Eibach Honda Meet 2018 Coverage… Part 1…

The most common asked question of the day from people that stopped by The Chronicles booth at Eibach 2018 was:

Didn’t you just get back from Japan?

Why yes, yes I did. Less than 24 hours ago actually. I literally flew back to California from Osaka, Japan, which was about a ten hour flight non-stop, got back home at about noon, proceeded to drive directly to the hospital for Tiffanie’s ‘Trauma Survivor Reunion’ gathering and then spent the rest of the evening prepping my booth for the Eibach Meet.

Was I tired? Definitely.

I spent an entire morning and early afternoon in Osaka because my flight wasn’t until 5 PM Friday and then, due to the time change traveling overseas, arrived back in California in the early afternoon Friday, again. So two actual separate days just felt like one incredibly long day lumped all into one. I couldn’t miss Eibach so it just had to be done.

Was I jet-lagged? Probably, but the best way to not be, is to try to spend the entire first day back home without falling asleep. You just have to power through. I don’t even know if people realized this but I did pretty much the exact same thing last year. The only major difference this time around was the heat.

It was fucking hot, to say the least. And if there’s anything that will make you more tired, it’s the draining affect of the hot sun. Last year it rained in the morning of the Eibach Meet and it was generally pretty cool in both weather and vibe. The 2018 version was pretty much the exact opposite in that the weather was not only flip-flopped, it was likely the busiest Eibach Honda Meet EVER. And that’s pretty fucking incredible to say that in 2018, early fifteen years since its inception. I love to watch people I know and look-up to succeed so I can’t just sit out an event like Eibach. It was one of the foundations in which helped to grow The Chronicles as a staple in the Honda community and I’ll always make every attempt to show my support.

Last year’s event was the first time they marched into the Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, CA so no one really knew what to expect. It just seems like the event outgrows whatever venue it is moved to time after time so we were all anxious to see just how the feel of the gathering would be in such a huge space in a completely new city. I myself never liked the idea of doing events at Autoclub but every thing went so smoothly. The plot of land that they used to host the meet was massive and it presented itself well. The cars looked great and the grand stands of the Speedway provided a dynamic backdrop for the sea of Honda’s.

Things were, once again, a little different this year. Ryan and Rodrez, the masterminds behind the Eibach Honda Meet, decided to take an even more grassroots approach on their event by deciding to incorporate drag racing. The addition of 1/4 mile racing transformed the meet into the type of event that many of us older guys grew-up enjoying back when we used to make our way to Palmdale, CA for the old IDRC events. It was so nostalgic to hear the loud exhaust roars from the drag strip while perusing the sea of street and show-prepped Hondas.

I’ll admit that things felt a little tight this year, being that the entire operation was moved to a much more narrow space on the drag strip-side of Autoclub, but honestly it probably just felt even more cramped because of the insane amount of people that showed-up. I don’t know if the inclusion of drag racing was the end all, be all, reasoning behind why so many people came out that day to bear the scorching heat but not even the weather could stop people from waiting in lines for hours upon hours to get inside.

Things were pretty busy so I’ll wait until Part 2 to explain how the day went, but I’ll go ahead and get started with the first batch of photos. Huge congrats to the guys from the Eibach Honda Meet for yet another successful year. They’re growing into a nationwide tour now but the original California event still continues to grow. That’s a testament to not only the creators, but to all the enthusiasts who continue to support the event series and help with its evolution…

And to think, it all started out with a couple of guys just wanting to host a little gathering for likeminded Honda enthusiasts…

Enjoy and make sure to come back for more…

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My morning started-out just like many of the Eibach Honda Meets of year’s past, just shooting some cars as they were coming in. The set-up process for the vendors was a little crazy but I had good help so I was able to get stuff ready fairly quickly. One of the first Hondas that caught my eye that morning was Luis Jaimes’ Civic, which looked great on the recently re-released Mugen MF10 wheels. I had to make sure I got a photo of his car on these wheels before he put those green TE37SLs back on, which are quite horrendous, lol. I mean that in the kindest way possible and Luis is quite familiar with my hatred of that set-up on his Civic. Always good to see him and his brother out and about at events as well with each of them bringing 4 of their 26 Honda builds….

