Nisei Showoff 2011 Coverage…Part 1…An Introduction…

“Honor the past…Appreciate the present…Build for the future…”

GENERATIONS

presented to you by The Chronicles…

I wanted to start off the coverage with a formal explanation of the line-up that I put together at Nisei Showoff 2011. I’ve been looking around online and some people were wondering what the whole “Generations” sticker was about that they saw on some cars there and if you follow the site regularly, then you already know why. For those that don’t and are just here to see the coverage now, allow me to explain. Ken Myoshi hit me up a couple weeks ago wanting to know if I had any ideas to throw at him for our collaboration that we were doing. I try to work with Ken and Showoff a lot because I appreciate what Ken Myoshi has done throughout the years for the entire import automotive community. It was the original import car show back in the early 90’s, long before Hot Import Nights, any of that NOPI garbage, Import Fest, Wekfest, Spocom, etc. It will always be THE original import car show event. I always make it a point to work with Ken because it’s an honor for me to do so. I’ve always been a heavy supporter of his Showoff events in the past and attended them whenever I could (and that was often). Having The Chronicles collaborate with Ken is something that I never imagined I would be able to do. No matter what I want to call it, this is a blog about Hondas. Simple as that. I didn’t think working with Showoff was possible because this site is not very significant in the broader scheme of the import automotive community. It was cool of Ken to ask because for whatever reason, he values my opinion and thinks that I can help him push his show. Last year, I collaborated with him with the “Top Ten Showoff” where I brought out a couple of Hondas that I throught were really nice and it worked out well. I had a booth, I sold some things, and the show overall was a success. Ken liked what I did and he asked me to help him out again this year…

For this year’s Nisei event, I had a very short amount of time to put something together because I’ve been busy taking care of other things, and just hadn’t had much time to contact Ken about what we should do. When I contacted Ken, we threw some ideas out at each other but nothing was really set in stone. I told him I’d reconnect with him on AOL Instant Messenger the very next day at around the same time, which was early in the a.m. around 1:30. The next day came and went and we didn’t get a chance to talk. This was a week before the event was set to take place…and I had nothing. Whenever I drive to May’s place to go spend time with her, I always spend those 35-40 minutes on the highway brainstorming ideas for the site. Some of my best ideas have come from those drives, many of them which I forget by the time I get home. On one of the night’s driving to her place, I came up with an idea….an idea to bring some of the best builds of year’s past (that were still around of course) and display them with some of what I feel are the best builds of our current generation with a couple of other cars that had yet to make a public appearance, which I would deem “The builds of the future”. Showoff is so enriched in history that it just made sense…I would call it “GENERATIONS”…it had a nice ring to it, so I went with it. I parked my 4Runner in my carport, ran up to my apartment, hopped on my computer and shot Tony from ItsJDMYo an email. I had somehow lost my contact info for Ken so I had no way of contacting him, and he wasn’t online at that moment, so I asked Tony to forward my idea to him. I was pretty excited by the idea but it almost seemed impossible to put together in less than a week’s time but if Ken liked the idea, I would push forward and do whatever it took to make it happen. Ken emailed me later that next day and told me that he felt that it was a great idea…and then it came time to execute…

The Chronicles and GENERATIONS represented on Big Mike’s Prelude passenger window…

What car was still around I thought, that people would appreciate seeing, that hadn’t been out at a car show like Showoff in a couple years…the first car that sprang to mind, within moments of thinking was Parnell’s 1993 Acura Integra. It was a beautiful build, timeless in every way, with all the right parts to make to relevant no matter what era it stood in. I didn’t know Parnell that well, we had met in passing, and I ran into him another time during a dinner with May and some friends at Fogo de Chau, and I almost didn’t recognize him. We became friends on Facebook after that, so my only means of contacting him was through a social media source. I am very good friends with Ejay though, who also had a DA like Parnell, so I knew I could always talk to Ejay if I had to. Ejay and Parnell are like brothers, if I had to have someone convince him to do it, Ejay was my man to do it. I hit Parnell up on Facebook and he quickly responded without hesitation that he was all for it. So the first guy was locked down….

