VIDEO: Honda Civic-only Million Card Cup race

The Million Card Cup was a Honda Civic-only race that took place in Japan from 1991-95. It was a fantastic snapshot of a (relatively) inexpensive series when the Civic was at the height of its tuning popularity. A round, held at Suzuki Circuit showed the prodigious number of EG6 hatchbacks intermingling with a few older EFs, all with high-revving naturally aspirated VTEC engines wailing away.

The cars weren’t too heavily modified, just gutted and equipped with safety equipment, wheels, and a few bolt-ons. The B16A engines appeared to be mostly stock, but they weren’t the 125-horsepower single-cam D16Z6 engines we got in the US on the Civic Si. These were 168-horsepower, 116 lb-ft twin-cam version found in the Japan-market SiR, and they were incredible feats of engineering of the era. With cars largely the same, these one-make races looked like an absolute blast.

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2 Responses to VIDEO: Honda Civic-only Million Card Cup race

  1. Dave Patten says:

    I have vague memories of a Canadian Honda Civic Challenge that ran in the 1980’s

    • Ken Oikawa says:

      There was! It started in the late 1970’s and ran to about 1991 or ’92. It was sponsored by Honda and Michelin tires. It was briefly revived in 2004-05. At it’s peak there were 40 to 50 entries and ran at Mosport, Mont Tremblant and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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