We love car events in Hawaii, for the obvious reasons—it's tropical, it's touristy, and the cars there are tits. And even though motorsport is effectively dead throughout the archipelago, the enthusiast scene is still strong, as we were reminded at the recent Spocom show at the Blaisdell Exhibition Center. Locals who, in many instances, see each other only once a year—at this event—reunited to catchup and in some cases surprise with a new wrinkle to their build, or a new direction, or even an entirely new car. A lot of good vibes were on hand for what is seen as the biggest car show of the year for the state.
Ray Evans, Jr. (@n_s_x) entered his first Spocom with his amazing Acura NSX equipped with a Spoon Sports GT kit and countless Mugen goods. He staged the car at the booth for his business, @rev_hi, which ships automotive performance parts to Hawaii. Ray placed first in the Best Acura of the Show class, and said he is retiring the car from shows since his goal was to display it in the island's three biggest shows, HIN, Wekfest, and Spocom, all in which he placed first!
Alan Wong (@alangrooveent) debuted his second Rocket Bunny FD RX-7. This one he went with a Toyota cement grey paint and insanely built three-rotor 20B rotary engine! The car was a real neck-breaker coming in and out of the exhibition hall with no exhaust, since his custom 4-inch didn't come in on time. He placed third in Best Mazda.
JP Damo (@jpdamo) came out with a new look on his S2000 that was featured in 2017. This time it rocked a Spoon Sports GT kit that caught a lot of the crowd's attention, something that's never been seen on the island.
Lance Sugiyama (@kyushakai) debuted his fully restored S30 Datsun Z, which won Best Old School at Spocom.
Nisa (@msctrn1) from RedZone Hawaii debuted her legit N1Spec 1997 Civic Type-R, a classic look on the car with many accents in the engine bay, suspension, and interior inspired by her favorite Disney character, "The Little Mermaid." Even her hair is the same color! She took home first place Best JDM.
Even though there isn't a track in the island of Oahu anymore, there are locals that still have the mindset to build a track weapon, such as Randy Naito (@naito_nation) and his Midori Green Civic EK. There are hundreds of cars out there that are similar, but there's something about his that stands out. Not in an outlandish way, but one that makes people notice in a sea of other Civics. Besides him being a humble guy, he is always looking for something to change and develop. The car still isn't in its final form.
SMG Hawaii (@smg_hawaii) showed out bigger and better with a handful of MkIV Supras and a ton of exotics, including the known Lamborghini Huracan owned by Chad Taniguchi (@godzl4). The car was built by Taylor Sims, owner and operator of @dallasperformance, who passed away in a car accident in June right before he was supposed to meet up with Chad to give the car back. Taniguchi paid tribute and won Best Engineering. It's no surprise that SMG took home Best Team of 2019, along with some of the other members placing like Mike Matsumoto (@supermikenasty96789) and the new colorway on his NSX. He won second place in Best Acura.