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!
What is better than a car show with tons of cars, vendors giving away free stuff, and 5 car wide drifting exhibitions? A car show that has all that stuff and is also completely free to get in! That is exactly what Nitto Tire did for a second time at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Despite the heat, tons of people came out to enjoy the cars, drifting, and wait in line to buy some BBQ. It was all in good fun! I paid a short visit myself to check out some of the talent on deck and it was pretty sweet. Check out the full gallery below and if you missed out on Auto Enthusiast Day this year make a note for next year! Its hard to not recommend a free car show!
As per usual in southern California, the weather over the weekend was pretty nice. In fact it was perfect car show weather which is why we were so glad that WekFest“LA” just happened to be going on in our backyard during the weekend as well. Once again in the shadow of the Queen Mary at the Long Beach Harbor hundreds of top notch builds slowly rolled in to fill the Queen Mary Events Park for the annual WekFest event.
This is one of the must-attend events of the year if you are a part of the so cal car scene as some of the best builds only come out for this event or debut re-freshes and major changes. The car count seemed a little bit lower than last year but don’t quote me on that. Either way despite the actual number of cars the quality was definitely way up. What really surprised me was the amount of Hondas on display. There are always at least a few top shelf Honda’s at WekFest but this year the Honda servings were particularly generous. While the number of Hondas this year seemed to go up there seemed to be a decline in the amount of “VIP style” cars in attendance. Not sure if that means there is a change in the trend or if maybe it was just a coincidence. Either way they were missed as we love those builds just as much as anything else.
All in all though the event was great. It also attracted a very big crowd. It didn’t take long for the “official” parking lot to reach capacity, forcing many attendees to park in downtown Long Beach and take a tram back to the show! Ironic isn’t it? If nothing else that is a message to all who will attend next year to show up early and guarantee yourself a parking spot.
Anyhow enough words! To see the full gallery in all its glory then simply scroll below. FYI it is a facebook-based gallery so you’ll need to be logged into your account to view it but soon we will provide links to a Google gallery as well.
Besides Pebble Beach there probably isn’t a more esteemed, classical automotive festival in the world apart from the Goodwood Festival Of Speed. An annual event in which vintage race cars charge down a windy hill road so that wealthy onlookers may admire and pontificate about times past. Well, that’s what it used to be anyway. In recent history the Goodwood festival has gotten with the times and is now where the cool kids hang out. The original tradition remains but these days its not uncommon to see modern super and hypercars make their debuts at Goodwood or to see the odd race car, even Formula 1 cars. In fact Goodwood has gotten so current that a few drift cars have made an appearance at the festival and being the keen observers that they are the Goodwood Festival organizers recognized the crowd-pleasing potential of drift cars and has created an official category for them.
Yes, for the first time drifting is now an official part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year expect to see the likes of Mad Mike Whiddet, Ken Block, James Deane, and some of the top European drifting talent to go sideways down the hill in a fit of tire smoke and rev-limiter bouncing. I can’t wait to see it!
What do you think about Drifting being added to the Goodwood Festival of Speed? Do you think its cool that the festival is keeping up with the times? Or, do you think they are straying too far from tradition? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
For the first time in Goodwood Festival of Speed history, the 2015 event will feature a special category dedicated to the art of drifting on June 25-28 with a number of the discipline’s biggest names lined up to take part.
Red Bull Athlete ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett and Monster Energy Athlete Ken Block, who attends with Ford, are two of the best-known exponents of drifting, and both will return to thrill the sell-out crowds on all three days of live motor sport action in the ‘Catch my Drift?’ category.
New Zealander ‘Mad’ Mike’s Flat-Out and Fearless driving at last year’s event earned him the ‘Spirit of the Festival’ award and his style embodies the theme of the 2015 event, at which he again brings his sensational Mazda RX-7 ready for more tyre-smoking action.
YouTube phenomenon Block, whose stunning Gymkhana videos have achieved more than 300million views online, brings his incredible 850bhp Ford Mustang, dubbed the ‘Hoonicorn’, and will be joined by another Monster Athlete, Festival of Speed debutant Buttsy Butler, and his Toyota Soarer.
Goodwood can now announce that EXTREME Drift Allstars, the leading live action drift brand, will bring four supremely-talented drivers to the Festival of Speed.
James Deane, last year’s EXTREME Drift Allstars European Champion, who brings his Falken Motorsports Nissan 200SX S14 to Goodwood’s iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb. Deane made history in 2014 by setting a new world record for a continuous twin-vehicle drift lasting an astonishing 17.72 miles.
The Irishman will be joined by the man he beat to last year’s European crown, Poland’s Piotr Wiecek, who brings his 1000bhp Budmat R34 Skyline to the UK and will look to show the kind of form that carried him to the 2014 Polish national title.
Norway’s top drifting star, Joachim Waargaard, will give his eagerly-anticipated BMW M4 its first outing in public at Goodwood while Australian Champion Luke Fink will drive his world-famous LBP PS13 V8.
Add in another Polish ace, Kuba Przygonski, driving a Toyota GT86, plus a dedicated area for the cars within the newly-expanded F1 Paddock presented by Sky Sports F1, and a sensational display of flat-out and fearless driving is guaranteed.
Ticket information is available from www.goodwood.com or via the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755055.
