#TBT: Restoring one of the most iconic Acura Integra Type Rs

By Staff Writer
Feb 8, 2024 | Acura, RealTime Racing, Integra Type R | Posted in Restoration & Renovation , Features | From the Dec. 2019 issue | Never miss an article

Photograph Courtesy RealTime Racing

Story By James Heine

On any given weekend at a top-tier vintage race, you’d expect to see the familiar gaggles of historic machines: single-seaters plus production racers from the SCCA’s alphabet soup of sports car and tin-top classes. But an Acura Integra Type R?

And not just any Type R, but one of the iconic orange-and-white cars from the RealTime Racing stable? …

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engiekev Reader
2/26/20 9:17 a.m.

Please tell me they are taking this to Empire Hill Climb.

crankwalk GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
2/27/20 11:09 a.m.

I feel like I saw this car race more than any other car at Road Atlanta. All the Speedvision series coverage was awesome. When I was in high school, I worked down the road at Lake Lanier Islands where Speedvision had a party after one of these races. My boss knew I was in to cars and pulled me off moving tables around to setup for a wedding and let me bar tend on their party boat at 17. I gave Dave Despain and  the crew red wine, made a few tips, and got to hang out with the crew on the party boat on a Friday night. I may have only made like $30 bucks but one of the most fun days I had at work maybe ever. So anyway that RED LINE OILS/ REALTIME livery is some of my favorite of all time because of all the nostalgia. 

racerdave600 UltraDork
2/27/20 11:16 a.m.

To me, that was the golden era of the series.  Awesome racing to watch.  Nice to see it getting some vintage love.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/28/20 3:24 p.m.

In reply to racerdave600 :


cfvwtuner Reader
8/29/22 7:30 a.m.

I remember seeing the Realtime cars the first time I ever went to Lime Rock.   We were walking through the pits, just passing this car, and the team asked us if we could help give it a push back into their paddock area.   Was like a dream for an 18 year old kid. I got to touch a real race car, like an on TV race car!

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/8/24 4:28 p.m.

What an iconic livery. It's definitely one of those that stands out for the ages.

Cooper_Tired Dork
2/8/24 4:59 p.m.

In reply to J.A. Ackley :

Couldn't agree more 


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/8/24 5:07 p.m.

In reply to Cooper_Tired :

Yup, it’s a timeless look.

I’d still love an Integra Type R. Wanted one back in the day and still have that desire. Maybe one day. 

Cooper_Tired Dork
2/8/24 9:08 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Having been a late comer to the wishbone Hondas, I just now get it. An ITR would be the dream but they're priced accordingly. 
I do wonder if the fun factor increase over a GSR is in line with the price increase 


David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/8/24 9:11 p.m.

In reply to Cooper_Tired :

You can make a GS-R fast, but there’s something special about a Type R. I drove one when new and was hooked. We thought about buying one new but did a 2000 Civic Si instead. Figured it was a little less money and a little more civil. 

We’ve been lucky to have several wishbone Hondas and wouldn’t mind another. The dream, I think, would be a four-lug JDM Type R. 

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