Over the years the Eibach Springs parking lot, which sits at the northern end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the heart of Corona, Calif.'s industrial district just off of the always free-flowing 91 freeway (sarcasm, folks), has earned quite the reputation. Sure, the facility itself is well known for pumping out some of the most capable and well-recognized suspension gear for just about every automotive walk of life - but that lot, well, it's taken on a life of its own.
Rewind to May of 2004, and every May after that for the next five years, and that lot served as a destination point for 300 or so Honda enthusiasts, some of which would arrive in the middle of the night and camp out until the gates opened in order cement their spot. Add to that countless Mustang shindigs, Integra Type R and S2000-specific gatherings, a few off-road vehicle meets, as well as hosting Targa Trophy event launches, and that sizeable lot has become somewhat iconic without even trying.
On October 14th, the Eibach staff, led by Ryan Hoegner, Business Development Manager and founding father of the wildly successful Eibach Honda Meet, decided to invite a few friends to the facility in order to put some names to faces, talk shop, give a few tours of the production and R&D center, and to give everyone a chance to check out the brand's newest offerings that included air-cooled Porsche springs and sway bars. To sweeten the deal a little more, everyone that showed up was entered into a raffle to win said suspension pieces, plus coffee and bagels were supplied in the morning and early afternoon and bratwurst from a local German deli were grilled up and handed out to anyone interested.
The atmosphere remained extremely laid back and friendly throughout the day, there were no knucklehead burnouts or bouncing rev-limiter stunts that afternoon and this unofficial kick-off event remained tight knit, well-controlled and went off without a hitch. After having known Hoegner for 15 years or so, I'm confident he'll be setting this up all over again next October, and you can bet the attendance will increase considerably. Trust me when I say that this is only the beginning of Eibachtoberfest.
The event pulled in more Porsche builds than anything else, and of those in attendance a large number are former or current Honda enthusiasts that have jumped into the Porsche realm in recent years. Take Jared Aguila and his freshly painted black-grey C4, for instance; his previous long-term project, a pristine S2000, was featured in former sister publication, Honda Tuning Magazine.
Eibach's staff is chock full of enthusiasts and that includes their Head of Marketing, Mark Krumme, who owns and regularly tracks an Integra Type R along with this E36.
Even if you do happen to run across another right-hand drive '72 Mercedes 280SE with a 3.5L V8 and air suspension, it's highly unlikely that it's in the sort of condition that Jimmy Uria's car is in.
With all of the Porsche and BMW attendees on hand, you might think that a VW bug would get lost in the shuffle. Not the case when it looks as good as this RHD version with a very nice copper finish.
Another Honda guy turned Porsche fanatic, Mr. Espino is well known for his white CRX that's been masterfully restored to like-new condition inside and out, but for Eibachtoberfest it was his Nardo grey 964 on BBS E88 that caught everyone's attention.
Along with the automotive eye candy, Hoegner, Krumme, and the Eibach crew provided coffee in the morning, brats in the afternoon, and a tasty selection of their latest sway bars and springs kits for air-cooled Porsche models.
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When it comes to automotive wiring for just about any vehicle type, Ryan Basseri of Rywire Motorsport Electronics has seen and currently does it all. His GT3 RS is a product of his hard work and he liked it so much that he built a mind-blowing Integra Type R that takes elements directly from it.
The only thing more vibrant than the exterior of this bright red '90 C4 was the stunning red interior treatment that included the seats, harnesses, and rollbar.