Team Kosoku past and present…Parnell’s Mugen DA and Ejay’s DA…

The second guy I knew who might be down, was Kane Chan. He shows with all the other old school car crews at Showoff practically every year, so if I could piggyback off that, the whole “GENERATIONS” theme would make even more sense. Kane wasn’t sure what everyone in his crew wanted to do, so he said he would let me know after they had a meeting…so Kane was a “maybe”. I needed some help brainstorming ideas of who and what car to bring out, so I headed down to the Rywire facilities to meet up with Ryan, DPK David, and Big Mike. There we tossed around some names of who to ask…Mike G. was one of them, and a couple other names popped up, but we had no idea if those guys were even into cars anymore. Right next door to Ryan’s shop, if you didn’t know…was L*CON. Inside L*CON’s building was a smaller business, called Ballade Sports and was operated by Alex Doan, who has that full Spoon-themed black S2000 and a guy who has been a part of the Honda community for years, a guy we know as “Skinhead Mike”. Mike is the proprietor of Jon Tanji’s Civic hatchback. Jon passed away a couple years ago, and Mike has had his EG ever since. He occasionally takes it to work with him, and it has remained in its exact state since Jon had it…it was the perfect choice to bring to Nisei. We could honor not only the history with Jon’s Civic but also honor Jon Tanji, who many people these days don’t know of and to showcase his work. Big Mike talked to Skinhead, I talked to him for a bit, and while Mike was all for it and loved the idea, he had a personal matter to deal with and that was all I needed to hear. I’m not gonna make anyone do anything car-related if they have more pressing matters to attend to. When I first made the announcement regarding the appearance of Jon’s Civic, I kind of pulled the trigger on it too early by stating it would be there and that was my error. It should not reflect on Skinhead Mike or anyone else. I would have loved to have seen the car there, but it’s more important to me that he takes care of whatever he had to in his personal life. For those of you who expected the car to be there, I apologize, it was my mistake in jumping the gun and no one elses…

With little time left to get more of the Hondas from year’s past together, I hit up Matt from ICB Motorsport to see if he was coming out from Arizona for Nisei, and all of a sudden, everything fell into place. Literally out of nowhere, Matt single-handedly  saved my vision…and he has no idea that he did…haha. Matt was bringing out 5 cars… one of them being perfect for the section, because it stood the test of time and has remained in perfect condition…no, it’s not the car that you’re thinking of if you’ve already seen other pics. It wasn’t the famous “blue EG”. It was Jorge Hernandez’s gold Civic hatchback. You don’t hear from him because he’s a man of few words, but his build is one that you will always remember. The other cars that were coming out with him were perfect for the “present” section of GENERATIONS. Mike had a very nice Spoon-themed EM1 build, and another guy, Jeff Campbell, had a blue DC2 that made a strong presence at Eibach this year. RC Chacon was set to debut his new 4-door EG Civic build, that no one had seen yet, and while it wasn’t finished, it was perfectly suited for the “future” section alongside Loi Song’s debuting red EG build. The fifth and final car, was either going to be Matt’s CRX Pro.2 on MF10Ls…or a build that he’s had in his collection for years now (since 2006), a blue EG that once belonged to famed-Honda head, Chad Castelo. Chad for whatever reason, has taken it upon himself to speak ill of me and my work to others who we have as mutual friends so it was interesting that Matt offered to bring it out to Nisei. Matt had no idea about this of course but I made it a point to ask him to bring out Chad’s car to display at Nisei. Chad has never spoken to me in person, nor does he even know me personally, but he’s taken it upon himself to say some unpleasant things about The Chronicles and the people associated with the site. I have always loved his cars. In fact, his 4-door EF build back in his Team Ziggy days was one of the builds that made me fall in love with Hondas to begin with. His EG was a landmark build as well and one of the reasons why I really wanted it there was because Jon Tanji was the main contributor in that build. When it came to custom engine bays and tucks, and what not, Chad’s Civic was one of those builds that you will always remember if you have been in this community for the last decade-plus. I have nothing bad to say about Chad and I’ve been nothing but respectful of his work throughout the years, that’s why I wanted his old car to be there at Nisei. It was a perfect fit, albeit an ironic one, for GENERATIONS. Matt told me that it was iffy getting Chad’s old car out there because it had been sitting in storage so long but I made it a point to make sure that it made the trip out….

