Nisei and Chinatown Showoffs arguably set the SoCal import car show bar year after year. By most standards, both events appear rather small in comparison to other large-scale, Honda-only meets taking place practically around the corner. However, Import Showoff's decision to stick with the age-old less-is-more formula is one that has been met with success, reinforcing the notion that it is indeed quality that counts, not quantity.
A quick walk through Chinatown Showoff's gates revealed a small Cathay Bank parking lot stuffed to capacity. Cars practically stacked on top of one another, row upon row left little room for much else. Honda-based platforms made up the majority and, of course, the trendsetters showed face this year, continuing to borrow parts and ideas from the Japanese market. Insane wheel offsets are no longer off bounds because smaller numbers keep pushing the functionality versus fashion envelope as well as the limits of good taste. As clones and knockoff parts have steadily increased, many have turned to custom one-off fabrication and clever modification of rare items in an effort to stay ahead of the pack and get noticed. As many have begun taking cues from the lowrider community with ultra-low ride heights and gold-dipped engine goods, others rely on race-bred upgrades and track influences to ensure their separation from the norm. Log onto www.showoffcafe.com for details on the next Import Showoff.