Norm Reeves Honda Annual Car Show 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

It seems like forever ago when I first started going to the Norm Reeves Honda Show. There have been so many that it all kind of seems like a blur now but I can even think back to when I attended the Norm Reeves show with my Accord. I think that was the last year when I owned the car and I sold the car shortly after. Another year that was really memorable was their Honda Show that took place after the Southern California wild fires. There were literally ashes coming down from the skies and many who attended were there with masks on to protect themselves. It seemed crazy to attend the show that year but it was honestly a huge positive because it helped us take our minds off of all the craziness that was occurring because of the fires. As many events as I have attended in all my year’s in the industry, the Norm Reeves Honda Show always stands out in my mind. Shit, I even remember DPK David bringing out his car for the first time after he did his K-swap and winning an award at one of the shows. I can’t put a timeline on any of it but there are very specific moments that I remember. That almost seems more important than actually remembering the order in which these memories took place because the actual emotions behind them matter so much more. The show has never been “big” or anything but it remains a staple in the Southern California Honda community. You’ll never see guys traveling from afar to attend the event or have people raving about it but it doesn’t need it. For us Socal Honda hobbyists, this show “matters”, if that makes sense….

I’m not gonna lie, I don’t wake up every day and mark the days counting down to when the Norm Reeves Honda Show is going to take place but every time I go, I enjoy it. It is a reason for Honda guys to get together to enjoy each other’s rides without having to filter through other car makes just to see Hondas. The event never changes and stays consistent from year to year and because of that, it has a very grassroots feel to it. Sometimes things don’t need to change. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and that holds true for this event. The cars themselves change from year to year as do the faces but its comforting to know that this event is remains unchanged. I sometimes wish that it would grow and be a more popular destination for Honda guys annually but a part of me is happy that it stays relatively the same. We learn to appreciate certain events because of the hype it generates and the amount of people it draws but Norm Reeves isn’t that type of event. It is very relaxed, you see and catch up with other familiar faces, and you get to enjoy the Hondas that are there. You even get a chance to look at some of these builds in better detail because it isn’t as busy and you’re not forced to move along to the next car because you worry about running out of time to see everything. I liken this event to a really good local restaurant that you like going to; the food is really good and it is never too crowded. You want them to be successful but you’d rather it be kept for people that truly enjoy it instead of people crowding the place just because of the hype. You know what I mean? Hopefully that makes sense. If not I’m just a rambling fool that likes Hondas, haha…

Anyways, let’s move onto the photos. Thank you to Chris Pinedo and Norm Reeves Honda for having us. I didn’t plan on showing my own personal car at this event but luckily Chris was kind enough to squeeze us in. I’m always happy to support this event as Chris has always taken care of all of us whenever we needed an OEM Honda part or anything else we need. I’m also happy that the turnout was much better than last year. The quality of Hondas is really good for a small event and it is awesome to see that there are people like me who still enjoy going to this show. Last year I thought that the timing of the show would throw everyone off since it was held much earlier in the year than in year’s past. I remember walking around a little worried that the show was not generating enough interest because there wasn’t as much foot traffic but this year, the turnout was really good. It was a beautiful day with nice Honda builds and good company. What more could you ask for? Enjoy the coverage if you missed out and make sure to continue to support the Norm Reeves Honda Show…

I actually left the show after we dropped the cars off because we had an early breakfast planned with our group of friends. After we got back, the show was pretty crowded already and I was able to get a good amount of coverage….

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Always good to see Downstar Frank and his EG6 Civic at events. The guy is constantly on the grind and even sets up booths at smaller events like Norm Reeves. Even though he doesn’t make nearly as much as he would at a huge event like Honda Day on the East Coast, just simply making an appearance is good brand promotion and he understands that…

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Some detail shots of his custom Lambo green K-swapped engine bay filled with Skunk2 Racing, K-Tuned, and Downstar Inc. products….

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Clean 9th gen. Accord coupe on Airrunner suspension and forged Avant Garde F131 wheels…

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Silver EJ1 Civic coupe with an OEM-style carbon fiber hood and Sprint Hart CP-Rs….

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Phoenix Yellow Integra Type R from “Kleenest” on Black Edition Volk Racing TE37SL…

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Dave Martin’s K20-swapped Acura Integra with a JDM Integra Type R front-end conversion, J’s Racing fenders, and bronze SSR Type-Cs…

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Traditionally modded Civic with bronze TE37, carbon hood, and Spoon-style front lip…

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I really liked this EF8 SiR-themed CR-X owned/assembled by Karina Felix…

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Darryl from DPK’s timeless Mugen EM1 Civic SI coupe. Not only does it have a rare Mugen SS front lip…

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…it also has a Mugen Ferio rear spoiler…

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…and very rare Mugen rear valances/spats…

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Oh, and I can’t forget to point out the Mugen Active Gate brake system behind the 17-inch Diamond Black Volk TE37 wheels…

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DPK Chuy’s JDM RHD Honda Integra Type R running Spoon Sports goodies and individual throttle bodies…

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This is my favorite stage of DPK David’s Civic coupe featuring a Battle Craft fiberglass hood, Buddy Club front lip, Mugen-style sides, and Spoon Sports side mirrors…

