Words by Matt Willis
As Honda owners ourselves, one of the events Tim and I have been attending for the last several years is the annual Eibach Springs All-Honda Meet, colloquially known as just Eibach within the community. Much like MFest to BMW enthusiasts, or the recent Toyotafest for the Toyota crowd, Eibach is – in a sense – the yearly “Mecca” for most Honda and Acura owners in southern California and beyond.
It was only a couple of years ago when the meet was held in it’s native venue, the Eibach Springs production facility in Corona, CA. At that time, even Tim and I were able to tell the lot at Eibach HQ was too small for the rapidly growing amount of attendees, and it was causing cars to back up into the main streets for several blocks at a time. Aside from all the unwanted attention from Corona P.D., most people that arrived later on would find themselves frustrated with parking or simply trying to get anywhere near the lot itself. We always got in the habit of arriving at first light just to get a spot nearby. So, last year, the event heads moved Eibach to Irwindale Speedway, which was a much bigger lot with easier access and better traffic flow. Unfortunately, our experience last year was not much better. I think that was mostly the fault of other attendees and us following their lead, since we arrived later and the entrance had already turned into a school of sardines. We spent most of the morning zig-zagging through other parking lots and trying to follow the wide array of different instructions from the event organizers. There were a number of people that simply turned around and headed home due to the chaos. But, with the thousands of Honda’s and their owners in southern California gaining awareness of the event, it was a good problem to have when all was said and done.
I’m happy to report that things seemed to have improved this year. We arrived quite early, as did a few others. The directions on where to go were fairly clear; and the spectator parking line was separated from registered line. The parking process could only happen so fast; so yes, there was backup and congestion. The one flaw was that once the VIP lot filled up, everyone was forced to park in the GA lot…which was a bit treacherous for some of the really lowered cars. So people were taking their time getting feeding into the lot.
There was a substantial amount of cars and attendees, and it was great to see. I honestly would have thought the main venue lot would have been at maximum capacity very early on, but there was still quite a bit of room left by the afternoon hours.
As I said, we arrived early but just a few moments after sunrise the parking line was already beginning to build up.
In the VIP parking lot, there seemed to be another Eibach going on throughout the day. People were all parking in show formation and tailgating and shit. The only thing was, most of the cars in this lot were pretty rough…
There was this slightly troubling cartoon made from the Honda logo found in the same lot. Among other cartoons drawn from inanimate objects was the obnoxious MS Office “Clippy” from about a decade ago. Creepy…
This little Insight is one of the fastest ever built. It’s run land speed trials at El Mirage and Bonneville Speed Week and is built to acheive speeds of 160+ MPH. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated K20 engine.
Wonderfully done K-swap. Love the simplicity here.
There is virtually nothing stock left on this car. This is definitely at the top of racing breed scale. In addition the the custom console, pedals and hydro reservoir relocation, it also features a full oil sump and remote shock reservoirs.
We’ll wrap up this portion of the coverage with Michael Mao’s iconic NSX build that has been winning awards on the show circuit for the past year or so…
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the remainder of our Eibach coverage!