350+ RECORD HOOKUP
date : 22 September 2013 | Words: Nicholas Abrahams | Photos:
Location: Fairbridge Mall, Brackenfell, Cape Town
Thanks to the sound restrictions
at my second home I have not had to be up before 10am on a Sunday
in ages. I think because of this I was drawn to the prospect of
any sort of car enthusiasm type event and it seemed as if the
Gods made the sun rise with Vtec engaged. Everything felt right
in the world and to be honest I don’t believe anybody thought
that the SA record attempt would have been unobtainable.
So what needed to be seen was by how much they would beat the
previous record. Currently the World record for an event like
this is held by Japan and it’s standing since 2010. They
hit 569 Honda’s which in my mind could not have been that
difficult being with it in the manufactures home land.
Now to be very honest, I’m not a massive fan of standing
around and watching cars stand still either but I do see the appeal
in spending time with like-minded people and I was rudely surprised.
Besides the awesomely prepared bodies and detailed accessories,
the cars also had their place among the stunning ladies that clearly
are attracted to the Honda Drivers.
Now I was not able to stick around for the final count but was
able to confirm with the organisers that the final total counted
was 408 vehicles.
No matter what the end total might be the brand was extremely
well represented but sadly for me it became monotonous. The EK9
was the most represented of all the models as well as the EG and
FN2 but not one of my favourite models made the trip out, namely
the Jazz or CRZ.
The most difficult challenge for us covering the event was the
fact that we had to take pics at an event and with 408 subjects
it’s almost impossible to get them all.
For me a neat red CRX stole a slice of my heart as the rest of
it had to be spread across the parking lot. 1 or 9 EK9’s
had a share and let’s not even start with the FN2’s…
Then there where S2000’s which should have stolen the show
but even the dark blue and light blue 19inch clad beauties stood
no chance against the two RR’s.
The ultimate in Honda technology available to the public stood
side by side literally just showing off.
Later a third light blue FD2 rocked up with the full Mugan body
kit and the unmistakable Volk Te 37’s. Just because of its
total uniqueness it was the best car of the day for me.
So my synopsis was that an awesome event was held on an almost
perfect day. I feel that better marketed this record could easily
become a World record next year. It’s very encouraging to
see how guys are installing quality aftermarket parts and not
using as many shortcuts as we all did in the past.
The general trend seems to be function and I hope to see these
well prepared specimens at track events so that we can see the
fruits of all the hours and Rands spent on EBay. Feel free to
check out the rest of the gallery below.