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Showoff Guam x Smoking Wheels 2016

Iconic California car show series returns to the biggest motorsports event in the Pacific

Tom Akigami
May 19, 2016
Photographers: Paul-Myer Basilio, John Balbin

Showoff made its way back to the island of Guam for the second time on April 16 as part of the 34th annual APL Smoking Wheels Racing Weekend event, which is currently the biggest motorsports event in the Pacific. Mainstream Productions partnered with Upshift Entertainment to bring “Showoff Guam” as part of this three-day event that attracts participants from Japan, the Philippines, and the US Mainland, and features off-road buggy racing, motocross, mud racing, drag racing, drifting, and a Jack Daniels Smoking Grills BBQ competition.

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Showoff Guam took place at the Guam International Raceway’s drag strip pit area. Simultaneously, the drag strip had cars taking their turns screaming down the quarter mile battling to see who would take top honors in the APL Smoking Wheels Drag Racing Championships.

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On the show side, the island’s top cars entered into the different categories to see where they stood in the eyes of veteran judges, Showoff founder Ken Miyoshi, Shige Miyoshi, and Kane Chan. While the big standouts at the event were again VIP sedans and more cars on air bags, there was also a good showing in other categories. With immaculate classics, slammed static rides, swapped motors, a couple lifted rigs, and super clean bikes, there was no shortage of impressive rides sparkling under the hot tropical sun.

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The kickoff of the 2016 Proline Drift Championship Series took place the following evening on the ¼-mile oval track to wrap up the APL Smokin’ Wheels Racing Weekend, with Japanese D1GP drivers Manabu Fujinaka and veteran Yuki “Dart” Izumida participating among local competitors. In the end, history was made on the island when the pros were knocked out of competition during tandem battle and local boys Shane Bruce, Don Cabuhat, and Ron Avelino finished on top.

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It was definitely an action packed weekend that attracted hundreds of participants and thousands of fans and enthusiasts. Showoff Guam was a definitely a success and you can be sure that APL Smoking Wheels 2017 already scheduled for the weekend of April 7, 8, and 9, 2017, will be an event you don’t want to miss!

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