Hondas, Acuras, Oh My! An Old Skool Honda Meet Brings Out the ’80s and ’90s Candy

With or without the pandemic, southern California’s weekend car meet culture is always in a constant state of motion. Whether it be regularly scheduled “cars and coffee” events, charity drives, or social media signaled gatherings for specific makes, like this Honda get-together in the city of Pasadena thrown by Old Skool Honda, there is something to be had every single weekend of the summer—and sometimes beyond.

Tap open Instagram and search for @oldskoolhonda_ and you’ll get exactly what you’d expect: images and videos of older Honda chassis builds, usually from the late ’80s to early 2000s, and you’ll also spot announcements for various gatherings throughout California.

A Return Visit

We visited the group’s previous Pasadena visit back in February of this year, where the same strip mall parking lot was completely packed with Hondas and the overwhelming number of attendees spilled over into adjoining parking lots. This time around, the event fell on the same morning as a few other Honda-related affairs and didn’t bring in quite as many visitors, but it was still very much a success.

Fan Favorites

As expected, the Civic and Integra crowds were the most prominent within the confines of the designated parking area. They pulled in the most interest from onlookers by far. Generations three through six of the Civic family occupied every other space and where there wasn’t a Civic to be found, a second- or third-generation Integra filled in.

When Honda introduced their Tahitian Green Pearl on the 4th-generation Civic and later on the CRX, it was in instant hit. Other manufacturers relied on a similar teal hue in the early 90s, but none caught on the way these hatchbacks did.

Honda would go on to continue their teal treatment with the introduction of the fifth-generation Civic hatchback and coupe with a slightly different Aztec Green Pearl, before updating it once again, this time to a darker Paradise Blue-Green Pearl.

This Honda Integra XSI has also been covered in Aztec Green Pearl. For the U.S., the Acura version of the Integra saw AGP designated for the DB2 GS-R model only, along with white and red options (matching Nikes not included).

As with any Oldskoolhonda_ meet, you’ll spot just as many rare wheels as you will commonly used choices. These Work Ewing 5-stars are fully polished, highlighted by gold hardware and a signature oversized center cap which hides the car’s lug nuts. This was a popular cap style from 30-ish years ago.

An interesting mix of old and new, this fifth-gen Civic hatchback sports a Vortech supercharger from a few decades ago, which uses a driveshaft that connects its centrifugal charger to the B-series drive pulley. That system feeds an Edelbrock Victor X intake manifold, also from yesteryear, and there’s even a nitrous solenoid remotely mounted to the shock tower bar, plumbed into the supercharger. On the modern side of things, a billet aluminum valve cover was added and anchors a coil-on-plug conversion with a number of custom fabricated pieces that round out a unique bay.

On the exterior, a color-change was applied to a stock body with the OEM Si/EX front lip in place, and a set of matte-black TE37s. This car also offered an earful as it drove by me on the freeway on my way home.

The fifth and sixth generation Civic and third-generation Integra, like the ones in this image, are arguably the most popular Honda models in the most desired color among the enthusiast crowd.

Believe it or not, this EH chassis Civic was built about 15 years ago and very little has changed in all that time. The same custom blue paint mix looks as if it were sprayed yesterday and the original B-series heart, outfitted with A-Sport individual throttle bodies, still beats underhood.

If you’re a dedicated ’90s fanboy like this author, then you’re probably taking a second look at this DA Integra. Here, the formula isn’t complex, but nonetheless entirely effective, based on clean paint over a straight body, one-piece JDM headlights, a JDP Engineering front lip, and a tasteful drop on Mugen MF10Ls. As basic as it might seem on paper, if it were really that simple, everyone would be doing it.

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