Cali Accord Meet 3 Coverage…Part 1 of 2…

I’m not gonna sit here and lie to you… I haven’t really been that heavily in-tuned with what is going on in the Accord community since I left in 2007. To be really honest, I wasn’t always that involved anyway. I kinda just kept to myself, did my own thing, and then moved on. I met a couple of people along the way that I still consider good friends today, but for the most part, the Accord community was always a bit foreign to me. Maybe it was just a different opinion in style choices or how we built our cars. I don’t know, I never fully involved myself in all the going-ons of the Accord crowd. I respect what they do and what some of these guys are able to do with little aftermarket support. I was there at one point and now that I have an RA3 Honda Odyssey, I find myself looking at Accord stuff again because they share so much of the same parts. The main reason I picked up this Odyssey is because I missed my Accord. There is just something about a 90’s Honda that has always been appealing to me and I was excited to get back into modding a Honda again. I told myself I wouldn’t do a whole lot to my Odyssey but of course, here I am months later getting ready to send my van off to get repainted, haha…

I’ve always known about the Cali Accord Meet (CAM). I just haven’t ever been able to go. Last year’s event fell the day before the annual Eibach Honda Meet so there just wasn’t time to check it out. The year prior to that I think I just completely forgot about it. It sounds like some major asshole-type stuff but they’ve even emailed me multiple times in the past and I think I’ve just forgotten to respond. If I was on the other end I’d be fucking pissed about it but they’ve always been super kind to me whenever they’ve approached me and I appreciate that they understand that I am a complete asshole most of the time, haha. This year, once again, I forgot to respond to the email. I totally remember seeing it and thinking that I responded, but of course, I didn’t… It wasn’t until Wekfest LA when one of the CAM event organizers, Ralph approached me to tell me about their meet in person. I felt really bad about forgetting about it so I told him I would make an honest effort to make it out there. We were in a three-week block of consecutive shows so I was going to be worn out from shooting over 1000+ photos but the CAM meet that followed sounded like a chill, laid back time. When I arrived that afternoon, I was surprised by how organized their event was and just how big it had gotten in the short time that CAM has been around. I had a good time chatting with some old friends and familiar faces, and it didn’t hurt that the Dogzilla truck was around. Rodrez from Honda Tuning also made the trek out and I walked around with him for most of the day…

Now, onto the cars themselves…Besides the introduction of the K and J-swaps, I can honestly say that not a whole lot has changed since the mid-2000s. The Accord community just always seems to move a lot slower than the more popular Civic/Integra crowd because competition isn’t as heavy among Accord guys and the aftermarket support has just never been there. Still, it would have been great to see something completely different from the norm, but the typical Accord build just lacks “refinement”. There are a handful that are really cool builds with all the essential elements covered but most of the time, the typical Accord build just lacks the details and overall execution. I expected this because that’s how it has always been. I understand it because Accords are often the entry-level Hondas that younger enthusiasts just starting out get into. They are the hand-me-down cars from parents or family and once you get tired of modding an Accord, you move onto a more popular Honda platform because they have much more to offer in terms of parts and overall support. You’d be hard-pressed to really ever hear a ton of people saying that they want and plan to build an Accord chassis thoroughly. It’s just unrealistic. It is a very relevant point that many Accord guys will try to deny but just being at that meet reiterated that idea. I sold my car over six years ago now and I can still spot all my parts that have circulated throughout the CB Accord crowd. Six years is a long time in the import automotive crowd. Just look at how much the Honda “scene” has shifted as a whole in that time. I like what I see but I always find myself feeling like I’m stuck in time when I see modded Accords. It’s not really fair to compare them to the Civic/Integra crowd but it wouldn’t hurt to see more well thought-out builds from them, even if it’s just one or two more. I don’t think that’s asking for too much. It doesn’t matter if they lack the adequate support from the aftermarket. Sometimes less is more and you can still put together a very nice build, Accord or not, with whatever is available to you. It all comes down to execution…

Below is the first half of the photos from the CAM 3 event last weekend. I didn’t get everything, but trust me when I say that this is the largest Accord gathering in North America. I spent most of my time there just walking around with Rodrez while he covered the meet for Honda Tuning magazine and didn’t really start shooting myself until much later in the day. What was also good about the Cali Accord Meet was the inclusion of RA Odysseys. They are basically Accord wagons that share a similar platform anyways so it made sense for them to be there. Enjoy the photos and thanks to Ralph and the CAM organizers for inviting me to be there that day…

If you want more information on the Cali Accord Meet, please check out their official site HERE…

