THE REALITY OF A PIPE DREAM
12 December 2012 | Photo's: RaceMasteR J & Chevan Davids |
Story: RaceMasteR J
Honda’s tag line is “The power
of dreams”… and in Arno De Beer’s case one
of his dreams indeed came true when he acquired his 99 Honda
Civic at the tender age of 18. It’s been 5 years now and
Arno has been using his Civic as a daily, but a lot has transformed
since his first acquisition of the car.
Like any petrol head that has a bit of style and imagination,
they endeavor to make their vehicle something special and unique.
The initial dream of owning a car was achieved… it was
time to make the stock Civic into something only Arno could
fathom. It was time to unlock his mind’s potential and
make that pipe dream of owning one of the best looking Civics
in town a reality.
Like any pipe dream, it initially starts off as an impossible
thought and being a teenager at the time it wasn’t looking
tangible for the least. But dreams are meant to be pursued and
Arno put his mind to his hands and slowly began the process
of modifying his car.
He started off by stripping it and giving it a complete respray,
which actually helps him today as he does custom panel beating
and spraying. Goes to show that you never know what you can
actually do till you apply your dreams.
front bumper has been flushed and see’s a Mugen lip fitted
to it as well.
The rear bumper has a standard Type R lip which sits above the
Cowley free flow 50mm front to 75mm rear box which ends in a
The rear wing is standard but has been wrapped in carbon, by
Arno, and tilted to give it a meaner look.
motor is super clean but still standard except for the exhaust
and filter additions. The tappet cover is colour coded as well.
The interior has a few unique touches too. White dial surrounds
are complimented by the sued door panel inserts. The seats were
stock when we shot the car but have since seen a full recovering
in black and white check cloth. It is also fitted with the mandatory
ICE being a Starsound head unit, Starsound tweeters and 400w
mids, 1000w Kenwood Typhoon sub and 4 channel gold edition Ice
Everything on this car has been done by Arno including the suspension
which see’s a camber kit tuck the 16” BBS rims under
those arches rather nicely. This is Arno’s 5th set of
rims now, which I personally think should be the last as I don’t
think anything else could look any better. The BBS rims are
wrapped in Falken 195/45/16 on the front and 215/40/16 at the
This car is the love of Arno’s life! He basically grew
up with it and raised it at the same time. The power of the
mind is a wonderful thing, especially when you can see the resulting
reality of your once upon a time pipe dream.
A special thanks to Arno for making sure his car was super duper
clean and the guys at Kuilsriver Engineering for the use of