Back in 2017, after having stopped by Florida for the Eibach Meet's first venture outside of California, the event headed toward the Midwest to continue the celebration—at Honda's Heritage Center in Marysville, Ohio, to be exact.
The effort proved to be worthwhile, with local and not-so-local fans making their way to the all-Honda affair and bringing with them plenty of interest, which helped spawn another visit last year and ultimately a return last weekend, on September 8th. What won't surprise you is the fact that there are plenty of Honda fiends peppered throughout Ohio, but what might surprise is just how good some of these builds really are.
Expensive, name-brand parts and polished bits can be found just about anywhere, attached to just about any Honda chassis, but the ones that really stand apart carry with them a distinct attention to detail and nicely-executed changes that look well thought-out rather than half baked. Marching up and down the hundreds of Hondas in attendance at Eibach Meet Ohio revealed quite a few unique builds with quality parts and execution on par with upper echelon Honda builds in any other region.
Mugen is no doubt a fan favorite in the Midwest, made obvious by the copious amounts of Japanese icon's product on chassis both old and new, scattered throughout the event's parking area. To add fuel to the fire, so to speak, the folks at King Motorsports—the only true authorized Mugen distributor on U.S. soil—brought their FK8 fully outfitted with a catalog of Mugen goods from top to bottom.
We saw the car in person during the SoCal Eibach Meet earlier this year and it will continue making the rounds with King. It's excellent timing as the new CTR, now a few years into its introduction, has finally reached what I like to refer to as "Stage 3: acceptance." That's a theoretical timeline that I apply to any new Honda offering required by Honda fans to accept the fact that their favorite chassis won't magically be put back into production and that the automotive world is moving forward - no matter how angry they get on social media (you need to talk to Supra fans - Ed.)
You don't see a ton of first-gen. CRX builds floating around, even at a Honda-specific event like Eibach Meet. If you do happen to catch a few, however, it's highly unlikely they'll be built to the level of this blue example, which features an authentic Mugen widebody kit, CF48 wheels, and quality paint work.
Classic Recaro two-tone buckets and Mugen steering wheel accompany a spotless interior and word has it that under the hood sits an extremely rare, Mugen-built B16B...
If you want to make your mark at an event packed with Hondas, this imported Stepwgn, which was carefully brought down to ground-level by a rather unique Nissan Atlas, would be a good start.
The small van or, more accurately, "mid-size MPV" has been available overseas since the mid-'90s and, of course, not available at U.S. dealerships. Carving 40 wheels and air suspension on the outside complement a very clean B20-equipped bay that includes a rare ARC intake on a build you're not going to come across too often on this side of the globe.
This here's a very nicely built Integra sedan sporting a C-West bumper, Mugen skirts, and bright green CE28s that hide Stoptech brakes to help slow down a K-swap clean enough to look as if it could have been factory.
No baby seats or stuffed animals on board but instead, a stripped-down interior that looks far more poised for track days than hauling family to the grocery store.
Not really a fan of Honda's original hybrid electric dynamo?
Then how about a supercharged K-series version packaged in a sleeper exterior? Technically, it's a still a hybrid...
Not every car at the Eibach Meet is heavily modified with aftermarket goods. Some focus on restoration and preservation.
Others kept the modification list short, like this super clean Accord Euro R.
And still others went all out, like this turbo, K-powered, RHD CR-X.
It's not often you come across a boosted, 3rd-gen. TL at any type of event. And it's even less often that you spot two of them in the same parking lot.