Watch out, boys! This Cape Town petrolhead shows off her prize-winning Honda Ballade VTEC

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Sherdofica Allison with her EJ9 Honda Ballade VTEC
Sherdofica Allison with her EJ9 Honda Ballade VTEC
Wayne Allison

• Females are owning their space in the car modification scene.

• Sherdofica Allison drives a Honda Ballade VTEC and has brought about several changes to her car.

• Allison tells her story and why she is so excited about sharing her passion with other females.

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The days of modified vehicles belonging to men are long gone. We see it everywhere: at your nearest parking lot, at meetups, on the road… women are owning their modified cars and have absolutely no intention of backing away from what they are now also calling their own.

One such lady is Sherdofica Allison. For the last few years, she's been driving an EK4 Honda Ballade VTEC, having upgraded from a Toyota Tazz. Back then, she says, it was all about having the best sound system in her Toy, but she soon realised that she wanted something more. And while the Tazz was an ideal car for modification, it became apparent that she wanted more.

She explains: "As time went on, I discovered that my love for cars went beyond sound systems. The 'speed bug' bit me, and after attending many car shows, I decided that the best place to start was with a Honda. VTEC, of course." Naturally, Allison soon began modifying her car and never looked back.

Changing the engine

Like many other females in the car scene, Allison should not be mistaken for someone who does not know her pistons from the water pump. She understands her car and knows it like the back of her hand. This much becomes apparent the moment she starts talking about the work done on the car since acquiring it. And ironically, unlike the Tazz, there's no sound system in the VTEC.

Allison's focus has been under the skin with her new whip - mainly in the engine bay. She explains how she changed many of the components on her car and made sure that it was in the best running condition possible.

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"I started with two engine swops: B16 out, B20 in," she says. "After blowing that engine, I put in another B20 motor. The car is fitted with a stock VTEC head, but we knew that wasn't going to last long, so I started doing some head work, too. I decided now recently to go back to running a Diktator management. The other little things are largely the same, but I got a bigger fuel pump, a VTEC controller, and a 63mm Powerflow exhaust that runs from the knuckle straight through. The suspension also hasn't changed in the last four years. I still have the Maxtrac coilovers and Volk TE37v wheels."

Allison is not too sure what mod is next for her Honda, but confirms that it changes every week. From wanting to bolt on a turbo, installing air suspension, performing a K series swop… It's a never-ending dream. She draws inspiration from other builds on the scene and jokes that this week's priority is either turbocharging the engine or changing the car's colour.

Honda Ballade VTEC
Sherdofica Allison's EJ9 Honda Ballade VTEC

A winning car

This petrol head is no stranger to the car scene. Having attended numerous events and competitions, she knows and understands the happenings of this side of the automotive world. In 2019, she took the chance and officially entered Springfest. To her surprise, she won first prize for 'Best Female Ride'. Having not entered many competitions up to that point, the bug for entering competitions bit her, but the Covid-19 pandemic halted her ambitions of entering more.

Says Allison: "When it comes to competitions, I haven't really entered many. I built this car for me and love how it makes me feel. In that way, I am perhaps a bit selfish. Now and then, I would get spot prizes at car shows, but Springfest 2019 really stands out for me."

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Leading a private life, she prefers not to attend too many events, but admits that she is quick to sign up when her crew undertakes a charity drive.

As for what's next, Allison is open to wherever the road takes her and her beloved Ballade VTEC, but she knows that more modifications are on their way.

She smiles as she gives her closing remarks on meeting more female car enthusiasts who share her passion. "I recently started reaching out to other female car enthusiasts," Allison concludes. "Mostly in the stance scene, and the people I have met so far are amicable and helpful. It's just a pleasure being in contact with people that share your passion for cars."

Honda Ballade VTEC
Sherdofica Allison's EJ9 Honda Ballade VTEC
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