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The guys from the Eibach Honda Meet are always super kind and provide me with a booth space that also comes with a spot to park a display car. I never really know who I want to be the car to take that spot so I usually leave it for either Chuy or Darryl’s cars, because they also are terrible at planning and most of the time, never have a spot to park in. This year, Darryl showed-up in the morning with his beautifully executed EM1 Civic SI. Ironically enough, the booth next to us also hosted a EBP Civic SI so everything worked out like it was planned…

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Inside the engine bay of his Mugen-themed Civic SI is a supercharged K-series engine swap equipped with some upgrades from Merc Racing and Rywire. You don’t hear much from Darryl since he’s generally a pretty quiet guy that keeps to himself but his EM1 has and probably always will be one of the best EM1 builds ever. You just wouldn’t know it because he doesn’t run around promoting it on Instagram…

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The Spoon Sports USA booth hosted this Spoon-themed AP2 S2000 wearing the prototype “Super Shredder” hard-top and complete Spoon aero package…

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Also on the S2000 were the newly re-released Spoon SW388 wheels. Yes, the SW388 is back people, and that will also lead to another huge announcement from the Eibach Honda Meet…

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The rear of the Spoon S2000 with their rear bumper and carbon rear diffuser, as well as the rear over fender package…

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Here you can see the exhaust set-up featuring FOUR Spoon Sports N1 exhausts…

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The big, BIG, announcement for this year’s Eibach Honda Meet was over in the ICB Motorsport booth which debuted the new Desmond Regamaster EVO II wheels. They look nearly identical to the original Desmond-produced wheels but are reproductions from Japan, recreated with the most intricate of details based on Matthew Ye from ICB….

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The best thing about the EVO coming back is that they will be available in new sizes and bolt patterns for vehicle applications such as BMWs. Above you can see some of the details in the new wheel. No, they are not original because the original Desmond mold is long gone but the wheel has been thoroughly gone over and designed to be as close to the original as possible, with the exception of new size formats and the fact that they aren’t produced in Russia…

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I know some of you may be iffy on the idea of bringing back such a classic wheel but with Matt from ICB spearheading the project, I have faith that it will be done in the most appropriate way possible….

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Here is an 18×9.5 set of EVOs on the new FK8 Civic Type R…

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This set showcases the silver variation of the EVO, with the color executed to match the original hue of the silver Desmond wheel…

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Almighty Grey should be coming back as well but as of today, they are still trying to get the anodizing process to execute the color correctly. According to Matt from ICB, if the color isn’t exact, they will not even attempt to mass produce the color…

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Jorge Hernandez’s legendary gold Civic hatchback. He has multiple set-ups for this car but for this year’s Eibach Meet, he chose to run the Mugen front lip, First Molding carbon kevlar side mirrors, and the new Exceed/Mode Parfume rear wing…

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8th gen. Civic SI sedan running FEEL’S wide fenders and bronze front-staggered Volk CE28 wheels…

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Berlina Black AP1 S2000 featuring a Mugen SS front bumper, Mugen hard top, Mugen rear spoiler, Mugen hood, and bronze Mugen MF10 wheels with black caps…

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Abraham Nevarez’s Civic hatchback with a rare Shift Sports hood, Spoon Sports carbon front lip, Chargespeed front wide fenders, Spoon Sports brakes, and Mag Blue Volk Racing CE28N…

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Michael Blancke’s brand new FK8 Civic Type R running the brand new Desmond Regamaster EVO II…

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Sara Choi’s S2000 CR featuring Voltex aero and S2000-spec Volk TE37 in Diamond Black…

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FK8 Civic Type R in Aegean Blue Metallic on 18-inch bronze Volk Racing TE37….

