This past weekend, it was hot in California. Like…seriously hot… I’m talking triple digits here. Do you know what Californians do when temperatures hit triple digits? They stay their asses at home, that’s what! They move as little as possible unless it involves getting into a cool body of water. However, for some there are exceptions. There are instances in which a person can listen to their local weather person plead with them to stay inside and yet still decide to leave the house. For people like me, one of those exceptions is the annual Nisei Week Showoff.
If you’re truly an import car enthusiast and you live anywhere in the vicinity of Southern California then you know that the Nisei Showoff is easily one of the top car shows of the year. In the last few years Mainstream Production’s Showoff has increased even further in quality due to their partnering up with StanceNation. As such, I (and hundreds of others) braved the relentless heat to make the trip out to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles for this year’s StanceNation x Nisei Showoff.
As per usual, the quality of cars on hand did not disappoint! The show was stacked as always and what was even more delightful is that there were plenty of cars there that I haven’t already seen at other shows that took place earlier this year. There was a small issue though; and this issue is totally on me and not the show production.
See, Ken Miyoshi (the godfather of Import Showoff) is a smart guy; and smart guys have foresight. Typically, Nisei Showoff is held in an out door parking lot in the middle of Little Tokyo. Ken, (again using foresight) figured that with a record heat wave attacking the city; that spot may not be the best place for the show this year. So, he moved the venue to an (mostly) underground parking garage. The first level was still in the daylight but the further you went into the show the farther away you got from that giant nuclear reactor in the sky we call the sun. It was a brilliant idea and likely saved many a back from sunburn. However, due to the constant fluctuation in lighting conditions it made taking pictures a bit tricky. As a result my gallery is a bit lighter (in number) than usual. However, this is not me saying that having the show at this location was a bad idea. Quite the contrary. This was a damn smart move. I just wasn’t quite prepared for it as I should have been so for that I apologize. Despite that though I still feel that I did a pretty good job of capturing the best cars there.
With that said, feel free to scroll down and check out the 100 image gallery below. Also, if you’ve never been I would highly recommend going to Nisei Showoff next year! Yes, it will probably be hot but I promise you that if you like import cars and the like as much as I do then it is totally worth it! Thanks to Ken Miyoshi, Mainstream Productions, and StanceNation for inviting me out once again. Ok now stop reading and check out the pics below!