The end of 2009 has seen two milestones in the UK car scene, this being the 1st anniversary of Honda Culture and one of its sponsors TweakCulture. It has been a hectic year for both parties but I am sure that everyone would agree that all the hard work has paid off. However that said that does not mean 2010 will be a quiet year!
Honda Culture was started by a group of friends who all share the same interests in the marque, Honda. We organised the Honda meets in Milton Keynes which became very popular despite the shocking weather we had at times! January 2009 saw the passing of a fellow member Nelan Reddy who was very close to us. Nelan had a blue EG dx which he had lots of plans for however did not get to see them through due to complications with leukaemia. It is his family’s decision to finish the car the way he wanted. In May 2009 a number of HC members went on a charity drive organised by Wes at TokyoDrive to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research and we will continue supporting (or maybe organising some) events like this in the future.
You will also find a number of cars wearing the decal shown below in remembrance of Nelan. Honda Culture was created in memory of Nelan.
In our 1st year as a club, HC has grown with the number of official members now creeping over the 30 mark however with the huge amount of supporters there has also been a number of haters. To set things straight we have no problems with any other club/forum! We build our cars for ourselves and have a laugh doing so. We just want to enjoy the shows/meets etc just like everyone else and have no problems supporting other clubs and their events as we did with TeamScorpio.
I am truly amazed at the quality of cars that our members bring out and this is only the beginning. With lots of projects in the pipeline and current cars having makeovers, all I can say is that 2010 is going to be an exciting year!
Honda Culture has already had 2 feature cars in its first year, James (or tegboy as most know him) with his awesome EK9 (see James’ previous feature here) which was in Banzai and myself (darkside) with my VSM EK4 that is in the current issue of Fast Car. There will be lots more cars breaking through next and expect to see some of these in magazines.
As many people already know HC is an exclusive club in which you would have to be invited to join. This is not for any elitist reason, but simply to ensure only like minded people become members in order to keep the friendly and laid back feel to the club. The main boxes a person needs to tick before being invited to join Honda Culture is to have or be building an awesome car but most importantly have a good and very friendly attitude as well as building their cars for themselves not to just be part of a club or scene (ironically!), its all about having fun. Official member’s cars can be recognised by having a gold HC Cartel decal and members will have the HC shirt (the haters know this as the bowling team shirt).
With the help of our 3 sponsors TweakCulture, AceImageUK and Endless Horizon Motorsport (who we think are the best of best at what they do) I am sure that Honda Culture will be making an even bigger impact next year.
The new Honda Culture website (along with its new forum) is currently being developed and is expected to go live very soon, so be sure to keep an eye on this blog for more news of the launch.
Be sure to catch us at a few shows and meets next year.
Big thanks to James for giving us the honour of being the first to contribute to the TweakCulture blog.
Dean Reddy (darkside)