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Modified Honda Civic EK

Modified Honda Civic EK

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 18th January 2012

modified stanced honda civic ek

Mark ‘Loony’ Bystron’s modified Honda Civic cranks up the heat on the US/UK/JDM fall out.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life is full of ‘em. To save or to spend? Do I tell our Jules his bald patch is getting bigger? Four wipes or five the morning after curry night? If you drive a Honda though, the only important choice in the universe is whether to roll on import JDM goodness or UKDM trustiness, and then whether to dabble with USDM looks or not.
modified stanced honda civic ek
Thankfully, no-nonsense Mark ‘Loony’ Bystron has abandoned the ‘JDM vs’ argument and instead invested in a bit of all three for his steaming hot EK.
modified stanced honda civic ek
While towing the Jap line with scene-tastic touches, like those dapper Integra DC2 Recaros and that cool Mugen front lip.

modified stanced honda civic ek

Mark has also thought outside the box and looked across the pond for inspiration in crafting this super-clean Civic. Just take in the near Hellaflush static stance and the fit NASCAR wink mirror.
modified stanced honda civic ek
Add some fresh, original UK finishes to the JDM and USDM roots, like those sticker-bombed rear struts, and you have a scorcher of a ride sitting pretty for our shoot at the South Mimms Summer Honda Meet.
modified stanced honda civic ek
So, with worldwide car culture killing it on Mark’s ride, where did he get his inspiration from? “Well, I’ve always liked how the Americans build their cars,” says Mark, or ‘Loony’ to those who know him. “Especially Hasback with OEM+ styling, so I guess some of the influence came from there.”

modified stanced honda civic ek
Mark got hold of his standard EK four years ago and has enjoyed a steady project, building the car while studying away at uni. Loony says: “The build was a slow process due to the lack of funds and beer being my first priority. But it gave me more thinking time to plan how I really wanted my car.”
modified stanced honda civic ek
Well planned it is too. The car looks mint and although Mark rolls Hellaflush he’s had no major balls-ups on the daily hoot, apart from once ripping the exhaust off on a speedbump. Doh!

modified stanced honda civic ek

“The car has been through a lot of stages to get to here though, especially with wheels,” says Mark. “I guess I’m more of a wheelwhore than a pistonhead.”
modified stanced honda civic ek
Wheelwhore, pistonhead, car culture collaborator, whatever you call it. Mark’s Civic is proof in the Cali, London and Tokyo pudding that your ride can rep global goodness and still be two thumbs fresh. Summer style year round, here in the UK.

modified stanced honda civic ek