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One of the first Accords that I spotted at the meet was Son’s CD Accord coupe, which is featured currently in the latest issue of Honda Tuning magazine. Son’s build is definitely one of the more complete builds at the meet and features a K24 swap, Wilwood brakes, and Volk TE37s. I am familiar with this coupe because I was also the one who wrote the story for his HT feature…

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Parked right next to Son’s coupe was another coupe. This one with a J32A V6-swap and Dunlop Formula Hart wheels…

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Right-hand drive CB Accord coupe that wears a familiar Spoon Sports theme. I think the engine bay is a little over the top redone in yellow and would look much cleaner if it flowed well with the rest of the white exterior…

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JDM CB Accord front bumper with headlight squirters, parking pole, and intersection lights…

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One Accord build that I have become familiar with over the years is this CD Accord sedan, owned by Jay aka Iakona. This Accord has been around since the days when I had mine and it is crazy to see how much it has progressed over time…

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Iakona’s Accord sits on air suspension and re-barreled step-lipped Dunlop Formula Hart wheels…

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H22A swap with tubing that directs air to the TWM individual throttle bodies…

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The interior has seen equal attention too with Sparco seats, re-wrapped rear seats in matching Sparco material, Autopower roll bar, and this minty Mugen FG360 steering wheel…

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Nice touch also with the STACK tachometer that has been integrated into the factory instrument cluster…Overall a very high-quality build that was probably the best at CAM 3…

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This K-turbo’d CB Accord coupe was interesting. The owner had to trailer the car to the park where the meet was held at and did some parade laps around the parking lot….

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H22-swapped Accord coupe on Work Emotion XD9s…

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6th gen Accord coupe with H22A swap… This is definitely one of the cleaner 6th gen builds that are still around. I remember how popular this chassis was back in the early 2000s and how heavily-modded they were. Back then things were a bit different though because everyone was doing taillight conversions and crazy widebody mods and all that shit. That’s why you don’t see too many of these anymore….

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Accord coupe with old school Racing Hart C5 wheels without caps…

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Really liked this bagged Accord wagon owned by Stewart Guillen on re-barreled Volk Racing wheels…

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Nice, clean CD sedan on Blitz 01 wheels and Acura RL brakes…

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One of the first guys I met when I started bringing my Accord out in early 2005 was Timmy Valbuena. He’s had this coupe as long as I’ve known him and up until this very day, he is still the nicest guy I’ve ever met. One of the truly good guys in the community and it’s always good to see his CB coupe out and about. He doesn’t drive this car a whole lot these days and used to only bring it out for events….

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His wheel selection has always been on point as witnessed here with his pristine set of original Racing Hart CP-035s. Still one of the most lightweight wheels that have ever been produced…

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9th generation Accord on Airrunner suspension that you’ve seen quite a bit of on this site recently. The new Accords are great-looking cars and you can fit humongous wheels on them…

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To be frank, the windshield banner is very lame on this 3rd gen CA Accord sedan but it is kind of unique to see the B-series swap in there…

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White 4th gen CB sedan with my old set of 17-inch Work Meister 2-piece S1 wheels that I bought back then for about $900. I had them completely re-polished inside and out and even ordered brand new decals from them direct from Work Wheels Japan. They have gone through a couple different owners since that time but they still look pretty decent. I bet you the owner doesn’t even know the original specs on these wheels since I had the labels removed when they polished the inner barrel. I believe that’s my old JDM front bumper too that has been repainted…Oh and I’m pretty confident that the Autopower roll bar in there was mine too since I hand-painted the bolts on them and you can still see some of the old paint left behind from them being removed a couple times…

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I like these newer Accords with the Mugen grille on them. It takes away all that bright chrome trim that all the newer Hondas have and gives it more of a subtle appeal…

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This old Accord hatchback was in showroom condition at CAM 3 and I think I heard that it only had like 50K on the odometer or something… pretty cool…

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Custom Acura CL coupe that was recently seen in my Wekfest LA coverage. Really well-rounded build with custom interior and everything. Nice job…

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Closing it out for today with Ricardo aka Primesniper’s CB Accord sedan. I’ve always been a fan of this build and I’m happy to hear that it will be in a future issue of Honda Tuning magazine. The factory interior in this car is fucking amazing and I like how it sits on the re-barreled Mugen M7 wheels. The wheels are pretty aggressive but he pulls it off really well. It’s not sitting all cambered-out and ridiculous and it flows with the rest of the car… He also has one of the rare early model JDM CB front bumpers with the chrome trim in the bumper molding, as well as the older JDM CB headlights also with the chrome trim around it…

Well, that’s it for today, one more set of CAM 3 photos coming tomorrow…thanks for looking…

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