8th Annual Norm Reeves Honda Car Show 2013 Coverage…

I’ll be honest, I had absolutely no idea this event was going on until maybe a week before this past weekend. Normally, the Norm Reeves Honda Show happens towards the end of the year as it coincides with the holiday season where they do a toy drive and what not. This is the 8th edition of the show so it was a bit confusing why it would happen around the beginning of summer time. Nonetheless, I found some time on Saturday after a nap to go stop by and here we are with the photos. Though the Norm Reeves Honda Show has always been small in comparison to some other import events in Southern California, I always make an effort to go because it is for a good cause and a lot of the homies like to do the show together. It’s pretty rare to have a car show that consists only of Hondas as well so it is one of those events that you just want to see if you are a dedicated Honda enthusiast. Another benefit of mine personally is that I really don’t live that far away from Norm Reeves so it isn’t a task for me to sit in L.A. traffic to get over there or anything. Chris Pinedo is the organizer of the event and works for Norm Reeves Honda and as always been very helpful whenever I or any of the other homies needed any OEM Honda parts so I try to make a conscious effort in showing my support and giving back to he and Norm Reeves Honda for being there…

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One of the best aspects of going to smaller events like these is really being able to get in touch with old friends and meeting some new ones. There are times when I am so busy at an event trying to get everything I can in a short amount of time that I sometimes try to avoid stopping to chit chat. It comes off kind of rude at times but it’s not anything that I do intentionally to disrespect anyone or show them that I don’t appreciate the words they have for me. When it comes to an event like the Norm Reeves Honda Show, the crowd is not nearly as big and the event is much smaller in size so it provides me with some free time to communicate with people. I took full advantage of my time and hung out until the end of the show after the awards were announced. Thanks to those of you who stopped to chill for a second and the friends that were there to participate in the event. It was a good day. With that said, here is the coverage from the show. There really isn’t anything new about the cars there. Just the usual suspects with a few new cars that you may not be familiar with sprinkled into the mix. There have been so many events as of late that it is pretty hard to avoid seeing the same cars but there are times when you will be introduced to some new stuff. You just have to look I guess. Enjoy…

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Jose Jaimes’ K20A Honda CR-X. Love the color choice and how the emissions labels and what not have been retained event after the car has been painted inside and out. Nice attention to detail…

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Luigi Arroyo’s J’s-styled S2000 on Volk TE37SL…

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Clean EK hatchback on Enkei RPF1 with canards and a carbon Spoon front lip…

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Eddie Diaz’s TSX with A-Spec lip kit, Mugen grille, and re-barreled, step-lipped Volk EVO IIIs…

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RHD Civic on custom Regamaster EVOs posted right up front by the DJ booth…

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Michael Mao’s Acura NSX won Best NSX, which was no surprise to anyone…

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Chris Ratawhyshislastnamesolong’s BB6 Prelude on gold Volk Racing CE28s ended the day taking home the Best Prelude award…

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CaliAccord Meet organizer Ralph’s Accord coupe…

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David aka Cheezeburger’s Civic coupe has been making the rounds as of late. I found this dude in the trunk of a fully-packed car after the Vanguard Collective guys got back from lunch. Guess there wasn’t another car on hand for them to use, haha…

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David’s Mugen FG360 wheel…

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Eulises Torres’ Honda NFR S2000 on custom Work VS-TX…

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EF hatchback sitting on a clean set of old school SSR Challenge Racing Defi wheels…

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Another EF, this one with tri-spoke SSR wheels. I heard there was an EF meet going on the same day after the Norm Reeves thing but I didn’t get the opportunity to attend…

