Car Build > MIT Honda Civic – Introduction
In November of last year, I headed up to Auckland to begin my automotive-themed trip to Tokyo, Japan with a friend of mine. I had a number of stops to make before I arrived at Auckland Airport, including a quick stopover at Possum Bourne Motorsport to drop off the dash from my Series 1 RX-7 so they could recreate it using a combination of fibre glass and carbon fibre. As I pulled up to their workshop, I noticed a bunch of brightly coloured Honda Civic EG hatches in the workshop across the alleyway. "That's interesting", I thought to myself - then wandered into Possum Bourne Motorsport as I had originally planned.
As I headed back to my car, I couldn't resist poking my head in through the open door to find out what these Civics were all about.
It was then that I met Alan Clarke - a lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).
Alan was kind enough to give me a tour of the workshop and explained that the Civics were the completed projects of the students from the School of Automotive and Vehicle Technology.
Over the course of the year, the students gained credits for their Certificate in Motorsport (Level 2) by learning the skills required to modify a vehicle for participation in motorsport. This certificate also provides the students with the opportunity to move into other areas in the automotive engineering, automotive electrical, motor body and vehicle refinishing trades.
What started off as a 5 minute conversation turned into a good couple of hours as I looked at the cars in detail, and asked Alan many questions about the course, it's students, and most importantly - the future of the finished cars. I eventually left Alan in peace and headed off on my overseas journey, but I had a feeling that I would be back at Alan's workshop again soon...
- Brent Shaw