Not willing to make any compromises, Perry Gemmell has drastically improved every single aspect of his modified Honda Civic to ensure his car is the best all-rounder you’ll ever see!
The Honda Civic EK has proved itself to be a very versatile little car over the years. Highly boosted trackday versions have been seen effortlessly lapping Ferraris and hot BMWs out on circuit, while aggressively stanced examples have been known to dominate show events on countless occasions. But what happens when you want your Honda to excel in every possible situation?
Young Perry Gemmell here has found out with his one-off EK model. Picking up the car with the unique grey paint job already gracing its fine lines, Perry knew that looks were always going to be a very important part of the his car. But which direction was he going to take the styling?
“I’ve always been attracted to stanced cars,” he tells us. “That lip-to-arch fitment just does so much for the look of any car!” With this in mind, it was time to buy perhaps the most important modification you can buy – the wheels.
A friend happened to be selling a set of 3SDM 0.05s, a favourite on the show scene recently. But after just buying the Civic, Perry was struggling for funds. Then he had a brainwave. He swapped the gorgeous wheels for his old VW Polo. A fair trade, we think!
With rims in the bag, Perry could now go about getting the car sitting just how he wanted. Luckily, it had been treated to a brand new set of Rayvern hydros just weeks before the previous owner sold up. So adjusting the car to swallow up the new rims was easier than he first thought. This trick suspension setup also allowed him the option to use his car at a more sensible ride height when performing daily duties. “I can go low at the shows on weekends, but the car is actually drivable when I need it to be in the week!” says the young accountancy student.
It was clear that Perry had the makings of a show-stopper on his hands by this stage. There was just one thing letting him down – the way the car went.
Not content with cruising to shows with the boggo engine and embarrassing auto ’box, him and his family took it upon themselves to add a little VTEC into the car’s life, in the form of a B16 motor and a proper, manual gearbox.
“Although my dad, brother and I were the main people carrying out the conversion, sometimes it felt like the whole of North London was helping us, due to the amount of car enthusiasts who wanted to get involved!” Perry says, remembering how the modified car community pulled together. Apart from a few inevitable wiring nightmares, it was a fairly quick and straightforward process.
With a whole lot more power now on tap, Perry had concerns about how the hydraulic suspension would handle if he decided to give it the beans. “I’ve had coilovers on all my previous cars, but surprisingly the hydraulics are just as great! It’s the wheel and tyres that stop me flooring it everywhere.” Perry explains his reasoning behind not buying a season ticket to his local racetrack. A small price to pay for the way this thing looks, we think you’ll agree!
Look inside most show cars nowadays, and you’re likely to find a fully stripped interior with some very complicated scaffolding in the back acting as a rollcage. Perry had some altogether different ideas when it came to the interior of his daily driver, however. Wanting a pleasant environment for him and his mates to perch when cruising, he decided to opt for a full-on OEM+ feel, to add a bit of luxury to the top-spec car. Some Civic leather seats are a very clever, affordable touch that you don’t see very often. Mixed in is a sportier EK4 dash and plastics, and a nice beefy sound system installed as the finishing touch.
Thinking outside the box with clever enhancements all over the car has allowed Perry to stand out in even the toughest of company. “I was once in Central London parked opposite a Brabus 6×6 SUV, and it seemed to be my Civic getting all the attention,” a proud Perry recalls. “I had people asking me if they could film it, the hydraulics and the crazy angles the car can sit at confuse a lot of people!”
Perry is now the proud owner of a very original car. But it’s not over yet, as there are plans to get even more special wheels, along with talks of a turbocharger mixed in somewhere along the line… You better keep a close eye on this one at this year’s shows. It’s only gonna get better!
OWNER: PERRY GEMMELL
￼TECH SPEC: HONDA CIVIC EK
Full respray in a custom blend of Porsche Classic grey and Fiat Abarth grey; face-lifted front end; EK4 front lip; EK9 grille; EK9 rear lip; carbon fibre Spoon rear spoiler; deleted rear wiper, deleted badges; smoothed front bumper; deleted windscreen washers; Bolts-Bolts JDM rear light conversion; Bolts-Bolts USDM amber light conversion; USDM daylight running side repeaters; rolled and sealed arches. CHASSIS
3SDM 0.05 9x16in alloy wheels; Bolts-Bolts Crown valve caps; full Rayvern Hydraulics suspension setup; Buddyclub adjustable front camber arms; Skunk2 adjustable rear camber arms; Blackworks Racing subframe brace; Blackworks Racing lower control arms; EK VTi 262mm front callipers; discs and pads; HEL
OEM grey leather seats; EK4 black dash; plastics and carpet; 5-panel rear-view mirror; Skunk2 gearknob; Momo Team 280 steering wheel. AUDIO
Kenwood bluetooth DAB headunit; 12in Kicker Solo-Baric subwoofer;
JBL 1000w amp; JBL 800w amp; JL component speakers and 6x9s.
B16A2 VTEC engine with manual gearbox; colour-coded rocker cover; Superchip OBD1 ECU; custom OBD2-OBD1 engine loom; AEM V1 air intake system; Buddyclub Spec 2 exhaust with upswept tip; Honda S2000 polished clutch master cylinder; Bolts-Bolts fuel filter tuck kit; Bolts-Bolts washer bolts and nuts; Buddyclub short throw shifter; Bolts-Bolts power steering delete; fuse box re-located under dash; Montana Purple engine bay.
Words Tom Willcox Photos Dan Pullen