Fresh Meet
Another Kind Of Show
It was hot on June 22, even in Long Beach, Calif. The air conditioned convention center where the annual SpoCom event was held gave anyone nearby who was wavering as to whether or not they should go just one more reason to pay the fee and step inside. Yeah, there were silly things like a fashion show and a couple of dance competitions, but nestled among all of that were some pretty cool Hondas, which is after all what we came for. Ah, the days when car shows actually revolved around cars... Upon entering the massive venue, row upon row of the industry's finest imports and most established vendors could be seen up close and personal. By far the most interesting part for us Honda folk though was the line of heavily modified Hondas and Acuras parked in a two-lane row stretching across the hall's north end. With well-known tuners like DPK, Phase2, Hasback, and Kosoku on hand, it's no surprise that this group of head turners drew plenty of attention throughout the day. One thing that was surprising was the noticeable presence of B-series power. With the majority of Honda swaps leaning toward the K for motivation these days, it was nice to see some old-school engineering. Tough-to-find Japanese race wheels, super slammed suspensions, and exquisite paint jobs were the main players, while tucked engine bays and customized valve covers remain atop the list of must-haves for serious competitors. Along with the massive car display was a healthy selection of quality vendors like Eibach, Rotora, Mishimoto, K&N, Skunk2, and many more. If you couldn't find something to peak your interest at this event, you may want to check your pulse. SpoCom offers a little more than the typical car show, and the demand for a third event is already apparent. One is already slated for next June. It's obvious SpoCom is wasting no time in preparing for another blockbuster. Get your dance shoes ready.