It's been over 12 years since the first 90-or-so cars rolled into Eibach's Corona, Calif., facility for what creator and Eibach marketing guru Ryan Hoegner dubbed the "Eibach Honda Meet." At the time it was little more than a forum based, word-of-mouth get-together that simply offered enthusiasts a place to meet up and nerd out on all things Honda. The following year, when double the number of people showed up, it was obvious the event had legs.
Now over a decade later, the annual Eibach Honda Meet is the one event that SoCal's Honda fans, along with some long-distance travelers, can count on for a great turnout every May. With so much momentum built up over 12 events, Hoegner decided to bring the event to the East Coast, or more specifically, Orlando, Fla., with an assist from Universal Technical Institute.
Once the event was announced in December, the excitement was apparent right away. It seemed as Honda fans in Florida and some of the surrounding regions were waiting for something catered specifically for them, and this meet was expected to answer that calling. Pre-registration picked up almost immediately and in the end, over 400 cars were signed up to display along with 16 vendors. The day of the event brought high temps but that didn't stop over 1,500 people from making their way to the UTI parking lot to see all types of Honda builds from street to race and everything in between.
Based on the success of the first East Coast event, it's inevitable that 2018 will see another visit from the Eibach Honda Meet, but due to the enthusiasm it may have to move to a larger venue in order to accommodate more cars. An all-too-familiar scenario for Hoegner, but it's not a bad problem to have.
Matt Hamilton's HKS supercharged S2K made an appearance and not surprisingly, grabbed people's attention. You can see more on this car at Super Street Online.
A clean yellow and black theme looks right at home on this DC2 Integra.
Big engine x little car = classic hot rod mentality - H2B-RX on timeless white TEs.
Lando hanging in Orlando with his K24/K20 combo'd GS-R complete with JDM front end conversion.
Aisha's '97 EJ hatch features some go with the show. The bright orange paint, contrasted by carbon Kevlar bits courtesy of a J Blood bumper and First Molding mirrors, is backed by a turbocharged B-series heart.
Do you like street, show, or race cars? How about a car that does all of the above, like this one? If you're not already a fan of CeeJay's nasty, turbo K-swapped CRX, there's still time - it's never too late...
If the clean exterior and matte finish Volks didn't grab you, then the K20, clocked forward and fitted with a Kinsler ITB, ASP header combo and a spotless bay, should have. The Wireworx EJ hatch continues to progress.
In front of the Eibach Springs booth was Tae Min Chang's Vortech-charged AP2 complete with a Sorcery front bumper, Spoon fenders, and Voltex GT swan-neck wing. The complete story on his build can be viewed here.
We don't see as many del Sol's as we once did, but this clean black boosted version on 949 Racing wheels is a solid reminder as to how well these can be built.