2019 Throwback Meet Looks to the Golden Era of Imports
The '90s were the golden era for various genres and it's easy to see here why cars are included in that.
The '90s are famous for a lot of things: questionable music, awesome game consoles, and the best Japanese cars to ever ship stateside. Of course, we're talking about vehicles like the NSX, Supra, RX-7, and 240SX, but there are many hidden gems that came from this decade. However, the Hondas that were on display at this venue were something else entirely. The gathering—organized by Eibach—is an appreciation of all things from the era, but the Honda community really took it to the next level for the second running of Throwback.
What about Civics?
Early '90s Civics are incredible tuning platforms and showed a strong presence at the meet. Part of the appeal is obviously the abundance of cars that haven’t inflated in value because of some newly coined acronym in the automotive industry. Like a reliable old dog, the '90s era Civics are there when you need them. Building on a budget, but also need to smoke a 400hp Ferrari? A DIY turbo kit and some good suspension and you’re on your way. The '90s were so good to the Honda tuning community with these cars demonstrating the nth degree of cleanliness. There isn’t a single one you wouldn’t take home.
Talk Integra to me
A lot of people forget that when the DC2 generation Integra Type-R came out it was capable of 0.92g on a skid pad and 67.8mph on Motor Trend’s slalom test. If you’re wondering what other cars do in the same slalom test then consider this for reference: in 1997 under the same conditions, a Corvette managed 66.2mph with a 911 Turbo running 69.6mph. With a simple sway bar change and spring upgrade, the Type-R would have likely smashed both to bits. Everything that came out of Honda at this time was epic.
The strongest presence of any product that bore a big H on the hood was the NSX. With aid from some of the top racing drivers in the business, this car was a bonafide supercar killer. It can be said that a flagship model embodies all of the core beliefs that make up a sports cars as well as the companies own philosophy on how to attain those—and Honda nailed it. Throwback meets really shows an appreciation for all of the models that this company has produced so you won’t be surprised to find tons of beautifully modified examples. It’s always nice to see this many in one place.
This Meet Matters
A lot of car shows are mixes of great cars that don’t necessarily aim to do anything but provide people a place to show off. Themes are loose at best with no real aim or purpose. Throwback Meet looks to change that by uniting people under the common flag of some of the best JDM cars money can buy. Often times the Civics and Integras can serve as entry-level builds which means everyone here—from the guy in the super modified circuit smasher to the person who just bought his or her first car to go autocrossing with—is welcome.