Ken Miyoshi’s Showoff series of car shows will forever be embedded in my brain as some of the most memorable events that I’ve experienced throughout my car “lifetime.” From the very first Import Showoff (its original name, by the way, was actually the first show of its kind to cater specifically to the import scene) up until this recent collaboration with StanceNation, I think I’ve only missed maybe two. I always saw Showoff as the premiere destination for the best cars to be seen; when I won a trophy for showing my car a couple years back that item was finally checked off my bucket list.
However, in recent years, a casual dip in cars actually being built and/or taken out for display at all has taken the Showoff from a multi-event gig per year to just one, which is always reserved during the August Nisei Week celebration in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles. Nisei Showoff, even as a standalone event, still brings out the quality garage queens/dust collectors/old school heads for a day of fun in the sun but this time, they teamed up with StanceNation to bring another side of the scene—obviously stance heads—in for a mega collection of show cars from two completely separate walks of life: the cars that remain true to form/function and those that dare to defy form/function’s logic. While some might argue that these two worlds would be an odd pairing, surprisingly it wasn’t; the juxtaposition was refreshing.