-English Edition Event Information

hcs2015-poster400 24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 (HCS2015)
Date: Sunday December 6, 2015
Time: 8AM – 5PM
Location: Pacifico Yokohama
World famous ultimate gathering of custom cars and motorcycles indoors under one roof! Car & Motorcycle Show, 49-54 Reflections & Expressions, Camaros A-Go-Go, Exotic Iron, Rat Island, Custom Paint Contest “Sidewalk Surfing Bonanza”, Collectivities Alley, Pinstripe Gathering, Vendor Booths, Live Music, Limited Items, Fun for the Entire Family, Special Guests, Kid Friendly and much more! All in one day!


Dice Magazine Preparty!
Date: Saturday December 5, 2015
Time: 9PM-2AM
Cover Charge: 1,500yen
Location: (2nd Floor) 3-4-17 Shinyamashita, Naka-ku, Yokohama (Yokohama Bay Hall)
Location in Japanese: 横浜市中区新山下3-4-17
Check it on Google Maps (here)

#hcs2015 24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 Dice Party Sat 12/5 9pm-2am Map below shows the route from Pacifico Yokohama to the Dice Party. It is highly recommended that you take a taxi. You can also access the party by subway and walking from Motomachi-Chukagai station (walk time about 10 minutes) but be sure to exit from the Motomachi side of the station.

Entry Registration will begin on
Thursday September 10, 2015

Advance ticket sales will begin on
Thursday October 1, 2015

All inquires, please contact hcs2015@mooneyes.co.jp

If you are traveling from outside of Japan, make your reservations now before it’s too late. Hotels are filling up fast. The Pacifico Yokohama, the exhibition hall where the event will take place, has a great website with English information about accommodations near the exhibition hall and general area of Yokohama. Check out their website (http://www.pacifico.co.jp/english/index.html).

We’ve breached the 5 month mark! In less than five months, the 24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 will take place at Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday December 6, 2015. For those of you traveling from abroad, don’t forget to make your reservations early. Advance tickets for general admission will go on sale from October 1, 2015 from our website just as they did last year. If this is your first time, we’ll make the official announcement in coming months. Speaking of announcements, we have an official guest update as of July 2015. There are still more guests to be announced and it’s going to be an incredible show! Don’t miss it this year and be sure to get here to HCS2015!


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Tom Foster
1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe “Cracker Box”
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Ryan Grossman/Vintage Dreams
1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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Oliver Jones/The Cut Rate
1969 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
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Mark Drews
1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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Jason Webber/ATR
1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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Jeff Leighton/The Wretched Hive
1950 Triumph 650 Pre Unit
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Scott Stopnik/Cycle Zombies
1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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Arie Vanschyndel/VEE Mfg.
1950 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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Andy Carter/Pangea Speed
2015 Harley-Davidson Evo Sportster
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Steve Caballero
Legendary Pro Skateboarder
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Heading for HCS2015 in December, we have just launched the HCS2015 campaign “Save the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show” which is a continuation of the “Be Calm Not Loud” campaign from last year intended to reduce the noise pollution in the surrounding area of Pacifico Yokohama (where HCS2015 will be held).

We have free stickers to distribute to supports this year. If you are from outside of Japan, don’t worry. We put the sticker in each and every online order that’s shipped out. We’ll be posting support pictures again this year via instagram, facebook, twitter and of course our website. Feel free to use the hashtag #hcs2015 and help make sure the word gets out to keep the show going in Yokohama. More specifically, Pacifico Yokohama.

24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015

The date has been set for Sunday December 6, 2015.
It was all made possible with your support.
Everyone that values this culture and lifestyle we are in, came together as one.
Thank you very much!

This year, just as we had to do with motorcycles (2 wheeled vehicles), we were told, “The plan worked to keep noise pollution to a minimum and no complaints were received, but something needs to be done about street parking, manner and trash left behind.” We will now have to target all vehicles.
I don’t believe the street parking and trash left behind was any different than any other day or weekend but on this particular day, HCS becomes responsible for everything.

To take this matter seriously, we will have to work together to make it over this obstacle!
Our catch phrase for 2015 will be “Save the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show”. We were able to succeed with the “Be Calm Not Loud” Shizukani campaign so this is not impossible.

We can do it together! Please help us make it happen.
Thank you for your support.