The cars for the “present” section, were by far the easiest to get together. The Hondas from DPK, ATS Garage, along with Ejay’s DA, Salem’s TSX, and Big Mike’s Prelude, were perfect. They are at the top of their game and the builds are a great representation of the top builds today. I later got a call from Kane to inform me that his Civic coupe would indeed be parked with us and that rounded out the 22-car line-up perfectly. All that came together in just a couple days time, and when Ken saw the line-up at Nisei that Saturday morning, even he was impressed by what was accomplished in that short time…

GENERATIONS “Present” line-up….starting with DPK David, ATS Garage’s Ryan Der, Chris Sakai, Anh Truong, and Angel Ramos’ S2000 in the distance…

Now on to what I think was one of the most talked about topics that day at Nisei Showoff 2011…the foot traffic and overall attendance. It wasn’t busy by any means that day, and it didn’t have to be. I heard so many people complaining about how no one showed up and how there was barely anyone there at the show. There didn’t have to be an overwhelming crowd. When there are too many people, people complain. When there aren’t that many people,….people complain. You have to remember that Nisei Showoff hasn’t been that crazy busy in the last couple years because that’s not what it’s about. If you want it to be crazy busy, go to one of the newer shows like Spocom or something, where there are bitches flocking around everywhere and there is loud music and go-go dancers. That’s not what this show is about. Nisei Showoff has always been about tradition. Ken Myoshi isn’t stupid. He doesn’t do this show to make money. The Showoff franchise hasn’t been a cash-cow in years and Nisei Showoff is one of his last remaining events. Ken continues to do Nisei Showoff because it’s an important part of our automotive community’s history. Showoff is what started it all in the beginning and it’s one of the last remains of our rich past. Honestly, you could have 4 people show up at Nisei Showoff, and I wouldn’t give a shit. Why? Because I know those 4 people that walked into the show will have come for the cars and for the history. What other event can you go to where you will see cars from the old school crews like Bosozoku and Street Image Performance parked alongside the current generation of crews like DPK and ATS Garage? Only at Nisei Showoff. People who only complained about the foot traffic fail to see the significance of Nisei Showoff. You should come to appreciate the cars and the people from your community, and not whether or not someone is invading your personal space because there’s no where to walk. You know what I mean? Who cares if there wasn’t that much foot traffic? Are you selling something? Do you have money invested in this event? If your answer is no, then why worry about it? You should appreciate Nisei Showoff because Showoff is still around. The people you looked up to who were building the cars that you wanted to build went to Showoff events, and hopefully, one day, when your kids are into cars and building cars like the ones they watched you build, can say that they went to a Showoff event. You are a part of a bigger picture and if you think that Nisei Showoff was a failure because attendance was low, you’re not only selling the event short, you’re also selling yourself short. Appreciate what is around you. When you go to this show, take a step back and look at everything. There are people from the past uniting with the current crop of enthusiasts to share each other’s work. You shouldn’t have to worry about attendance because the guys that are there to see the cars at Nisei Showoff, are already there with their cars and they are parked right next to you…

Just a small glimpse at the GENERATIONS line-up…

People always joke around saying “oh I thought last year’s Nisei was the last one”, “every year is the last one”…that’s because it possibly could be. Ken continues to put this event on because the lot that it is held at every year is still available for him to use…one day it won’t be. The lot is owned privately and at any point in time, it will be torn down and there will be property built over it. Every year Ken calls to ask if the lot is available, and if it is, he will put the show on. It isn’t because he’s using the fact that it’s going to be the last show as a selling point for you to come. Next year, it may very well go into development. And someday, you may drive by that exact area and tell your kids or whomever, that it was the spot where one of the best import automotive shows was held all time and you miss the fact that there’s no more Nisei Showoff…

