Honda Meets Michigan

The West Michigan Honda Meet has been the Midwest's premiere Honda/Acura gathering for the last eight years. Held for the last five years at South Haven's GingerMan Raceway, the event has grown from a humble barbecue at a local park to a major track event marked on calendars by enthusiasts from all around the Michigan/Indiana/Illinois area. This year's festivities included a weekend featuring camping, outdoor movies, and Friday night socializing at the track. Saturday was reserved for track laps, featuring some of the area's most experienced instructors, and ending with a barbecue and raffle featuring high-end products donated by the event's sponsors, like Lovefab, THMotorsports, PIC Performance, Memoryfab, and GT motoring. Other sponsors included www.ef-honda.com and www.mwir.net. Mother Nature didn't send much sunshine toward the several hundred Honda lovers on Saturday; rain fell for a good 12 hours, which resulted in a steep learning curve for track beginners but, despite the wet conditions, track time is track time and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The sun peeked out on Sunday just in time for the parade-lap/photo-op session with dry lap times to follow-needless to say, times dropped and spirits soared. Those who attended got wet, some even ended up with dirty cars due to off-track excursions, but nobody left without a smile. West Michigan Honda meets are a time to hit the track or simply watch, to make new friends or meet old ones, to work on cars, and to push econobox hot rods the way they were meant to be pushed. It's not about who's the fastest, who's got the cleanest car, or who has the most expensive side moldings, it's about friends and fun and getting back to the real reason we all play cars. Visit www.wmhm.org for info on next year's event.