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24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 – Date Confirmed!
Date: Sunday December 6, 2015
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

HCS2015 Spotlight has been confirmed! The official announcement is below. As you have have head, the date for the 24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 has been set for Sunday December 6, 2015 at Pacifico Yokohama (same place as last year). The exhibition hall has giving the big OK to hold our event here this year although the same restrictions will apply again. This year’s spotlights include 1949-1954 vehicles open to all makes/models and types of customs including but not limited to gassers, lowriders, kustoms and more. The spotlight is called 49-54 Reflections & Expressions. This is surely to be a major highlight of the show. Another spotlight is Camaros A-Go-Go focused on first generation Chevy Camaros. In the motorcycle spotlight, this year will be focused on 1957-1985 Harley-Davidson Sportsters, the highly popular Ironhead engine based bikes. The spotlight is called Exotic Irons. The only catch is, we’ll select 20 of the best bikes from the entry spots. The custom paint contest this year will be on skateboard decks in what is titled, “Sidewalk Surfing Bonanza”. More information will be announced in regards to the contest. Stay tuned for more!


49-54 Reflections & Expressions
1949-1954 American cars is the focus of this spotlight. Until now, most spotlights were targeted to specific models or types of vehicles but this spotlight leaves it open to customs, lowriders, gassers and more! There are so many possibilities for ’49-’54 makes and models it will surely be major highlight of the show.

Camaros A-Go-Go
First generation Chevy Camaro, from 1967-1969, is the target of Camaros A-Go-Go. There are many Camaro owners and this is their time to shine from stock original, street machines to full custom builds.

Exotic Irons
Within the H-D Sportster lineage, the Ironhead engine dates from ’57-’85 and is a model that stands out on its own often overlooked by it big twin brother. There are many that have made the Iron their choice in bike builds and this spotlight will select just 20 to be featured here.

Custom Paint Contest: Sidewalk Surfing Bonanza
The 2015 paint contest base object will be skateboard decks, thus the theme name Sidewalk Surfing Bonanza. You must be present at the show to enter. They deck must be wall mount ready. More information will be announced as we get closer to the show. Please check our website for details.
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We ask for your support and cooperation again this year. Last year’s Be Calm Not Loud – “Shizukani” campaign worked perfectly and could not have been possible without your support. The area surrounding the event location is still enforcing their policy so we must continue our efforts to keep the noise pollution down. This means no motorcycle parking in the neighboring area unfortunately. Please use public transportation. The new campaign this year is “Save the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show” and we will be handing out free stickers to spread the word. Thank you for your support and time.

MOONEYES EXPRESS Blog http://www.mooneyes.co.jp/express/

HCS2014 REPORT & GALLERY http://yokohamahotrodcustomshow.com/hcs2014_report/
November 22 (Sat): LIMITED EVENT ONLY ITEMS – Only available during the show at the MOONEYES Booth. Page has been created here:

October 18 (Sat): Registration for HCS2014 is now closed. Thank you to everyone for your entry forms. We are completely full. Unfortunately, because of the limited space, we had to deny some of the entrants but we hope you will come again next year.

October 1 (Wed): Advance tickets for the show on 12/7 (Sun) are now available for order from our online store. Please review the description for details.
Ordering tickets from our store will be available until the clock turns to 11/26 (Wed) Japan time.

September 10 (Wed): VENDOR SPACE IS FULL! All entries received will be on a waiting list and will be notified via email. Please submit your entry to get on the waiting list. Thank you for your time.

September 9 (Tue): English Entry Form (PDF Download) now available! Please review this page – Vendor booths will sell out, please do not wait if you are getting vendor space. If you are abroad, print the PDF, fill it out, scan it and send it in to hcs2014@mooneyes.co.jp as soon as possible. We will reply via email (be sure email filters do not block emails from mooneyes.co.jp addresses. Thank you for your time.

September 6 (Sat): English Entry Form information has been posted! Please review this page about information for registration/application to our show. Entry Forms will be available for download on Sept. 9 (Tue).


