Nisei Showoff 2009 Coverage…Part 3…

Words – Joey Lee/Photos –  Joey Lee & Michael Cristi

Let’s knock this out shall we? It’s Thursday and there are still pics from Nisei. Hell, the Mega Matsuri show is on Saturday and I’m actually looking forward to it. It’ll be like Nisei without all the pressure to get things done because everyone is still set-up from the week before. No pressure, more laid back, other festivities going on,…it’s gonna be a good one I think.

Today is the final batch of pictures from Nisei Showoff 09…And probably my favorite. I say that because I love covering events, don’t get me wrong, but I also like capturing everything else that’s going on besides the cars. The candids and the random pics are usually the best because they really give people a grasp of what’s happening around the cars. There’s still some cars that I haven’t posted so I’ll get those up first, but make sure to look at the randoms after…Enjoy…

I stopped by the Project Car/Super Street booth to check out the two Hondas on display. The Suzuka Blue one of course is Jonathan Wong’s from Super Street and the red one belongs to Project Car magazine. I guess the CR-X is running now, judging from the ride height and all. I don’t know. It’s usually hammered to the floor when it was trailered in the past. Looking good though. I love the NE-Os on it…

While we’re on the topic of EFs, here’s a one that was running a pretty aggressive boost set-up. The intercooler looks like it’s trying to fight its way out of the bumper..ha…

I still remember this S2k back when it was yellow with blue/yellow Volk GTUs. This thing has been around for a minute now. Judging by the rock chips and what not on the front bumper, the owner actually drives this thing around, which is always pretty cool…

The first time I saw this Accord was back at the JTuned meet couple months ago. Then it had a set of BBS LMs on it and I honestly liked those better on this car. Gave it such a classy look. The fitment of the RG2s is really good though…

Nice S2k but I really don’t understand how it won an award over a couple others that were there. I like the theme of it but the wheel fitment is horrible. There’s aggressive wheel fitment and then there’s making your car look like a monster truck. Don’t really understand what happened but what do I know….=P

This Prelude belongs to Jed Peralta. He used to have a candy red CB Accord and he sold it to build this thing. Great wheel fitment and wheel choice…I offered to shoot his car awhile back just for fun but he kinda like didn’t seem to interested…Oh well guess my pics are good enough…haha…

I was looking forward to seeing this Accord at the show. I was watching his rebuild thread and after it got out of paint, I only saw like one picture of it from the NastIE Garage meet. It came out great. I’ve never seen this kit of a two-door CD before. I think with a different set of wheels, it would look alot better but it’s on the right track…

This is Jesse’s coupe from Cali Love. I always hear mixed things about this car but I like it. Personally not my style but the work speaks for itself. It’s a nice all around build. Interior is really nice too…Would look great with the front end all one color…

My car kinda sucks already but parking next to this thing certainly didn’t help. Shout-out to N1 Concepts…they’re really nice guys and always very courteous to our group…

I saw this EF awhile back at Norman from AS1’s garage when he was working on this thing. I heard it wasn’t gonna be ready for Nisei but I guess they ended up finishing it. I loved how it looked on the NR10s…The Fins are okay but now it looks a little too much like JDM Wong’s EF. The gold valve cover is a nice touch though. Doesn’t really flow with the rest of the car but I can understand why they did it…

One more shot of Travis’ Fit that I missed on the previous update…

…and another shot of these two guys that came down from Norcal. I didn’t really take pics of the white twin turbo hatch…why? Ehh..

Ahh, now for the random stuff. Sometimes I’d rather just stand around and take pics of stuff going on so here it is…

Ron and Celine from Team Supastar actually got married the day of the show so their cars were obviously absent, but it didn’t stop them from showing up and having a walk-through of the show. I wouldn’t ever do this because I think my marriage would not last more than a day if I went to a carshow on the day of my wedding. That and my girl would probably punch me in the neck if I even mentioned it. I’d also be a grumpy fuck because I would hate life wearing a full suit in that kind of heat. Did I mention that if I get married and my friends went to a car show instead of my wedding I would fuck their souls in the afterlife? Oh yeah, I would definitely find a way…Congrats though Ron and Celine. Drinks all around…

I didn’t get any shots of Norman from AS1 doing anything creepy or awkward this time around but here he is sitting with the rest of the AS1 guys…

I was walking around and then I ran into DC5 Jared. Here he is showing me which hand he likes to use the most…

Oh here’s another shot of David’s that I missed…

Some DPK love…

I was trying to figure out who this Hmong woman was who was leaning on Reggie’s DC2…

…turns out that it was actually BonB from the east coast. Even he knew that the best shit is out here so he flew out to come see us…haha…That’s probably the same face he made when he saw that picture of Nashville posted in front of his bathroom mirror with his penis tucked away…Fuckin’ sicko…

I was taking this picture of Tony’s wheel and then headed back to our tent to hang out…

Then Tina watched Thomas from Camp1320 yack all over himself and fall on the ground. I think this was her reaction when he was in his yoga pose throwing up…

Not really sure what happened but it was definitely memorable meeting him for the first time and then seeing him vomit. I feel like I know him already. Well at least I know what he ate that day anyway…haha. I actually saw him the next day at Chase’s Deja Vu meet and he was back to normal. You really had to be there to see him in action…haha, let’s just say that he went on a fucking rager…I liked this pic so much that I actually turned it into a wallpaper for you guys…if you want the artsy hi-res version CLICK HERE...

