Of all the letter combinations issued to new Acuras since Honda converted to the alphanumeric naming convention, three particular letters still conjure up the most vivid wet dreams: NSX. Even with a design essentially unchanged from its 1990 U.S. debut, the NSX still turns heads on the streets and at shows, whether modified or in bone-stock factory trim. There's no Italian V12, or even V8, nestled in the aluminum chassis behind your ears, but the V6-powered, hand-built NSX is still 100-percent exotic.
When more than 50 of these Japanese exotics cruise down the New Jersey Turnpike together, heads turn faster than a Paris Hilton home video. In mid-April, 53 NSX owners turned off their Google searches and headed to their own rendezvous in Bridgewater, N.J.
The gathering, perhaps the largest of its kind in the Northeast, was the brainchild of NSX owner and NSXPrime.com member Mike Lasko. A sales manager at Bridgewater Acura, Lasko got the idea after attending an earlier NSX Club of America (NSXCA) NSXPO event in Watkins Glen and convinced dealership owner Bill Vince to host the event.
After almost three months of planning, owners from all over the Northeast and as far as Kansas and South Carolina packed their 5.0 cubic feet of trunk space (cavernous for an exotic) and set out for the Garden State.
At 9 a.m., NSXs of all colors, model years and modification levels began rolling into the Bridgewater Acura lot. More than 150 people took part in the meet, with owners ranging from 53-year-old retirees to 25-year-old grad students and union electricians.
As the three-hour mini show in the dealership's parking lot wound down, organizers awarded prizes for Most Highly Modified and Greatest Distance Traveled. Lunch followed, as did a tour of the greenhouse and observatory of late tobacco heiress Doris Duke. But smoking was mostly limited to tires, and the day ended with a two-hour cruise through some of Jersey's best back roads.
Lasko is planning another event scheduled for late summer with a goal of 100 NSXs. NSXCA, meanwhile, is also organizing the 2005 NSXPO in Phoenix, Ariz., (www.nsxpo2005.com). If you can attend either event, expect high concentrations of Japan's first true exotic. Soichiro Honda would be proud.