May has unofficially been designated as the month of the Honda. Every year, Eibach Springs' Corona, CA, facility plays host to the largest Honda meet in the world. After months of planning and online word-of-mouth advertising, the day finally arrived, and spirits were high. After a slight drop in attendance during the 2008 event, this year seemed to carry more hype and interest than ever before. The pre-registered VIP and General parking slots sold out in record time, and over 500 cars made their way through the facility gates, some directed to double park in an attempt to squeeze in additional cars.
The Eibach staff, led by event creator Ryan Hoegner, arrived bright and early at 6am. As the orders of organization were assigned to individual staff members, they noticed eager attendees already arriving at the gates, hours before their designated roll-in times. With the cool morning air behind them, the vendors and supporting volunteers arrived for set-up in preparation for the front gate opening. No stranger to the unforgiving dead heat that's known to blanket the inland area, most armed themselves with plenty of bottled water for the long day that lie ahead. 8am signaled the beginning of the roll-in process for the VIP group, and a steady line of well-built Hondas began to steadily make their way through the gate. To avoid any unnecessary slowing, the Eibach crew utilized roster sheets with every pre-registered attendees name listed in alphabetical order. This made quick work of the growing line that managed to stretch around the block for at least a mile.
Once inside, staff members directed traffic and helped everyone park in their assigned spots. After being situated, some spent a few moments wiping down their car, while others wasted no time in reuniting with old friends. Popping the hood is a must for some, while others would prefer to keep things under wraps, and avoid any unwanted attention. One of the great things about a meet like Eibach is that you have the freedom to leave whenever you'd like. Unlike a car show, the driver isn't locked into an eight hour (sometimes longer) commitment.
The Eibach meet always seems to bring a wide variety of builds. You might run into a few cars that rarely see any street duty, or you might catch the daily driver that continues to evolve from paycheck to paycheck. There are race cars and shop builds that arrive by trailer with cutting edge technology under the hood, roasted tires, and turbos big enough to inhale a small dog.
Vendor row is another added bonus that separates this event from many others. Quality companies like BDL Industries, JHPUSA, HASport, Koyo, and a host of others offered technical information, new products, and literature for the interested. These guys understand that their core market is roaming the parking lot all day, and face-to-face interaction is priceless.
With so many people representing different parts of the state, and in some cases, the country, most were interested in finding out what "the other guy" has been up to. Low offset wheels continue to be the most wanted, with the Phaze 2 crew at the forefront. You can argue that low offset wheels and rolled fenders are nothing new, but there's no denying that few have come close to pulling off the unthinkable wheel combinations like this close knit group. Rusted hoods didn't appear on every other car, but there seemed to be a common goal under a number of popped hoods; custom everything. Powder coat, nickel plating, airbrush work, spray paint and everything in between could be found at every inch of the parking lot. Standing apart from the crowd has never been more painstaking for the Civic and Integra crowds.
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