Nisei Showoff 2009 Coverage…Part 1…

Words/Photos – Joey Lee

FINALLY! Haha…fuck, I was busy going through so many pics and then woke up this morning to some sketchy ass internet connection. By the time everything was working I had to go take some pics of a friends car so never had a chance to get this up. I didn’t realize how many people came on this site the past two days until I glanced at the stats this morning. Guess you guys really want your Nisei pics. Before I begin, let me give a big thanks to Antonio Alvendia from Motormavens for giving me, The Chronicles, and the whole Hot Stuff International crew a big shout-out during the awards ceremony at Nisei. It means alot to be recognized in this industry. Also means alot that so many of you were reppin The Chronicles stickers on your cars. Thank you so much. Now, on with the coverage…

Oh before I begin, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO VIEW THIS ON YOUR PHONE. It is very pic-intensive and I guarantee you that it will brick your phone…haha. Of course I would want it to be phone-friendly but I don’t want to sacrifice image-quality for faster loading times so please try to view this from a computer with a good connection…Anyways…

So all of my Friday afternoon before the event was basically me installing things on my car and cleaning stuff up here and there. I was so busy running around that I didn’t even get to eat the whole day. Luckily before I came back up from SD that morning I had a chance to stop by and grab a burrito. Little did I know that it was my last meal of the day. After I finished up I had to stop by Midnight Garage to check on Tony’s NSX to see if everything was gonna be ready by showtime. We all have been trying to get this thing out to Nisei for the past two years so I made sure to go check on it the night before the show. I definitely wasn’t looking forward to another year without this thing at the show. I’ll be honest I was a bit skeptical about whether this car was gonna make it or not by when I arrived at the shop, I was pleasantly surprised…

Ross was busy wetsanding the NSX and everything looked to be going good…

The bumper looked great with the vents filled and super glossy…

I talked to Ross for a little bit and he told me that everything was good to go. Once it was wetsanded, cleaned, etc., it’ll definitely be ready for tomorrow. He wasn’t lying. I found out later that not only did he finish this car by about 2am, he even found the time to reinstall the supercharger on his xB and cleaned it up for the show. Shit paid off because he ended up winning an award too…this guy seriously does his best work at night…

After I left there, I met up with Mikey at Fast Autoworks because I was staying over at his place that night. I got to Fast around 10 or so I think and they were working on their cars as well…

Little did I know that this would be the last time I saw HBK Jaypee’s DC. If you read my previous post you’ll know that this car actually caught on fire on the way to Nisei and is pretty much dunzo. Don’t know what his plan is now but it’s a shame he worked so hard on it and he never made it. I mean, the car has been down for over a year and it was only a couple miles away from Nisei before it caught fire…

We stayed there for a pretty long time and the guys over at Fast even helped me lower my car some more. I was gonna do it before I went over there but I just ran out of time. Thanks to Kevin, JP, and Jon for helping out. Actually it was just Kevin and JP. Jon just stood there, laughed a lot, and smoked cigarettes…haha. We ended up leaving at around 1am and didn’t get to Mikey’s until like 1:35 or so. I went to sleep for a couple hours and then woke up to go to Nisei…

Roll-in went pretty smoothly. We were still waiting for everyone to show up so we hung out for a little bit before checking in.

I stood around and ate cookies that May had made and then Tony finally decided to show up. If you’ve never heard this thing run then you’re definitely missing out. Just the tone of the exhaust itself was enough to break necks…

Salem talked to Tony a little bit before dropping his car off inside and taking off. He had to get rest and was gonna be busy preparing for Armando’s birthday party…

Once everyone got situated, we lined up and headed inside to get parked…

Tony’s NSX of course…

Some of the cars that were in our line-up…You can see Yee aka yeeTalksonthephonetoomuch and Steve aka dagreenek in the pics above. They came down from Washington to check out Nisei and I had a chance to hang out with these two. Very nice guys. Well Steve was cool. I met Yee and then that dude walked off and was on the phone for like 3 hours while we were all eating dinner the next day….

Nice Tera Patrick tee…haha. Anyways, I didn’t stick around too long after that. We were getting hungry so we took off to go get food at Curry House. Also had a chance to see the festivities with it being Nisei Week and all…

Not really sure what was going on here….Originally I thought I was hallucinating again cuz it was so hot but yup, that’s definitely a japanese dude rocking a man purse. The green dog/rabbit? Totally normal…

Bricks of meat…

On the way back after eating, we saw this thing cruise by…Once I got back to the show, I grabbed the camera to start snapping pics. Again, I am no pro photographer so kiss my ass if you don’t like my pics haha…

Everybody kept calling this thing a turbo all day long…

The bay and wheel shot are of Danny from PlusOne’s coupe. I didn’t get a chance to get a whole shot of the entire car because the car was drawing a big crowd all day. Very nice build, he even ended up taking the EK Showoff award…

Look at this cool guy….I was talking to Sid about how much it must smell under that cast haha…fucking gross…$5 and a free Chronicles sticker to anyone who’s down to just stick their nose in his cast and just inhale for a solid minute…*yack*

Speaking of cool guys that smell, you’re all familiar with Brian’s DC5….

…He recently got his A/C lines tucked and had his mil-spec harness from Rywire installed. The bay is so much cleaner now. I’m gonna try to take some more pics of this car soon to show you guys all the new stuff that’s been done to it…

I’m gonna stop right here for now. So many more pics to come. This is probably like a 3rd or a 4th of the pics. I’m really shitty with fractions because I was busy going through puberty back then and was kinda distracted when they were teaching that shit those days but yeah….definitely more pics to come…

11 thoughts

  1. My phone didn’t crash. Haha. Google g1 saved my life before my flight today. Tmobile 3g in seattle ftw.

  2. you guys do it big in cali, im flying out next year to see either neisei (if they have one) or eibach to see you guys and the best built hondas in the world, thanks for all the coverage joey, you guys are runnin this game…

  3. same my N82 didnt brick as well. 2 bar wireless connection. Btw i noticed that black 350z with a fokai sticker! Thats straight up from Guam representin!

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