It’s sad to hear that I see some people on other sites complaining about media passes and how they weren’t “taken care of” properly. It’s that ridiculous sense of entitlement that exists these days that make kids think that the people at Showoff should roll out the red carpet for them. The Showoff events have made their mark in our industry. It doesn’t need some kid’s photos to make or break it. If you really appreciate what you do as a journalist, enthusiast, car head, or blogger, pay the $10 that it costs at the gate and walk your ass inside and take your photos. I walk into every event I go to not thinking about what I can do for the event. I cover events because it has helped me build my site and reputation into what it is today. That’s why my coverage is always very comprehensive, very detailed. I have total confidence in saying that nobody does event coverage better than I do because I don’t feel entitled to anything. Nobody owes me shit. I cover cars, and especially the people because I want people to be able to look back and remember the great times they had doing what they love. If you’re getting upset because you didn’t get a free pass, or didn’t get inside the event at a certain point in time because you think that event organizer needs to have you there, your site sucks and what you’re doing fucking sucks. There are thousands of people taking photos at events and covering what’s going on who don’t complain and just do it because they love it…

It’s a lot to read, but I hope you got through all of it…now we can move forward with the photos…

There was quite a bit of traffic on the way to downtown L.A. the morning of Nisei Showoff, so I got there a little later than expected. I don’t have very many photos early in the day because I was busy setting up the booth, as well as parking all the cars in our line-up the way I wanted them to be parked. The first part of the coverage today will cover my booth and the cars around it. My reasoning behind that is because I think what I put together at Nisei Showoff is important and you should see it and also because I stayed at my booth the majority of the early hours of the show….

A quick glimpse at the line-up… Ryan from Rywire was supposed to bring out his CR-X, but for the second straight year, his EF had what we call “The Nisei Curse”, and didn’t make it to the event…so he brought out his back-up, his white NSX on white Regamasters….not a bad back-up if you ask me…

While Ryan’s NSX was the book-end to the left side of The Chronicles booth, Big Mike’s Prelude served as the end on the right…

Our line-up was so big that day that we ended up taking up that whole side of the show. It was a lucky coincidence that my boy Billy’s IS300 ended up parking next to The Chronicles. Sportcar Motion’s red EG made it’s first official public appearance at Nisei Showoff and it was at the start of our 22-car line-up…

Northwest internet celebrity and retired Hmong gangster Yee Vang made the trip out from Washington to show his support at Nisei Showoff. Here he is with Big Mike in a rare photo of them together…

Jeff Campbell’s DC2 and Mike Schietroma’s EM1, both blue, both on Rega EVOs…

Ejay and Parnell’s DA Integras…They both dropped off their cars and quickly left to attend to family matters…

May usually brings out treats like cookies and what not for The Chronicles booth but she brought all kinds of fruits and juices to make drinks for everyone…

The ice cold fruit drinks were perfect being that the day ended-up hotter than anyone had imagined. The photo here is obscured because I took it through the mesh netting from our canopy…

Norman from AS1 probably saying something dirty to Fred Chapman from ATS…

DPK David and Ryan Der made sure to represent their sponsor, Falken Tire….

The two S2000s from our GENERATIONS line-up…

WheelFlip.com model Tina posing for a photo…

Danny from PlusOne was one of the guys that I should have asked to be a part of our line-up. I thought he would be with his crew so I didn’t even think to ask. It all worked out though because he ended up parked directly across from us…

Danny’s custom PlusOne Mugen MF10s sitting over his custom purple Spoon Sports calipers…

Chris Sakai showed up to Nisei Showoff with a set of Mag Blue TE37s and a couple of new touches under the hood…

Anh was on vacation so Fred Chapman brought his ITR out to Nisei…

Loved this slammed Radio Flyer that a loyal Chronicles reader brought by the booth…

Also across from The Chronicles booth was the WheelFlip.com booth… Alex had 3 different sets of M7s on display…

Nisei Showoff 2011 also marked the debut of the new Hershey brand DC2R bumper, seen here on Arn Reyes’ Integra… I’ve been following the build-up of this bumper since Alex Zhao started work on it and I have to admit that while I was sketchy about it in the beginning, it looks much  better in person…

My only criticism is my disliking of the L.E.D. turn signals. Being that the original design is based off the GR-chassis Subaru STI, I felt that he should have left the OEM foglights intact…Still a novel idea either way though, and it’s definitely different…

