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HDay Englishtown 2016 – The Big One Hits E-Town

Scene: HDay Presented by Brian Crower; Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J., April 9 & 10

Apr 25, 2016
Photographers: HDay Staff, ZUUMY, Dream Movement Photography

When a major event like Honda Day is set to take place, you can bet it’s a rain or shine affair. Unfortunately for organizer Javier Ortega and the OGS1320 production crew, the weather decided that day one of the massive two-day Honda celebration would be cancelled due to a forecast anticipating rain, snow and 40-plus mph winds. Given that half of the event was essentially eliminated, you might think it would cost the organizers a large percentage of attendees, but as they’ve shown in the past, HDay fans are resilient and die-hard.

Mother Nature gave the green light for Sunday and over 250 racers made their way to the drag strip for competition, while almost 1,000 cars lined the Honda display lot. The expected influx of Civics and Integras were to be expected, but like previous HDay shows a good variety of other models made their way through long lines that began well before the sun came up in order to take part in the event. Accords, Preludes, TLs and other assorted chassis, including a healthy number of unique CRV builds, crowded Raceway Park and in record numbers.

Night line traffic Photo 5/104   |   Roll-in for HDay starts pretty early. Like before the sun comes up kind of early.

One of the things that separates HDay from other races and car shows is the free car that that OGS gives away at each event. This time around, the raffle vehicle was an EJ coupe with a DC2 front-end conversion, Volk Racing TE37V wheels, and a J-series swap! Aftermarket performance and aesthetic parts peppered the re-sprayed Civic both inside and out. At the end of the day, the winner was announced, and as it turns out, was a fan from New Mexico who made the trek to the massive gathering.

With an overall attendance of 15,000 fans, even after the loss of Saturday’s portion of the event, it’s obvious that the HDay train isn’t slowing down one bit. Fans now more than ever are champing at the bit for the next one and Ortega’s OGS1320 group has already set their sights on the weekend of June 11 and 12 at zMax Dragway in North Carolina for the next gathering.

Here are a few builds that we took notice of in the images provided by ZUUMY and Dream Movement Photography:

Grey civic burnout Photo 9/104   |   Throughout the day, intense drag action took place and kept fans entertained. (Window sticker serves as a reminder to an enthusiast taken far too soon - R.I.P. Saul Salceda of Mission Critical Performance)
Sedan hatch conversion Photo 16/104   |   We can honestly say we’ve seen it all now. 5th gen Civic sedan with a hatchback of the same generation grafted to the rear. Very European…
Prayoonto civic profile Photo 23/104   |   One. Mean. Profile.
Ktuned engine bay Photo 30/104   |   This K-powered Integra was armed to the teeth with K-Tuned goods, including their new intake manifold.
Red 10th gen civic Photo 37/104   |   The latest Civic sedan was met with mixed emotions, but if you’re on the fence, this red version might help ease your decision.
Crowd stage shot Photo 44/104   |   Just a sample of the massive HDay crowd – one of the most loyal we’ve ever seen.
Ktuned drag car Photo 51/104   |   Final moments of preparation prior to battle.
Civic giveaway car Photo 58/104   |   The HDay giveaway car features a J-series swap, Integra front-end conversion, complete interior upgrades, wheels, suspension and much more.
Downstar booth civic Photo 65/104   |   Though he resides in Southern California, you can find Frank Garcia’s Downstar booth at events all over the U.S. and he’s become a staple at HDay
Bseries allmotor show Photo 72/104   |   Wild all-motor B-series set up with a coil-on-plug conversion, hood exit exhaust and T1 cam trigger kit.
Red crv front quarter Photo 79/104   |   A few years ago, CRV builds weren’t very common at all. At HDay, they seem to be rapidly increasing.
Javier ortega headshot Photo 86/104   |   The brainchild of this man, Javier Ortega; HDay has seen monumental growth over the years and only seems to increase in popularity.
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