If you're anything like me, you don't make it to as many Honda-related gatherings as you'd like. I mean, there are just so many nowadays. But if you're anything like me, you never miss an Eibach Honda meet. No matter how you look at it, the Eibach meet is the de facto gathering for Honda heads. It's where new projects debut and where old ones say goodbye. It's where screen-names are put to faces and, incidentally, real names. It's where build threads turn out to be real Civics and Integras...never mind whether or not they arrived on flatbeds. It's where more Hondaphiles convene all at once than anywhere else on Earth. As far as forum hounds are concerned, it's the two-dimensional bastion that is the internet come to life.
Here are my top-five picks from this year's Eibach meet, in no particular order:
Alex Soto's '94 Civic CX
Timeless. That's exactly how Soto's hatchback turned out in its second and most recent iteration that exposed itself at last May's Eibach meet. Soto shied away from any silly trends and instead focused on horsepower-lots of it, actually-all wrapped in a color-coordinated package. Funny thing about horsepower-it never goes out of style, and Soto knows this. Soto followed through with the big-power theme by arriving slicked-down, seemingly track-ready. It's cars like his hatch that will presumably fit right in at any Eibach meet-today or five years from now.
Arn Reyes' '97 Integra GS-R
I've always been partial to Reyes' Integra simply because I've always been partial to Integras. Reyes' GS-R strikes the proper balance between something that looks good and something that's presumably fast. Reyes even goes one step further, satiating his eco-conscious side with his recently retrofitted hydrogen-injection system. I never get tired of this GS-R. That's probably because every time I see it it's rolling on different wheels, is supercharged, is not supercharged, or has an entirely different engine in it. The authentic Mugen aero kit and gold-plated M7 wheels don't hurt either.
Mike Sajid's '92 Prelude Si
I don't particularly like pastels, and I don't particularly like Preludes. Despite this, there is something special about Sajid's Prelude that makes me want one. I, being the simpleton that I am, though, would most likely get a black one. Or dark blue. The enthusiast and collector in me gets excited about the not-so-popular 2.0-liter F-series engine that sits under its hood, the Kinsler individual throttle bodies, and the Bisimoto header, yet I'm unwillingly drawn to its aesthetic details, like the tucked radiator with its integrated reservoir, the superb paint, and the care taken to label, of all things, strands of his engine's wiring harness with the words "Big Mike Edition."
'Bisi Ezerioha's '88 Civic DX Wagon
It's difficult to go wrong when combining massive amounts of horsepower with one of Honda's most underrated engines and overlooked chassis. It doesn't hurt either when one of the world's most capable Honda tuners is its owner. Ezerioha, a man renowned for his naturally aspirated tuning capabilities, arguably assembled one of the most premier turbocharged SOHC Honda engines. Ever. His Wagon isn't all that hard on the eyes either.
Ryan Basseri's '88 CRX DX
There's much to expect from the man's engine bay who, by trade, is responsible for how a large population of other Honda enthusiasts' engine bays look. Good thing Basseri knows what he's doing. His CRX is proof of that. But Basseri didn't invent things like mil-spec wiring harnesses and he wasn't the first to massage an engine bay with an appropriate mix of AN plumbing. He sure has perfected all of this, though. His CRX's unique hue that complements the white Mugen MF-10 wheels and interspersed polished engine bits ensure its fair share of attention.
That's my top five and I'm sticking to it.