Ten years in any field of work is a long time. Ten years in the business of organizing, promoting, and successfully executing a car show series feels like a lifetime. Fickle fans, saturation, and an industry that's experienced more economic highs and lows than the oil industry means that any thoughts of building a series of your own and maintaining any sense of longevity is probably not the best investment.
The folks at Tuner Evolution, however, a group based out of Pennsylvania, has managed to steer through rough waters over the years, and on July 30th celebrated their 10th anniversary with a very successful stop at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. Attracting some high level builds from Pennsylvania and some of the surrounding states, Tuner Evo Philly offered a solid mix of street and show cars, with some performance sprinkled in as well. Here's a look at the Hondas of the event, with a few notes on the standouts that grabbed our attention:
There was plenty of authentic Mugen activity in the halls of Philadelphia's Expo Center and Chris Rios' Integra was one of the culprits. Boosted and fitted with a number of Mugen bits and pieces, his car has been around for a long time. Not surprising, it continues to haunt the imaginations of JDM-worshipping daydreamers the world over.
The Internet was buzzing the moment that photos of this wild, twin-turbo V6 Accord began popping up on social media. Some applauded the craftsmanship while others thought it was way over the top. From an outsider's perspective of someone who doesn't care what people spend their money on (that would be me), the gold coatings and badged lettering on said golden bits are a bit over the top for my taste, but the Gato Performance custom work is incredible. Working around the packaging constraints, the Accord's bay looks organized and purposeful, rather than an afterthought with random parts thrown about. Not an easy task for anyone to squeeze a couple of good-sized turbos into an Accord V6 engine bay, but Gato Performance nailed it.
Feel like B, H and K-swaps have been done to death? Well, people like Cory Shifflet agree, and he decided to shake things up. His fifth gen hatch features an F20C engine mated to a K20A2 transmission by way of an InlinePro F2K kit. To push things a bit further, he incorporated a Rotrex C30-94 supercharger to churn out 395whp.
In a world of street and show cars that feature bulked-up fenders to house massive tires accompanied by random aero bits that, in theory, should generate enough downforce to transport the car to an alternate universe, it's refreshing to see a build as sleek and clean as this S2K. We've seen it many times before, usually with just a minor tweak here or there, and it still draws us in every single time.
It doesn't get much more classic than an ITR or CTR on bronze Volk TE37s. In 20 years, when future generations look to the past for any sort of build inspiration, cars like these will no doubt serve as a point of reference.