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Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire

Rodrez
Jan 30, 2020

Looking Back at the 2019 Throwback Meet
Throwback Meet, Part 1: Variety Is the Name of the Game
Mechanical and Aesthetic Examples from the Golden Era

Hang around long enough and you start to realize just how beloved the import chassis of yesteryear really are to the enthusiast circle. The 1970s and 1980s produced some iconic offerings that, these days, often fetch a healthy premium, as the restomod market has experienced a huge kick in recent years. A little later, the 1990s birthed a wave of vehicles that included Hondas that were as user-friendly and utilitarian as they were fun and easy to modify, as well as a slew of boosted, sporty offerings that even today, decades after inception, sit high upon the list of dream cars for many.

Throwback Meet 2020 sr20 swapped datsun truck Photo 121/121   |   This Datsun pickup received a more modern powerplant with its SR20 swap complete with ITBs and an engine bay wired by Rywire Motorsport Electronics. On display at SEMA years ago, the truck sat unused for quite some time before its new owner purchased it and tells us he now drives it every chance he gets.

With that said, putting together a car meet dedicated to celebrating these vehicles that, instead of going away, tend to come back over and over in various states of tune, makes perfect sense and we just can't get enough. That's the basis of the Throwback Meet, now in its third year at the world famous Eibach facility in Corona, California. Created by the team that put together the Eibach Honda meet, which is set to enter its 16th annual run in April, this event is intended to bring together folks that simply love these cars, whether their vehicle of choice comes from Japanese or European decent.

Like most car meets in SoCal, the Honda presence is always strong, especially in with the mid-1990s crowd that, year over year, tends to grow faster than any other segment. In between the hatchback crowd, however, you'll find everything from FC and FD chassis RX-7s to Datsun 510s and even a few BMWs and VWs on hand. A mash-up of brands and styles, it pits groups from very different backgrounds together in one area to get up-close with a build that they probably wouldn't normally be hunting for on social media.

Throwback Meet 2020 velocity stacks Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire

With cooperation from Corona's typically blazing-hot weather patterns, the cold morning turned to a perfect afternoon, and unlike many other local meets, many remained at the event until the very end. Credit for helping to keep most inside the lot up until the final minutes goes to event sponsor Falken Tire, who generously handed out a free set of tires to one lucky raffle winner as well as Eibach, who offered up a free set of springs to another attendee.

Throwback Meet 2020 datsun pick up Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 db2 Photo 121/121   |   Nothing says 1990s like a 2nd generation Integra, especially one draped in Aztec Green Pearl. This 1993 DB2 is the rarest of the bunch being that there were only a small number of GS-R models ever produced.
Throwback Meet 2020 datsun truck camper Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 datsun 510 wagon Photo 121/121   |   You want old-school charm, but you also want unique, and don't forget about custom. The camper and huge side mirrors on this flared and slammed Datsun 521 truck really shouldn't work so well but they just do. Likewise, to some, a wagon isn't the way to go with a project car but we're pretty sure this fiery example can easily change their minds.
Throwback Meet 2020 3rd gen prelude Photo 121/121   |   @dbhernandez97's 3rd gen Prelude was recently repainted and looks better than new with a mild drop, sitting on old school Volk CVs.
Throwback Meet 2020 prelude si Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 daniel hernandez Photo 121/121   |   The really interesting thing about Daniel is that he began attending the annual Eibach Honda meet at a very young age, way back in 2005.
Throwback Meet 2020 jorge hernandez eh civic Photo 121/121   |   His father, Jorge, is well known for this ultra-clean Civic hatchback and has brought Daniel to So Cal for various events over the past 15 years. Now a dedicated enthusiast himself, Daniel is continuing tradition and the father/son duo makes their way to California on the regular, only now Jorge can relax and let his son do all the driving!
Throwback Meet 2020 5zigen wheels Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 subaru impreza rs Photo 121/121   |   This 1999 Impreza RS looked to be incredibly well-maintained. The boosted, AWD coupe weighs in at around 2,800 pounds and is incredibly fun to toss around, even in stock form.
Throwback Meet 2020 mugen rnr wheels Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 b series swap civic Photo 121/121   |   This Civic EH is a solid example of the type of build most Honda guys were shooting for in the late 1990s. A clean B18C swap, lightweight Mugen RnR wheels and a single fixed bucket—in this case, a Mugen S1.
Throwback Meet 2020 rx7 Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 fd3s mazda Photo 121/121   |   Honda Civic Hatchbacks, a Datsun Pickup Truck, and More: Throwback Meet 2020, Presented by Falken Tire
Throwback Meet 2020 desmond regamaster evo Photo 121/121   |   You're used to seeing a massive wing overshadowing the sleek FD RX-7 body but in this case, there no wing at all; no fender extensions or any crazy livery. A rear diffuser, Ganador mirrors and Desmond Marquis Promoda wheels are all that's needed to make a timeless combination of parts for Mazda's 1990s hero.
Throwback Meet 2020 vw gti Photo 121/121   |   This VW duo comes from an era when hatchbacks ruled the roads—long before SUVs and crossovers dominated your local freeway.
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