Usually, when a OEM introduces a new car to their line up the occasional is marked with pomp and circumstance in the form of a big event at some even bigger auto show with lights and cameras. Scion tends to do things differently. To celebrate their upcoming new models the iM and the iA Scion invited a group of industry influencers, car crews, and media out to the Toyota mothership campus for a private but casual car show. Knowing that many influencers enjoy various types of cars Scion even encouraged owners of classic cars, low riders, and exotic cars to come out. How cool is that? Even cooler was the line up of food trucks serving up some pretty delicious fare.
A few aftermarket staple companies were on hand as well like GReddy and TEIN. Formula Drift drivers Ken Gushi and Ryan Tuerck made an appearance and most importantly attendees had a chance to get up close and personal with the new Scion iA and iM. I was lucky enough to get invited to the event thanks our friends at MotorMavens so of course I brought my trusty camera and whipped up a nice gallery for you! Check it out below but make sure you are logged into your Facebook account to view it!
There are many types of car shows but it always seems the events that have the biggest followings are those who are centered around one unifying factor. It may be make, or model but either way it is that kind of event that really brings people together. The All Toyota Fest is one such event, in fact it is one of the biggest events of its kind. Hundreds of Toyota, Lexus, and Scion owners come from all over the country and even other parts of the world to converge at the scenic Queen Mary Events Park right here in Long Beach. What’s better than seeing tons of new and restored classic Toyotas with a beautiful pacific ocean backdrop? Not having to pay to see it! That is one of the other awesome things about Toyota Fest, thanks to the Toyota Owners And Restorer’s Club(T.O.R.C.) its always free admission to the public (except parking). As usual I was really glad I decided to go. It was a great time, I got to catch up with a few friends, and it gave me a chance to get away from all the hustle and bustle over some boxing match that everyone was excited about. How’d that go anyway?
Anyhow, naturally I took a bunch of pictures of which you can see below in the facebook gallery. Just be sure that you are logged into your Facebook account to view it. I will also post this to our Google+ page soon so stay tuned!
Yes, we still have yet more pictures from the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach a few weekends ago! In this gallery we stroll through the annual Mother’s Exotic Car Show. If you are unaware, Mother’s car care always takes over the vacancy left by the TUDOR Sports car paddock after they pack up Saturday night and fills the area with a ton of rare exotic and classic cars! Naturally I took a stroll through the area and snapped all the best looking cars. To see it all just check out the Facebook gallery below. Just make sure you are logged into your Facebook account to view it!
As you may have seen in a previous post, we went out to the annual Z Bash last weekend in Orange, CA. For those who are unaware, the Z Bash is one of the biggest Z Car meets in the country, perhaps the world. People flew in from as far as Amsterdam to come to this meet! Anyhow, there was lots to see and to do at the event, including dyno pulls. Yes, owners of Z cars had the opportunity to get their builds dyno’d on the spot thanks to a mobile dyno unit. Classic 240Zs on a dyno demand video documentation, so I filmed a few runs. The particular one below is a turbo-charged 240Z that retains its original motor albeit built to handle the pressure (see what I did there?). So, how much horsepower do you think it will make? Watch below and find out.
There are lots of cars that have a “following.” Cars that certainly have fans who are enthusiastic to that particular make and model. Cars like the Subaru WRX, Honda Civic, etc. Then there are cars that have “cult followings”. These cars have rabid, extremely devoted, perhaps even devout fans that will snarl and fight tooth and nail to defend the honor of their coveted vehicle and derive great joy from owning said vehicle. There are really only a handful of true cult cars in the world and the Datsun/Nissan Z is definitely on that short list.
The Z was originally created by Nissan (Datsun in America back then) to compete with the current European sports cars of the time from Jaguar, Porsche, and BMW. The President of Nissan Motors USA Yutaka Katayama, known affectionately by Z enthusiasts as “Mr. K” saw the potential impact that Nissan’s sports car could have in the states and was responsible for bringing the Z to America. The rest as they say, is history.
Several iterations and generations later the Z is still beloved by hundreds of thousands of fans today. Be it a modern 370Z or a classic 240Z, each generation has its throngs of dedicated fans. Serving those fans is famed Z shop, Motorsport Auto. For 30 years Motorsport Auto has been the “go to” shop for anyone looking to modify or restore a Z from virtually any generation. Once a year Z fans all gather together at Motorsport Auto in Orange, CA for the annual “Z Bash” meet, which is essentially the mecca of Z. Despite the rain, hundreds of people came out from far and wide to check out beautifully restored classic Z cars, built modern Z cars, buy, sell, and trade Z parts, and just celebrate all things Z. When I say “far and wide” I really mean it too. Plenty of people came from out of state but some people even flew in from other countries. In fact, there was a guy who came all the way from Amsterdam! I went to the event and was completely overwhelmed with the amount of cars on hand so I instead focused on the cars that caught my eye the most. Just click the thumbnails for larger pictures. Also stay tuned to our Instagram at @MotorworldHype for more pictures that aren’t in the gallery. FYI: all the pictures are in HD resolution!
Today marks the arrival of our second photo gallery from the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach. This is a continuation of our first gallery which was all race car all the time! So, scroll down to enjoy more shots of Indy Car, Indy Lights, TUDOR Sports Cars, and Pirelli World Challenge cars. You should especially take the time to enjoy any Pirelli World Challenge car pics because if you saw the race you know about half those cars ain’t so pretty right now! Stay tuned for more galleries featuring the automotive lifestyle expo and the Mother’s Car Care exotic car show! P.S. The gallery below is a Facebook gallery so you’ll need to be signed in to your Facebook account to view it.