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I have been personally attending “import” AKA “tuner” car shows ever since the very first Hot Import Nights that was held right in my hometown of Long Beach. A lot of things have changed since then. Car shows got bigger, more publicized, and well far away from their humble beginnings. Car shows started to become less “a show of cars” and more of an all out “entertainment event” with concerts, video game tournaments, dance crew battles, DJ battles, bikini contests, “fashion” shows, pretty much anything that was eye and ear candy was thrown into the mix to try and add value to the growing prices of admission to offset the growing venues.
At first it was cool. Each car show was like going to a rave. There were thumping beats, crazy lights, and increasingly elaborate displays for cars and vendor booths. Things just got bigger, brighter, and louder. However, like most bubbles the scene eventually popped. Blame the economy, the over commercialization, judging controversies, or maybe a combination of several things but at some point the car show scene fell off dramatically, mostly.
Now “mostly” is an important word because despite what was happening with all other car show series, there was one that stayed consistent through the ups and downs and never really lost the respect of enthusiasts. I am referring to Import Showoff by Mainstream Productions helmed by Ken Miyoshi. You may not know his name if you are younger than 25 but he has been an important figure in our culture for the last 20 years. He pretty much created the concept of the “import car show” as we know it and exposed America to drifting far before D1 came to Irwindale so many years ago. He is a humble guy but incredibly driven and cares deeply for the car culture and putting together a quality show. When things got big bright and loud he didn’t really buy into it even though those big shows started to take away from Import Showoff’s attendance.
He stuck to his roots and kept things all about the cars and the culture and never strayed too far beyond that. It may have hurt his series for a while but eventually things changed. One day we all kind of figured out that we wanted more substance than flash, more culture than commercial, more sunny days hanging out with our friends than flashing neon lights in a dark convention hall. Then we remembered that there was a show that had been providing those things all along: Import Showoff.
These days Showoff is mostly condensed to a few shows a year: Chinatown Showoff and Nisei Week showoff and to this day many veterans of the scene will tell you that Nisei Week Showoff is the best show of the year. Its small, and typically held during one of the hottest times of the year but the quality of cars on deck makes it all worth it. Also with the recent team up of Mainstream Productions and StanceNation, the quality of cars has only grown exponentially. That is why I urge you, if you have the chance to come out to the Nisei Week Showoff next year. Make a trip out of it, trust me when I tell you that if you love import cars it will be worth it.
Anyhow, that’s enough of my lecturing about how awesome things used to be. I went to the Nisei Showoff over the weekend and put together a pretty killer gallery of over 300 pictures! Check out our Facebook gallery below! Thanks again to Ken Miyoshi for inviting us to the show and for keeping it real all these years!
Tags: · American Cars, Asian Cars, car show, EuropeanCars, hellaflush, import car show, import models, Import Showoff, JDM Cars, Ken Myioshi, mainstream productions, Nisei Week, Nisei Week Showoff 2014, NiseiWeekShowoff2014, Stance Nation, stanced cars, StanceNation, StanceNation Showoff, StanceNationShowoff2014
November is one of my favorite months and for good reason. There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show. The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen. That is a pretty long list, no? What will all those brands debut? Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.
However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation? I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!
Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)
Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights
A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)
We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)
I dunno a truck or somethin’?
The official successor to the Genesis coupe
Production RC and RC-F coupes
New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us. I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker! Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!
The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..
The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S
The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe
A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video
Tags: · 2014 LA Auto Show, 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura, Audi, BMW, chrysler, Events, Features, general motors, Hype, Hyundai, LA Auto Show, LA Auto Show debuts, laautoshow, Lexus, los angeles auto show, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, News, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo
I really love cars. Like, seriously I love cars! They’re awesome. Even bad cars are appealing to me! Whether they are buying and modding a car, traveling to car shows, talking about cars, drawing cars, or going to motorsport events automotive enthusiasts invest a lot of time, money, and even emotions into their love of cars. So, its really cool to see enthusiasts get rewarded just because their enthusiasts, which is exactly what Nitto Tire did over the weekend when they hosted their second annual Auto Enthusiast Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
There was a ton of cars of all different sizes, makes, models, and styles along with plenty of vendors and even a drift demo featuring Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Matt Powers, Chelsea Denofa, and Odi Bakchis. Nitto Tire provided all this for FREE to anyone who showed up! No admission required! They even did one better and collected toy donations for the “CHIPS for Kids” foundation! Sure, the weather was muggy and magnificently humid but it didn’t matter. This was all about a bunch of people coming together who share a common interest and having a good time. If you didn’t make it out this year I would highly recommend going to the event next year but in the meantime you can check out our event gallery below!
