Nisei Showoff 2010 Coverage…Part 1…

So the 2010 Nisei Showoff has wrapped-up and I must say, everything went quite smoothly. Considering all the work that went into getting everything together for the booth and what not, things on show day went off without a hitch. Ken Myoshi and I had planned to do a special Chronicles booth where we would spotlight some of the previous Top Ten Hondas from the past year and the homies and I got together and we pulled it off. The hardest part was getting the cars together. Some were non-commital, some didn’t know if their cars would be done in time, and some didn’t even have their cars anymore. I had two cars drop out the last minute because they just couldn’t get their cars running right in time and I didn’t want them to drive a far distance and put themselves at risk so I had to look for replacements. I had a number of guys in mind but again, they either weren’t ready or they just couldn’t make it down. Luckily I had some good friends pull through and come day of show, I think the line-up looked great. I was up until about 5:30 or so the night before the show cutting stickers and making sure everyone had their stuff so I ended up oversleeping until about 7:15am. I was supposed to be there from 6:30-7 but like usual, I was late…Ken was looking for me and asking some of my booth cars where I was at and I hauled ass to get down there. By the time I made it there, it was probably 8:30 or so and we began to set up. Here’s a pic of our line-up that I snapped right after we finished…

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…not the best picture in the world but I was occupied with other things. From left to right we have; Salem with his newly updated J’s Racing-themed TSX (2008 Top Ten Honda), Big Mike’s Prelude (2009 Top Ten Honda), Tony and his NSX (2009 Top Ten Honda), very special guest and very good friend of ours Jared and his S2000, Arnel’s Civic (2008-2009 Top Ten Honda), and Sam Ip’s Civic sedan from As1, who is well on his way to making the 2010 class of The Chronicles list. I had asked Sam to be a part of our line-up but he almost didn’t make the show. He was on PCH the night before and someone had actually rear-ended him. Unless you really walked around the car and looked at the rear bumper, you probably wouldn’t even have noticed it was damaged. We decided that he should come out regardless of the accident because he had worked so hard on getting it repaired after his other accident and it would be a shame if he let this minor accident prevent him from showing at Nisei…

A lot of time and effort went into putting this together and I honestly couldn’t be happier with the end result. The section looked to be a hit and we had heavy traffic all day with people buying Chronicles gear and checking out some of the best Honda builds in the country. I was busy manning the booth with May and the rest of the homies early on in the day so I really didn’t have a chance to walk around and take pictures, so the majority of the first part of the Nisei 2010 coverage will just be random stuff I caught and people shots, like I usually do. I didn’t go and look at most of the cars on the other side until later on in the day, so if I somehow missed you in the coverage, I apologize. I was busy throughout the day and just couldn’t capture everything that I wanted to…

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Initial set-up, we were basically finished with the tent and tables and all that, just had to make sure Arnel got there…

A look inside our canopy. May made Munkey Munch, cookie brownies, and cookies for people that wanted to stop by and say what’s up or buy stuff…

Jonathan Wong from Super Street came by to chat and I snapped a shot of his shirt. For the younger cats out there, you probably don’t know what those logos represent but they are actually old school car crews that have been around long before you even knew how to drive or were into modified imports. These guys have been “down since day one” and Jonathan got them altogether to represent at what might be the last Nisei Showoff at this location…

Here is some of their line-up that day. Advan RGs, Fins, RnRs, and other timeless mods that keep their builds frozen in time back to their era when Hondas were clean and simple…

Bill’s award-winning IS300 and the ItsJDMYo booth right across from us…

Salem’s brand new J’s Racing front bumper… This bumper and the rear J’s wing changes the entire look of this car. Can’t wait to see more of Salem’s TSX at the track. I’m proud of this guy, one of the few that actually come through on every modification that they plan and don’t really let obstacles prevent him from reaching his goal…

Big Mike rockin’ the new 2XL Chronicles shirts, which will go up in the store very soon…If you’re a bigger dude, better jump on these while they’re available. I actually sold quite a few at Nisei…

DPK David biked over to say what’s up…When I say “what’s up”, I mean he kinda sat there and talked on the phone…=P

Billy…

The finalized line-up minus Salem’s TSX. There was a bunch of people staring at it and I couldn’t get it in the shot…You can see AutoFashion right next to us in the distance…

Norman, who I owe a big thanks to for helping me get ahold of Sam so that he could rep in the Top Ten Showoff section…The drinking at 11am is something I wonder about though..haha…

DPK Slappy aka Andrew was out and about all day snapping pics for MayDay Garage. I think he said he took like 1400 pictures or something…crazy…

Spotted a couple USDM Jam guys from Japan taking pics of the cars. I didn’t see Tetsuya around so I guess only a couple of the Japanese heads flew out…

Jimmy from Team Praxis looking all angry and shit…

Rywire helping Arnel put his stickers on…

Sam’s FD2 conversion and Spoon Sports bumper…

Hmmm…

Happy to see my homies represent…

The yellow tape was a little ghetto but we didn’t take into account that we had nothing to keep the banner up…haha…

Aaron Bonk from Skunk2 came by to chat…He gave us more details on the Skunk2 Unmeet that’s happening next month. I’ll probably post something up about it soon for you guys that want to come by and hang out…

Arnel’s bay is always a hit…

Thanks to Doug for always being helpful and taking scandalous pictures of models…

Jared with his original rear NSX-spec Mugen M7s on both the front and back of his S2000…

Matty chatting…

Haze from AS1…

DPK David’s cousin Chris’ little boy…

Big Mike…

Salem’s J’s Racing Edition Personal wheel…

Matty and Billy…

Everyone came out to check out Nisei, even Norman from N1 Concepts…

West coast hood poppers…

Art’s track-prepped S2000…

Not sure what they were talking about but ATS*Junior thought it was hilarious…

Maureen Chen was a special guest of Tony’s ItsJDMYo booth and even helped present the trophies at the end of the day…

More of Arnel’s car, including his -AN fitting into a Rockstar can…haha…

AS1 Sam…

Big Mike talking to a rep from Inline4…perhaps working on something for next year…

Gonna stop here for today…the chick that belongs to this ass was pretty irritating. She was running around passing out flyers all day for Asianmodelpalooza or some shit. Everytime she walked by she would try to hand me one of those fuckin things…I told her like 8 times I already got one and she still insisted on giving me one…

Anyways, that’s it for today. I promise it gets better when I actually start walking around later in the day. That and we ran into some random cosplay people during lunch that you gotta see, well if you’re into weird shit like that…A lot more Honda coverage this time around too….stay tuned…

20 thoughts

  1. Great coverage, as always…

    I love how you take pictures of people as same as cars, its great to put a face on a nick, and i shows the entire community.

    Thumbup!

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