To the average outsider, walking through two massive parking lots jam packed with Honda builds would result in them thinking they're all pretty much the same. But to the average Honda enthusiast, nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, similar build styles can be found, and in some cases the same wheels or engine swaps, but no matter what, there are some personal touches to make each one a bit different - some more so than others.
During the West Coast stop of the Eibach Honda Meet, we spotted a few cars that grabbed our attention for one reason or another, and we had to step in for a closer look.
The clean paintwork on the outside of this ITR was enough to catch our eye, and upon closer inspection this looks eerily similar to a car that Honda Tuning featured way back in 2007. If it is in fact the same car, at that time it was turbo but now relies on a naturally aspirated setup, with a Sheepey Built header and individual throttle bodies. The re-sprayed bay has been tucked and cleaned up considerably, and on the outside the Azect kit was ditched for a First Molding front lip and Mugen (style) rear wing.
What can you really say about Rywire's incredible JDM ITR build? It relies on cutting edge electronics and slick tricks like the drive-by-wire conversion, dry sump setup, and a completely custom interior packed with hand-rolled aluminum bits. Its spotlight during SEMA's Battle of the Builders back in 2015 was the start, and its feature on the cover of Super Street's Honda Issue is sort of the icing on the cake.
Phil Robles knows a thing or two about track days in his fifth-gen. hatch. He's got plenty of seat time, and not long ago decided to outfit his EH with a little Rocket Bunny girth, as well as some bronze ZE40s. If you ever run into Phil at a track event or meet, be sure to chat with him for a few - he's one of the good ones.
Nemo's Garage has been working diligently on this FA5 with FD2 conversion. Fully outfitted with a cage and other competition necessities, this beauty will be headed to the track shortly to see what it can do.
Right next to the Nemo's Garage Civic sedan was this fourth-gen. Prelude. Not only do we not see these often enough, they're rarely as well rounded as this example. The nicely executed engine bay features a supercharger surrounded by a number of polished ARC bits, a custom swirl pot, and more. Advan wheels and Endless brakes along with Spoon/Vision mirrors and ARC winglets round it out.
A Jasper Green Integra DA in great condition perched on Gale rollers will always turn our heads. Add to that a JDP Engineering lip, one-piece headlights, and Spoon mirrors and we're hooked.
While everyone is waiting to see if the 10th-gen. Civic will catch on, this hatchback owner is already getting to work with this 2017 Sport Touring model. Vinyl wrapped in matte grey and sporting at set of 18x8.5/18x9 TE37s, this car gives enthusiasts a glimpse into the future of Honda's turbocharged Civic.
If you didn't catch a glimpse of Big Mike's prelude during SEMA 2016, congratulations! You're one of three people on the planet. Busting (back) onto the scene with its third iteration, Mike redefined a chassis that doesn't get nearly enough attention. A switch to turbo power packed into a painstakingly customized bay, along with a reworked cabin, custom aero upgrades, and a complete color change remind you just how much goes into a build of this caliber.