Eibach Summer Meet 2016 Coverage…Part 1…

I suppose there was a bit of a feeling of nostalgia walking up towards the Eibach Springs facility. The last few years have felt quite different because I hold my Anniversary event there annually and I’m typically inside watching people come in. To park along the side of the road and then walk up that hill towards the facility felt…odd, I guess you could say. It was an odd but familiar feeling, if that makes sense. For those unaware, the Eibach Springs facility means a lot to me. It was the first real “Honda gathering” that I went to back when I had first finished building my CB Accord back in 2005-06 and it would be a venue that I would regularly visit the following years because of the NWP4Life forums’ summer night gatherings. It is a place that isn’t exactly close to home, but also feels oddly like a home. I remember my first Eibach Honda Meet. I didn’t know anyone at the time and paid for my spot like everyone else. There was a long line to enter and most of the really nice Hondas were placed up front in the main lot and my car definitely was not cool enough so I parked along the side of the build, buried in a sea of more-relevant, better assembled Hondas, that also were quite good enough to make it to the front of the venue. It was okay. I didn’t know anyone, I was new to the Honda community, and I felt like I had to pay my dues. As time went on, I made a lot of friends in the community, a couple of them eventually ended-up being the guys that organized the Eibach Meet. They were the same guys that regularly perused NWP4Life and we all got together to have meets during the hot summers at Eibach. Some were bigger than others, some meets were quieter, smaller, but you went there comfortably knowing that these meets were filled with good people. NWP4Life wasn’t ever “huge” by any measure but it had a good following. Most of the guys that chatted on the forum became friends as well and the Eibach facility was a place where we would all meet to chat about stuff we already chat about online. As social media grew, forums started getting slower and slower so newer things came along and eventually, the Eibach Honda Meet even outgrew the venue and was moved elsewhere. No one was really using the facility anymore except for myself when I would hold my event annually in late October. I wanted to keep that same ‘home-like’ feeling that the NWP summer meets had but I think it became something different altogether. Everyone hung out and the general vibe was chill, but its hard to capture something once its lost, you know? You kinda get bits and pieces of it there but it isn’t ever the same. It is the memories that you created from those earlier events in life that you can only possibly dream of harnessing again. The trouble will trying to chase a memory is that it is in the past, you’re just moving backwards…

This year, Ryan Hoegner and Rodrez decided to start something up again at the Eibach Springs facility. The annual Eibach Honda Meet is doing as great as it ever has but they wanted to get a smaller event going again at the original venue, opening the doors to all makes and models, eliminating the exclusivity that Honda owners are used to with their bigger annual event. This event would be much smaller, with only a few hundred cars during the late summer evening, much like the NWP meets of old. The faces have obviously changed over the years but the idea was to bring that same vibe back but with the current generation of car guys/gals. September is always a little bit of a random time for us California automotive enthusiasts. It is a month that is generally more of a “recoup and recover” type of thing where we all try to get past the huge hangover from the previous summer months that were filled end-to-end with shows and meets. The only thing people expect to happen is the annual Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach. When I heard that they were doing the meet at Eibach again, I was surprised, but more than willing to go out and show my support. When we arrived, it was already an hour or so into the meet so some people had came and gone, but for the most part, the core group of cars were still there. As planned, there were some other makes and models here and there but the event stayed true to its Honda roots. The back row was filled entirely with Integra Type Rs and in-between the scattered makes and models were some really solid Honda builds. I was told that it was hotter during the early part of the day but it had cooled down significantly by the time we arrived. The vibe was great. There’s something about this venue that always helps to produce a similar type of feeling. I think a lot of people grew up around coming to events here so they all remember that feeling as well. When you’re there, you can’t help but appreciate all the great events that have happened there in the past…

It wasn’t “NWP4Life Summer Nights” but…it was pretty close. I’m always happy to see familiar old faces and appreciative in the same way of meeting new enthusiasts who didn’t have the opportunity to experience the older events there. I am happy that I could have been a part of that past and can share my experiences with others. I even went old school and shot the meet as I would have in the past, just now I have a better understanding of how to handle a camera, haha. I didn’t even do video this time around because I wanted to focus on shooting photos some more. As the sun set in Corona, I captured as much as I could before departing home for dinner with friends. Enjoy…

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This RHD EG Civic hatchback is actually built and owned by a female. She worked closely with the Jaimes brothers who have their own collection of really good Honda builds and you can see some of the influences here. The car has Mugen M7 wheels, a K20A swap, and a Rocket Dancer front lip…

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The engine bay has been shaved smooth and cleaned-up really well. A couple pieces of the engine have been gold-plated including the engine mounts and valve cover. The only way this bay would look better is if it had an RBC manifold or other variation besides this OEM intake set-up…

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The gold-plated valve cover is accented with a carbon fiber wire cover and gold Mugen oil cap…