DPK Jared and Big Mike spending a moment in the shade and having a drink…

Anh’s ITR proved to be one of the most looked-at builds in our line-up…

Arn not only debuted the Hershey bumper on his Integra, he also brought out his baby boy for the first time for everyone to see…Meet Anthony Reyes…

Little Anthony didn’t really appreciate the idea of someone picking him up…

Murdock and Sam Ip hanging out…Sam was a part of The Chronicles Nisei line-up last year. He had the white 8th gen. Civic SI sedan that he ended up wrecking later on in the year and now he’s building a black, all J’s Racing-themed, sedan…

My cousin Tim aka Timscribbles came out to Nisei to check out the rides…He’s a younger guy in our community but he’s a lover of all kinds of different automobiles and his blog shows all his adventures…

A couple of shots of Angel Ramos’ S2000….

Lowfat Pie with ekfour Tony Huynh’s daughter…Tony and family came back to Cali along with Steve Kwan (dagreenek) to hang and check out Nisei Showoff…

Tony from ItsJDMYo!!! rocking his old school 13Devils pit crew shirt…Tony and I used to be from that crew back in the day and I even had the banner on my car when my car was featured in Honda Tuning back in 2006…

 

I still miss Ryan Der’s kit on his EK but it’s looking slightly better with the black TEs back on it…

Again, Nisei was the debut of Sportcar Motion’s 330whp K24-powered Civic hatchback…this thing is a fucking beast…

RC Chacon also debuted his new 4-door EG sedan at Nisei, alongside Sportcar Motion’s red EG…You should remember RC from his previous build, which was the white hatchback with no hood, bright orange valve cover, and dump tubes exiting through the (non-existent) hood…The 4-door wasn’t anywhere near completion yet so he decided not to compete at Nisei, but it was cool to have the car out there nonetheless…

That’s all for today…gonna close it out today with another shot of Angel’s S2K….stay tuned for much more. I’ve actually gone through the majority of the photos already and we are looking at a 6-part series of Nisei 2011 Coverage. Make sure to come back tomorrow for part 2 and tell everyone out there that they will get the best, most comprehensive Nisei coverage only here on The Chronicles….

37 thoughts

  1. The Chonicles – Showoff car show appreciates all the support from you and your readers. It is also great to know that ever since the birth of Showoff in 1994, we did not sell out. How can we prove it? We had HIN approach us in 2003 to sell Showoff to them and did we sell out??? NO. The kids today have no idea the rich history of the scene or Showoff and its great to see the Chronicles tell it like it is! Support real shit and people who keep it real. SHOWOFF X THE CHRONCLES from 1994 ‘Til Infinity.

  2. nice coverage as always :D…i was gonna say that bumper looke dlike a gr suby haha. it’s different, but oddly not too bad looking

  3. As always great coverage, no matter how many other blogs I read cover the events you go to I don’t feel I know how the event really was until you weigh in.

    That Hershey bumper might take some growing… and maybe a farther back photo.

  4. Well I really have to give it up to joey for putting together a great line up. This year I decided to take my son and one of his friends to the show to show my son what the import scene is all about. I also Wanted him to see all the trend setters from back in the day even though there was only a couple, but it was nice to see all familiar faces. This showoff will be one for the books for me because I spent a great day with my son and great friends. Well Thanks for all that u do for the car scene. I just recently started to visit ur site or blog and I’m a great fan…keep up the great work u do! Thanks again!!

  5. Joey, great event coverage as always and your contribuition to the show with the GENERATIONS line up was excellent. I’m glad I had the chance to meet you. Thanks for including a picture of my son and his slammed radio flyer.

  6. I don’t think this years Nisei showoff was as on point as the last two years, but that’s not Kens fault, that’s more alone the lines of the people who participate.

    Last year you could barely walk through the cars it was so packed, the streets of LA during check in was filled with cars.

    Seems this year everyone just had some personal shit going on or just didn’t want to register, and I kept hearing about this motion hype. I cannot WAIT to see coverage of that event, should be a good laugh.

