Even if you've never stepped foot inside the gates of Eibach's Corona, Calif. facility, you should certainly know your way around. Birthplace of the largest Honda gathering on the West, a newly launched Toyota meet, pre-2000 era vehicle celebration, and many other organized get-togethers, the Eibach parking lot is almost as famous as the organization's incredibly deep line of high-performance suspension goods. Almost.
In 2017, the staff at Eibach launched "Eibachtoberfest"—an event catering to pretty much any vehicles carrying European heritage from the likes of Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, and others. The initial event filled just the front portion of the lot, often referred to meet vets as the "VIP" section. In 2018, a follow up even took place and the number of cars didn't increase dramatically, though some of that could have been attributed to the absolute downpour that took place that weekend—a somewhat rare occurrence in Corona, which is well-known for almost always being approximately 3-6 degrees cooler than a bucket of lava, and only slightly worse for your skin.
For 2019, Eibach's third effort brought in more cars, more vendors, and more visitors, and it's clear the event is beginning to find its way. This year Corona decided to flex its atmospheric muscle by keeping the rain away and replacing it with a sweltering afternoon. The group came up with a great way to give attendees a little something extra by pre-loading the manufacturing facility with a curated collection of cars for fans to view, and it offered some relief from the fireball overhead. Creatively, it was an incredibly nice break from the standard parking lot gathering, and the overall feel of being free to romp through a facility with countless moving parts while it was at rest made for a welcomed addition.
Think of it as a Luftgekuhlt influence but with the laid back nature of your local cars and coffee. If you've never toured Eibach's manufacturing area, it's worth your time. Filled with massive machines that help churn out springs, shocks, sway bars, and more, the production includes powder coating and other processes that help produce the highly-developed product that you, the end-user, are treated to. Placing nicely built vehicles in between the rows of rough, time-weathered machinery is the kind of juxtaposition that keeps people guessing and no doubt coming back for more. In our eyes, a specific one-make collection or perhaps "racecars only" vehicle curation might make for an ideal theme come 2020.
Titan 7, a group that's been making appearances just about everywhere this year to increase the brand's visibility, also set up shop at Eibachtoberfest. Their line is based on fully forged wheels that include this T-S5 model, loaded with the latest wheel technology in a lightweight finished product, and the name is becoming increasingly popular among builders.
The trio of cars next to Titan's booth included this Ferrari and Porsche combo both sporting their new T-S7 design and an M2 on T-R10.
Once upon a time, Bisimoto was known strictly for its work on Hondas, especially the underdog single-cam engines that most wrote off when the DOHC engine swap uprising took place in the early '90s. Over the years, he's spread his knowledge into other markets, including Hyundai, Kia, and, more prominently, Porsche.
Now with multiple Porsche builds under his belt and a wealth of knowledge in coaxing maximum performance from various powerplants both in naturally-aspirated and turbo form, the longtime enthusiast has, in essence, re-established himself without actually needing too. Today, you can find Bisi splitting time between multiple builds of all types, especially in the months that close in on SEMA where a number of his creations are displayed.
Forget food trucks or quick runs to local fast food joints, for Eibachtoberfest the staff supplied free food and water for attendees... bratwurst, of course.
Chances are you haven't run across too many customized Renault in your adventures to meets, shows, and track events. Once a huge seller around the world with over 2 million models produced in a relatively short period of time, the Duaphine model eventually earned a reputation for being underpowered, downright scary in the turns, and unfit to withstand the elements, often-falling victim to excessive rust.
This version has been widened considerably and its once squared-rear quarter panel now rounded. The suspension, now a custom pushrod cantilever setup, is on duty along with GTI MK4 brakes to control the massive increase in performance provided by a 24V VR6 swap that barges into the space once occupied by the rear seat backs.
This classy 912 was positioned in front of the Sleepers Speed Shop booth and features the do-it-all shop's custom louver treatment on the factory steel engine cover.
Like every genre of custom car building currently, the widebody era is stronger than ever, with custom and off-the-shelf kits making their way to all types of European cars.
Recently adorned with new livery, this E36 track car wasn't hard to spot, even with bins full of raw spring material surrounding it. Once fired up, it might upset a few as the original BMW powerplant was plucked and replaced by American muscle. While an LS swap is often frowned upon, this particular swap wasn't done for shock value but track-day consistency and affordability, and if we're being honest, it's tough to deny the gobs of available torque offered by the LS platform.