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Laguna Seca Blue Civic hatchback with 16-inch Regamaster EVOs and a J*Blood front bumper…

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Willy from Willywerx left his other cars at home and decided to bring out his lifted Toyota pick-up…

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Tony Jackson from Eibach’s E46 M3 track build on bronze Volk ZE40s…

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Jonathan Monteith aka Teddyjon’s Civic has come a long way from where he first started. Things always kinda seemed outta place or didn’t fit very well but it has gradually come together very well and now the car as a whole is a very well-executed Honda build…

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The bay has been cleaned-up but still shows its functional side. A GruppeM intake filter is attached to the factory B-series intake arm and a ASC Speed Metal front strut bar has been coated to match the red valve cover…

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Red Recaro seats inside with a white Autopower rollbar inside the Civic…

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The A/C controls have all been removed and the empty areas of the dash have been covered up with sheets of carbon fiber. Check out the old Omni Power tachometer in the cluster…

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Gauges mounted in the center of the dash where the radio and A/C controls once were…

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Half-cut rear bumper with a J’s Racing exhaust exposed. Up top mounted to the rear wing and hatch glass is a J’s Racing rear spoiler…

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Fernando Delarosa’s black Voltex widebody Evolution looks fantastic on silver Volk Racing CE28N….

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This CR-X with a complete EF8 SiR conversion is the epitome of a timeless CR-X build, especially sitting on a mint set of Mugen NR10R wheels…

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The inside features a pair of two Mugen S1 buckets and Japanese EF8 interior…

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Ryan Basseri from Rywire’s Porsche 997 GT3 RS…

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DPK Jared left his S2000 at home and decided to bring out his Porsche 911 on rare RUF wheels and a pair of Recaro seats…

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Jackson Racing-supercharged Honda Civic on bronze Mugen MF8 wheels…

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Tommy Ha’s ASM-everything Honda S2000 CR on bronze Volk Racing ZE40….

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Areen’s Spoon Sports-equipped AP2 S2000…

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J’s Racing widebody Honda S2000 on Volk CEs…

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Lance Uchida’s track-prepped Honda Civic sedan with Battle Craft hood, J*Blood front bumper, PCI sideskirts, and Voltex rear wing…

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I don’t know if many people know this but one of my all-time favorite Honda builds is Randell Ang’s Civic coupe. The car looks like it was locked away in a time capsule and only brought out a couple times a year for meets…

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The engine bay features a B18C1 swap with a turbo kit from the early to mid-2000s. What I like about his set-up the most is that he still rocks the original Chronicles decal from back in like, 2008, haha…

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Subtle flat black roll cage inside with a cage-mounted boost gauge and Spoon Sports steering wheel…

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Recaro seats and traditional Takata safety harnesses…

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Dark Amethyst Purple Civic hatchback with’s J’s Racing fenders, Air Walker bumper, and SSR Type-C wheels…

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The bumper was removed to show-off the custom-fabricated front crash bar by Mayhem Metal Werkz…

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Cleaned-up B-series engine bay with A/C still intact…

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Front fender signed by J’s Racing head-honcho Hisaaki Murakami…

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Werdwerx H22A-swapped Accord coupe with retrofitted GReddy front lip…

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BB4 Prelude on what looks to be 17×9 Enkei RPF1 wheels…

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Honda Civic with Mugen front lip, Mugen MF10L, and Mugen S1R seats…

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Turbocharged Integra with a JDM ITR front end conversion…

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K-swapped Integra on bronze Volk Racing CE28 with a Mugen Gen. II spoiler…

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I really enjoyed this FD2 CTR-converted FA5 Civic SI sedan on Mugen MF10 wheels w/black caps. I still really want one of these but as I get older, I feel like I should build something in the 90s if I do decide to build another Honda later…

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EP3 Civic with Mugen front face along with some acrylic canards from Symplespeed Garage…

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Midori Green Civic hatchback with EK4 SiR bumpers and silver Volk CEs…

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Chewerks track-spec Integra Type R with vented carbon hood…

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Cody Chan’s Civic looks super cool with the old school Buddy Club front bumper and retro-fitted Voltex front canards. Glad to see he finally has a B-series swap in it after tracking with a single cam for what seems like forever…

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Chris Garay’s EF Civic hatchback slammed on rare SSR Hiro V1-R wheels…

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Erico Meollo’s Civic is always a welcome sight. He often makes the drive down from Central California for events and his Civic is always incredibly clean…

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One of the best things about it is that he still retains the factory D-series single cam motor in his Civic but has gone through a lengthy process of dressing it up and making his engine bay pristine. If anything, his single cam set-up is what really sets his build apart from all the other red 92-95 Civics out there. Love the overall execution and his willingness to always drive the car everywhere while also keeping it in top form…

On that note, I’m gonna stop here for the day. Hope you guys enjoyed the shots. Come back for Part 2 of 2, thanks for looking!!…

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