    Nisei always brings a lot of hard hitters, this year a HUGE showing of Mazda people came out which is surprising, where do these people find the damn cars??? Such an impressive test of time.

    Seeing Chad’s Blue EG was very nostalgic for me being it was the last engine bay besides his own that Jon touched. I’m so glad the car hasn’t been modified or changed from how I remember it when I saw it last in 2004.

    Thanks Ken for having the showoff again, and if it goes on next year then I’ll make sure to bring my car out again. My paints not looking so great and she had a hole in the radiator I spent all sunday fixing.

    The Generations line up was great, I don’t know who owns what so I couldn’t tell anyone congrats, everyone I knew boned the hell out and toured the streets of L.A.

    Either way great time as always, have fun at the motion show. I’ll save my gas hah.

  7. No offense but your coverage of most events are pretty terrible, you cover the same damn content everytime… I have been to alot of the events and theres quite alot more to cover then what you provide. Nisei has been a terrible show for the 3 years I have went to, the cars have been less impressive as the years gone by and wtf wants to sit in the sun for 8 hours plus at a show with the attendence of a car meet. Not worth paying 50-65 to do what you can at a organized meet. If your gonna start to e-thug and ragg on on other car blogs you might want to look at your own first before talking.

    • Thanks for your opinion Kelvin. Next time you want to post up a comment under a false alias, you might want to make sure that you haven’t posted on here before with your IP and your gravtar logged. I’m sorry that you don’t feel that my site lives up to your expectations and that my events are “terrible”. It’s the same content or similar content because it comes from the same person, the person that runs this site solely on his own. Maybe you feel that there is more that I should cover because I don’t take any photos of your car. That’s because I’m honestly not that big of a fan of your build, and that’s okay. If you don’t like my site either, it’s cool with me as well. Your opinion of Nisei is your opinion bro, you can say what you want about that show but you still walked home with an award that day, so the Showoff staff appreciated your hard work, and you should reciprocate. It would be cool if you showed them a similar respect. I’ll talk about another site or “e-thug” as you call it, as I see fit. It’s nice of you to defend a site that featured your ride though, so at least your loyalty is true.

      I value what you have to say, but don’t hide behind a fake name, I know who you are and what crew you’re from. If you have anything else you want me to touch upon, feel free to talk to me. I apologize if you feel that me not taking photos of your car reflects on my overall coverage of every event. I cover what I can and I cover what interests me.

      For what it’s worth, I cover Hondas mostly, this is afterall, a Honda-dedicated site. If I miss a photo of an Evo occassionally, maybe it’s because I’m making room for more Honda content.

      Have a good day man.

  8. ” tell everyone out there that they will get the best, most comprehensive Nisei coverage only here on The Chronicles….” this is so true. thats all day!

  9. Great coverage and commentary, can’t wait to see the rest. The Generations theme you did was executed very well, and the cars you guys brought were stellar. My car was the white BB6… I hope to meet you guys at future events.

  10. To the guy that said a lot of meaningless shit behind a fake name (which is my definition of e-thugging) it’s only e-thugging if you want speak the same way in person. Which we will, try and find out.

    Dpk*David

    • Dpk Don’t need to blow it out of proportion it is America .. We have freedom of speech.. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion..

  11. I’ll come out with it. Joey had the decency not to mention that Kelvin is in our newly formed Team for “it’s JDM yo! x 1UP” and I am very embarrassed and ashamed of his actions. It’s my fault for not knowing the motives of our members and would like to publically apologize to both Joey and Import Showoff. Most of you guys who follow “The Chronicles” know we’re pretty tight and will collab often so this is unacceptable. Joey is a dear friend and we go way back and to have someone from our own house insult him and Import Showoff out of spite is appalling. I will rectify this as best I can. But all I can say for now is sorry Joey. You know I have mad love for “The Chronicles” and it’s the only reason “it’s JDM yo!” exists. You inspire bro and keep doing what you do. I got your back 100%

    Tony

    it’s JDM yo!!!

  12. Joey- I want to say that you have excellent coverage all the time. I wanna thank you for covering my non hondas- hence forth u do enjoy other types of builds other than hondas. Since it is your own personal blog, u have a right to post pics of whomever and whatever you want. Keep up the great work. I’m still subscribed.

