Tuned Honda Civic EF
Adam Welling’s modified tuned Honda Civic EF
Most people will tell you the EK9 was the best Civic ever made. But I’d be inclined to have a good old debate about that over a pint and a packet of pork scratchings. For me, the fourth-gen EF was the Civic that really kicked off our love affair with Honda’s little hatch.
It was the first Civic to house the now legendary VTEC engine. It was super lightweight and, with a bit of tweaking, handles the roads better than Steven Seagal handles himself. I know this because I used to own one. Having said that; it wasn’t a patch on Adam Wellings’ home-built beauty.
Good examples of base model EF Civics are hard to find, so UK-spec VTi versions are virtually impossible to get your hands on, in fact it’s probably easier to find a JDM SiR! With this in mind Adam decided to build his own SiR/ VTi collaboration. He found a nice 1.6i (ED7) example with a year’s ticket. Bought it, drove it home and parked it in his garage. It wasn’t there to collect dust, it was there to be transformed.