In the mid 2000s, the Import Showoff Series established its events as almost mandatory for West Coast tuner residents. Having served as one of the longest running and most widely respected shows in the always-crowded SoCal show environment, the season was unofficially kicked off by the annual Chinatown Showoff event at the top of each year.
Hosted in a crowded, tough to navigate, always smog-filled and bootleg designer clothing and apparel-infested sector of downtown Los Angeles, the event was held within the confines of the Cathay Bank parking lot. Like a game of Tetris, Ken Miyoshi and the Mainstream Productions staff would work and wiggle over 150 cars into the lot each year, sometimes even taking over small sections of the street surrounding the bank with show car overflow.
Like most of the Import Showoff events of that era, Hondas made up the majority of cars on display at the event, but that doesn't mean there weren't other makes and models represented as well. Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, European brands and others were also regularly on hand, and owners and restorers also brought out some old-school and new-school builds. Chinatown Showoff covered it all.
Here's a look back at 2006's Chinatown Showoff.