Just hours following the conclusion of Hot Import Nights at the LA Convention Center, the gates to Mainstream's popular Nisei Showoff opened, firing off a small, but collective gathering of JDM-influenced street rides alongside Nisei Week (you may want to try a Google search if you are wondering what this is or are having a difficult time pronouncing "Nisei" because we've worn out the "What is Nisei?" story intro). A complete flip-side from the cars we saw the night before, some show entrants drove from as far as Northern California just to enter (and drove straight back after it ended) to do battle with the locals-think of it like a Bring It On but with cars.
For many, this was a prime time to relax, soak in the sun or ride a BMX bike for kicks. For those who came in support of Randy Gagan, it was a beautiful day to remember a fallen friend as his right-hand EF9 Civic was brought out for display (his friends hope to complete the car in the near future in honor of Randy). Leonard Yee, who owns the blue Civic on last year's September cover, redid his EK completely from the inside out, replacing the B with an individual throttle-bodied K20 and spraying the body down with a flamboyant coat of pink (which we obviously liked). The current trends of matching your Nike SB shoes' color to your wheel's color, and of mounting lowriding bicycles to the roof tops of a couple Scion xBs added a fresh twist to the urban theme of Nisei Showoff. But sadly there was no sorority dunk tank-no way to truly end the Nisei festivities by wasting our hard earned dollar bills watching young, nubile girls get soaked as the sun set behind downtown LA's skyline. Not even a shaved ice treat could take its place.