Just a few weeks ago, we brought you plenty of coverage from the Eibach Meet's third visit to the Honda Heritage Center in Ohio. This past weekend, the tour headed north to Trenton, New Jersey's Arm & Hammer Park, where like previous Eibach Meets, local Honda fans showed up in droves along with some very dedicated enthusiasts willing to make the drive from various regions that included Canada.
The formula isn't in any way complex, and that's the beauty of the Eibach Meet. Having celebrated its 15th anniversary this year in Southern California, the region where it was born, it's since expanded into the Midwest, Florida, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The same internet that said "no one builds Hondas anymore" is the same tool being used to spread the word about each event, and judging by the turnout, it looks like a few people are, in fact, building Hondas ;)
Not unlike other stops, the event tends to bring cars out of "hiding" that sometimes haven't been shared heavily on social media. Add to that newly completed builds, some local favorites and the nomadic bunch that seem to be just fine with traveling hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to take part, and you end up with rows and rows of registered vehicles and plenty of visitors.
The foot traffic produced by the cars and the fans that come to see those cars means increased interaction with vendors that included VRaceworks, AFHKparts.com, King Motorsports and more. Beyond the display of Honda/Acura builds and the supporting vendor booths, you won't find 2-step contests, limbo competitions, balloon animal showdowns, or anything else outside the point of the Eibach Meet, which is gathering together likeminded enthusiasts to share builds, information, and in many cases, put a face to a digital screenname or profile.
The "save the single cam" movement is alive and well and this EH chassis Civic armed with a Rotrex supercharger is living proof. Go-Autoworks piping and a modernized touch via the coil-on-plug conversion, it puts power down through meaty Toyo R888R.
Opting for a mix of muted coating colors and titanium bits from Chasing J's, this DC2's bay is immaculate. A lethal dose of power comes by way of Precision Turbo and Sheepey Race components all nestled nicely within a shaved and organized bay.
More Sheepey Race product is found on this RHD Civic drag car that uses the brand's exhaust manifold with hood exit.
Remember a few years ago when you were typing angrily against your keyboard about how Honda had lost its way and the new Type R would be a flop that no one would ever buy because it didn't look like an EK9? Well, not only did it catch on almost immediately, but it seems to have been fully embraced by most of the Honda community at this point, and it's not uncommon to see them tearing through track days or at big gatherings like the Eibach meet. The aftermarket is diligently pumping out new parts and the power potential continues to climb. Looks like Honda might have been right on this one...
Speaking of the FK8, Hybrid Racing's David Cordell and Zosh made a multi-state trek from Louisiana to attend the event in Hybrid Racing's Type R that features a number of upgrades, including the turbo itself, Titan 7 rollers and Hybrid's brand new 10th gen. adjustable short shifter assembly. The duo also took on a cross-country road trip in the Type R earlier this year when they attended Eibach Meet SoCal.
Car people always admit a project is never truly finished but if there was one example of a build that might just label itself that way, it would be this turbocharged, Mugen-equipped, RHD DC5.
The AFHKparts.com booth showed up once again in support of the event, bringing with it a pair of 90s heroes placed right up front...
And just to the side, a no-corners-cut Civic ED hatch owned by one of AFHK's employees. There's something to be said about buying your OEM Honda goods through a dedicated, knowledgeable group that goes well beyond just punching a clock every day.
A build that you'd probably spend quite a bit of time going through - that is, if you wanted to take in all of the minute details that Jason Schmuck of Schmuck Built applied to his dual (mirrored) turbo J-series S2K
Cory Shifflett's owned this '92 EH for quite some time and those with a good memory will recall that back in 2014, it landed on the cover of HT. His unique set up consists of an F-series engine plucked from an S2000, joined to a K-series transmission (F2K) and boosted with a Rotrex supercharger unit. I distinctly remember posting this car to social media at that time and many, many people arguing that it was in fact a K-series swap and that there was no supercharger in place of the intake manifold, so it was therefore N/A. Love you, internet.
Yeah, yeah, it's not a Honda but even the most "Debbie Downer" of car fiends can't be mad at this Suzuki Samurai powered by Honda's high-revving S2000, which has also been fitted with a sizeable turbocharger and some sticky rubber.