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Sang Pham’s turbocharged AP2 S2000 wearing a complete J’s Racing GT widebody kit…

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Sang’s engine set-up featuring a Full Race turbo manifold and Full Blown intake manifold…

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Autofashion USA-built Mode Parfume widebody Honda S2000 on white Volk TE37SL…

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Tomohiro Sudo’s bagged Civic Wagon from Southsiiiiide Auto Customs…

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Tai Hua’s Milano Red DC2 Integra Type R representing Loi-Spec Garage, running Mugen M7 wheels and a UKDM ITR front face…

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David Thai’s ITR running 15×8 Volk TEs and a Special Projects front lip and splitter combo…

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Brian Hua’s DB8 Integra running a pretty aggressive front-end set-up utilizing J’s Racing front fenders, First Molding hood, First Molding carbon front lip, Voltex canards, and custom front splitter…

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Jonny’s vinyl-wrapped FK8 CTR with custom front splitter…

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M&M Honda Hyper widebody  DC5 RSX on SSR GTX01…

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White vinyl-wrapped widebody Honda S2000 on custom Work Meister S1…

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Bronze Mugen MF10 wheels look great on this Silverstone Metallic supercharged AP2 S2000….

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Vic’s clean AP2 S2000 on Mugen wheels also had absolutely nowhere to park so we managed to somehow cram the car into the tight space next to Darryl’s EM1…

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Michael Blancke’s turbo K-series Civic has always been a great build but also a build filled with endless amount of problems, so many that Blancke ended-up losing motivation to continue to work on it. On the way to California from Arizona, he managed to blow something up again so he ultimately decided to make the Eibach Honda Meet his last event with this particular build. Granted, life gets a lot better now that he has an FK8 Type R, especially now with the new Regamaster EVO II wheels. To make sure he wouldn’t back track on tearing his car down and parting it out, he actually began parting the car out AT THE EVENT….

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Bits and pieces of it were sold off before the show even ended. Take a look at this great engine bay…what a shame…but alas, it’s time to move on to better things…

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Jose Jaimes’ black Civic hatchback has come a long way. It went from a beat-up daily to a clean street set-up featuring a C-West front bumper and Exceed carbon hood…

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HBK Maguito’s B-series set-up in his coupe, with the bay looking all-natural with nothing shaved or filled…

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Laguna Seca Blue Civic hatchback running a Chargespeed front lip, and original 16-inch Desmond Regamaster EVO wheels…

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No Hasback line-up would be complete without the man himself so here is Son’s long-time black hatchback build now running bags, Spoon Sports SW388 wheels, a Battlecraft hood and Tactical Art front lip…

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The last time I saw this wild EK9 Civic Type R build was at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, crammed inside a tight booth space in a random hall, unlikely to be seen. It’s nice to see it out in the daylight where it can be properly showcased…

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The 1100whp real deal Civic Type R features a turbocharged custom K-series set-up highlighted by a Drag Cartel K20 cylinder head and ERL Performance K24 block…

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Custom Kinsler intake manifold made specifically for the PTP EK9, featuring dual fuel rails…

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If the built engine and turbo set-up isn’t enough, the PTP EK9 also runs a direct-port Nitrous Oxide injection kit. Pretty wild…

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One more shot of the Civic Type R, here you can see the Tracklife Composite front fenders, PCI front/rear diffuser and sideskirts, and custom Sprint Hart CP-R wheels…

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Another of the Hasback line-up at the Eibach Honda Meet…

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…and we close Part 1 of the coverage with another shot of the Spoon Sports AP2 S2000. Love the exhaust set-up on this thing…

That’s a wrap for today. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming real soon!…

One thought

  1. Do you happen to know if the Evo II will be available in sizes more appropriate for ’90s/early ’00s cars, or is it strictly these larger sizes for more modern cars?

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