May 15th, 2011 - Corona, CA - Other than a guaranteed monumental turnout, the Eibach Meet has always seemed to deliver hot, stale SoCal desert air each and every year without failure. That is, until this particular year when Mother Nature decided to throw a little sprinkle in the morning, followed by a nice drenching in the early afternoon. Officially in its seventh consecutive year, the all Honda/Acura affair has grown from a casual 100-car get-together to a pre-registered, carefully organized staple in the Honda community. As with the past few years, the attendance for nonregistered vehicles that roam around the undersized, local streets has increased dramatically, causing mile-long traffic jams and drawing a stern eye from local authorities. With this year’s event, Corona PD was not only notified, but also assisted with the flow of traffic through the industrial business parks’ main thoroughfare. Although this was enough to scare most Honda fans who have experienced their share of so-called harassment due to their modified vehicle of choice, the officers were more than cordial and not citing every car that drove by them like most would assume.
The morning and early afternoon precipitation didn’t completely put a damper on things; in fact, foot traffic continued to increase, and the vendor section, located inside of the adjoining warehouse, saw thousands of potential customers as many took to the sheltered Vendor Row for a break from the weather. Just as quickly as it arrived, the rain suddenly pulled back, and sunshine filled the 500-car-capacity parking lot, giving photographers and onlookers the opportunity to pore over a variety of builds; from street to show and drag to road race, there seemed to be a little bit of something for everyone.
The bike rack, stickered lip/hood/fender and completely over-the-top (aka unsafe) wheel fitment crowd was present and accounted for. The often-imitated, clone-like style could be found in every section of the facilities’ general parking areas, and this left a bad taste in the mouths of many. For those focused on a more traditional type of build, the buildings’ front section, dubbed the “VIP Area,” was packed with quality project cars that left many in awe as they spent a good chunk of their day investigating the fine details and custom work. Highly modified K-series swaps perched in spotless engine bays, and the beloved B-series, some equipped with modern upgrades like coil-on-plug conversions, were abundant, and unfinished discussions carried over to the web throughout the days following the event.
The question now is, Will this event return to Eibach property next year? The answer is unclear at this point. With the massive crowds that make their way to Corona each year causing swollen roads and angry authorities, it may be time to move to a larger, more crowd-friendly location. Whatever transpires, you can bet HT will keep you informed.