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Official DVD is Here

Thank you for your patience and thank you to all the preorder! The 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014 DVD has arrived (now in stock) and shipping today! Whether you were at the show or not, you will want to add this DVD to your collection! The DVD features full coverage from before the show to after the show. Guest interviews, behind the scenes, commentary, spotlight features and more. The DVD also showcases the guest cars and bikes including an exclusive ride scene through the streets of Yokohama. Other exclusive content includes the preparty (the night be fore the show) and the after party (the night after the show). Pick up your DVD today! Watch it multiple times and start planning for HCS2015!

Order Today: http://www.mooneyes.jp/product/8279


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For a limted time only and while supples last!

When you puchase the HCS2014 DVD, you will also receive this awesome papercraft set featuring two fo the HCS2014 show guest cars from Galpin Auto Sports


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24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2015 – Date Confirmed!
Date: Sunday December 6, 2015
Location: Pacifico Yokohama

If you haven’t seen it on MOONEYES EXPRESS Blog by Shige Suganuma yet, the date has been set for the 24th Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014. Mark your calendar for Sunday December 6, 2015.
It was all made possible with your support. Everyone that values this culture and lifestyle we are in, came together as one. Thank you very much! We will have some ways to go as there are a lot of new things we have to do to make sure the date stays. The theme for 2015 is “Save the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show”. To find our more, please check out Shige Suganuma’s blog post or review it on our website.



ARCHIVE (2014)

DATE: (Sun) December 7, 2014
TIME: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
LOCATION: Pacifico Yokohama (Exhibition Hall)

UPDATE: August 21, 2014
Official poster has been released. Special guests this year include:

Galpin Auto Sports – 1934 Ford 5-Window Coupe “Iron Orchid”

Galpin Auto Sports – 1965 Ford Econoline Pickup “The Backup Pickup”

Gene Winfield – 1926 Ford Econoline Pickup “Pacifica”

Walden Speed Shop – 1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe

DB Custom Leather/Duane Ballard – 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 “Kosmosaki”

Kiyo’s Garage – 1970 Honda CB750 K0 “Cherry Blossom”

Brent Rogers – 1946 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Tom Fugle – 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhea “Double Diamond”

Sunrise Cycles/Kosuke Saito – 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

The Cut Rate/Oliver Jones – 1977 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead


Hippy Killer Garage/Kutty Noteboom – 1960 Harley-Davidson Servicar Flathead Trike “The High Priestess”


Paul Wideman – Bare Knuckle Choppers – 1940 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
Brooklyn Invitational Motorcycle Show – Mooneyes Pick


UPDATE: July 26, 2014
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Oliver Jones from The Cut Rate / 1977 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

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Tom Fugle / 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead

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1932 Ford 3-Window Coupe (more info coming soon…)

Announced on MOONEYES EXPRESS BLOG by Shige Suganuma were two additional guests for HCS2014. Also, a special guest and his trusty 1948 H-D Panhead, Tom Fugle has also been confirmed to be a part of this year’s show. This year, even if you have to walk a few miles to the event location, it will be worth it! HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!

UPDATE: July 12, 2014
Currently Confirmed Guest Cars & Bikes:
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1934 Ford “Iron Orchid” for “Enchanted World of Color”
Built by Dave Shuten of Galpin Auto Sports

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Gene Winfield’s 1962 Ford Econoline Pickup “PACIFICA”

Legendary custom car builder Gene Winfield will come to Japan with his 1962 customized Ford Econoline COE Pickup “PACIFICA”. We are excited to see another masterpiece from Gene Winfield. Learn more about this car on the HCS Official Website.

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Duane Ballard’s 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 “Kosmosaki”

If you have been keeping up with MOONEYES Express Blog by Shige Suganuma then you will know that earlier this week another HCS2014 guest bike was announced. Duane Ballard of DB Custom Leather will be a guest this year with his 1981 Kawasaki KZ1000 CHP Police Special called “Kosmosaki”. It’s a perfect fit for this year’s motorcycle theme too, The Digger Beat. More information will be available soon but see a taste of it on our website and of course at this year’s 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014.

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1965 Ford Econoline Pickup “Backup Pickup” from Galpin Ford

Originally created/built in the late ’60s and sponsored by Galpin Ford, this pickup is an exact replica built by Galpin Ford featuring a stack-injected Ford 427! The truck is amazing and mathces our theme this year for “Enchanted World of Color”.

