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1988 Honda CRX Si - Gettin' Down Up North

Biggest Showoff Yet!

RJ de Vera
Jun 2, 2010
Photographer: Karl Brauer

If someone had told me six months ago that the biggest Import Showoff to date would occur in Santa Clara, California, I would have suggested they turn their vehicle off the next time they install a new exhaust tip.

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As it turns out, I'd have looked like the one sucking down excessive quantities of unburned fuel. This Showoff was nothing short of behemothic. The crowds surrounding the Santa Clara Convention Center on show day made the Spice Girls' appearance in West L.A. look like a summer school PTA meeting. Final attendance number: 15,000.

People and cars were everywhere. Hotel guests staying at the adjoining Westin were no doubt caught off-guard. "Honey, isn't that a nuclear symbol on the back of their shirts?" "Yes, dear. It's also on some of the vehicles. Must be an atomic energy convention."

At which point the clueless couple would drive off in its Chevy Suburban leaving the rest of us to enjoy hundreds of import rides blanketing the convention center floor area. Once again, I was reminded of the poor sods who refuse to see this sport as anything more than a passing fad.

Yeah, import performance cars, the Internet, and television. They're all just a flash in the pan. Assuming the market for these cars still exists, the next Import Showoff will be July 19 at the Pomona Fairplex.

I just hope Super Street is still around by then.

The Results
Showoff EXC Ron Bergenholtz '91 AcuraIntegra
Import Showoff Dave Shih '88 Honda CRX
Perf. Showoff Adam Saruwatari '93 MazdaRX-7
Custom Showoff Jeff Tran '92 Nissan
Girl Racer “Mommy” Charlotte de Vera '95 HondaOdyssey
Civic Showoff Mary J. Gines '95 Honda Civic
Integra Showoff Group-A Autosports '95 Acura Integra
Accord Showoff Roy Cheah '96 Honda Accord
Sedan Showoff Mike Boles '96 HondaAccord
Mini Truck Jason Harris '97 Toyota Tacoma
Display Showoff Ed Carnecer '94 Supra
Team Represent Z-Team YOSSi
Team Showoff R-Version
Vendor Display MAS Wheelhouse
Vendor Car Autoplus Mugen Civic
Honda Class
First Maryann Quon '94 Civic
Second Rex Nguyen '88 CRX
Third Michael '92 Civic
De La Cruz
Acura Class
First Mariano Elias '90 Integra
Second Rei Friera '95 Integra
Third Rodney Jong '92 Integra
Other Import Class
First Lorenzo Villanueva '97 Mitsubishi Eclipse
Second Renato De Jesus '92 MazdaMiata
Third Ricky Silverio '93 MazdaMiata
Japanese Exotic Class
First Bernard Saito '90 Nissan 300ZX
Second Allan Aguas '91 Nissan300ZX
Third Linda Tsai '94 ToyotaSupra
Euro Exotic Class
First Richard Nguyen '96 BMW325
Second Randy Manna
Third Steve Lo '95 BMWM3
Old School Class
First Francis Barba '81 ToyotaStarlet
Second Luis Barrion '73 ToyotaCorolla
Third Giancarlo M. Bulan
Dance Crew Showoff
First Chain Reaction
Second Long Beach PAC
Third Ruffinex
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