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Throwback Thursday - Import Showoff Classic 2004

Wild compacts invade the Los Angeles Convention Center

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In 2004, Import Showoff was one of the heavy hitters in an ever-expanding import car show market. Others no doubt presented a threat, but the quality and consistency of Mainstream Productions' Showoff series was all but untouchable at the time. Ultra high-end builds, well-built street cars, race cars and a number of iconic, restored classics made their way to multiple Import Showoff events each year.

This particular Import Showoff was special, as the affair took place in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The car show was staged next to another event in one of the center's massive halls, the two separated by little more than police tape and a line of curtains. A number of gorgeous classics from the likes of PJ Bonifacio and others made their way to the lineup, as well as a handful of nicely built Hondas. I even brought my personal car to Import Showoff, and at the end, moments before driving two-plus hours home, one of my friends' cars decided it didn't want to run any longer and we had to wait hours for a support vehicle.

Nevertheless, it was a great show and one of the bigger Import Showoff events that I attended. Take a glance at a decade ago and enjoy the subpar photos from the trusty Canon G3 that I was toting around at the time.

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