Tags: · Auto Enthusiast Day 2014, Auto Enthusiast Day 2014 gallery, car show, chelsea denofa, Drift, Drift Demo, Drifting, Events, Features, Formula Drift, Hype, matt powers, Nitto Day, NItto Day 2014, Nitto Day 2014 gallery, nitto tire, Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day 2014, Odi Bakchis, vaughn gittin jr
Webster’s defines an “enthusiast” as someone “who tends to become ardently absorbed in an interest”. Some people might read a definition like that and come away with a negative connotation. However, people like me and you (our readers) see things differently. We love that we have something in our lives that we are passionate about and through our “ardent interest” we make new friends and have cool experiences. Which is why being an enthusiast is something that should be celebrated! That is exactly what Nitto Tire is doing this weekend at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for their annual “Auto Enthusiast Day.”
Nitto Tire is basically footing the bill to get their own huge section of the Angel Stadium to host just about everything that auto enthusiasts love. There will be a car show featuring all types of rides, vendors selling the parts we love, a raffle, and a drift demo. The best part is ..err well second best part is that admission is free! The very best part is that they will also be taking donations for new, unwrapped toys for the “CHiPs For Kids” program. So, not only do you get to spend a whole day doing cool car stuff but you can also help out a great cause!
Its all happening this Saturday! All the need to know facts are below! If you are looking for even more info (like how to register) visit AutoEnthusiastDay.com
Who: Nitto Tire
What: Auto Enthusiast Day
When: Saturday August 2nd 11am-4pm
Where: Angel Stadium 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
Why: Because CHiPS For Kids is awesome and because we love cars
Tags: · Anaheim, angel stadium, Auto Enthusiast Day 2014, Drift, Drift Demos, Drifting, Events, News, nitto tire
We got a little behind the 8 ball as we are prepping for E3 2013 but we are happy to finally bring you our photo gallery from WekFest LA 2014 last weekend! We took a ton of pictures and most of them are actually good enough to show you! How about that?!
“Well, how was the show?” you might be asking. To be totally honest, this year’s WekFest is probably the best one I have been to so far. At first I was a little worried because there were considerably less cars than I was used to seeing at the Queen Mary Events park but after a short stroll it was easy to see that the organizers went for quality over quantity. I am going to let you guys in on a little secret. When we cover car shows like this we do not photograph every single car at the show… *GASP!* I know, shocking right? Well here is why: even at some of the best shows there still seems to be quite a few cars that just do not seem like they belong there. In other words sometimes we will come across a car that is pretty much stock. It might have a few basic mods like wheels and lowering springs which is cool and looks clean sometimes but it is not particularly interesting. So, when we come across a car like that we will skip it and shoot something that is a little visually interesting. There are obviously exceptions but for the most part that is our general rule of thumb.
However, at WekFest LA 2014 this almost never happened. While the car count might have seemed low, most of the cars there were top notch! Were there some cars that we skipped? Yes but it was not many. Also some cars were skipped not because they weren’t interesting but there was just too much of a crowd around it to get a clean shot! The cars were that good, as you’ll see in the gallery.
Is WekFest perfect? No. There are always things that can be done to make an event better but I can’t really think of anything significant that bothered me enough to mention except for one thing: the name of the event “WekFest LA”. Despite its name WekFest LA is held in the city of Long Beach, not Los Angeles. In fact, WekFest LA is held just a short walk away from Long Beach’s most famous and iconic landmark: the Queen Mary. You can’t get more “Long Beach” than that! Also, Long Beach has a pretty rich automotive enthusiast history as well as motorsport history with events like the Toyota Grand Prix and Formula Drift. So, I am not really sure why the WekFest organizers continue to call the event “WekFest LA”. As you know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach so we think it would be cool if WekFest repped our city instead of LA.
Will changing the name to “WekFest Long Beach” or “WekFest LB” physically make the show better? No. But I think it would be a nice nod to the locals who come out to attend the show! Either way, the show itself was awesome as you soon see in the gallery. If you have not attended before I would highly recommend coming out next year! If 2014 was any indication, 2015’s WekFest will be pretty damn epic. We also want to give a big thanks to the WekFest crew for inviting us out. Now scroll down to check out our massive gallery!
