Amidst the flurry of car meets, shows, and cruises that pepper the SoCal car culture landscape during the summer months, it's easy to overlook an event or two. Social media blasts and word of mouth advertising do their job of alerting potential attendees, but often times they become nothing more than a blur as weekends tend to blend right into the workweek. Keeping track of the various happenings requires a little bit of digging and some careful planning, especially when multiple events take place on the same weekend.
The weekend of June 25th proved to be the perfect storm for the Super Street Network as two events were scheduled for Saturday, and two more for Sunday. The team was spread out to grab photo coverage in addition to conducting broadcasts on Facebook's FB Live platform, and on the morning of the 26th, just 20 or so hours after covering an event in Costa Mesa, I was headed for Norm Reeves Honda of Cerritos.
Having attended the Norm Reeves car show many times throughout the years, I knew exactly what to expect as I pulled up to see the line of Hondas awaiting entrance to the makeshift car show lot. First, the vibe over the last 11 years of this local get together has remained exactly the same - no pressure, friendly and upbeat. You're sure to run into a few friends and probably put a social media screen name to a face or two. The other expectation revolves around the vehicles that attend and includes street, race and show Hondas. Being that this is a fun, free show, and not an overblown production complete with dance contests and face painting, the focus is solely on the people and the cars - something we don't get to experience enough of lately.
If this sounds like the type of event you'd like to attend and, if you're a Honda fan, trust me, you'll want to attend, keep tabs on the Norm Reeves Instagram at @nrhperformance. You can view the Honda Tuning FB Live video coverage here.
The first person I ran into upon arrival was the event's organizer, Chris Pinedo. Chris takes care of the logistics, the invites, social media updates and everything else that revolves around putting the annual NRH event together.
The second generation Integra is becoming much less common as the years continue to stack up. This particular DA, fitted with Mugen-style side skirts and rear wing, JDP Engineering front lip, JDM thin moldings and headlights, and reworked MR5s, is a stellar example.
This Risk Racing, Big Show Built all-motor K24 Civic sedan was all business
Never see enough Preludes at a meet or show? My visit to the Norm Reeves show revealed a handful of third-, fourth-, and fifth-gen. models.
It was never the most popular in the Civic bloodline, but when done right, like Joseph Pham's blue Si and this sinister all-black version, the EP3 makes a bold statement.
GoTuning Unlimited never disappoints. The same guys that brought the record-setting, time attack Spoon FD2 to the Eibach meet showed up to NRH with a trio of S2000s laced top to bottom with Spoon, ASM and Mugen goods.
The USDM vs. JDM front-end debate will undoubtedly never end, but for my money, either of these beauties could make a case for their respective country of origin.