I'll be the first to tell you that it's been a rough year. More stress than I think I've experienced in my entire professional life; a number of roadblocks in the project S2000 department, and is it just me, or do the weeks between deadlines seem to be getting shorter and shorter? Regardless, I made it through and can sit back (for about 15 minutes), take a deep breath, and admire a pretty eventful 2013. Standouts in my mind include the fourth installment of the annual Race Issue, the "sinister sedans" cover, the Odd Swaps issue, and exclusives like Hasport's turbo K24 Prelude, King Motorsports' Prelude, Rywire's impeccable drive-by-wire E-AT alongside a true restomod in Roger Young's K-powered, '79 Civic 1200. It went by so fast that it's almost a blur comprised of highs and lows, triumphs and unadulterated anxiety. But alas, here we are and as you're reading this, I'm already knee deep in the 2014 schedule.
Another year?! Who builds Hon-duhs anymore?!
I see it everyday and still have to laugh a little bit. There's a few people out there still building their Honda, trust me. If there weren't, we wouldn't have Honda Tuning magazine—one of the only brand-specific automotive titles in existence. We wouldn't see massive anticipation surrounding Eibach Meet's 10-year-anniversary event, or the hordes of people that will arrive at the entrance gates of multiple Honda Day events next year as early as 2 a.m. to get a good spot. Yes, we're all aware that at the end of the day, "it's still a Honda" (a current favorite amongst the anti-Honda keyboard schmucks). The fact that we can have fun with our builds and show up in record numbers while making perfect strangers so upset that they pound their keyboards in disgust is a pretty nice little bonus ;)
There's plenty of negativity in the Honda community, much of it a result of enthusiast on enthusiast attacks, animosity, and downright silliness. Honestly, when all is said and done, you can't deny that overall we're still a somewhat tight knit group. We might not all see eye-to-eye on wheel sizing, engine swap choices, or the use of car-related slang, however, I think most would agree that the majority of us are all on the same page.
For 2014, I'm hoping we see more envelope pushing with the custom fabrication that seems to be growing exponentially on project cars that seem to be getting faster, cleaner, and more mind-blowing month by month. I look forward to the influx of RWD, AWD and mid-engine conversions that seem to be popping up left and right. The continued support of older chassis builds will undoubtedly continue, but don't forget that those with later model cars like the RSX are really putting forth the effort to build some incredible cars.
That's it for 2013, thank you to the readers, whether you just picked this up, or you've been a subscriber for years, the support is appreciated. The first issue of 2014 will hit the newsstands right around the first of the year. In the meantime, join us online at hondatuningmagazine.com, facebook.com/hondatuning, and Hondatuning on Instagram.
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