Another Nisei Week Showoff has come and gone again. DD Garage showed with Jason’s Eclipse and Ralliart, Charles’ Monster Sport Evo, Scott and Kerryann’s Fontana Nissan GT-R and Sentra, Pat’s E46 M3, and Joseph’s Mini. Scott hasn’t showed with us for awhile (since ’09 Spocom with his Robispec STI) so I was pretty stoked to see and showoff couple of their race cars. I know it was a lot of work to get those cars trailered down from Fontana so a big thank you to Scott and Kerryann for coming down.
Short of the Fontana’s full race cars, we had a pretty good win ratio: all of us placed, except for Jason’s Ralliart. Technically, all of us placed because one of Jason’s two cars placed. Here’s an obligatory list of winners from DD Garage and friends:
Mitsubishi Class – 1st Place: Charles’ Monster Sport Evo
Mitsubishi Class – 2nd Place: Jason’s Greddy Eclipse
Euro Class – Showoff: Pat’s E46 M3
Euro Class – 2nd Place: Joseph’s Mini
Acura Class – 1st Place: My Falken/Toda RSX
I was pretty excited to win 1st Place Acura again. Unlike other classes, I don’t believe there was a trophy for Acura Showoff; so 1st Place Acura was effectively Best Acura. I had heavy competition, who really brought their A-game. When you win against heavy competition, the honor is much more sweeter; this is opposed to winning by default because you were the only Acura there. Competition in other classes was a lot lighter this year because a bulk of the major teams and crews was missing this year. Attendance has been dwindling over the years. That doesn’t matter to me too much since I’m just there to eat good sushi and kick it with the DD Garage, 626, and 1-Up homies. However, I’m sure it sucks for Scott and Fontana Nissan and other vendors because they’re out there for exposure.
Here’s a picture of a drunk Monster Sport Charles, Fontana Nissan Scott, and Tomei Jason.
I figured after winning 1st Place Acura twice and DD Garage sweeping Mitsubishi class, it’s probably a good time for us (or at least, me) to retire from Nisei. DD Garage has always done Nisei as a tradition since we were with Hybrid but I’m getting too old and burnt to do outdoor shows now. Speaking of DD Garage sweeping Mitsubishi class, I want to congratulate some of our friends that also placed.
Mitsubishi Class – Showoff: Kelvin’s DoLuck Evo
Nissan Class – 3rd Place: Peter and Theresa’s LS1ed Silvia
I’m really stoked to see Kelvin win. DD Garage has been closely following his build and we’re really happy how the car is turning out. It’s by far the sickest (and different, in a good way) car at Nisei. One of DD Garage’s unwritten ethos has been setting and raising the bar on functionality and quality. While the form of a car is important, I, personally, find it difficult to appreciate builds that sacrifice safety, handling, and performance in order to be stylish. I’m really glad to see see Kelvin’s Evo setting and raising that standard on functionality and quality but also having the baddest looking car at a show.
Enough of my ramblings and here are some random pictures I took.
Mikee doing an upskirt shot…
I really liked Dara’s S2000. It wasn’t just because I was researching how he hooked up his MAP and idle control valve, he’s also rocking a just released ASM front bumper, ASM Recaros, and Toda ITBs.
Toda Racing ITBs with M&M Honda vacuum blocks and idle control valve attachment. I’ve always been a big fan of M&M Honda so I was pretty excited to see some of their products.
The vacuum blocks allow the MAP sensor to read from all the throttle bodies (opposed to just one). It also allows for attachment of the idle control valve. According to Dara, the car idles and runs perfect.
Kelvin, getting judged by Amy of HKS USA.
Paparazzi shot of Steve of Cusco USA.
The DD Garage lineup…
Here’s a much better engine bay shot by William from Night-Import. I want to thank William for always showing love to my car at all the random events I take my car to. William might be new to the scene but he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met and one of the least egotistical. I think more people need to learn to be like him because you’ll get much further in the real world being him than being an asshole or a douchebag. A year ago, he launched Night-Import. Now, he has 16,000 followers on Facebook. I’m venturing a guess that print doesn’t even see that type of growth.
Scott and Fontana Nissan.
Our usual Tomei, Lot USA, and Monster Sport staples.
Jason’s Eclipse. This is one of my favorite cars. Ten years ago, this was Greddy’s prototype platform. Now, it sits at Mitsubishi Motors North America’s showroom and only ventures out to MOD (Mitsubishi Owners Day) and to the occasional Nisei. I’m really going to miss this car as it heads back to Mitsubishi HQ in Cypress.
One thing I love about Greddy products that has been often overlooked: CARB legal.
Pat’s E46 M3. I first met Pat at Import Showoff’s ’09 JDM vs. DTM. Pat was very gracious in allowing us to crash underneath his EZ-Up. We’ve kept in touch since and really glad to have him in our lineup.
This is it from me for Nisei. With all the major crews missing, I wished there was more that caught my eye. Anyways, I bid Nisei a fond farewell.