Tags: · #WekFestLA, #WekFestLA2014, #WekFestLongBeach, Events, Features, Hype, wekfest, WekFest 2014, WekFest gallery, WekFest LA 2014, WekFest LA 2014 gallery, WekFest LA 2014 pics
Once a year droves upon droves of loyal subjects of the “Honda-head” kingdom go on a great pilgrimage to a mythical land known as the “Inland Empire”. Once they reach this place they gather together to enjoy each others company, buy and trade their wares, and tell tales of triumph over unsuspecting V8’s at traffic lights…. Seriously though the annual “Eibach” meet is one of the biggest gatherings of Hondas in the country and every year it seems to gain momentum. In fact this year marked the event’s 10th anniversary. The legend says that at the first meet or what I like to call “Eibach prime” there was only 50 cars. This year there was easily a few hundred cars! In fact, in recent years the meet has gotten so large in size that it can no longer be held at Eibach’s massive HQ because they just don’t have the space. Eibach has instead chosen a spot in Lake Elsinore (at the home of their local minor league baseball team) to hold their epic gathering. Despite being even further away from major cities than Eibach’s HQ, even more Honda fans showed up than before! I too made the epic trek to the Lake of Elsinore to behold all of the Hondas for myself as well as snap plenty of pictures for your enjoyment. Even though it was hotter than a volcano’s butt hole and dusty as all get out, once I saw the rows and rows of clean, excellently executed Hondas it was all worth it. If you want to see what I saw then check out the gallery below! Also stay tuned for our coverage from Toyotafest 2014 as well!
Tags: · accord, AP1, AP2, B Series Swap, Civic, crx, EF civic, EG Civic, Eibach, Eibach 2014 Gallery, Eibach Honda Meet 2014, Eibach Honda Meet 2014 Gallery, Eibach Meet 2014, Eibach Meet 2014 Gallery, Eibach Springs, EK Civic, EP Civic, Evasive Motorsports, Events, Features, HF Civic, Honda, Honda Meet, integra, JDM, k series swap, Mugen, NSX, prelude, RSX, S2000, Spoon Sports
Did you miss the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach over the weekend? Well I am here to say that you missed out and a crazy, crazy race! Nothing went down the way I expected it to yet at the same time it had an incredibly familiar conclusion. Don’t know what I mean? Well, if you know that you will not be able to watch any of the replays then scroll down for the official results and a video of all the highlights and that should get you significantly caught up. Also stay tuned as we have tons of pictures of all the other action going on in Long Beach over the entire weekend!
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!
1st: Mike Conway
2nd: Will Power
3rd: Carlos Munoz
Tags: · #TGPLB40, 2014 Grand Prix Of Long Beach, 2014 Long Beach Grand Prix, Andretti Autosport, Ed Carpenter, Events, GPLB, Helio Castroneves, Indy Car, Indy Car Series, Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, Motorsports, News, Ryan Hunter Reay, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Video, will power
We’ve been promising it all week and it is finally here. All of our (best) pictures from the on track action from Formula Drift round one on the streets of Long Beach last weekend. In the gallery below we have 200 pictures of sideways cars with smoke around them! What more could you want! We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed shooting them. Although deleting all the bad pictures was kind of a pain. We seriously took over 1,000 pictures! 1,000! That’s a lot of shots! Anyhow I am starting to get off track here, just scroll down for the embedded facebook gallery and check out all of our shots. We hope you like them!
Tags: · Drift, Drifting, Drifting Gallery, Events, Features, Formula D, Formula Drift, Formula Drift Long Beach 2014, Formula Drift Long Beach Gallery, Motorsports
There was a lot happening on the streets of Long Beach last weekend and we have pictures of it all! We are kicking off our coverage with a gallery of the Offset Kings showcase brought to you from the team at illest/hellaflush/fatlace. The showcase brought out some of the best cars in the so cal area and beyond. Granted there were a few cars that probably shouldn’t have been there but I didn’t take pictures of those so it works out. All you need to know is that I shot pictures of the best cars there (which is a lot) all for your viewing pleasure. Below is the embedded facebook gallery of all the pretty automobiles so scroll down and enjoy!
Tags: · AmericanCars, AsianCars, car show, EuropeanCars, Events, fatlace, FDLB, Features, hellaflush, Hype, illest, import car show, O, Offset Kings Long Beach, OffsetKingsLongBeach
Tags: · Car Meet, Drift, Drifting, Events, Formula Drift, Formula Drift Tech Day 2014, Formula Drift Tech Day 2014 Gallery, import tuner, Modified, Motorsports, Source Interlink, super street