For over 32 years now in the making, the popular FF race “One-Make Race” featured by Honda on the Suzuka Circuit has been the pinnacle of Honda’s success with the Civic and it’s racing heritage! To get an idea of what we’re talking about, watch the astonishing ’83 FF Super Civic Race video below and read on.
Started in 1981, it was a simple idea that was to meld participation & a popular FF car in encouragement for locals to try motor sport racing. Since the cost of owning a civic and getting it race worthy was low, it was easy for the race series to proceed. It had the hobbyists, shops and even some popular drivers at the time interested in it venturing on the track for the “FF Super Civic Race”.
The SR civics (2nd generation) or “Super Civic’s” were the base Civic’s to use in the race. On May of ’81, over 30 drivers arrived for the first match which included some seasoned drivers. Those including were Toru Ikusawa, Motoharu Kurosawa (Japan F1 & Hakosuka Skyline Fame), Kumi Taketomi & Tsuneharu Nakano. The race took place on the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka City, Japan. Nakano Tsuneharu continued onward to win the “FF Cuper Civic Race” for 1981. Watch the 3 part video below for more on the ’81 race!
Started in 1982, the “FF Super Civic Association” was started as an organization to oversee the operations of the race. Mugen represented with the #42 car during this year.
The 1983 race featured the use of the full Suzuka Circuit including the West & East courses available at the time and offered the West Silver Cup Challenge.
1984 saw two new cups integrated with the Suzuka races including the “Silver Cup Suzuka Full Course” & “Ladies Cup Series”.
1985 was an exciting year for the Civic as the AT (3rd generation), aka “Wonder Civic” was introduced into battle during the races. “FF Civic race entitled” was introduced with the introduction of the new AT chassis. It was also the first time a DOHC engine was integrated into the races, though there were low numbers of the AT’s in battle for the year due to it’s release. Civic Racing School was started with Mr. Satoru Nakajima (F1 fame) invited to give lectures.
1988 saw the introduction of the “Grand Civic” EF3 chassis. “F1 Civic Challenge Cup race” as the Japanese F1 GP support race starts again. The competition was renamed to “Civic Race”.
1990 saw the introduction of the VTEC equipped Civic’s “EF9’s” into competition and officially placing the Civic into the mainstream with EF chassis with it’s racing heritage.
For more information on the Honda One-Make Races, check out their site at www.HOA.jp