No this isn’t a black and white image, he’s just that pale. Even in like Socal sun and heat, the kid looks like a ghost…haha…

HBK Gabe. That way when he searches for himself on Google again he can at least find a picture of himself…

AS1 Nancy enjoying the show…

Awards were coming up soon so everyone started to clean up and put their hoods back on…Here’s Sid being useful with his one good arm…

DC5 Brian and TJ aka Silentdancer aka “I’ll join your AIM chatroom even though I’m at a club”…

Steve aka “dagreenek” from Washington not very happy with Brian having his arm around him…

Arnel rocking the Honda Tuning sticker because that’s what magazine cover guys do…haha. Congrats all around for Arnel and his Sept. 2009 Honda Tuning cover spread…

Here’s a good shot of Tony’s custom L-Con fabbed center-exit exhaust…He’s also probably the only guy left with an original Import Showoff plate frame…

All the cool guys are rockin it…;)

…See? If you rep The Chronicles, you win awards…

…Sheepey took the Integra/RSX Showoff award…

…Brian took 2nd Place Acura Class…

…and Tony won 1st Place Acura Class…Congrats to all the homies for winning big. Each car was totally deserving…

Oh almost forgot to point out Arnel’s new gold center caps…

After the awards, everyone was just shooting the shit and getting ready to go home…

We ended up being the last ones at the event because the tow company that was supposed to come pick up Tuan’s coupe brought out the wrong truck. We weren’t gonna throw this thing on a non-flatbed so we waited until they came back with one…

Arnel’s EG of course is in the latest issue of Honda Tuning mag but next month will feature another Phaze2 car; Sid’s DA…It was shot a couple months back and you’ll be able to see it in all it’s glory in the Nov. issue…Hopefully Sid’s arm will be healed by then so he can flip the pages haha…

I walked by to take a look at Big Mike’s engine bay one more time while we were cleaning up. This was probably the only time I got to talk to him because he was so busy throughout the day answering questions and talking to everyone…

Alot of helping hands available to help PlusOne Danny load up his coupe…

Tina happy to go home…

Norcal Tweem1 and his life partner qwkdb8 dropped by to give me the finger. Steve swears I was mad dogging him at Eibach this year but now I know what he looks like so I can mad dog the right guy next year. I always thought he was asian for some reason…haha…

We kinda just stuck around and shot the shit for awhile after everyone left. We still had to wait for the tow trucks to come grab Tuan’s coupe and Big Mike’s Prelude. Man I had to piss so bad that I actually went into one of those porto-pottys. Standing inside one of those things after it had been sitting in the heat all day was not the business…haha. Can’t believe someone actually took a shit in there too…gross…

I try not to post pics of my car on this site but some of you had been asking for updates on it so here it is…Nothing really new, just lowered it some more and finally put my curtains in…I just took these while we were waiting since I had nothing else to do…

That about wraps it up…I went back to Mikey’s after and then headed to our late friend Armando’s birthday party. It was pretty cool cuz it was Michael Jackson themed and a bunch of people were dressed up. I left around 1:30am or so and then got stuck in traffic for 2 hours because the 5 freeway was closed to just one single lane. Shit was fucked. I literally was parked on the freeway. I just went to sleep on the 5 and didn’t get home until 3:30am or whatever. You gotta love L.A I guess…haha. Thanks for looking…

If you wanna check out our cars, make sure to come out to Mega Matsuri this Saturday. It might actually be the last time you see HeyMikeyyyy’s car in Socal. He recently sold it but the auto transport has kinda been lagging so he might bring it out to the show…come by and say what’s up….

10 thoughts

  1. THE CHRONICLES KILLING IT!!

    Oh and on the comment about why they are selling their cars..i see what you mean..thank god we have cameras though..O and your car is sick..i love hondas but i really want a y33 too..keep it coming!

  2. always on point my friend. glad you caught the entourage walk-through since i was busy trying to find parking and never made it in…

  3. WTF.. Mikey is selling his car? I would never want to drive something that is so popular and built by someone else. Oh wel..

  4. First off that long haired tighty is my bitch! Yall west coast fools call her BonB. She calls me master!

    Second Richie (nashville) looks good with a shave and tuck!

    Third…. I will be there soon pimps with my new project. Looking to ass rape the west coast with my 1000hp…. Its all stock with a 900 shot of noz. look out

    Sticky your the man and i love you

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