Nalani Whatley’s All Motor CRX


Back in 1997, Nalani Whatley daily drove a Honda CRX with a B16 motor swap. As a college student, she saved each paycheck to fund her racing addiction. She frequently raced at local drag strips throughout Southern California to improve her times. Like every young car enthusiast, wrenching took place in the confines of a garage with a simple floor jack, jack stands and basic hand tools.

In 2002, Nalani began working at the LA Auto Show as the Sales and Operations Manager. She managed the aftermarket exhibit hall known as Kentia Hall, working directly with manufacturers and serving as an active floor manager. As an automotive enthusiast and IDRC racer, she actively competed at every import drag racing event she could attend. At the very last IDRC Palmdale event in 2007 that she ran her first 12-second, 11-second and 10-second passes. But life becomes quite busy, and work combined with having her first son, Aiden in 2009 forced Nalani to take a short break from racing. A short three months after Aiden was born, Nalani earned her 9-second license. As luck would have it, pro all motor categories started to become rare. She and her husband John decided to part out the CRX but retained the chassis, keeping it covered up in the garage and she took a break from racing for a few years. Now with the IDRC Series back in full force, she and John decided to build up the CRX one more time. This time, she’s running a K-series engine with plenty of new hardware in the CRX. She’s aiming deep into the 9s and for the top of the podium.

Nalani would like to extend a word of thanks to the sponsors and supporters of her racing efforts, including Darton Sleeves, Web Cams, 4 Piston, Torco, Arias Pistons, Cometic, Fuelab, M&H Tires, Supertech Valves, Skunk2 Racing, Grams, The Driveshaft Shop, Zero4 Racing, and DSPORT Magazine.

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