The Midnight Collection - so many Hondas!

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Playboy Civic Type R (EK) Touring Car

Before Honda introduced the Civic Ferio, the Civic EK, the Accord, and then the NSX, they had the trusty Civic EF9. In 1991, Team Racing Forum ran a Playboy-sponsored Civic in JTC-3 for rounds 2-6 (they had a Sierra RS500 in JTC-1 in round 1 which had a DNF), driven by Takahiko Hara and Yasuo Muramatsu, and managed to finish in the points in every race and took a win at Autopolis. They ended the season 19th/20th overall.

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The livery itself is pretty simple: white base with black graphics. And it's a livery that works well on both the EF9 and the EK Civic Touring Car.
I had to take a slice of creative freedom with the rear end and shift things around a bit to make it all work on the EK body.

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Spoon Civic Type R (EK) Touring Car

Way back in 1985, a bunch of legendary things happened. For example, I was born. Another legendary thing that happened was the formation of Spoon Sports, when founder Tatsuru Ichishima stepped up his game and entered a Honda Civic E-AT into the JTC. He was a privateer, but previous work at Honda as a test driver allowed him to gain support from Honda and Mugen for the season!

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The Spoon philosophy of lightweight performance lent itself perfectly to the Civic Touring Car, the stripped out track-spec version of the Type R EK. I've tried to keep this one as close to the original as I could, although the transition from blue to yellow isn't 100%, as I decided not to make custom decals for this one.

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Of course, I had to add Spoon wheels to the style, seeing as we have them now in GT7! And they look great in an anodized aluminum appearance like the originals.
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BP Trampio Civic Type R (FK2) '15

By 1994 the JTCC was up and running at full pace, and the weapon of choice for Honda was the Civic Ferio, a two-door coupe variant of their trusty old hatchback.
Object T had two cars, a Toyota Corona, and a BP / Trampio / Zippo sponsored Civic Ferio, driven by Takahiko Hara.

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The simple green/yellow livery lends itself well to the FK2 body shape. White Rays wheels set it all off well.
And while I'm not a huge fan of the FK2 Civic in general, this one in particular has become one of my favourite cars on the grid in this series!

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Gathers Civic Type R (FK2) '15

Another entrant in the JTCC 1994 in a Civic Ferio, this time the Team Gathers Civic driven by Kazuo Shimizu. The season wasn't the greatest for Shimizu and the team, with 10 races being either missed, DNS or retirements, ending the season in 32nd place.

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I had a bit of fun making this one. Finding decent images of the original wasn't easy, and it required a custom-made decal for the design on the sides of the car - so I also made the design on the bonnet and the tailgate.
Thanks to the usual suspects for helping find and make some of the sponsor decals on this one!

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As with the BP Trampio Civic, the very different body shape on the FK2 versus the EG Ferio proved challenging at times, but the end result is something true to the original but also works really well with the modern shape.
A set of Spoon alloys painted red finishes it all off nicely!

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