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Meets From All Over - Four One One

Brian Chin
Sep 1, 2008
Photographer: Rich Lavigne
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Corona, California
Spring is officially over, and with it went another annual Eibach Honda Meet, organized by Honda-tech loyalists Ben Howard, Ryan Hoegner, and resident photographer Rodrez. Now in its fifth year, the annual meet is the largest Honda-only gathering in the nation, and this year's increased attendance reaffirms that Honda enthusiasm is here to stay; over 500 H-badged cars from as far away as Seattle, Houston, and even Cincinnati pre-registered, and at least as many-if not more-could be found lining streets and parking lots for miles around Eibach's Corona, Calif., headquarters. Honda crews pulled no punches in what they brought to the table-apparent in the total show dominance of NWP4LIFE, Wek'Sos, Show Stoppers, and JDMjunkies. Vendors pulled off the gloves as well-most notably Hasport, who unveiled their latest Frankenstein swap kit, enabling Honda 3.5L V-6s to drop into EG Civics-weird, but badass! Eibach and Co. auctioned off thousands in free schwag, bought pizza, and even converted indoor warehouse space into a cafeteria to help tuners beat the Cali heat. www.eibach.com / www.honda-tech.com

Stillen The Show
To all you Z33, G35, and 240SX owners out there, don't think we'd give you all the low-down on a Honda-only meet without some love for the rest of ya. We are 2NR after all, and we've got plenty of love for everyone. And so does Stillen, for that matter, but they have a slightly better way of showing it-like just recently, when they invited anyone and anything Nissan-affiliated to their Costa Mesa, Calif., headquarters for one of the most-looked-forward-to Nissan meets on the West Coast. Not only was the latest Stillen schwag on display at rock bottom prices, but so were some of the cleanest Nissan rides bearing the letters Z, G, R, SX, and so on. Our favorites include the IMSA Z32 race car and the new USDM GT-R. www.stillen.com

2018 Honda Civic
$18,940 Base Model (MSRP) 28/40 MPG Fuel Economy
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C211 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-Es:
Japan's First Turbocharged Production Car

After three generations and nearly 20 years of motorsport ass-whoopings dished out by R-series Skylines, it's almost impossible to imagine Nissan's halo car apart from turbocharged power. But the day did exist when such was the norm. In fact, Skylines were aspirated naturally for the first twenty years of their existence...until the release of the C211 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-ES in 1980. It was the first turbocharged production car to ever roll out of Japan, and while its reasons for being had little to do with performance, it single-handedly set the stage for the development of nearly every big-power Japanese performance car to follow.

The '77-'81 Skyline was produced in four trims, with the GT-ES being top-tier, replacing the GT-R trim that had existed earlier. The GT-R's naturally aspirated, 2.0L S20 inline-six was replaced by the GT-ES's 2.0L, L20ET turbocharged I-6, which more closely resembled the L24 I-6 mill used in the company's 240Zs for the previous seven years. No intercooler or bypass valve was used with the new engine, and the L20ET's cylinder head design was even more lackluster; its single, chain-driven cam controlled only two valves per cylinder, and the typical L-series "non-crossflow head" persisted in the L20ET-placing intake manifold runners inefficiently close to a hot exhaust manifold and turbo. As a result, Japan's first stab at turbocharged performance netted only 144 hp of total output-about 16 hp less than the GT-R's naturally aspirated S20 mill did in its final production run four years prior. But the C211's goals were accomplished nonetheless.

To call the C211 Skyline a failure based solely on its performance deficits would be grossly shortsighted. It was created with an entirely different challenge in mind: survival. The '70s oil crunch spelled disaster for many performance car lines, especially when combined with Japan's tightened emissions regulations. The C211's stripped-down appearance, and conservative fuel mileage allowed the Skyline name to weather the storm under the guise of an economical passenger car as opposed to an all-out sports car-a combination that it retains today-and advancements wrought from its development were later put to use in future generations of the car to boost performance. Turbocharging technology born of the L20ET was later applied to Japan's first 16-valve four-cylinder-the FJ20-creating the most powerful Japanese engine of the day, and paving the way for the development of the CA-, SR-, and RB-series engines that would give Nissan's competing car makers a precedent to follow for years to come. www.nissan.com

THEN vs NOW   1990 L20ET 2002 RB26DETT
DISPLACEMENT 1,998cc 2,568cc
ARRANGEMENT INLINE-SIX INLINE-SIX
ASPIRATION TURBOCHARGED TWIN-TURBOCHARGED, INTERCOOLED
CYLINDER HEAD SOHC, TWO VALVES PER
CYLINDER, NON-CROSSFLOW
DOHC, FOUR VALVES PER
CYLINDER, CROSSFLOWING
POWER OUTPUT 144 HP @ 5,{{{600}}} RPM 325 HP @ 6,800 RPM

By Th3 Number5: 19.5
The number of gallons of 87-octane gasoline produced from one 42-gallon barrel of crude oil.

