2011 Wired On Honda Meet

I’ve been all over the place the last few weeks, with an onslaught of work and personal tasks to take care of. Just this past week I flew up to Anchorage, Alaska to visit my grandad. He was set to undergo a fairly risky operation, so my mom and I wanted to be there for support. Around mid-week, we got news that the doc was not ready to proceed, and pushed the surgery date to Monday, the 29th. After pulling some strings, we took the next-flight-out back to San Diego on Wednesday and I finished off the work week on about 3 hours of sleep. That Friday, I got my wisdom teeth removed – an operation long overdue for me – and so I’ve been recovering from that over the last few days. Nonetheless, I decided to go up to Long Beach over the past weekend to check out Tim’s new place and see if he needed any help moving. I crashed there on Saturday night and, early the next morning, got up and headed northbound for the 3rd-annual Wired on Honda meet in Simi Valley.

If you’ve been following, that very morning (Sunday) and the previous morning (Saturday) were two exceptional supercar meets – Cars and Coffee in Irvine, and Supercar Sunday in Los Angeles. With massive turnouts and all kinds of rare, exotic cars to drool at, it was only natural for us to have high expectations going into the Wired on Honda meet.

So I’ll be completely honest – it was supposed to be a Honda meet and it was exactly that. The good part about it was there were cars there that I’ve never seen before. I can’t tell you how sick and tired I am of seeing the same builds over and over again, its almost becoming exhausting. It’s like having steak for dinner every night—it’s nice, but you’re gonna get tired of it after a while. That being said, there were some really rough builds, but that’s to be expected. It’s a meet, not a show. A community gathering. In my book it’s always good to see cars that are “under construction” because that’s a sign that people are still building them…

Now, of course, it was a Honda meet so you get the people revving and cracking VTEC in 1st gear as they drive away, like they lost a contest and were going home to cry about it. I honestly don’t get it. I love going into VTEC as much as the next guy, but I don’t feel the need to do it to get attention. Not only that, but some of these guys are running around with chopped up exhausts and hollowed-out catalytic converters, so it sounds just awful. I’ll let it be, but, if anything, I think people should focus on building their cars right rather than trying to piecemeal things together. I see so many cars where a hose isn’t hooked up, shit is leaking all over the place, bolts are missing…but they have all these stickers and a nice paint job and wheels…I guess it’s just a priority thing. It does make the scene look tacky though.

Like I said, though, there were definitely some quality builds and, if anything, I walked away with a little more inspiration/motivation to start building my own car again…

Anyways…on with the cars…

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We were greeted by this very clean EK on Volk SE-37Ks, one of my all-time favorite wheels. I also liked the extended wing. It wasn’t branded so I’m not sure if it’s special or anything, but it looked nice nonetheless.

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Bisi brought out his infamous turbo CR-Z.

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Buddy Club’s competitive Fit…

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As an EJ owner, I am starting to warm up to the TYC one-piece headlights…

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Weird shift knob and boot…

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We saw this crazy turbo K at Eibach a few months ago.

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Bisi was interested as well…

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Tim and I both liked this hatch. I particularly liked the highlights on the tires.

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Nice and simple 240SX.

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Tim and I agreed–I think this is the cleanest Y7 we’ve ever seen.

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Very nice H22A swap in an EK. In the 96-00 chassis, its a trick getting it to fit properly because of the very narrow lower mounts. Not quite as easy as the common D/B series swap.  It looks docile, but its not a swap you see every day and I’ll bet it makes some good power. I think H-series engines are very quickly dismissed because of their lack of aftermarket support, but if done properly they can simply dominate….

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The iconic ITR interior…

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That wraps up this week’s coverage. Thanks for looking!

– Matt

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