I apologize for the lack of an update but I had to bring in the new year with the fam this year and I wasn’t around my materials to get this up….All the more better cuz you have the opportunity to read over the top 9 again and truly embrace each build. I don’t know what’s going on, but apparently I’m doing something right because I’ve had a major influx of viewers lately and now even more people are following the rambling that I’m doing. Almost time for me to bring in the Kool-Aid so we can hop on our spaceship to meet Zoltan…Haha. But in all seriousness, thank you so much for all the people that are taking time out of their day to read this stuff. It’s actually caught on faster than I could have ever expected. Hopefully with the new year, I get a even more devoted reader following.
Without further ado (ado? is that right?…)….There are many MANY great builds in the year of 2008, and this list is definitely not made in an effort to discourage or discount anyone else’s projects…Think of it as motivation to push the envelope even further…..Alas…there can only be one at the top of the heap….THE NUMBER ONE OF 2008 IS……*drumroll*….
…Michael Hatten aka Donut.‘s 1992 Honda Civic. Why? Simply because this guy’s covered all facets of the game in 2008. Donut has made the effort to make an appearance at every Socal meet/gathering in 08, no matter big or small. Despite it’s pristine condition, this hatch isn’t simply a showcar…
…it has made the rounds at track events and been pushed to the limits on more than one occassion. And we certainly can’t discount the fact that Donut’s Civic is the first privately garage-built Honda to land the Super Street cover in a LONG time. Never did anyone imagine such a simple masterpiece would make it on the cover of a magazine that had previously focused purely on high-priced shop builds and Japanese supercars.
I think I read somewhere that Hatten had mentioned that making the cover was the highlight of his year. Man, as an enthusiast and a pure Honda-head. We should all be proud of this accomplishment. This was a big deal. It makes all the trials and perils of building a car worth it. I don’t want to say “underdog” because Hondas are definitely still at the forefront of the import scene, but this gave alot of hope to people out there who build their own cars. You don’t always need corporate backing or major sponsors to get recognized. I’m pretty sure Donut didn’t build this car in hopes of just getting a feature. He built with purpose, ingenuity, and as a dedication to a good friend.
…Or you can look at it this way. It’s just one of those cars….everytime you see it, you just kinda stand there and look at it. You don’t know why, you just do. Even when you know there’s nothing new done to it. You can run into it 10 years from now and do exactly the same thing. It’s almost frozen in time. The outside is simple. White, lowered, a front lip, and always on a nice set of wheels. The inside is a little more complex. Also simple. But the thought process is executed brilliantly with alot of hardwork and creativity.
“At the end of the day, it’s just a Civic,” they say….right…
It’s also The Chronicles’ #1 Honda of 2008.