N1 Concepts Grand Re-Opening
The scorching summer heat in Hayward, Calif., couldn't stop enthusiasts from coming out to celebrate the re-opening of N1 Concepts at their new facility. Normal shop openings don't see this type of a reception, but N1 carries an outstanding reputation throughout the country. Regarded as one of the top importers of Japanese domestic market parts within the Honda community, they have the resources to get you pretty much anything you can imagine from the land of the rising sun.
Approaching the entrance of the shop, attendees were greeted by N1's very-own track-built Honda Fit. The recognizable graphics along the side of the Fit makes it unmistakable. Among the vendors in the parking-lot were Blox, 5Zigen, and J's Racing. These vendors also donated parts for the raffle and giveaway that would occur later in the day. Scattered between the vendors were booths hosted by aspiring import models who were more than happy to pose for eager cameramen.
N1 Concepts also fed the large crowd with free food. Hot dogs were available and handed out generously throughout the day. Helpers were also on hand to make sure that everyone stayed hydrated.
Near the front entrance, a twin turbo K-powered Civic hatchback with a JDM Integra front end had attendees pointing and commenting. Right next to that, an aggressive looking J's Racing-inspired DC2. N1 Concepts has a great relationship with J's Racing and it's evident when you step inside the showroom. Sitting atop the hardwood floors is N1 Concept's very own S2000 track car, built inside and out by J's.
The new Hayward location proved to be much larger than the old spot. Past the doors of the showroom is a dock where N1 employees do all their dirty work. Multiple lifts fill the space with used JDM parts, and engines flank the surrounding walls.
The event drew many nice Hondas as well as many notable builds, some of which were previous Honda Tuning feature cars. Free food, women in minimal clothing, and built Hondas; the perfect formula for any great event, and the N1 Concepts grand re-opening definitely did not disappoint!
2009 Inline Four Meet
Garden Grove, CA
The first annual Inline Four car show and dyno day event kicked off at 10 a.m. on July 12th. Attendees lined up along Knott Avenue in Garden Grove, Calif., to apply last minute touches an hour before they were ushered inside the new Inline Four facility parking lot. Excitement picked up as staff officials slapped "Inline Four Expo 09" stickers on entering cars.
Minus the small collection of "other cars," there were more than enough Hondas to keep the H-badge-identifying enthusiasts satisfied. DJ Versed banged out underground beats by the likes of Atmosphere, Lootpack, and Sage Francis while cars slowly, yet orderly, made their way toward the dyno. "I'm playing the underground stuff until the girls show; then I have to play that commercial stuff," said DJ Versed. According to Inline Four Director of Operations Brandon Bacio, a boosted Civic SOHC Civic produced 451.3 wheel horsepower to win the highest horsepower category, while a local GSR could only muster 132.5 wheel horsepower to win the lowest horsepower category. Inline Four added a new category of highest-spun RPM, won by a '90 CRX B20 VTEC churning out a dizzying 9,100 RPM.
While carbon-fiber pieces and JDM greatness dominated the event, there were very few new movements. Tow hooks, shift extenders, flush hoodpins, and extreme-angled front license plate mounts were strewn about, though there was a hint of soft pastel paint jobs that may be making a comeback. And of course, almost all of the cars were slammed to the ground. A certain S2000 had to move forward and reverse nearly 10 times simply to clear a 3-inch drainage slope.
The dyno stole the crowds' attention until police arrived on scene around 1 p.m. Garden Grove Police Lt. Robert Fowler, with 22 years of experience, explained that homeowners in the nearby city of Cypress called and complained about loud noises. "When we arrived, there were vehicles and people everywhere. Business owners came out and stated they did not know why all of the cars and people were there. The person in charge was very cooperative," said Lt. Fowler. Luckily, no one was arrested as lead-foot speeders turned Knott Avenue into an unsafe raceway upon leaving the event.