There aren't a whole lot of quiet moments on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, Calif. Packed with museums, shopping, far too little parking, and plenty of residents, the early morning hours, prior to the hustle and bustle of city dwellers, is no doubt appreciated by the locals. However, on Sunday, April 30th, the raspy snap of modified exhausts and the undeniable metal on concrete scrape that accompanies so many modified imports these days filled the morning air, echoing off every vertical surface for miles. The destination, once again, was the iconic Petersen Automotive Museum, which also hosted 2016's Japanese Cruise-in and Super Street Tech Day event.
This year's get-together, free to all, was far more hectic than in previous years. Knowing the event fills up quickly, attendees showed up hours before the gates were to open, some begging to drive in for an early parking spot. With so many arriving so early, the surrounding streets were quickly congested. Add to that LA Metro's construction street closures that will continue on for weeks to come, and you have the makings of a rough morning. For those that did make it inside for the first roll-in, the second, or perhaps the third round of pulling in vehicles as some began to leave, three floors of modified vehicles of all types greeted them, along with a few choice vendors like Titan 7, Turn 14, and Klutch Wheels.
From the Japanese Cruise-in side, a number of classic legends were on hand, as well as some well-restored vehicles that included the now famous Serial One N600 - officially the first Honda ever imported into the United States. Masterfully restored by Tim Mings who, coincidentally, dirtied his hands on over 300 of these micro-sized people movers from Honda's earliest days in the U.S. auto market. On the Super Street Tech Day side, all makes and models were welcome, which brought in Japanese, European, exotics and even some muscle.
Like any SoCal meet or show, if there's a time and place established, you can bet there will be some Honda activity as well. A number of S2000s made their way through the lot, along with a few N and Z600 restorations and various Civic and Integra generations. Here's a look at some of the Hondas we took note of during the day.
We love seeing second-gen. Integras in pristine condition, like this white version and this Jasper Green DA. Both feature JDP Engineering front lips, Spoon mirrors, and one-piece headlights, and in the shoe department the multi-piece Blitz and classic Gales certainly match the era.
The fully restored Serial One N600 making its way up the entrance ramp.
Go Tuning Unlimited/Spoon Sports USA brought their demo vehicle to display. The AP2 features a 1-of-1 and very controversial Spoon Sports top, V2 front bumper and a set of T-R10 wheels from the new kid on the block, Titan 7.
Hector Levario's S2K getting the "ok" from staff as its Voltex front bumper just clears the driveway into the Petersen.
Once a 3rd-gen Integra, this custom truck conversion turned quite a few heads as it made its way through the crowded streets.
A black EM1 on black Klutch ML7 wheels makes for an aggressive combo.
We had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't the garage fumes or the excessive amount of coffee that had us thinking this was a hatchback, then thinking it was a sedan, only to realize... it was both?
Pop-up headlights, your favorite Pearl Jam cassette, and your pager with clear case - all early '90s essentials.