Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show - Ridin' Dirty in Jap
Since its launch, a little over two decades ago, the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, held in Japan, has grown in popularity. It has gone from barely filling up half of the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall to reaching the hall's maximum capacity....
Since its launch, a little over two decades ago, the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, held in Japan, has grown in popularity. It has gone from barely filling up half of the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall to reaching the hall's maximum capacity in recent years. Last year's show - the 22nd annual - took place at its usual venue on December 1, 2013, and Rebel Ink was there to capture every smokin' hot moment.
The attendance reached record-breaking levels last year. Visitors from all over the globe came to Yokohama. Countries represented included the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, and many others.
Eager attendees lined up at the main entrance of the exhibition hall as early as 6:00 in the morning - three hours before show time. As the incoming crowd grabbed the best spot they could along the main aisle, exhibitors and their cars and bikes were out back preparing for the traditional "Ride In," which is where the show cars and bikes roll up on the convention floor. Think of the "Ride In" as a football team marching out onto the field, only in this case the players are actually cars and bikes.
Behind the closed backdoors, the car and bike owners warmed up their vehicles, did last minute checks, and took test rides. At a quarter-past-nine, the backdoors opened up and the beautiful sight of sleek rides began appearing down the main aisle.
Some of the vehicles that rolled up on us during the "Ride In" included T.D.K. Mr. Kondo's 1949 Mercury and Cherry's Company's 2013 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, which won awards at the show in 2012 for Best of Automotive and Best of Motorcycle. Also, there were Jack Fields's 1960 Ford Starliner known as "Agent Orange" and Erik Hernandez's1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic '88 "Electric Lemonade."
Once every vehicle was in place, the show officially kicked off. Aside from the cool rides, the full-day event brought out bands such as LIPS, The HEATHENS, Jackie and the Cedrics, and The El Caminos to rock the crowd throughout the day. This year's Best of Show Automotive award went to Ace Automotive's 1960 Buick Invicta, and the Best of Show Motorcycle award was snatched up by Cherry's Company once again, this time for their 1967 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead.
If you're looking to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun this year, add some extra fun to your trip by scheduling it around the time of the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. For info on the upcoming show, visit: yokohamahotrodcustomshow.com/en/.
Photography by Steve Prue
Article by Razor Leary