When you think it’s time to put your car away for the season, you remember that H20i is hosted at the end of September. Ocean City Maryland hosts this event when this summer destination would be a ghost town. If you think H2oi is just for the VW/Audi crowd, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. People with a variety of cars land here in Maryland for a weekend of looking at ridiculous cars and non-stop drinking and partying.
Since 2010 this event was held in the last weekend of September, where the weather can be unpredictable and downright nasty. 2012 was no different, Weather on Friday night when most people got here, ruined the night’s local meets on 45th Street at OC Steamers. People were forced back to their hotels, condos, local bars to do some well deserved drinking.
H2oi has gotten so popular that alot of people don’t even go the formal event which is held on Sunday. People like to attend what happens over the weekend. There are meets everywhere that are held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Just look on Facebook or ask around. If you never been to Ocean City for H2oi, you should plan for next year and this event is one of our favorites.
Honda Day 2012 has come and gone with this event growing each year and more people sharing the passion for everything Honda. Waking up and leaving at 1am has become the norm if you want to get a “prime spot” in the car show or whatever they call it these days. I wanted to change things up this year and actually enjoy the event without being excessively tired, so I decided to enter the gates in the later afternoon. Reasoning being is that I am tired of waiting in line for countless hours in which I could be doing better things like sleeping, but also had prior obligations like doing the Warrior Dash event in Northern NY.
For the past six years, I have been driving my 06 S2000 each year to this event, unfortunately it didn’t make it out due to the catalytic converter taking a crap and breaking my o2 sensor in the process. So cruising in the Nissan Altima while smoking a Montecristo I head down solo to meet up with the crew.
With it being difficult to contact everyone because of dead phones and no chargers, I was fortunate enough to run into a friend of mine Manny T with his RHD DA Integra. I know this owner personally and it has taken him a long time to get to the point where he is now. Car I would say is 90% done with a little details to be addressed but the end result should be nothing short of perfection.
More Integras but of the DC variety. JDM RHD Type R nevers gets old, especially one that is done up right!
I swear the ESR (Eat Sleep Race) is at every Honda Event I go to on the East Coast. Anyways I have seen the PY ITR over the years and it is always immaculate.
Honda Day this year was filled with quality builds that were found in the “main part” of the parking lot. This EK Civic is a prime example of what goes on here in the North East.
I had to post this engine bay. Fully shaved with a wire tuck, it always looks like it would not run, but it does and runs rather well.
Lots of vendors were on hand at Raceway Park. A lot of quality parts on hand and available for purchase for the right price, if you got the cash.
No legitimate Honda gathering is not complete without an NSX. This interior is in excellent condition even with taking its age into consideration, seats look so inviting.
Exterior is adorned with Rio Yellow Pearl that shows its characteristics in the sunlight. A stock NSX is a great drive and how Honda engineered it to be.
I love seeing Hondas the sport rustless and undamaged quarter panels. That is something that will never go out of style
Front mount with Mugen bumper and a TSX with CCW’s in the background = WIN !!!!!
We close out the post by saying that we finally had good weather this year. For the past three years IIRC the weather has not been entirely cooperative. Englishtown is always a good meet at the end of the summertime. You MIGHT see us this year at ITR EXPO in Ohio next week so look out for updates and pics. Keep It Flush will definitely be at Wek Fest on August 26th in NJ doing coverage and enjoying the day with the crew.
Making the second trip down to Richmond Virginia for this annual event is always a good way to end the month of June. We decided to do the coverage of this event in a different way and it will be a timeline of the course of events that took place over the weekend.
We decided to make our trip start on an early Friday morning where we met up on the Garden State Parkway NJ. A quick bathroom break and a fill-up we proceeded to begin our 7 hour journey down south to Virginia.
It wasn’t long before we ran into the long arm of the law. Pulled over on the Garden State Parkway after only 30 minutes of driving. A certain someone decided not to pull over with the rest of us and left the other two cars to fend for themselves. Good thing the cop was cool, it could of turned out alot worse.
Our first stop of our journey was right before the Delaware Memorial Bridge. We finally get out of New Jersey and head to Delaware but not before some food and gas.
The weekend called for the temperatures on the East Coast to exceed 100 degrees+ with humidity. At least we were going to have good weather the only draw back is if we can actually go outside.
After 40 miles of traffic and a tired left leg from pushing in the clutch we arrive at our hotel for the weekend and it couldn’t have come soon enough. Everyone was looking forward to relaxing and hanging out at the pool the rest of the evening.
Willy decided instead of sitting in traffic, he was going to ride the shoulder for a couple of miles. The consequence was a nail and a screw in his tire. Nothing that a tire plug kit couldn’t fix though.
The next morning we woke up to beautiful weather after an evening of torrential downpours and threats of hail. Around 11:30 or so we finally arrive at the Richmond Raceway. The location of this years event was critical on housing all of the attendees and cars. It was very well organized and laid out.
After a couple of wrong turns we finally are on line waiting to get into ECHM. Poeple were getting impatient from the long lines and decided to walk around and hangout on the median.
Hondas from all states made their way to the raceway to check out all things Honda and to meet other enthusiasts.
A shot of our buddy Ryan’s JDM front end Integra. Seeing this car reminds me of the days when I used to own one, until the day it got stolen while I was at work!
While taking pics I ran into these two gentlemen who thought I was a photographer for a major automotive publication, where they dead wrong. Anyway very nice guys who just wanted me to snap a pic of them.
I had Shawn volunteer to drive my car while I had the duty to snap pics in the hot sun. He turned up the a/c while waiting on line.
After months of planning and people taking off of work, we finally arrive to ECHM 2012!!@!.
The NSX, one car that all Honda owners aspire to own one day. This is a prime example of one that is kept in pristine condition.
After spending five plus hours baking in the hot sun, dinner, relaxation and some drinks was in order.
Vodkas from Pinnacle and Ciroc were called upon to ensure a good evening.
If you’re familiar with Honda Day at both Atco and Englishtown, Im sure you have heard this song coming from a couple of Hondas throughout the day.
Randomness ensues and Mr. Webb is caught on camera doings weird things with those California rolls.
1:30am came quick. and with a good buzz going and people getting hungry it was not a good idea to drive out and get food. Pizza Hut was called to satisfy our hunger. We even waited in the lobby as not to miss the delivery.
If you haven’t noticed, we are based out of New York and Waffle Houses are few and far between. We make it a tradition as to visit one every time we attend ECHM and this year was no different. You can’t go wrong with the “All-star” special or whatever it’s called.
There were alot of us eating at this small Waffle House so they spread us out so they can accommodate us. Some Creeper shots never anyone.
Since we were in our final hour of leaving the State of Virginia, Miss Alexandria had a good idea to take a group photo.
ECHM for this group was fun and memorable, we hope to do this again next year and hope you enjoyed our journey New York to Virginia.
Photo Courtesy of Canibeat.com
As the colder months approach us, meets and gatherings naturally taper off. Cars are taken off the road to hibernate in the garage and winter beaters are called upon to make it through the harsh Northeast winter. This weekend however is First Class Fitment presented by Canibeat.com. It is one last time to pull out your car and show it off to the massive crowds that will be gathered at Princeton Airport. KeepItFlush will be there to capture the pristine rides that South Jersey has to offer.