Ni·sei translates to second generation which usually refers to children born in the Americas from Japanese-born immigrants. During Nisei Week in Little Tokyo, Japanese heritage is celebrated with exhibitions, parades, and ceremonies. How can you celebrate Japan without honoring its influential car culture?
It was my first time to the event and I was surprised at the quality of the builds in the show. Take this clean example of a hachi-roku on what I believe to be Longchamps. Just a simple build that is just quintessentially JDM.
On the other end of that spectrum is this GC8 sporting an Asuna itasha. Add some wheels, canards, splitter, and retrofitted lights and you’ve got something that grabs your attention. So many of these cars I wouldn’t mind having in my garage in the future.
The J’s Racing S2000 looked ready to hit the track with it’s Amuse widebody. You know I had to check out all of the S2000’s to get ideas for my own.
This pair of AP2s had a bit of a different approach, while one’s rocking the CR lip and the other has the ASM front bumper. It completely changes the attitude of the car and I still can’t decide what’s better.
I’ve never seen a Leopard in person before but this one made quite an impression. Blending the shakotan style with a hint of bosozuku really stood out to me. I just wish that oil cooler wasn’t hiding behind the front bumper.
This Holden Commodore SSV made a surprise appearance all the way from Australia, another first for me to see in person.
It’s always nice to see friend’s participating in events with this whole line-up. Congrats to Andy and his WRX for winning Best Subaru! A feature is in the works!
My favorite car of the show had to be this Skyline 2000GT-X. This one had a proper interior with the Nardi wheel and leather gloves to complete the look. Something about its timeless lines just keep my eyes glued to it. Thanks to my girlfriend/assistant for bearing the heat with me and all the awesome builds we had the pleasure of experiencing. I hope someone found those stickers we left behind! We’re definitely going to try and make it out next year!
P.S. I got an awesome parking spot for the show, and my car was actually clean enough for a photo this time 🙂