EVENT: JDM Style Tuning March EOMM

8am was the start of the day for Team Cars For Hope on the last day of March as we were all set for Jamboree Sydney at Sydney Dragway, however by 3pm after our shirts were covered in a nice film of black carbon and rubber residue we left for our ITR for the popular JDMST EOMM. With our camera gear and stickers all packed and ready for the meet we jumped into the car, put the keys into the ignition and turned the barrel, but with a resounding whir of the starter motor, it didn’t start. Without a charged battery, the trek out to the EOMM looked dire. So we quickly found a replacement that was lying around, installed it and we were successfully off to Wholesale Suspension in Penrith for the meet together with the rest of Team Cars For Hope following closely behind.

Upon arrival we started to see hundreds of cars parked on the sides of the road and in the infields of grass surrounding Wholesale Suspension. This was the driveway to where we were greeted with more cars and many many people.

We had made it!

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Toyota MR2 even though I’ve never driven one. I’d be extra keen to take one for a spin around the track sometime. This one looked mighty fine with a set of SSR SP1s.

There are some interesting stickers around these days, especially concerning the growing stance movement. I quite like this one: Hellabroke, ballin’ on a budget, as featured on the SW20 MR2.

Hearing of an AE86 sitting alone in a field isn’t usually a good thing, especially in Japan, but in Australia it’s often the contrary – here’s a very nicely presented Levin for other JDM enthusiasts to peek at.

I see hundreds and hundreds of modified cars on an everyday basis but if my memory serves me right I’ve seen this very red MX5 pushing very hard around Wakefield Park at a Circuit Club track day. Sometimes a little too hard and running wide into the dirt at turns 4 and 5…

Here’s a closer look at the wheel fitment on the red MX5 and the rolling and flaring of the rear guards to fit the Work Equips nicely.

I am a HUGE fan of the Honda S2000. This one looked ultra neat dropped on a set of Work Emotion CR Kais. With plans for the CFH ITR to be stripped out and turned into a full track car we’ve been looking at other alternatives for a new project lately. Let’s just say the Honda S2000 is very high up on our list, but we’ll save that for another post.

We’ve seen this EK Civic at a previous ClubITR meet rolling on steelies. I asked Tony what was the go with that and he replied, “Oh my BBS rims are being rebarelled.” Well now that they’ve been done I think they look pretty rad!

Low enough for Sydney’s notorious streets? You won’t find any airbags hiding in those arches!

I’ve never seen a Toyota Corona Mk2 in person before. It looked great with a few goodies hidden behind the grille. Maybe the more awesome SU-222 plates gives away a few more hints.

Cars For Hope stickers are starting to appear more and more on the streets and it puts a smile on our faces to see us car enthusiasts getting our message of hope out there.

Some more stickers, a whole lot more, sticker bombing a large portion of the front guard on this 180SX!

The ‘AGR-O63’ EH Wagon attracted attention right when it was about to leave!

A 2JZ under the hood is an unexpected engine conversion, but a great match even for a car that’s approaching 50 years old.

Another Australian classic, this time in the form of an XK Falcon. We’ve seen this pop up a few times at recent EOMMs…

…but this time, sporting different wheels compared to last time we spotted it at the EOYM a few months back!

It seemed like MX5 central at this month’s EOMM!

It was evidently also S15 central, with Van’s nicely styled Silvia sitting on some CE28Ns and featuring a changed front bar.

Team S15 was being displayed as more owners wanted to show their cars on Wholesale Suspension’s floor for their little bit of limelight. They really do look like a team with the same front bars on their cars!

An old Holden HQ Premier perched above a lone S15. It’s not often you’ll see a combination like this at a JDMST EOMM!

MX5 with some nice track-inspired additions of a carbon fibre bonnet and a front lip to name a few.

Quite surprisingly and unfortunately, it’s not often that FD RX7s are seen on the streets of Sydney anymore, but at JDMST meets we can feast our eyes on these engineering marvels, such as this one subtly modified with a set of Enkei RPF1s.

This AE86 that looked like it just came from the drifts sure turned heads and got our Matt grinning from ear to ear! It’s great to see the slightly older generation of JDM cars coming along to the EOMMs.

Not as old but still a classic was this mint R32. An orgasm to the eyes.

This FD2 Civic was sitting on a nice set of BBSs, but come home time, had trouble finding it’s way out of the driveway that regular cars wouldn’t even bat an eyelid with.

Even as the sun set, the afternoon slowly turned to night and people began to trickle out from the EOMM, there were a dedicated few who stayed and continued to converse with other members, as well as bringing their cars in to the workshop to display. This was a simplistic KE70 that caught our attention, proving that you don’t need all the bells and whistles to have a fun, or even a decent looking car for that matter. A big thanks to Wholesale Suspension for hosting the meet; it’s places like this that really make attending EOMMs a great experience.

The Cars For Hope movement is a dream come true. It’s been an amazing ride since 2011 and a privilege to bring my heart to work every day. I get to wake up every day and write things that I really believe and say things that I really believe. I get to be creative trying to encourage people and move people to know that it’s okay to be honest and that it’s okay to ask for help. And the other part of it is I get to hear the best stories and compliments, sometimes even people saying they’re still alive and getting help because of the work that we do. It’s so incredibly humbling and encouraging.

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