  13. The coverage is off to a great start as always Joey, im looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos. Thanx for the new photo too.

  14. Hey Joey,

    This is Chad, I read your blog, and despite what you’ve been told, I’m not throwing rocks from a distance, I’m right here.

    1. First off, I want to thank you for the recognition and props on the work and builds that I have done through the years. I really
    appreciate the positive statements and support. It’s a great thing to see other enthusiasts, car builders, and car collectors reflect on the
    contributors that help shape the industry and our hobbies in a positive way. Jon Tanji was at the top of his game when he helped
    build my car in 03′. It is a piece of history and it will never be forgotten whether a person likes me or doesn’t. I’m just glad I was along for the ride and people understood my passion for the hobby and recognized everyone that helped get it there.

    2. The following comments have me puzzled. I don’t know you personally; we have not had any conversations or nor have we ever met.
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    know it would not be my place.

    If my opinion or my thoughts about the “content” of your blog site fall in the same lines of disrespecting you then so be it. You put
    your opinion out there and I’m going to form an opinion of my own as well. That doesn’t make either of us wrong. As someone in this
    industry you should already know not everyone will agree or understand what a person does or why. Not everyone is going to love the cars that we build, or the blog sites that we create. The opinion I’ve formed after continually reading your blog I would gladly share with you in person as it would probably be a decent debate. I respect you doing your own thing. If someone thinks that my disagreement with your opinions was talking shit, their skin is far too thin. This site is pure entertainment for me and I generally disagree with you, but I come back. Feel free and thanks again for the kind words m7king@gmail.com. Good luck and continued success on your blog site.

    • Thanks for taking the time to speak on your own behalf Chad. I really do appreciate that you took the time to speak to me regarding the matter. Like I said before, I have always respected the work that you have done and the cars that you have produced. What came out of left field for me was when I started hearing various things from our mutual friends regarding your thoughts on my site and what I do and I found it to be odd because I’ve never once said anything bad about what you do. I totally understand that you don’t always agree with what I say or how I go about my business here and you’re entitled to that opinion. Nobody ever said that you had to agree with me. I guess word of mouth just travels fast in our community and things get back to one another fairly quickly. I had no idea that you even viewed this site or knew about it since you haven’t been around for awhile, so to hear you talk about it and how you think so negatively of it from others was a surprise to me. At the end of the day, you can say what you want and I’m happy that you came on here to address the issue. I have heard what you have had in the works with your latest project and I’m interested to see how that car will look when it comes to completion. Thanks for continuing to return to this site to view it’s content even if you generally don’t agree with anything I have to say. I was happy to have your old EG at Nisei because I think it was good to spotlight such a timeless build and to show the current crop of guys a moment in our rich history. If there is anything else that needs to be said, I will be sure to contact you and you should do the same if you have something to address. Good luck to you as well and I’m excited to see your next project when you unveil it…

  15. Wow. That’s all I gotta say. Never built a damn Honda in my life but I love coming here and seeing the Great pics and Joey’s amazing write ups. It’s like reading a quality printed magazine. The Chronicles easily surpasses pretty much any show coverage blog. Good peeps make a scene not sour pusses.

  16. Joey I think your coverage sucks because that ruckus drawing wasnt even close to what my ish looks like hahaha! Keep up the good work. Autofashion didnt go to Nisei this year because it was my brothers birthday thing going on and congrats to all the wieners! Im kind of glad we didnt go because the heat would of got to me. Oh well…

  17. wow! sooo much drama in this post. i’ll end it in a possitive note. as always, thanks for snapping pics of my ride. i really appreciate it. i’m even more stoked that my son made it on ur blog!!!! i showed silvia and we both get a kick out of the pics. keep doin ur thing, and let the haterz hate…if i listened to all the haterz and shit, a lot of my shit wouldn’t be the way it is today. but i could careless about what people think. =)

  18. The best coverage as always. Don’t know anyone personally but The Chronicles family makes me feel i do just a little bit.
    Keep it up Joey, you’re inspiring, both as a Honda guy and as a person.

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