"Bro, nobody builds Hondas anymore." This, or something similar to this, has probably flashed across a picture thread on one of your favorite social media outlets on the regular. Often spat with utter confidence and an almost unnatural dedication, the anti-Honda crowd is quick to inform you that their vehicle of choice — often a JDM supercar they can't afford — is the only car worth building. In regards to a lack of Honda builds, the 13th annual Eibach Honda Meet would disagree.
After so many years of hosting the annual all-Honda get-together, most would expect the event to slow down by now. With 12 events behind them, the Eibach Honda Meet's founder and long-time Honda enthusiast, Ryan Hoegner, states "This thing just keeps growing. Right when we think to ourselves that it's maxed out, that this is the biggest year and we won't ever top it, the following year ends up kicking its ass." The ass kicking for 2017 arrived in the form of the largest number of cars ever recorded in the display area — over 1,100, and the largest number of vendors on hand — 41. This all took place within the largest space the group has ever worked with, situated on three adjoining parking sectors in Fontana's Fan Zone area. 2017 was the first year the event operated out of the Speedway, after having spent the previous few years at Lake Elsinore's Storm Stadium. Though Elsinore seemed to be an ideal host for the massive volume of cars, negotiations with the stadium soured last year and by November, the staff looked to Fontana with high aspirations for the larger venue. Hoegener adds, "The management staff at Fontana was so easy to work with and they understood the significance of this event. We definitely want to come back to work with these guys again for 2018, we couldn't be happier."
Since the event's inception, the group has only experienced rain on one occasion, during the early days at Eibach's Corona, Calif. facility. A rain-or-shine affair, many feared the unseasonably cold and rainy weather on the days leading up to the 7th would turn people away. The morning saw a damp vendor set up and initial roll in, but any more rainfall was held off until the very end of the event and joined by a healthy amount of cold winds. It was a far cry from the almost mandatory 90-plus degree temps that have long been associated with the annual event.
When it comes to trends and styles, you can see it all, from the mild to the painfully wild. For 2017, many noted a significantly lower number of extreme camber builds, something that had purists breathing a sigh of relief. JDM parts and influence abound every year, as well as a slew of knockoffs, both of which are to be expected. The great thing about an all-inclusive gathering like this one is that you get a taste of various builds, from the street-level youngster just starting out to the high-level build you've only seen online, like Rywire's otherworldly ITR, for example. Add to that a massive vendor list that included everything from basic apparel, to custom hardware, to top of the food chain wheels and tires, and you have everything a Honda enthusiast could possibly want, sans the typical California sunshine — at least for this year.
On the heels of another monumental event in SoCal that just followed the inaugural East Coast Eibach event, which took place the weekend prior, the Eibach Honda Meet staff is already making plans for 2018. Keep tabs on upcoming events via www.eibachmeet.com and Instagram @eibachmeet.
After a mishap while shaking down this 1,000-plus hp K-series drag car, Sportcar Motion spent the day before Eibach finishing up the car to display in the Gearspeed booth with a freshly painted front end. An updated livery is on the way, along with more testing to get the car dialed in.
Ryan Basseri (Rywire) and Ryan Hoegner (Eibach) brought their ITRs to display in the Eibach booth, and not surprisingly both cars managed to pull a crowd throughout the day.
You saw this car everywhere last year, including the cover of Super Street. RC Chacon, the person behind the wrench, vowed to make a return next year with his personal build to shake things up.
The Sportcar Motion S2000 and Marvelous Tune Integra are part of an upcoming series that carries the name of our former sister title, Modified — more to come on this multipart video series in the very near future.
Jorge Hernandez has gone through so many different wheels over the years with his gold Civic EH he probably doesn't remember all of them. This classic bronze TE37 setup, however, will remain etched in his noggin for years to come.
Yes, the K-swap has become increasingly common over the years and serves as a staple in the Honda world, but that's not to say the B-series is gone entirely, as plenty of well-done examples were scattered throughout the lot.
Frank Garcia of Downstar Inc./Boltboys fame has never shied away from controversy. His latest creation, this K-swap EH, features a number of changes that have caused quite a stir. See the full build up on his Instagram: @frank_downstar.
As expected, anything positioned near the ICB Motorsport booth was wearing quality shoes.
Whether you're into older chassis or newer versions, Eibach Honda Meet had a little bit of everything.