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1970 Honda CB750 K0 “Cherry Blossom” from Kiyo’s Garage

Kiyo is originally from Kumamoto, Japan and moved to Southern California almost 2 decades ago to put his motorcycle building skills to work. His skills have kept him busy as his shop, Kiyo’s Garage builds top notch bikes one after another. In fact, this year will be the first time he has returned to Japan in 14 years.

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Brent Rogers’ 1946 Harley Knucklehead built by Kiyo’s Garage

Brent Rogers was the winner of the Born Free 6 Best in Show award and will be a guest to this year’s HCS2014. See this awesome ’46 H-D Knucklehead in person at the 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014 in Yokohama, Japan! The bike was built by Kiyo’s Garage and paint was done by legendary painter Bill Carter.

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1936 Harley Knucklehead built by Sunrise Cycles, Kosuke Saito

Winner of the Invited Builder’s Choice 1st Place award went to Sunrise Cycles builder Kosuke Saito. This awesome ’36 H-D Knucklehead will take part in the Motorcycle Cannonball this year traveling across the continental United States! After it finishes, it will be cleaned up and head for Yokohama to be a part of the 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.

UPDATE: May 31, 2014

The 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014 themes are as follows:
1. “Enchanted World of Color”
2. “The Crown of Crown”
3. “The Digger Beat”
4. Custom Paint Contest “Sign of the Times”
5. “Quarter Century of Wildman”

Also, thank you to everyone for your support and consideration with our “Shizukani” Campaign.
On the day of the show (Sunday 12/7), there will be no general parking (underground parking) for motorcycles this year and vehicles will be restricted to minimize the noise around the exhibition hall (Pacifico Yokohama).

“Enchanted World of Color”
Last year’s theme was 60’s Custom “Mild & Wild” and this year we are having a special area in the show area for custom painted cars and bikes spotlight. There’s still plenty of time to get your car or bike ready for this year’s spotlight. We hope to fill the area up with both CARS & BIKES in vivid color.
Deadline for entry is the first week of October. Entry will start by the end of summer.

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UPDATE: March 29, 2014
From MOONEYES Express Blog by Shige Suganuma

We had a late start this year because of all the negotiations with the convention hall but the 23rd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2014 (HCS2014) Spotlight has been decided.

1. First, the Main Theme this year is “Enchanted World of Color” Custom Paint. The target for this spotlight is magnificent paint jobs on cars & bikes. If we get a lot of entries for this category, we might group like cars/bikes together.

2. This year is the 25th Anniversary of Crown Picnic, which is an annual outdoor event focused on 1st gen “Kannon” Crowns through 4th gen “Kujira” Crowns. This year, to commemorate the 25th Anniversary we will have the event inside the show at HCS as “The Crown of Crown”. We will select up to a maximum of 25 (1st – 4th gen) Crowns.

3. The bike theme for this year is “The Digger Beat”. Yes, Diggers. Domestic or foreign, it does not matter. As long as it’s a low and long Digger, that’s the Spotlight.

4. Last year’s theme was toilet seats. This year’s Custom Paint Contest is “Sign of the Times” featuring wall-mounted clocks as a base. It can be a homemade clock or one purchased at a store so long as it fits within the display (max) space. (display space/size will be announced later)

5. Japan’s very own pioneer Pinstriper, Wildman, is celebrating his 25th Anniversary in 2014. We will hold a “Quarter Century of Wildman” Tribute Show this year with the cooperation of Kustom Kulture missionary The Nash.

And of course, Pinstriping Gathering, Collectivities Alley, Live Bands and much more will also be features at this year’s show.

Roughly, I think this is the overall theme for this year.

by Shige Suganuma
Be Calm Not Loud
#mooneyes #hcs2014 #becalmnotloud

The above image is the area surrounding the Pacifico Yokohama.
This should have been shown earlier as it gives a good idea of what kind of building structures are in the area.
It puts it more into perspective of the residential area.

Previous Updates:

We finally received an “approval with conditions” (details below) from the convention hall side (Pacifico Yokohama) for the date of December 7, 2014 (Sunday). Now we can officially announce the date along with the conditions we need to meet. The conditions we have to meet for holding the event seem more like high school regulations. However, the convention hall has been dealing with complaints from around the area for a long time and we were told it has reached its limit. The question now is how much longer it can go on and this year they gave us the ultimatum, “If there are complaints this year, next year will not be possible” which is our final warning.

