Ryan Hoegner and Matt Rodriguez, the two principals behind the super successful annual Honda Eibach Meet, have been talking about expansion for some time. Considering their current formula of hot cars, relevant vendors, and thousands of enthusiasts packed into a pretty big parking lot hasn't failed them in over 10 years, who can blame them for looking into fresh opportunities? So on September 27, they did just that - took their homegrown idea and ran with it, in a somewhat new direction.
The West Coast Collective (WCC) was designed to be like their big Honda gathering, but with all import makes and models (and some non-imports, too) welcome. Their aim was to reflect every aspect of West Coast import tuning, from street cars to show cars, full-blown track cars, and everything in between. And like the Honda Days of old, this event was set to debut at the place that started it all for Hoegner and Rodriguez, Eibach Springs' North American base of operations in Corona, Calif.
The turnout was modest for the inaugural, many agreeing the Japanese Classic Car Show going on the same day siphoned off some of the crowd. That didn't seem to lessen the spirit of the people who rolled through for WCC, though, as local scene talent like Loi Spec and its Integras, Ojay Bayang's purple people-moving Previa, and Young Tea's brand new FR-S RS1 on Volk ZE40s made appearances. A couple of supercars were in the mix, including an MP4-12C, as well as cars that are "super" without being exotic, like Hoegner's own Integra Type-R.
The industry was on hand to support. Booths from Auto Fashion, Downstar, Jackson Racing, JHPUSA, K-Tuned, Mackin Industries, Spoon Sports, Toyo Tires, and others occupied vendor row. Eibach set up its booth also, and the illustrious Big Mike was on hand to emcee the affair.
Looks like the West Coast Collective is off to a solid start. We anxiously await what Year Two brings, but until then we've got our snaps to remember this year's kickoff event - check them out!