Almost a year after the lockdowns began, the natives are beyond restless and car enthusiasts, like the Honda fanatics that attended the Old School Honda Meet on February 21st, might be the most eager to hit the road. With seven SoCal events (that we know of) all happening on that particular day, local streets and highways were brimming with the sound of hyperactive power plants and the drone of aftermarket exhaust. Yeah, it felt sort of like old times again.
If you don't already follow @oldskoolhonda_ on Instagram, the page is dedicated to all Honda vehicle types, with an emphasis on '80s- and '90s-era chassis. Along with their efforts to regularly post content to feed the bottomless pit of social media, the brand has put together various gatherings that have gained a healthy following, bringing in new visitors every time they happen. Their first event of 2021 would take place in Pasadena at a strip mall that offered a decent amount of parking and with an overwhelming number of cars arriving throughout the morning, the lots facing the main road filled up quickly.
It's been quite some time since I'd attended a meet or event and on my hour-and-a-half drive up I couldn't help but imagine droves of Hondas revving incessantly, doing burnouts, ripping up and down the street and causing general mayhem. Arriving well before the event was set to begin, I noticed immediately that people pulling into the lot were doing so respectfully, filing in patiently and following the page's request to keep things civil. Throughout the morning, the line rolling into the lot brought with it a steady flow of Hondas, and local authorities even drove through the space and had no complaints. From an outsider's standpoint, this being my first time attending an Old Skool Honda branded meet, everything went incredibly smooth.
Like any meet, you can expect a mixed bag of higher-level builds, foundational starting points and everything in between. Meets have always appealed to me in that they offer a space for the guy with $4,000 wheels and a catalogue of expensive aero pieces to be positioned right next to the guy with a daily driver that he's spending every weekend on to improve in some way, step by step. Some will scoff at the thought of that Civic pulling up with mismatched body panels and spray-painted factory wheels, but that same enthusiast might build something inspirational someday. Besides, if you're judging people solely on their style or the number of dollars they've invested in the build of their choosing, are you really a car enthusiast?
I'm not too sure how many times we've snapped a photo of @greddykenji's restomod build, but I'm positive it hasn't been nearly enough. The Greddy Performance President mapped out his entire build right after he picked up an innocent chassis, with the bulk of his suspension changes working around the BNIB SSR Neo rollers that, had they not been able to work, would have been a dealbreaker for his entire build.
Under the hood you'll find an eclectic mix of old and new as the built and boosted B-series carries originals like the GReddy turbo manifold, and modernization by way of the coil-on-plug conversion and use of Cerakote on key components.
I'd caught wind of the @wef_shitup hatchback via the YoungStatic YouTube channel (welcome back, by the way) some time ago. The 4th-gen. Civic's engine bay isn't the biggest and often times builders will resort to running less than ideal cooling solutions in an effort to try and stuff all of the necessary bits and pieces of a turbo setup into place.
Boosting these Civics is nothing new, but this layout presents a very different look and feel than most that I've come across. Battling space constraints while still maintaining a bay that looks this well organized and purposeful is a tall order. Oh, almost forgot to mention that the car is AWD, puts down more than enough power to get into all sorts of trouble, and it's a driver - having driven 200 miles on this day in order to make the meet is certainly testament to that.
More and more CRV builds seem to be popping up lately and they're usually armed with a VTEC head swap, turbo, or both.
In this case, however, a J-series V6 was shoehorned into place.
Honda may have discontinued the coupe for their upcoming 11th-gen. lineup, but the 6th gen. is still a fan favorite. Here, a row of EM1 caught plenty of attention throughout the morning.
I mean, if we're talkin' old school, then these classic Ronal Teddy Bears can be part of the conversation. These look to have been reworked before being freshly coated.
Of course, some prefer something a little more upscale, like these SSR in pristine condition.
We love seeing a D-series on duty, this one taking a subtle approach, packaged neatly into a 4th-gen. bay.
No, it's not an "EF" Civic, that's not an LS swap and no, those aren't ITBs. Somewhere along the way, a gap presented itself in terms of newer generation Honda enthusiasts and the older crowd where the deciphering of chassis and components became muddied. This often presents itself with long-winded arguments on social media.
This 3rd generation Civic AH chassis now sports Weber carbs attached to its ZC swap.