When it comes to car shows, no other place hosts more than Southern California, especially during the summer. School is out, weather is on point, and hardcore car enthusiasts are itching to bring out their latest projects, while show goers put down their Playstation 3 controllers to hit the big shows in order to snap some pics and in some cases, find inspiration and motivation for their builds. Hands down one of the premiere and must go to shows of the summer is Nisei Showoff.
Yes, it's the kind of blistering heat that will make your shirt stick to your back, but these car builders don't care. In fact, their cars look right at home with the Los Angeles skyline backdrop as Nisei is held at the Little Tokyo district every year. This year Showoff founder Ken Miyoshi changed it up a bit and collaborated with Stance Nation. This proved to be a good move as it not only brought in the usual suspects like the old-school tuners and Honda aficionados, but also the enthusiasts from the popular stance scene. There was a time when many people thought the tuner scene was dead, but Nisei is proof that it's still alive and kicking. You won't find another show that brings both classic and modern trends together in one place so well. Who knows what will be the next new "thing", but we're sure you'll find it at the Nisei Showoff next year.
While there were over 300 cars in attendance, there were a few cars that really stood out in our eyes. A few you've probably already seen, but they deserve to be on this list of top Hondas of Nisei (in no particular order). What was your favorite car at the show?
Teddy T's Civic EJ hatch
An excellent example of the often overdone combination of street and track look, Teddy's EJ (that's EJ, not EK, as the car was born in the U.S.) is armed with a clever mix of OEM CTR and tough to source JDM attire like its First Molding flugel plate lip and mint Racing Hart CPR rollers. Relying on the classic B series, he plans to hit the track in the near future to see how his car handles the turns.
Go Tuning Honda S2000
It's easy to see why we chose this one. A stunning look, Go Tuning's S2000 is fitted with authentic, yes authentic (ie: baller) Spoon parts, a list that includes S-Tai front and rear bumpers, fenders, rear diffuser, and mirrors, as well as the Japanese legends tri-y header and N1 exhaust system.
Rywire Civic E-AT
Part of every modern day Honda builder's tuning itinerary is a well-executed engine bay and to put it bluntly, everyone is doing it. Ryan Basseri's '86 Civic blows everybody out of the water. Sitting pretty in the Falken booth, Ryan's Civic won "Best Individual Throttle Bodies." We're still trying to figure out why that's even a category. Either way, you can't dispute that the custom drive-by-wire Kinsler ITB's are pretty damn gangster. Whether you're a Honda fan or not, you really need to see this car in person to appreciate it. Or check out the feature in next months Honda Tuning
Dustin Mcqueary's Integra
Almost too often a build gets completely out of hand. Opinions from friends are always good, but can easily blur the intentions of the final product. Perhaps the saying, "go big or go home" has simply been done too many times. This 2nd gen Integra is a prime example of just how beautiful simplicity can be and a direct reflection of the "zero f$%^s given" moniker. Dustin's Jasper Green Integra sports OEM optional 2-piece sideskirts, a Hiro wing, and white Racing Hart CP-Fs. In a way this Integra represents the original Nisei - the timeless classic uninfluenced by others, instead just doing it the way he or she envisions it.
FD2 CTR Converted Civic
Even though we pride ourselves in USDM styling still look towards the land of the rising sun for inspiration on how we build our cars. Just look at this Civic, without the FD2 CTR conversion it wouldn't look as sexy as it is. The blue Volk TE37SLs, Mugen spoiler, and the rare Feel's fenders make for a dope build.