You know Oktoberfest as the annual German celebration that includes an extensive beer festival and amusement show that takes place in Munich, though its been copied and modified in various regions around the world, including the U.S. For the folks at Eibach's SoCal headquarters, the modification of the event does away with the beer and chanting and instead injects a healthy helping of Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, and Audi to take care of the amusement side of things.
The second annual Eibachtoberfest continues the specific tradition of keeping things incredibly simple. Bring your European car to the facility and meet some likeminded enthusiasts, throw in an Eibach booth with plenty of apparel and suspension goods on display, offer a no-holds-bar tour of the manufacturing floor that churns out the most popular suspension parts on planet earth, and maybe grab a drink and a bratwurst to round out the day.
Being located in Corona, Calif., also known as the Inland Empire's personal sauna, the expectation leading up to the event included heat and plenty of sunrays, however the city broke its long running dry spell just hours before the event and decided to dump rain throughout the night and into the morning.
By the time gates opened up to visitors, the hard rain had subsided and attendees experienced a light but constant rain that was a bit annoying though not a deal breaker. Comprised mostly of Porsche, the overall attendance was understandably affected but that doesn't mean that there wasn't plenty to see and more than enough people to chat with.
Sleepers Speed Shop http://www.sleepersspeedshop.com has quickly made an impact on the Porsche community and the shop's following is growing at an incredible rate.
Most of the Porsche on hand at Eibachtoberfest displayed a small window sticker logo, as most have turned to the shop for some sort of maintenance or custom work. This 912, from the shop, caught plenty of attention during the gathering.
A bit of moisture in the air didn't put a complete damper on things as groups huddled around cars like this Audi RS3.
When @funfzehnauto isn't providing top-notch repair and maintenance service to local Porsche and BMW, he's busy driving his newly acquired GT3.
Our favorite license plate of the day, hands down
Having a long history with Honda builds, it wasn't a surprise to see a set of Mercury Silver TE37s mounted to Jared Aguila's black-grey Porsche.
This 1600-2 fitted with a roll bar and a slight drop, perched on Toyo rubber, looked better than new.
On paper, gold wheels on a gold-ish colored car doesn't sound all that enticing, but one look at this beauty fitted with Rotiform's LSR 3-piece wheels and it all makes perfect sense.
From Honda Civics to a classic Chevy Impala, an Integra Type R, and more recently, a lifted Tundra and an '82 911 barn find that is currently being meticulously restored, Eibach's Ryan Hoegner automotive tastes vary greatly.
For a short stint he spent some time in a 997 but sold it quickly when he came across this fiery red GT3. It's been almost 24 hours since we talked to Ryan so he may have already sold this and bought another Porsche, but as of this event, he was still driving it...
We took a look at Espino's 964 last year and since then a few things have changed and made this slick build a even better, including the black and grey BBS that were once gold and polished, a new wing addition, and a headlight treatment.