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I managed to get my Odyssey cleaned-up the day before so it was presentable for the Norm Reeves event. I loved my BMD Eleven wheels but I honestly really like how my RA3 looks currently on the front-staggered WED’s Sport TC05 wheels. I also lowered the thing some more before I got it aligned last week. For those who were unaware of my RA build, it features a JDM Aero Spirit lip kit, Mugen grille, Mugen rear wing, JDM taillights, front/rear bumpers, and Ganador Super Mirrors. Shout-out also to Premier Total Paint Works in North Hollywood for repainting the whole car and making it pretty…

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K-swapped Midori Green Civic hatchback wearing a JDM Domani face and OEM SiR front lip…

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Michael Mao’s Impressive Wrap red brick vinyl-wrapped twin-turbo Acura NSX with a freshly installed Voltex GT spoiler. The rear wing was the only thing that was really missing from his build and perfectly compliments his Taitec front bumper, Downforce front fenders, RouteKS Super Madonna rear blister fenders, and aggressive Volk Racing TE37…

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I rarely get a shot of his interior but here you can see his Vision Technica steering wheel and roll cage…

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Recaro seats and ASM edition Takata safety harnesses…

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Original concave Volk TE37 wheels remixed with red SL decals….

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The rear is even more menacing now with the rear wing paired with the visible twin intercooler set-up…

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A peek inside the twin-turbocharged C32 motor…

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Chris Ratawessnant’s BB6 Prelude is progressing quite nicely…

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Gotta be one of the first Prelude builds that I’ve ever seen running Project Mu big brakes…

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Speaking of baller brake kits, check out the Endless big brakes behind the yellow TE37s on David/Cheeseburger’s Civic coupe…

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Eden Mao’s flared and widened Honda S2000 on custom Mugen M7…

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Jay Thammavong’s Laguna Seca Blue S2000 on 17-inch Volk CE28 wheels…

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Loving how this Civic coupe looks on white Work RSZ-Rs and how it contrasts nicely with the dark red/black theme…

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AP2 S2000 running a TOP1 front splitter and refinished Volk Racing GT-Ns….

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Loving the gradual progression of Leon Casino’s NSX build. The custom APR rear spoiler and rear bumper without the OEM rear valance gives it a much more aggressive appearance….

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RHD EG9 Civic Ferio on silver 16-inch Regamaster EVOs…

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EG2_Johnny’s del Sol is looking great with the Dunlop Formula Hart wheels and color-matched BackYard Special front lip….

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15-inch Dunlop Formula Harts paired with Spoon Sports brakes…

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The late Juan Lemus’ EG2 build makes a regular appearance at the Norm Reeves event and always seems to be parked in the same spot. Nice to see some new additions to it like the custom air intake and velocity stack…

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This black EG2 looked great with the JDM front end, fiberglass BYS front lip, and polished Work RSZ-R wheels…

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JDM EK4 SiR bumpers and Kosei K1 wheels on this silver hatchback…

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One of the better builds at the Norm Reeves Honda Show was Corey Spencer’s 6th generation Accord coupe…

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Really great look with these polished and/or chromed BBS LM wheels…

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…and one of the rare 6th gen. Accords with a H22A swap…

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I’m not gonna lie, I was a little curious as to what the “#IDIDTHISFORYOUJOEY” hashtag was in reference to when someone text-messaged me one day to tell me they noticed it on this Accord. I did some thinking and remembered that I mentioned on my site awhile back that I wished that the front end was color-matched. Well, I guess the owner saw what I wrote and decided that it was time to paint his front end. It looks great now with the paint and all the additions so I’m glad that I was able to inspire someone to finish their car, haha. I’m actually more impressed with the Acura RL front brake conversion because that was something that I was never able to do on my Accord and I’m happy that someone was finally able to pull it off. Now if only I can convince him to color-match his engine bay…haha… #justkidding #stoplisteningtome #dowhatevermakesyouhappy #nicejob

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EJ1 Civic coupe from Cali Love/The Junkies…

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EDM-styled Honda Civic build with Honda Access bumper trim and Mugen NR10 wheels…

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Integra with UKDM/EDM front bumper, Spoon Sports SW388 wheels, and Spoon front brakes…

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Love the Rays Gram Lights 57DR wheels in Magnesium Blue on this GD Fit…

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VeilSide Fortune Model Acura NSX…

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Work Gnosis GS5 wheels in a custom candy red finish…

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Basch Boost supercharger kit…

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Custom audio set-up in the trunk of the VeilSide NSX…

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JDM RHD Honda Prelude on gold-faced Volk Racing SF Challenge wheels….

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Kevin Ly’s turbocharged K20-swapped Civic from 5SICK2 that makes over 700 horsepower on C16 race fuel. On regular pump gas, the set-up is still good for over 500+. I dig the gray repaint and white Mugen MF10L wheels. With the hood closed, it looks like a Honda from the early/mid-2000s. Who knew that under the hood is this crazy boosted K set-up…

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Closing out Part 1 of my Norm Reeves Honda Show coverage with a shot of Rob The Crook’s CR-X on SSR EX-C Fins from Crooks & Castles. Awesome to see that a guy who’s “made it” and can own just about any car he wants still showing love for Hondas. Pretty cool also to see that he’s a true car guy and still comes out to events just to hang out. It’s a reminder to all of us to never forget where we came from no matter how successful we become…

Well, that’s it for today folks. Thanks for looking and make sure to come back for Part 2. There are still some really good builds that need to be showcased…

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