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The Nisei Week Car Show
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Published on Sun, Aug 18, 2013
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
Pictures by Roy Nakano Los Angeles’ Nisei Week Festival goes back 73 years. Today, it is neither confined to Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans), nor to one week (now more like the entire month of August). About 13 years ago, the Nisei Week Car Show took root, with an emphasis on import tuners—a phenom that can be traced back to Sansei (third-generation Japanese Americans) who lowered and raced their Datsun 510s on the streets of Southern California back in the early 1970s (see LA Car's In Search of the First Datsun 510 Street Tuner).
This year’s show is a combined effort by Mainstream Productions/Showoff and Stancenation. While the cars remain mostly imports, what’s done to them is very Americana. LA Car was there to shutterbug this display of modern-day So Cal rod and custom work.
For more details about the Nisei Week Car Show, go to showoffcafe.com/showoffism