Nisei Showoff 2011 Coverage…Part 3…

Thanks everyone for their continued support…today we will be moving forward with Part 3 of the 2011 Nisei Showoff coverage. Today, like yesterday we will be taking a look at a mix of different cars at the show along with some closer detail shots that I really want you guys to take a look at. Many times when you look at photos of builds online, it’s easy to miss out on the minor details and intricacies that many like include. I’ve always been a firm believer that no matter how minor the detail, if you appreciate your own build enough to include them, somebody out there will notice it. One of the main things that I miss about having my own Honda build is those individuals who I don’t even know that will come up to me and ask me about a certain detail in my car, that I never expected any one to notice. It’s a great feeling, especially when you realize that there are people out there that really enjoy what you do and how you execute a particular detail. Attention to detail, like I have always said, has become a lost art form. Many people these days are out just to get immediate attention and hype, and completely ignore the little things that would make their builds so much better. It’s a shame when I see a really nice, well put together, car at a show and upon further inspection, realize that it’s just one of those cars that look better from far away. It’s very easy to spend those extra moments to make sure that you have things a certain way. I say that even the smallest detail will be noticed by someone, but I must also point out that the minor flaws that you took a short-cut on are even easier to notice sometimes. Just take that extra time, those extra dollars, to execute…you know? I know these days everybody is all about swag, and hype, and sticker bombing or whatever the fuck it is, but those things are only cool for the moment. Great detail, great builds, will live in the minds of enthusiasts for a lifetime. That’s why it’s great to see cars like Parnell’s from the past and the ATS Garage guys from the present. Those builds will stick with you. Every time you work on a new build, you’re going to go back into your memory banks to create a mental checklist of what should (or needs to) be done and those cars will be your mental examples. And years from now somebody will think back and remember what you did, because you spent those extra moments to make sure your build was as close to perfect as possible….

Anyways, moving on with the photos…

One more look at the DPK and ATS Garage guys in the “Present” section of GENERATIONS…

I was overjoyed to see the SSR Super Mesh wheels back on Ejay’s Integra…Of all the different sets that he’s had, I always felt like these wheels were the perfect look suited for his DA…

A better look at Jeff Campbell’s DC2…Love the engine bay and all the purple/blue -aN fittings and hose ends. It’s crazy how unsuspecting this car looks with the hood down. When he pops the hood it’s a completely different car…

I never get tired of seeing Parnell’s DA…I’m happy to see that it has aged well and hasn’t gotten beat up like some other Hondas…

One of the cool things about having a smaller crowd at an event is that you can actually stand there and look at a car in detail without being interrupted by someone or have someone stand in front of you, blocking your view. That’s usually what happens whenever I’m around Mike G.’s hatch but at Nisei, I was able to get some pretty good shots of “Tank” under the hood…

The Plan:B Motorsports billet valve cover with custom coil-over-plug set-up…

I thought all the bullet-ends on the bolts, dipstick, and oil cap were a cool touch. Definitely adds character to the bay…

Custom shock tower bar from ASC Speed Metal with “TANK” welded onto the center of it…here you have a better look at the oil cap….

Here you can get a better look at all the bullet-ends that serve as bolt caps…Also note the cap over the distributor…

ICB Matt’s Civic…Never thought I’d see the day where a Chronicles sticker would be placed on the same windshield as a DOHC Garage sticker…

Jorge Hernandez’s Civic and a shot of his bay with the classic Abbey Road Company intake and induction box…

Kane Chan’s EJ1 coupe…

Royal Origin 350Z on VIP Modular wheels…

E36 BMW on VIP Modular wheels…

Meet the owner of this FG2 Civic, Alex, while I was walking around doing coverage. Dude was telling me how he moved down from Washington state and what not and his experiences being out in Cali…nice guy…

Saw this NSX on aggressive white TE37s for the first time at this year’s Nisei Showoff… The owner of this NSX was parked in the same ditch that Sheeps was parked in. That’s why it looks like his car is taking a hard turn and leaning hard on one side…In fact, you can see Sheep’s S2K in the background and it looks like they are tandem drifting…

Yellow S2000 decked out in (hopefully legit) ASM aero all around…Good looking S2000 with individual throttle bodies and all…

It was good to see Darren Wong’s EM1 out at Nisei since he was having some problems with his C.O.P. set-up during FF Battle 3…I talked to him for a little bit and he told me that he figured out what the issue was and the car was running pretty good…

It definitely wasn’t over crowded at any point in time during the day. Here you can see the scattered crowds and groups of people talking…

Anh’s ITR was a hit throughout the day…

VW on some rare 16-inch VIP Modular wheels…

The 2nd Gen. Lexus GS was probably the most popular of the VIP-themed rides at Nisei….I don’t want to say that they were “everywhere” but there was definitely a strong showing from them…

DPK David DJing with his homie at one of the ItsJDMYo!!! booths…

Ms. Tracy Linh was one of the models present in the ItsJDM Yo!!! section…

A couple cars representing ItsJDMYo!!! x 1-Up crew…

Andrew Lim’s gold Supra…

Peter and Theresa’s LS1-powered S14…

Enrique Rosario’s EG…Always good to see that guy because he’s always all-smiles…

Loi Song from Sportcar Motion taking a Facebook break in the shade…

I really wanted you guys to take a closer look at one of my favorite cars at Nisei Showoff 2011, which is this IS350 that belongs to Jonathan “JonJon” Usaha…It’s a great example of a well-rounded VIP build….

I’ve been a fan of this car ever since last year’s RPM show in Irvine and it’s good to see that his IS has continued to evolve…

Love the Weds Kranze Vishunu wheels and the custom neo-chrome Endless big brake calipers….

Junction Produce-themed interior…

Quick shot of ATS Garage member Chris Sakai’s front end and engine bay…

Gonna close it out today with a couple shots of this DC2, which is owned by Twee… This Integra has come a long way and is now wearing a newer Acura RSX Jade Green Metallic tone…

…and is also now K-powered. I thought the air intake was a little odd but overall, the bay is getting there…

A quick interior shot of her Integra…

That’s all for today, back tomorrow with more…

5 thoughts

  1. Thanks for the love! Sorry I couldnt hang with you guys that day. Maybe one day ill pop my hood again when my bay looks as nice as ATS,Dpk,THE TANK ,EJAY,AND BIG MIKE’S! I really give it up too those guys!!! Once again THANKS FOR ALL THE LOVE! P

  2. 1st time leaving a comment. aloha from hawaii sir! love the blog!
    the yellow s2k is madara from s2ki. all legit asm parts ftw!

    on a side note, any chance you will be coming to hawaii for wekfest?

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