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One of the more memorable moments of the Norm Reeves event personally for me was having a chance to talk to Juan Lemus’ brother. For those that don’t know, Juan passed away three years ago in a tragic car accident. The del Sol above was Juan’s and his family and brother have done their best to keep the car in the exact state that he had it in prior to his passing, as a way to keep his memory alive. I did a write-up for Juan after I found out of his passing back then and his younger brother approached me to thank me for my words, which I am very grateful for. I had seen him pop up at various events through the years but we never really had a chance to talk until the Norm Reeves event this past weekend. It was great to hear from him and for him to tell me more about his brother since I didn’t really know him very well when he was with us. He told me about how important it was for his Mom to make sure that the car stay exactly the same, even though Juan had plans to swap a K24 block into his del Sol, along with various other parts. His brother wanted to install the rest of the stuff for him after he passed but his Mom just wanted to keep the car just the way it was. Change is always good but it is totally understandable why she would want that and his brother and friends respect that. He also told me about how his friends always motivate him to bring his brother’s car out to events because of how important he was to them. Juan was always very helpful and would work on people’s cars for free because the guys in his neighborhood and his friends didn’t always have money for that stuff. He went out of his way for them just because he was a good guy and wanted to help. That’s the type of people we need in our community and I think that Juan will always leave an impression on the people around him because of his character. Much respect to his legacy, his brother, his friends, and his family. It’s tough losing a loved one and I’m glad to see that his memory lives on with the people he touched in the short time that he was here…

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A 4-door EG sedan on white Work RSZ-R…

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I see what they did there with the “HIS” and “HER” Hondas… Equally neat and cheesy all at the same time…

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8th gen Accord sedan on Airrunner suspension…

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Robert Perez’s complete Spoon Sports-themed Civic…Never been too huge of a fan of Spoon stuff myself but I thoroughly appreciate a build like this. It is incredibly difficult to build a catalog car especially considering how rare some of the old Spoon EG stuff is. It all comes together in a nice, timeless package and Rob did a great job. He seems to be a pretty humble dude too from my brief encounters with him and that makes the car that much better…

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VIP-styled Honda Odyssey mini-van…

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Teddy Timoteo’s EK ended the day taking home the Best of Show award at the Norm Reeves Honda Show…

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Love this bagged Accord Wagon…

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Period-correct EF Civic sedan on some really rare Volk Racing EMU mesh wheels…

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Awesome to see EMU caps in such good condition with bad English and all. The caps says: “Sophisticated by Exciting impression for city cruising. Hot blood by Volk Racing”…. Haha…Alrighty then…

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Bisimoto Engineering and Norm Reeves Honda have always had a close-working relationship so it was no surprise to see the Bisimoto Civic Wagon out and about at the event…

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EF Civic hatchback with a set of classic Mugen CF-48 wheels complete with Aero Discs up front…

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It’s a rare sight to see a set of RS Watanabe wheels on a Honda CR-X. In this instance, it just sort of works…

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Interesting to see a center-locking Desmond Regamaster wheel on display. It would be awesome to see a complete set but there wouldn’t be any street car that they could possibly go on…

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Honda S2000 from Long Beach Auto Tech on gold WED’s Kranze LXZ…

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The yellow EG Civic that once appeared in the funeral scene in the fourth installment of the Fast and Furious series. It turns out that Letty wasn’t dead after all so this dude showed up for nothing. Hopefully he wasn’t mad that he burned a tank of gas driving to a funeral with no body that turned out to be a ruse. Maybe Letty called him later to apologize because that’s just fucking rude…

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Right-hand drive Honda Prelude on Volk Racing SF Challenge wheels…

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If you thought you’d go another event in 2013 where you didn’t see two different sets of Volk SF Challenges in the same place, you’d be wrong like me because *boom*, these people showed up…This orange set is actually pretty nice too…

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Just thought I’d close out this coverage with a couple of shots of my Infiniti Q45 that I took to the Norm Reeves Honda event. Sure it’s not a Honda event and it wasn’t a part of the show but since my Odyssey was at the bodyshop, it’s the only car that I have right now that looks halfway decent. I got a nice parking spot in the shade too since the lot where the event was held was once a car dealership lot with a full service area. Since it is now closed and just used as an overflow lot, I was able to park right where the service section starts in the shade…Anyways, thanks for looking and thanks to Norm Reeves for having me….

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