Event: Nisei Showoff 2012 V.1

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Nisei Week in Downtown Los Angeles; a time to celebrate the Japanese-American culture in the best way; good food, great location, lots of celebration, people dressing up in Japanese attire and of course the Nisei Showoff.  I wasn’t actually planning on attending this year for a few reasons, but because I sort of volunteered my car to help Yuta out, I ended up attending later in the day.  I had work in the morning all the way in Orange County, so I didn’t actually end up getting to Little Tokyo until a little after 3.  I had been driving Allan’s Fit because he had to drive my car to LA that morning to set up at the Wheel Flip booth.  Actually a really good thing because his Fit has great air conditioning, and it was basically the hottest day of the year.  So due to my time constraints, I didn’t get as much coverage as I usually do – which I don’t really mind as I wasn’t planning on going anyway.  The cars I did really want to get shots of, the Loi-Spec Integras, all left a bit early so I never got the chance to photograph them.  Not too big of a deal though as I’m sure I’ll see them at a Raceline event in the near future.  It probably didn’t help that the first thing we did when we go into the show was…leave the show.  I couldn’t help it though; I was starving and in Little Tokyo – I needed ramen and a beer.  If I were to be completely honest, it seems like the turn out wasn’t anything like the previous years; the lot was not as full, and the crowds just weren’t there.  This could be for a few reasons; one being that the Infamous Hellaflush meet was being held on the same day in Long Beach, and the other being that this event seems to always be ‘up in the air’ as to whether or not there will be a next year.  Why the Hellaflush meet was planned for the same day is beyond me.  It seems almost suicide for the ‘scene’ to plan two huge events on the same day, 20 miles apart from one another and tear people between which to attend.  Anyway, most of my shots were from later in the day as people were getting ready to leave, so I apologize if it seems strange.  Click past the break for the first part of the coverage.

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Andy Hope’s track CRX was definitely one of my favorite builds at the show.  Although I love everything about this car, I wonder what it would look like without the Circuit Monsters graphics, and just in a plain grey color.  My guess is it would look super cool.

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Although I didn’t get a chance to talk to Mike, actually I didn’t even see him, I did get a chance to one over his car.  It’s still as awesome as ever.  This thing was and still is ground breaking.

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This was a pretty cool looking EF.

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The blazing sun provided some cool lighting effects as it set – so I don’t have to go and add my own cheesy ones.

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Wheelflip/used quick release/awesome booth.

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I saw not so big Mike during the award announcements, but didn’t want to interrupt, so I made a mental note to talk to him later.  I’m not sure what happened to that note because I completely forgot to do so.  Mike ended up with Honda Showoff award, or something like that, which I think is pretty prestigious – so big congrats to him there.

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I like this coupe.

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E46 strung out in Voltex – I love this thing.

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Super clean S2000 on bronze CE’s.  Gloss grey , in any shade, is probably my favorite color.

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Sorry for the wicked angle on this shot, but the other cars were parked really close together.  There weren’t many, but this was easily the best 86 at the show.

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Honda party.

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While we were out driving around Filipino Town looking for a bathroom for Allan, I gave the camera to Dom and told him to walk around and take pictures of cool stuff.  He ended up walking around, but not taking pictures of anything except for the ground, a Matrix, and like some part of a bumper or something.  He did take this picture, which came out decent – so I’ll be a good sport and post it up for him.

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This Integra was pretty awesome.  simple and purpose built.  Plus you don’t see the VERNO banner to often anymore.

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I had a blast seeing this car in person; up until yesterday I had only seen it in pictures online.  It’s even cooler in person.  I’ll have some more shots of it in the next post.  I gotta jam to work now – enjoy the shots.  I’ll put up the rest of the pictures tonight or tomorrow.  Thanks for visiting!

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