During its production years, many considered the CRX to be the best entry-level import car on the market. Staple journals in the automotive press lauded it as such, and the buying public responded well, so it's no surprise the mighty little two-seater still commands a very loyal and large following.
Even today the Rex is a viable first car, especially for those who plan to race, and there are lots of groms who are just beginning their love affair with the hatchback.
We caught up with part of that community at the 2005 CRXpo, hosted by the CRX Owners Club and held this past June at the Vista facility of Sportcar Motion in San Diego. Under overcast skies some 60 hatches rolled in to fill the parking lot around the tuner shop and take part in the day's proceedings, namely barbecuing and chilling with other CRX heads.
CRX Owners Club president Robert Kuhn lined up a handful of other activities for the day as well. Lee Lim and Sam Rothschild from Autocannon Racing gave an informative demo on corner balancing. Loi Song, president of Sportcar Motion, opened his shop for display and brought out a handful of his built cars, several of which we've featured in Honda Tuning.
Prizes were handed out for farthest drive (Louie Boertje, from Corvallis, Oreg.), lowest and highest odometers (Noel Hina and Shane Hazlewood, respectively), and a host of peer voting categories. There was also a raffle for parts and other gear.
The event ended the following day with a drive along scenic Highway 78 to Julian. This year's showing was double the amount of last year's (held in Vegas; Honda Tuning, July '04). While Kuhn has nothing concrete set for next year, judging by the numbers he's encouraged by the steady growth of the club.
"What's great about these meets, even the small barbecues we have in San Diego each month, is that people get to meet others who have the same interests and enthusiasm," Kuhn explains. "Not just for the CRX, but for cars and performance in general."
For information on future COC meets, or to connect with other CRX owners, navigate your way to www.crxownersclub.com.