For the past seven years, the Eibach facility in Corona, California, has hosted the ever-growing Eibach Honda Meet. The large parking lot, in the beginning, was more than enough to accommodate attendees. However, with massive growth over the years came overcrowding, traffic jams, and a glare from local authorities.
Having grown out of the Corona facility, the event was moved to the Irwindale Speedway parking lot. Virtually three times the size of Eibach’s lot meant more cars, more vendors, and more visitors. Some of the Eibach Meet loyalists voiced their disdain in regards to moving the event out of its original home, but what they didn’t understand is that the city of Corona simply wouldn’t allow it any longer.
Although the event was set to open its gates at 11 a.m., organizers arrived just after 5:30 a.m. to an overflow parking lot full of Hondas that arrived six hours early in anticipation of large crowds. By noon, the event’s spectator parking lot was filled, and authorities stepped in to direct traffic, while Irwindale owners deemed the event completely sold out, not allowing anyone else to enter the facility.
While Honda enthusiasts have certainly taken their fair share of cheap shots from the rest of the import community, they always seem to leave one thing out: the Honda movement is stronger than ever. With mega-events like the Eibach Honda Meet and Honda Day in the East, multiple Honda-dominated drag and road race events, as well as the magazine that you’re holding right now, we’re not going anywhere.