With all of the summer events currently taking place in Southern California in the midst of a cozy little heat wave, the thought of clomping around through a massive parking lot like a piece of bacon lugging around heavy photo gear didn't sound all that enticing. Fortunately for us, Spocom's annual car show is always held within the confines of the Anaheim Convention Center. Beyond that, the location houses a hyperactive HVAC system that always manages to keep the halls cold enough to hang meat, which was just fine by us.
Once the sweat dried and we made our rounds throughout the show, we ran across a number of Honda builds, some of which we'd seen recently at other events, but there were a few surprises as well. Not surprising was the number of wide-arched display vehicles with incredibly wide wheel setups. The trend has been a source of debate for a few years now and the interest has seemingly grown exponentially over the last 12 months. Whichever side you choose, it's apparent this craze isn't going anywhere soon.
Like any regularly occurring car show series, you're bound to recognize some cars from the previous year's event. Some of those owners might have added only minor changes here or there, while others make major updates and raise a few eyebrows during the day.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the Honda builds on hand at Spocom Anaheim '17:
The newly released Civic Type R has been popping up at car shows and events all over the country. This gives people a chance to tell anyone within a 10-foot radius about how they could build a faster car for less money, that Honda should have made it AWD, and that you shouldn't pay dealer markups, even though they were never intending to buy a new Civic anyway.
With so many B- and K-series engines floating around, you might have forgot about the trusty ol' D-series family. This version - fitted with a turbo, custom hood-exit exhaust piping, and surrounded by a tucked and shaved engine bay - is a reminder they're still here.
It's always good to see the center-seat converted, turbo FD sedan from Spoon Sports USA. We followed along with the rebuild last year and since then the retired racecar has been fitted with all new Titan 7 forged wheels.
The Rywire ITR has stopped by a few different shows since its official SEMA debut, giving fans a chance to drink in the madness that surrounds this built and boosted K24.
Nemo's Garage brought out a pair of stunners with their FD2-converted Si, complete with Feel's armor, and their ultra-clean EM1. The coupe looks a little slimmer under the hood after having shed its turbocharger and associated piping as it was converted back to naturally aspirated status.
The widebody and fender flare movement is showing no signs of slowing and the girth was real throughout Spocom. This duo opted for M&M Honda's Hyper widebody kit - a brand that you don't often see on U.S. shores.