It is rather scary how quickly time passes. It has been exactly a year since the last major event that I attended, which was the Eibach Meet. I have attended a few small local track events but work has kept me at bay for most of the year. I was looking forward to the Eibach Meet because I knew a year meant new projects were to be revealed, and some would have new looks. However, I have to say that it snuck up on us and caught us off guard. Between work and an unexpected photo shoot the day before, I was scrambling to get ready. Matt was equally thrown off guard when a big shipment arrived just as we were loading the van with the gear for the ICB booth set up. Once we tackled both tasks, we were on the road. I don’t know if I somehow got stuck driving or if I volunteered but it was actually a welcomed change of pace from the madness that work throws my way.
Saturday was spent driving to restaurants and we consumed absurd amounts of food, followed by some cool car-enthusiasts pit stops. After late breakfast, we went down to Costa Mesa to visit Period Correct. Paul was the one who said we should go there. Now if you know Paul, it is very easy for him to hype-up the most ho-hum place. But I have to hand it to him; Period Correct was a really great shop to visit. I think any motorsport-enthusiast can enjoy this visit. I do wish they had a little more in their show room but maybe it was the minimalism that made it more appealing.
Period Correct had a couple cars on display – they usually rotate their car display. I am not too sure where they come from but they are absolutely stunning. However on this occasion I knew that the Porsche 356 belonged to the owner.
The other car on display was a Group 5 Lancia MonteCarlo Turbo. The MonteCarlo won the 1979 World Sports Championship (Under 2 itre) for 1979 and 1980. Three engines were used: 440 hp 1,425.9 cc, 490 hp 1,429.4 cc and 490 hp 1,773.0 cc. I think Paul was having a hard time with the lighting since it was right next to a huge window, and only took sections of the car.
This angle shows how aggressive the lines are, as well as the intercooler peeking through the side vents.
After Period Correct, we somehow ended up at Euro Car down the road and we got to see a nice variety of luxury, GT, and super cars. No cameras were allowed so we just experienced great craftsmanship from up close. Just like that, the day was over and after an incredible dinner – we decided to call it a day.
The next day we woke up early as ever. My eyes were burning and they were blood shot. The plan was to leave the hotel by 5:30 a.m. to make it down to Lake Elsinore by 6:30 a.m. and set up camp. Now in previous years, this was all talk and we were always running late but this year, we were pretty much on the dot. By now our group had grown and we had Michael Blancke with his white EG, Jorge Hernandez with his Gold EG, and Tho Ly and his white S2000. Matt drove down there, and even though I was half asleep, it gave me an opportunity to take some shots of Jorge and Tho’s car.
This was my first time seeing Tho’s S2000 in person and let me tell you, his car is just proper. I had the window down and the turbo spool-up was just magical. It was music to my ears and this was replacing the much needed coffee my tired body was craving. Well-done Mr. Ly.
Once we got to Lake Elisnore, things moved rather quickly. Jason, Dave and two Integras from Loi Spec joined the party and it made for an impressive line up. Booth was all set and I walked around really quickly before the doors opened to the public.
Jason Haradon’s Civic rocking Hyper Red CE28’s. The color combination is very unique and it is safe to say that is a one-off. His EG is immaculate, everything is so perfect and it looks as if it just rolled off the Honda factory. Those ICBJ Pursuit MKI bucket seats fit in and is almost a perfect match to the outside color.
Next to Tho’s S2000 was another turbo’d boosted car wearing CE28s; Michael Blancke’s EG. Michael finished putting his car back together hours before they had to leave Phoenix. Props for finishing up and bringing it over.
Stay tuned for more.