T.O.R.C.Specs
The Toyota Owner's and Restorer's Club (TORC) recently hosted their 13th Annual All Toyotafest at Long Beach's Veterans Stadium-along with two handfuls of the industry's finest Toyota vendors, shops, and crews-and yours truly was there to catch all the madness. Historically a show for restorers of old-school Toyotas, the meet welcomes owners of any model/year Toyota, Lexus, and Scion-and a quick run through the show proves the modified classes are hot on the heels of their showroom-stock brothers. Prime examples include: Brain Urbano's '93 Supra, Lisa Uchida's AE86 Corolla, 5Zigen's JGTC Supra, and Chris Yap's '94 MR2. And as for the old-school guys, well...they were on top of their game, thanks to Ray Santos and his F20C-powered '71 Celica, and Jon Domingo's ber-clean turbo 4AGE-powered '82 Starlet. www.toyotaclub.org

Diamond Studded Hondas
If you've ever had to fight a dealership over warranty work for your modified ride, you know how finicky they can be. And judging by the amount of e-mails we get asking about parts that void warranties, legality issues, and so on...we feel it's safe to say a lot of you know what we're talking about. But if you live in the SoCal area and drive a Honda, your worries are over. Diamond Honda recently invited us-along with a handful of the industry's finest-to the grand opening of their City of Industry, Calif., dealership, to show us how a proper enthusiast's dealership is run. From a parts counter chock full of the latest aftermarket go-fast goodies and magazine feature cars scattered about the showroom, to an in-house Nitrous Express filling station, these guys have what it takes to guide you through performance builds at any level. www.dbhonda.com

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Battle Of The Imports Goes Live
Battle of the Imports, presented by YoParts.com, recently hosted their inaugural New England event at Epping, New Hampshire's New England Dragway, reminding us of all the warmer places we could've been in than New England during late spring. As racers and fans alike prepped for their annual welcoming of the summer season, Mother Nature had other plans; Friday night's qualifying session was cancelled due to rain, and although the weather held for the following day...it did so at a windy 48 degrees. The event doubled for the launch of the new Battle of the Imports livesite, which streamed the event live to warm, indoor fans across the globe. But the best part? BOTI coupled the feed with chat capability, so viewers could talk trash as it went down. It's like having a few thousand people over in your living room as you are watching the show. "Look at that Import Tuner photographer freezing his a*s off in the Lakers jersey! Priceless!" www.boti.tv

East Coast Drift Drag Rages On
This just in: East Coast racing is alive and well! Taking over the sport compact reigns en lieu of the NHRA, NOPI traveled to Englishtown's infamous Raceway Park for their Spring Nationals-a collaborative effort between the industry's fastest drag racers, most talented up-and-coming drifters, and of course, all the models, vendors, music, and events that make up the best of any NOPI experience. Import accomplishments include Jeremy Lookofsky (full interview in July '08 2NR) claiming the top All Motor spot with his '06 Civic, while Kenny Tran took Top Hot Rod spot with his tC, Brent Rau smoked the competition with his Modified '99 Eclipse, and Carlos Montano decimated all with his all-new 6-second '07 350Z. Notables include Ben Frieman, who raced better in his 10-second street-driven '94 Civic than anyone else in the Power Street Class, and-our personal favorite new drag car for '08 - the Mazworx/PRL Racing S15 Silvia Modified Class killer; full tube-frame, lookin for 6s, and still RHD! www.nopi.com

Hot Chicago Nights
The show season is in full swing once again, and for many of us residing outside Cali. it starts with Hot Import Nights. Defending its title as one of the sickest HIN stops in the country, this year's Chicago show proved once again that the spring-time tuning scene in the Windy City is, paradoxically, still very hot. Automotive turnout was a little lower than it had been in years past-where are you, Chicago tuners?!-but a sizeable bump in the amount of models, music, and vendors made up the difference. But as with any East Coast event, performance came first, as Chicago tuners doubled their race machines as show cars for the event, many of which stole the show. Props to the AMS crew for bringing by their Super Lapping EVO, and Sound Performance for their mean, four-figure wheel-horsepower Supra! www.hotimportnights.com

By Brian Chin
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