Now in its 19th year, the annual Nisei Showoff returns to Los Angeles' Little Tokyo district. The Showoff is held during the nine-day Japanese Festival called Nisei Week celebrating the culture that creates the cars that we hold dear to our hearts. Every year Nisei delivers a solid turnout of cars and spectators - this year was no different. Of course the show wouldn't be possible without the efforts of Showoff founder Ken Miyoshi. A mix of JDM, Euro, and old-school cars looked right at home posing alongside the Los Angeles skyline. While checking out the rows of parked show cars, we turned focus to one of the most important aftermarket additions on any build: the wheels.
One of the most difficult questions for any tuner is which wheels their car should rock. The Nisei Showoff never fails to gather a ton of wheel junkies, whether it's a car on fresh SSRs or some old-school mesh. Here are 10 of the hottest wheels we saw this past weekend.
Super Advan Racing V2
This wheel always reminds us of Nobutero Taniguchi's old D1GP-spec Nissan Silvia S15. The twin three-spoke design complimented the Nissan 240SX it was equipped on.
Tom's Super Racing Dish
Thank Nobuhide Tachi, the founder of Tom's, for this wheel. The rally style wheels feature a dish-looking face and were designed for Toyotas, specifically the AE101.
Sprint Hart CPR
The perfect addition to any Honda, especially Teddy Timoteo's Civic EK-9 seen here.
SSR Formula Mesh
The undisputed king of SSR wheels is the Formula Mesh. This wheel is so popular that many other manufacturers often copied its design. We found these on the rear of Kaaz USA's AE86.
SSR EX-C Mesh
You can't go wrong with the SSR EX-C Mesh. It'll look good on any import car. When you eventually find a set, be prepared to fork up a lot of money. These wheels include new technology like the electronic center cap.
Known as the standard wheel for old-school Japanese cars, these bad boys can still be purchased by Hayashi Racing USA. Just like many other racing companies, Hayashi Racing began through club racing.
SSR Professor SP1
These wheels are still one of the most popular within the show circuit. The 5-spoke design presents a simple yet bold look to the car. We especially liked the set that was one Carl Zamuco's Lexus IS250.
Work Ewing Mesh
We found these Work Ewing Mesh wheels on an EF Civic hatch. Like most old school wheels the Work Ewing Mesh wheels are rare and gives a classic touch to any vehicle.
Before Toyota Racing Development was called "TRD " it was known as Toyota Sports Corner otherwise known as TOSCO. For U.S. brand appeal, the name was changed to TRD to better suit Toyota enthusiasts. These wheels were on Big Mike's sexy rotary-powered Levin.
Work Equip 03
An example of wheels that only gets better with age. The classic old-school look is right at home on modern day cars such as Integras or any Japanese nostalgic car like the white Datsun 240Z that sported them at Nisei.