In the late '80s, as the influx of import performance and "modern" customization began to flood the streets of Southern California, the ED/EF chassis Civic and DA Integra models played a key role in serving not only as an easy-to-obtain vehicle for the younger crowd, but also helped bridge a gap between iconic '70s/early 80s-era imports and more current technology being offered by automakers at that time. An entire generation of future enthusiasts really had no choice, often handed the keys to an older sibling's aged college car or given the option to choose something affordable from one of those "reliable car companies." The result was a slew of young people tinkering with their only mode of transportation in a search for more power, a unique look, or a little of both.
What we didn't know at that time is that the eager teens and college kids trying to scrape every ounce of power from their 1.5 and 1.8L power plants would help launch an industry that would go on to generate millions of dollars each year - even before that terrible movie franchise came along.
That was then, and these days you can find Honda-related events all over the country—in fact, all over the world. From Thailand to the U.K., enthusiasm for the brand and all of its aftermarket potential has never really waivered. And for the last 15 years, the Eibach Meet has proven time and time again that even as some tend to move on, there are new generations poised to fill their position.
In terms of size, 2019's Eibach Meet outperformed last year's event in the number of vendors, drag racers and spectators, but car meet attendance was about the same at 2018 - and that's not a bad thing at all, especially when you see 1,000 Hondas herded into one half of the event's lot.
Here's a look at more from the 15th Annual Eibach Meet ...
Now a few years since its complete makeover, @thebigmike's turbocharged F20B-swapped Prelude engine bay is still held in very high regard. One-off, custom fabrication fills every inch of the bay, and for those who have followed the build from its beginning up to its noted stint at SEMA, a few updates have taken place, including a scratch-built intake box and modified headlight duct.
Another high-profile Prelude in attendance was the recently re-born Hasport K24 turbo track car that once graced the cover of Honda Tuning
@spoonsportsusa was out in full force and brought their now retired center-seat, turbo Civic FD that once nabbed a FWD lap record at Super Lap Battle. They also displayed an S2000 packed with Spoon goods including the front bumper, fenders, hood, mirrors, wheels, brakes and the extremely controversial prototype hardtop.
@Kingmotorsports, the only official North American distributor for Mugen wanted to do something special for their trip from Wisconsin to SoCal. Just a few weeks prior to the meet, they sourced an FK8 and armed it with Mugen's entire prototype aero kit and wheel package before the car was shipped to Cali for the big day.
K-powered Ariel Atom which, coincidentally, rides on Eibach suspension, strolling through the morning roll-in lot
Honda's FWD dynamo, the FK8, is a limited production vehicle but it didn't feel that way at the Eibach Meet, where dozens could be found in the car meet area, spectator lot and the vendor display section.
Also from the newer generation line up of Honda's Civic family, the @hondatuning project Si was on hand. So far the car has been fitted with @acuityinstruments shifting goods, @prlmotorsports intercooler and cold-air intake, @greddyperformance front lip, @honda HFP sideskirts and visors, @hondata_inc FlashPro and @ssrwheels new Formula Mesh rollers with @toyotires. And yes, more parts are on the way.
Little car, big engine—the All Motor class showdowns that took place during the Eibach Meet did not disappoint.
Wild aero, massive wings, and a nasty hood-exit exhaust setup might be the goal for some who want to be noticed for an extreme build. For others, OEM body lines with a clean swap and just a few minor add-ons, like this EH3 Civic Si, make the most sense.
The 15th anniversary event was a success and only built more anticipation for year 16. We'll see you back in Fontana in 2020!