In some situations I can be a very indecisive person; Especially when it comes to food. Although I never thought I would have to make a choice between two awesome car shows on the same day like Nisei Showoff and the “INFMS” show by Hellaflush and Canibeat. With Nisei Showoff being in the middle of downtown LA and INFMS being in Long Beach which is clear on the other side of the county, I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out which one to take on. In the end I decided I would punish myself mentally and physically by taking on both shows! I knew it was crazy but there was no way I could choose one over the other.
Although I was confident that I needed to hit both shows, I was less confident about how I was going to do it. Luckily for me, RJ and Jon Sibal stepped in and made things infinitely more pleasant! I met up with RJ and Jon at Nisei and we hung out with old friends while I took all the shots I could while trying to stay hydrated. Then, we all hopped in “Biggie” AKA RJ’s F10 BMW 750 (with amazing air conditioning!) and rolled to Long Beach for INFMS where we ran into more friends and re-connected with Judson AKA “Drop Jay” of JDM Ego to finish out the day with more awesome cars and ocean breezes to help keep cool.
I refuse to compare one show to the other but I will say they were both awesome and both worth the effort. If you could only choose one I totally understand and either choice would have been a winner, but if you took on both shows like we did then congrats you truly are a car show whore and you have my utmost respect! If you could not make it to either show then I have two galleries to ease your pain. Just hit the links below!
There have been many car show series that have come and gone but the one name that has always had the respect of the import car enthusiasts is “Showoff”. Import Showoff has been around since the mid-90s and while they aren’t quite the force they used to be the name will still bring out the core enthusiasts. The annual Nisei Week Showoff in Little Tokyo is the one show many of us still anticipate with real enthusiasim. Why does the Nisei Showoff stand out? On the surface it doesn’t seem like much. The Nisei Showoff is usually small (ranges from 100-200 cars) but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in quality and atmosphere. Nisei Week Showoff is the show that all the cars the kids jock on the forums go to. So as you can imagine we were stoked to make the trip out to Little Tokyo again for Showoff this year.
While the car count was slightly lower this year compared to last year, Ken Miyoshi and Mainstream Productions certainly did not dissapoint when it came to the quality and variety of cars on hand. There was everything from old school Mazdas and F2o powered classic Celicas to a Lexus LF-A! There was even some European flavor with a few Porsches and a Lamborghini Murcielago parked next to a Gallardo. There were a few classics that we never seen before thus cannot really describe to you but feel free to look through the pictures below and the full photo set in our Facebook gallery to see if you can recgonize everything we shot!
It is only Tuesday but I know most of you are already spacing out at work and trying to figure out what you want to do this weekend. Well I am about to solve that internal debate right now because it is once again time to converge in Little Tokyo, LA for the annual Nisei Week Showoff! There! Problem solved and plans made. Get your tickets now and start making arrangements to be in Little Tokyo this Saturday. If you have never been to Nisei week before then congratulations, you’re lame! Scroll down to see some video of 2010′s event to see what you missed and to give you some motivation to make the trip this year!
WHAT: Nisei Week Showoff 2011 WHERE: 100 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012 WHEN: August 13th 11am-7pm HOW MUCH: $12 at the door, kids under 10 free WHY: Because if you live anywhere near this event and don’t go you will officially be lame INFO:ShowoffCafe.com or 714-881-3223