Daily Slideshow: VTEC Club Hits the 2017 Autumn Speed Festival
All-Honda event draws scores of sweet rides to Willow Springs, California, for some cool weather track fun that included open lapping sessions.
1. VTEC Obsession
If there's one thing you can say for (most) Honda fans, it's that they don't just build fast cars - they go out and use them. As in, wring those bad boys out on the track. And among all the Honda groups out there, few enjoy the practice of slinging their rides around corners on weekends more than the VTEC Club.
2. Run Whatcha Brung
The primary focus of the group lies in time trial events, and they currently host one of the biggest such series in the country. But perhaps the coolest thing about the VTEC Club's events is that they welcome drivers of all skill levels. After all, tracking your car is about the experience, learning, having fun, and making new friends. Well, and of course, competition!
3. Bringing Folks Together
The one thing that attracts folks to the VTEC Club, aside from a love of all things Honda, is an appreciation for motorsports. The very idea for the club came from a small handful of folks who realized that a lot of people could benefit from a manufacturer-specific time trial series. The idea was to bring a close knit, like-minded community together. And that it certainly has.
4. All Honda, All the Time
One of the crown jewels in the VTEC Club season is the Autumn Speed Festival, which takes place at Willow Springs International Raceway. Folks gather from all over the country from California to Florida for this all-Honda event. This year, the gathering proved to be more popular than ever, attracting some 80 cars and their owners for some cool weather track fun. And our pals at Super Street Online were there to capture all the action.
5. Unparalleled Competition
As with most VTEC Club events, competitors were allowed to achieve their fastest lap time throughout the day in open lapping sessions. That time determined their finish in their respective competition class. The points obtained from these runs also go toward the overall season standings. And the competition is, quite simply, heated. At the end of the day, all five classes were essentially in a dead heat in regards to the points race.
6. Class of (More Than) One
Another great thing about VTEC Club is that there are classes for every kind of setup you can imagine. At the bottom, there's a budget class dubbed "Group N2" that bans aerodynamic aids, limits you to either VTEC or twin cams, and allows any tire exceeding a 140 tread wear rating. N1 is limited to front engine, front wheel drive cars. Group N is essentially like N1, except with rear wheel drive platforms and K-Series engines. And obviously, it's the class dominated by the S2000.
7. Big Dogs
Group A2 cars are easy to spot, as most sport giant GT wings mounted out back. You can also run a front splitter. But if you forgo aero, you're allowed to run stickier R compound tires. Then there's Group A, which allows forced induction, aero of all types, and even a non-Honda chassis. Of course, the cars must have a Honda engine regardless. This class is also dominated by the mighty little S2000. But regardless of your model/class preference, we can all agree that seeing this many Hondas on the track at once is truly a sight to behold!