November 16th

Honda Custom Cars | Modified Girls' Top 5

Meet Modified Girls, an international group of female motor enthusiasts dedicated to building, modifying and showcasing the best modified cars in the world. Here we take a look at their five coolest custom creations, including a JDM S2000, an Accord AeroDeck (no, us neither) and an ultra-rare NSX.

Photo credit: Ed Keating Photography

1. 1999 Honda S2000 (JDM Import) owned by Sophie Williams

After three years of parading the UK car scene, Sophie Williams discovered that almost all car clubs were dominated by men. Her goal: to gather a group of “like-minded ladies” for the first ever Modified Girls meet-up. “The resulting video inspired hundreds of girls to get in touch,” Sophie says. “And thus, the club and the brand was born!”

The first vehicle at the meet-up? Sophie’s very own Honda S2000, a dream car that took her eight years to save up for. Now that’s dedication.

But as all motor enthusiasts know, buying the car is only the beginning. Sophie wasted no time in modifying her S2000 with the help of her partner Justin, a master Honda technician for more than 16 years and head honcho at JDT Tuning. So, without further ado, let’s take a look, shall we?

Photo credit: Ed Keating Photography

Mods include the precision 5858 ball bearing turbo, a Tegiwa carbon-fibre slam plate, carbon-fibre mirror covers, APR Performance front bumper, a Ford paint job in Frozen White, custom intercooler kit Hks mushroom filter, Racelogic Traction Control system and PFAB turbo manifold. Blimey.

“I never expected it to be so… beautiful.”

2. 1991 Honda NSX, owned by Lorna Caroline

A 14-year-old Lorna Caroline made her dad a promise: “I’ll have an NSX in 10 years’ time”. True to her word, 24-year-old Lorna collected a 1999 Honda NSX from Dublin Airport on 27 August 2010. 

So, was it worth the wait?

“Absolutely. I was completely blown away with every inch and curve of it”. But better yet, so was her dad.

Lorna’s custom beauty is a masterpiece: a 3.0-litre manual v6 spec with a five-speed box and 2004 facelift, complete with NSX-R skirts, rear bumper, spoiler, splitter, wheels and doors.

It’s a performance car, then? Not quite. “To me, it’s my family car,” Lorna says. “I often rock up to places with a child seat and pram in the boot, which granted I had to modify to fit in the boot by removing the wheels. But hey it fits."

3. 2000 Honda Integra Type R, owned by Charley Reeves

Photo credit: Barry Ellison Photography

Since meeting her husband Dom, Charley has gone full throttle on her custom Integra, modifying it with Work Meister S1R wheels, a DC sports exhaust and Pirate Black paint job.

The car’s creation can be traced back to one sleepless night in 2010, when Dom, called her out for obscuring his brother’s driveway. “We stayed up all night talking about Integras,” she says. “Dom had one he was about to scrap for parts, so I asked if I could drive it.” She instantly fell in love with the car.

“With his experience as a mechanic at the Honda Institute, we decided how we wanted the car to look and carried out the work together. We now have two Integras: Dom’s is track-ready, whereas I have made mine more of a show car.”

Photo credit: Barry Ellison Photography

Charley’s Integra is a labour of love: a culmination of passion, patience and perfection. (Doesn’t hurt that it’s drop-dead gorgeous, either.)

4. Honda Accord AeroDeck, owned by Becca O'Reilly

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a Honda AeroDeck with pop-up headlights. Mental. Becca Emma bought the AeroDeck in 2013 for spare parts, but soon fell head over heels for it. Because, come on – pop-up headlights.

Did it need a lot of TLC?

“It was actually painted in two hours, including prep, which always surprises people,” she says. “It was just meant to be a runaround, so I used some NATO green paint to cover the tatty red original paintwork – something a friend of mine had lying around his body shop from a military convoy.” As you do.

Unfortunately, after two years of daily use the crank snapped, so Becca sourced a spare engine, which she set about rebuilding with a little help from her other half. While the engine was out she took the opportunity to do an OBD1 swap, along with a few other modifications, such as a modified-to-fit Blox B16 intake with Skunk2 throttle body and a 270 cam. 

“Everything has kind of just come together. There was never a ‘plan’ for it or anything, like people usually have. There’s still a few things I need to finish on it, and I actually want to respray it at some point as it’s starting to show a little rust. I’d say it has done well for nearly 30 years old, though!” 

Unsurprisingly, Becca’s build turns heads everywhere. “I’ve honestly never enjoyed driving a car so much.”

5. Honda Civic Type GT FN2, owned by Alayna Brice

Alayna’s build is a bit of an acquired taste, but according to Alayna herself, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “All the cars I’ve owned are basically Marmite cars,” she says. “You either love them or hate them.” The purple accents are certainly eye-catching, as are the wheels. And the spoiler. And the boot. And the engine bay.

Still, you’ve got to admit, it’s one seriously sexy modified Civic. The performance mods are pretty great, too. It was the first FN2 in the UK with air suspension.

But what’s even more impressive than the car (called Lola, since you’re asking) is the owner.

“I enjoy being individual, hence the reason for some of the modifications, and I am lucky enough to know people who can push boundaries with modifying cars,” says Alayna. “Lola is far from finished and there are plans in place once I have saved up enough. I’m not going to tell you what these plans are. You’ll have to wait and see.”

Stay tuned to the Engine Room for more from the Modified Girls.