Every year around the beginning of summer time, people are usually getting ready for two things: the blazing summer heat and the annual Eibach Springs Honda Meet. Thousands of people gather outside the gates of the Eibach Springs facility in anticipation for the largest all-Honda meet of the year. This year certainly did not disappoint. Despite being warned every year about showing up too early for the event, Honda-lovers arrived as early as 5am to await the opening of the gates. People gathered around the front with video cameras and chairs in-hand to capture the early morning roll-ins and to catch a first glimpse of the Hondas that were parking inside.
The admission-free event was so crowded this year with some of the best Hondas in the country that accommodating everyone seemed to be the biggest task of the day. Everything went off without a hitch and soon the crowds rolled-in to capture what looked like Honda heaven. Enthusiasts from all over the country brought their cars out to meet So Cal and Nor Cal's finest fleet of Hondas and Acuras. Many even came out weeks earlier just to soak up the West Coast culture and Cali lifestyle.
Many OG Honda heads returned to the community with builds that were thought to be long gone. Mike G. and his internationally known "Tank" Civic hatchback made a triumphant return after a five year hiatus and some other classic builds like Ryan Ordinario's EF Civic returned with new set-ups that people had never seen or heard of until the Eibach meet. The popular trend this year was no longer two-toned engine bays but the further expansion of low offset wheels on Hondas. They were everywhere. Many enthusiasts and older Honda guys from the past knock the trend but say what you will; it doesn't look like this trend is going to die out anytime soon. Honda owners continue to do whatever they can to fit the widest or lowest offset wheel available.
Another popular trend that many seem to love is the shaved and/or tucked engine bays with custom harnesses. This still seems to be the mod that everyone has taken a liking to. Even hardcore drag racers have gone this route now and more than a couple owners debuted their fully-built drag cars at the event. Time attack and road race styling may be the route that many are going nowadays but drag racing seems to be making a strong return to the Honda community.
What turned out to be the most unexpected craze was the plethora of Charge Speed fenders in attendance. It literally went from zero, to maybe one set this last year, to close to six or more Civics with these widened fiberglass fenders. The use of fiberglass body parts was shunned the last couple of years, but now with all these Charge Speed fenders around, who knows, you may start seeing completely fiberglass kitted-out Hondas again!
Overall, the event was a very successful one and many in attendance were overheard saying that this had to be the biggest and best Eibach meet by far. This isn't really a surprise though seeing as how people from all over the country are coming out to participate. The best Honda builds seem to appear at the Eibach Honda meet annually and we definitely can't wait to see what is in store for future events!