To commemorate their 20-year anniversary, Mainstream Productions, the brains behind the OG import car show Showoff, teamed up with Ramen Yokocho Festival on October 18 and 19 to take over Exhibition Hall 4 of the Pomona Fairplex for the Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho.
On one side of the hall visitors were welcomed with art exhibits, souvenir vendors, an appearance and live performance by Japanese-New Zealander singer/songwriter, Kat McDowell as well as film screenings of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle, Samurai Geisha Fest, Shiren & Ragi, Peeping Life, and Doraemon.
On the other side of the hall over 30 cars were on display to remind people of Showoff's heritage of being "The First, The Finest, and Original" car show series. The biggest stars of the car show had to be Paul Garcia's R35 GT-R, which was decked out in all its glory with its Liberty Walk widebody kit and SSR wheels and Alf Senato of Team R-Rydes' 2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe, "The Blue Waffle."
The Project Diep AE86 Corolla Trueno was also on display next to a small picture board that detailed its story. In 2012, Phong Diep was seriously injured in a bicycle accident that left him in a severely disabled state. Once the Corolla is completed, Phong's friends and family plan to present it to him with the hope that not only will it help with his recovery but also with the hope he will recognize it as a symbol of the love and commitment they have for him.
Outside the hall, food vendors including some of the top ramen chefs in the world were on site to feed hungry spectators. Internet foodies and ramen fans were in for a special treat as Keizo Shimamoto was also on hand, along with his world famous ramen burgers.
From Import Showoff to Chinatown Showoff to Nisei Showoff, who knows what the next 20 years will have in store for Showoff? One thing is for sure, if there's ramen involved, you can bet your butt we'll be there.