and competes.  I want you, the reader, to eventually be able to say the same about this Racing Ready blog – workin’ on it!

Dan

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