We have made every effort to make things happen but the final result is that “motorcycles will not be allowed to drive to the convention hall on that day and there will not be any parking available for bikes”. We checked with other parking lots nearby and none of them are available. Perhaps we planted this seed and over time the results is “If this year’s show is too loud, it’s over” but it still feels like returning to high school.
It’s now up to us, as the organizer of this event, whether we are able to continue next year or not. The decision also hangs on the spectators that will attend the show.
The continuation (after this year) of our show is on the line and we are all standing on this edge together.
MOONEYES can only to so much to make it happen but in reality it will come down to how conscious participants and spectators are about the situation and about the future of the show. We ask that everyone spread the word and hope we can all make it happen together. Thank you for all your support.

Consider the general public for a moment that don’t know about this custom culture and lifestyle we live in. To them, modifying or customizing cars and bikes is illegal. Therefore it’s related to outlaw behavior. They most likely don’t want the show/event to take place. For us, these shows and events are mandatory. This is part of our culture and lifestyle. If there is something fun (for one group), there will always be outside pressure (from another group) to shut it down. We must look for the right way to continue our fun and what we believe in.
Shige Suganuma

This is not an isolated incident in Japan. It happens all over the world. Let’s do our part to handle the situation.

#mooneyes #hcs2014 #becalmnotloud

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HCS2013 Event Information
Date : December 1, 2013 (Sunday) 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Location : Pacifico Yokohama (1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan)


22nd Annual YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2013
The date has been changed for the 22nd Annual Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show 2013 (HCS2013).

DATE: Sunday December 1, 2013.

It will be held at Pacifico Yokohama, the same location as previous years. Please update your calendar. Initially scheduled for the second week of December, the date has been move up to the Dec. 1 due to scheduling conflicts with the convention center. We apologize for the trouble and any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you for your time and understanding.

Caleb Owens – Cro Customs
1976-78 HD Shovelhead CX “Yang Yang”
Jack Fields – Starlite Rod & Kustom
1960 Ford Starliner “Agent Orange”
Chopper Dave
2006 HD Turbo Sportster “Steel Shoe”
Erik Hernandez – Starlite Rod & Kustom
1960 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 “Electric Lemonade”
Dynamite Joe
1942 HD Knucklehead “White Powder”
Born Free #5 “MQQNEYES Pick” Award
Bobby Green – Old Crow Speed Shop
Old Crow Belly Tank
Jeff Leighton
1947 HD Panhead “Longclaw”
Joey Cano
1947 HD Knucklehead EL
Scott “T-bone” Jones – Noise Cycles
1952 HD Panhead EL “Sneak Attack”
Born Free #5 “Best in Show” Winner
Todd Asin – Small City Cycles
1950 Triumph Thunderbird
Big Scott Stopnik – Cycle Zombies
HD Knucklehead
Yaniv “Neevo” Evan – Powerplant
HD Panhead
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’60s Mild Customs, “Mild & Wild”. The spotlight will be focused on ’60s Mild Customs.
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HCS2013 Motorcycle Spotlight:
“Timeless Chopper Spectacular, Domestic Models” focused on Japanese makes/models choppers.
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Paint Contest Theme: Throne Lid Custom Paint Contest


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2013 Hot Wheels Japan Collectors Convention will be held at HCS2013
View the official limited edition die cast available at the event only!

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Posted on MOONEYES EXPRESS, one of the main features for this year’s show will be ’60s Mild Customs, “Mild & Wild”. The spotlight will be focused on ’60s Mild Customs. Special guest from Southern California will be Starlite Rod & Kustom with their dazzling Ford & Olds customs. (http://www.starlitegarage.com/)

Focusing on Japanese makes and models that have been chopped with a timeless style. This section will target the hottest domestic models around! Check out Shige Suganuma’s blog MOONEYES EXPRESS for some example photos.

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22nd Annual YOKOHAMA HOT ROD Custom Show 2013 Update:
Show Spotlight >>> Custom Paint Contest.

The title of this year’s custom paint contest is “Throne Lid Custom Paint Contest” which can only mean one thing, get your toilet covers ready because this December inside Pacifico Yokohama at #HCS2013 the paint contest will be focused on throne lids (toilet covers)!


View last year’s event coverage